September is always the best month, and this one was no exception. It started with the incredible Downtown Boys, was followed by a great Hopscotch (Solange killed it), which was followed by a trip to Asheville for Broken Social Scene. There were some great new albums to listen to along the way:
- The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding: Arguably the best band not named Thee Oh Sees (or whatever derivative of that name they’re using this month).
- Oh Sees – Orc: Oh, hey, speaking of! Do you like to get your face melted?
- Downtown Boys – Cost of Living: Anyone asking where the good political anthems of the Trump era have been…point them this way.
- El Michels Affair – Return to the 37th Chamber: Probably the last time I enjoyed an instrumental funk album this much was when the same band put out some Wu covers back in 2009.
- Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000: Not his best album, but not his best album is still among the best hip-hop albums of the year.
- Kevin Morby – Singing Saw: Had never heard of him til I was researching Hopscotch bands. Very recommended for fans of War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, and Yellowbirds.
Also really enjoyed new ones from Liars, Tanya Morgan, Lil Uzi Vert, Sean Price, Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman, Corner Boy P, A$AP Mob, and A$AP Ferg. Any other month and any of those albums might be highlighted as among the best.
On to the mix:
1) Downtown Boys – I’m Enough (I Want More)
2) Oh Sees – Drowned Beast
3) Downtown Boys – Violent Complicity
4) Oh Sees – Jettisoned
5) Liars – Cliche Suite
6) El Michels Affair – Tearz (feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks)
7) Action Bronson – Chop Chop Chop
8) Lil B – Bad Mf
9) A$AP Mob – What Happens (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Nyuk Caution, Meechy Darko & Zombie Juice)
10) Sean Price – Ape in His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
11) Tanya Morgan – Filthiest aka LESSLOWITT!! (ft. Ilyas)
12) Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Pins and Needles
13) The War On Drugs – Holding On
14) Kevin Morby – Black Flowers
15) Corner Boy P – Look At Us (Feat TY)
16) Lil Uzi Vert – 444+222
17) A$AP Ferg – Mad Man (feat. Playboi Carti)
18) Tay-K – The Race
19) Corner Boy P – Lit
20) A$AP Ferg – Nandos
21) Rae Sremmurd – Perplexing Pegasus
22) Syd – Bad Dream-No Looking Back