Summer’s gone, everyone – move along, nothing to see here. Yes, there’s a bit of half-hearted, last-gasp sun due this week, but it’s still definitely time to start cupboard-diving for your winter coat. We had some great times in August, though, didn’t we? Here’s our sunsoaked, Instagram filtered nostalgic montage of the five best albums from last month. Listen at your leisure while sipping tea and sniffing sadly.
Otherworldly R&B warbler Tahliah Barnett – aka FKA – is officially SHRN: she’s seduced the critics, she’s collaborated with designers and filmmakers, and she’s made the cover of all those cool magazines that no-one actually reads. This is her debut album, and it’s ace: sexy, stylish, pretty and gritty. No wonder it’s being talked up as a main contender for next week’s Mercury Prize shortlist. ★★★★☆
It’s only been out for a week, but this raucous rock ’n’ roll debut has already hit hard: it’s currently on top of the charts with over 60,000 copies sold. Not bad considering that it’s just over a year since the Brighton duo’s first ever gig. ★★★★☆
Not satisfied with being the nattiest singer-songwriter on the scene (check out those Jeff Goldblum specs!), 25-year-old Luke Sital-Singh is out to prove he’s one of the best too with this debut that shows a knack for pop and a a heartfelt lyrical sensibility too. ★★★★☆
Dark and sweet like a one-woman Warpaint, London singer-songwriter Annie Eve makes a strong debut with this seductive collection. ★★★☆☆
After he killed it with his last album ‘Hardcourage’, it’s tough not to think that New York producer Drew Lustman has put a toe or two wrong here, but it’s still well worth exploring his absorbing, eclectic electronic grooves. ★★★☆☆
Album junkie, eh? Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more great music from the past month, catch up on the best albums from the first half of 2014, or check out our Mercury Prize shortlist predictions.