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October: 18 albums you need to hear this month

Black Coffee, Aluna George, Tee Mango and more

  • Mixmag Staff
  • 30 September 2016
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AlunaGeorge 'I Remember' (Island Records)

AlunaGeorge’s second album offers a distinctly 2016 soundtrack to the summer. Bolder and with increased confidence, ‘I Remember’ sounds more succinct and complete than 2013 debut ‘Body Music’. The swaggy synths of ‘Full Swing’ sound like what Major Lazer might come up with for Rihanna and mysterious producer ZHU lends his hip hop beats to the sensual ‘My Blood’, while ‘Not Above’ and ‘Hold Your Head’ are clear festival anthems. Aluna leads the charge on album highlight ‘Mean What I Mean’, welcoming US rapper Dreezy and hip hop hotshot Leikeli47 to deliver fiery bars. ‘I’m In Control’ boasts Popcaan’s sunny dancehall flavours before ‘Heartbreak’ and ‘Jealous’ bounce with energy.

8/10

 
 
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