Hey, it’s October! When did that even happen? But hold on a sec – before you go rushing off into next month, take some time to listen to these five great albums that we rated in September. It’ll be well worth it.
Sneaking in right at the end of the month, Dan Snaith ambushed us this week with a phenomenal fourth album under his Caribou alias. ‘Our Love’ is tender, heartwarming, psychedelic and dancefloor-ready. We love it – you will too. ★★★★★
Usually we don’t trust men in masks, but SBTRKT completely won us over with his second album. A top cast of guest vocalists, a new darkness and deepness, and some seriously immersive production trickery mean that ‘WWWL’ demands repeat spins this autumn. ★★★★☆
Musical transformation of the year so far? It could be Mike Hadreas, aka Perfume Genius, who took his previous template of fragile piano balladry plus dark and raging lyrics and added a big dose of gorgeous synthpop. The result is something as angry and heartrending as it is beautiful. ★★★★☆
This month Richard D James finally returned from his sort-of-hiatus, bearing a mega slab of classic electro weirdness. ‘Syro’ isn’t so much a great leap forwards as an eclectic romp through the Aphex Twin story so far, but it’s phenomenal to have him back. Don’t ever change, Ricky. ★★★★☆
The lo-fi garage rock trio burst into full colour with their third album. ‘Wooden Aquarium’ adds a layer of studio polish to Mazes’ kicking scuzz-pop work-outs, despite (or maybe because of) a fraught recording process that started with the band’s equipment being stolen out of their van in New York. ★★★★☆
After more new music? Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more great music from the past month, or catch up on the best albums from the first half of 2014.