October is usually one of the biggest and strongest release months. September set the bar very, very high, but October took the duel and overwhelmed us with a bunch of really amazing records.

To get a grip of all the good records out last month, I spared no expenses to provide you with a carefully curated list of goodness. As usual. Enjoy!

We Lost The Sea – Triumph & Disaster

October 4 // Translation Loss/dunk! Records/Holy Roar

The post rock titans did it again. Another great milestone in the genre from this Australian powerhouse!

Bandcamp // Youtube // Review

Portico Quartet – Memory Streams

October 4 // Gondwana Records

One of the most interesting jazz bands out there.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

October 4 // Ghosteen Ltd.

This is massively elegant

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Masvidal – Human

October 4 // Unsigned

Another phenomenal EP from the Cynic frontman. Delicate and comforting

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Joshuah Radin – Here, Right Now

October 4 // Nettwerk

Just beautiful and very warm.


DIIV – Deceiver

October 4 // Captured Tracks

There is an ocean of shoegazy indie stuff out there, and only a few bands can really nail it. And damn, DIIV can do exactly that.

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Carla del Forno – Look Up Sharp

October 4 // Kallista

This is a mystery in the desert, solved by a noir-ass detective.

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Billy Woods – Terror Management

October 4 // Backwoodz Studioz

Everything he touches turn out to damn smooth gold.

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Seizures – Reverie of the Revolving Diamond

October 4 // Unsigned

Good mathcore keeps coming. Seizures, you’re a bunch of wild people.

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Lethvm – Acedia

October 10 // dunk! Records

Every fan of Amenra should not miss this.

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Mavi – Let The Sun Talk

October 10 // Unsigned

An awesome hip hop gem.

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Sarah Page – Dose Curves

October 11 // Backward Music

Like a really crazy fairy tale.

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Opium Lord – Vore

October 11 // Sludgelord Records

Really gritty and fat and nasty. So…good stuff.

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Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter – Good Hope

October 11 // Edition Records

When those kind of legends make this kind of music, well, that’s a win for all of us.


Yazz Ahmed – Polyhymnia

October 11 // Ropeadope

Jazz is on fire. Polyhymnia is simply extraordinarily beautiful.

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Richard Dawson – 2020

October 11 // Domino

One in a million musician. His talent is beyond us.

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Blue Hawaii – Open Reduction Internal Fixation

October 11 // Arbutus Records

Blue Hawaii are a band dear to my heart, and their new record gave me everything I wanted and needed.

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Big Thief– Tow Hands

October 11 // 4AD

They are not special, just really good songwriters.

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beabadoobee – Space Cadet

October 14 // Dirty Hit

Wonderful songs for fans of Kero Kero Bonito.


Sonosukimakara – Spear

October 16 // Unsigned

Ultra energetic and super expressive math rock for fans of Battles and Black Midi.


clipping. – There Existed an Addiction to Blood

October 18 // Sub Pop

The rivaled their previous master piece Splendor & Misery with that new one.

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Kneebody – Chapters

October 18 // Edition Records

Wonderful contemporary jazz.

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Tourist – Wild

October 18 // Monday Records

Tourist creates great soundscapes with a mixture of deep house and Tycho.


Hovvdy – Heavy Lifter

October 18 // Doubly Whammy Whammy

Tourist creates great soundscapes with a mixture of deep house and Tycho.


Ghost Spirit – Hourglass

October 18 // Twelve Gauge Records/Blue Swan Records

Oh screamo. Thanks for being back in full force.

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Floating Points – Crush

October 18 // Ninja Tune

Sam Shephard is a guarantee for compelling, forward-thinking electronic music. And the new Floating Points shows.

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Foxes In Fiction – Trillium Killer

October 18 // Orchid Tapes


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Battles – Juicy B Crypts

October 18 // Warp

I fucking love Battles, and so should you.


Slow Meadow – Happy Occident

October 18 // Hammock Music

Another proof that modern classical music can be more than formulaic ambient stuff. Great compositions and arrangements.

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KØDE – Discrete Transformation

October 18 // Division Records

There is a dark pulse pushing this album forward and it’s irresistible. Damn good songs.

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Great Grandpa – Four of Arrows

October 25 // Double Double Whammy/Big Scary Monsters

This band is too talented for their own good. Big fan of their previous work, and they just keep getting better.

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Cigarettes After Sex – Cry

October 25 // Partisan Records

While it doesn’t have the same impact than CAS‘ debút, Cry is still an incredibly gorgeous record,

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Alcest – Spiritual Instinct

October 25 // Nuclear Blast

What’s going on with this band? They can’t do wrong.

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The Brook & The Bluff – First Place

October 25 // Unsigned

This is so simple, yet so wonderful, confident and elegant.


The Bad Plus – Activate Infinity

October 25 // Edition Records

Come on, The Bad Plus are fucking legends.


Paniyolo + Akio Watanabe – 空も少し

October 25 // Schole

Absolutely beautiful music, wonderfully meditative and captivating

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Consumer – In Computers

October 25 // The Flenser

Consumer sucks you in and never let you go. Gritty and dense.

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Hemlock Ernst and Kenny Segal – Back at the House

October 25 // Unsigned

One of the finest hip hop releases this year. Kenny Segal is a guarantee for good beats.

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Hana Vu – Nicole Kidman / Anne Hathaway

October 25 // Luminelle

Weird approach which strangely works.

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Ştiu Nu Ştiu – Sick Sad Love

October 25 // Widsith

One of the best albums of the year. HEAR ME. ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!

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Konradsen – Saints and Sebastian Stories

October 25 // Su Tissue Records

This took me by surprise, and totally blew me away. Gorgeously crafted songs with a nice mood.

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Timelost – Don’t Remember Me For This

October 25 // Timelost Records

A great pantheon of riffs and grittyness. Don’t sleep on that.

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Zutomayo – 潜潜話

October 30 // EMI Records

Freaking energetic Japanese jazz rock. Sold.


Thanks for scrolling. Listen to the Spotify playlist below!

Toni Meese

Toni Meese

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