The information superhighway that we call the internet is a vast yet busy entity. As more and more pieces of #content fight for our attention, sometimes all the good shit gets lost. We know you're busy, so instead of covering everything, this is our attempt to round-up the best music released in the United Kingdom and Around the World in October (and the tail-end of September) 2015.
808INK - “Crooked. Bad”
Billy’s Home, the sophomore release from London duo 808INK, is perhaps the most underappreciated yet deserving collection of songs released from a group so far this year. That may sound hyperbolic, but let me quantify the statement: when was the last time you heard a relatively underheard album from a London based group that encapsulates the feeling of inadequacy, aggression, hedonism, and at times love, that are felt by so many teenagers in the capital? The record centres around the character called Billy - who 808INK use as a medium to channel their own stories. “Crooked. Bad” is the first visual to be released from that record. Watch above. Ryan Bassil
Chunky Piff - “Pika”
Why is everyone so young and talented these days? It’s not fair. Youths who should be still going through their awkward WKD phase have instead mastered the art of mixing and beatmaking. By the time they’ve hit 19, they’re already making shit hot tracks. This is basically what’s happened with OG Horse, the Birmingham rap collective who are pretty intent on giving ‘UK Rap’ associations beyond a white guy crowned by a bucket hat spitting convoluted rhymes about legalising weed. Think English Pro Era except there’s less of them and they also recognise that girls can be fire producers. Bump this in patriotic fashion. Moya Lothian-McLean
Miles From Kinshasa - “IVRY”
Miles from Kinshasa gets around. Birthed into the belly of Congo’s capital city, he wound up coming of age in south London, yet his arresting debut single ‘IVRY’ pays homage to frequent childhood trips to Ivry-sur-Seine, located à la Paris. There’s a hint of R&B and soul buried within ‘IVRY’s electronic allure; Miles’ reverberating vocals paired with distinctive, thrumming production brings to mind the genres in the very best way, yet tracks like these find their beauty in ambiguity. ‘Hold tight’ Miles advises. ‘Endure your wait’. If only every payoff was this exciting. Moya Lothian-McLean
Trust Fund - “Big Asda”
JRR Tolkien (or Drew Barrymore in Donnie Darko, depending on your point of reference) believed “cellar door” to be the most beautiful combination of words in the English language, but I can tell you right now that is absolute rubbish and the correct answer is actually “Big Asda”.
Over time, the Big Supermarket has become to city-dwelling millennials what Disneyland is to the under-12’s. We’ve all found ourselves in one, feeling overwhelmed, mouths literally agape at the sheer magnitude of its crisp selection and aisles that can accommodate more than one lane of people traffic. Just like life, the Big Supermarket poses some big questions: Why are they deliberately organised to make it as hard as possible to find anything? Why is there a clothes section arranged like a town square in the middle of all the frozen stuff? But, also like life, the Big Supermarket offers no answers in return. “Big Asda” by Trust Fund perfectly summarises the feeling of being a bit lost and confused, desperately trying to find the exit and being confronted by literal walls of eggs, arms laden with everything but what you needed. Emma Garland
Bip Ling - "Bip Burger"
Like many of the greats of modern art, Bip Ling was not really understood in her own time. Back in 2006, when she was like a sort of nu-rave it girl who wore cartons of Lidl Juice for clothes, people didn’t really get it, and she was unfairly trashed in the same Myspace pile as Tila Tequila and Cory Kennedy. But since PC Music, Sophie and Kero Kero Bonito have warmed people up to postmodern deconstructions of post-internet pop culture being, like, so fun - she’s started to make sense again. Now she’s back with a song about her "Bip Burger", the most thinly veiled metaphor of 2015. Well done everyone! Sam Wolfson