Essential Listening: The Best New Music Releases In August 2023 (week 2)

Essential Listening: The Best New Music Releases In August 2023 (week 2)

Now, two weeks into the month, it's the second audition you need to attend to help you discover new music from August 2023.

But first a little update.

Metal/reggae band Skindred has released its second album and narrowly missed out on the number one spot. And the new Olivia Rodrigo will join us in September/Finally Fred again... I fell in love with you in Obongjayar.

Discover some of the best new music releases of August 2023 from Neck Deep, Daughtry, Fatboy Slim, K Motionz, DJ Zinc & Mozey, The Black Keys, Goddard, Jungle & Roots Manuva and many more.

Listen below, follow the playlists and secure tickets to see these artists live.


Primary listening: House and Techno

I want UUU - Todd Terry

Grammy-nominated house legend Todd Terry is back with another rapper that reeks of fun and groove punch.

With slapstick bass, disco-style vocals, and fiery keyboards , "UUU Need" is an uptempo swinging track. About a minute into the track, it transitions from high-end summery vibes to dark underground house sounds, back to simple yet effective bass and synth sounds.

Todd Terry is still recovering at this point in his career and will continue to demonstrate why and how he achieved legendary status.

Get tickets to see Todd Terry live here :

Locura Presented by: TODD TERRY | Saturday 2 September 2023 | Heaven in Liverpool

BCD Movement Introduces Special Guest: Todd Terry | Saturday, December 2, 2023 | Underground in Stoke-on-Trent

Essential Listening: Indies and Alternatives

Mercy Fire - Hot Chip Shoes Une Pinku

Despite having been on the scene for nearly two and a half decades, Hot Chip continues to produce gratifying electro-pop songs with style and soulful lyrics.

Fire Of Mercy is the band's first release since 2022's Freakout . For this, they hired Malaysian-Irish producer and songwriter Yon Benko.

For example, "When you go up, are you really coming down? Or is it time to change your life? Are you staring into the mouth of your infidelity?"

Get tickets to see Hot Chip live here:

The Chemical Brothers (with Hot Chip & more) | Saturday 9 September 2023 | Alexandra Head in Cardiff Bay, Cardiff

Is broken! (with Hot Chip, Basement Jaxx and others) | Saturday 21 October 2023 | Drums in London

Basic listening: drum and bass and jungle

Bad Giles - Nia Records

Born in the jungle, Nia Archives is back with another soulful anthem that will get anyone with a sense of rhythm moving.

Bad Girls is a title that represents women in their shows. It's about ignoring the raves that are playing and enjoying the music. Describing the women who come to her shows as "all punk, perfect Bush detail," Nia expresses the same sentiments she displayed on that show.

While we should focus on the music, this video is hard to ignore. The 23-year-old exudes a '90s-influenced clean-party vibe, and it's no wonder he's a visual artist.

Get tickets to see Nia Archives live here:

Sundown Festival (with /nia and other DNB artists), | Friday 1 - Sunday 3 September 2023 | Norfolk Gallery in Norwich

Primary Audience: Hip-hop and jazz

Beauty products - no name

From Nonames Sundial , their first full album and second since 2018's "Episode 25" , let's say what everyone thinks: Finally!

The rapper/singer draws inspiration from many of the greats, including Nina Simone, Missy Elliott, Patti Smith and Andre 3000, to write lyrics about social injustice and the availability of beauty, breaking European beauty standards and championing black trade.

But perhaps the most poignant lyrics in this soft, low-key artwork are "Cosplay New Identity, Same Enemy, Me." "

Do you like hip hop? You might like:

25 Years of 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' | Friday 25 August 2023 | Blues Kitchen in Manchester

Hip Hop 50 Feet by Big Daddy Kane, Onyx, Masta Ace, Ezlhi, Blade++ | Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 August 2023 | O2 Arena Kentish Town, London

Follow our essential playlists above to find the best new songs released each week, curated by the team at Skiddle.

Check out our What's On guide to find out more about the wild parties and sweaty concerts taking place over the coming weeks and months. For vacations, lifestyle events and more, visit our activities page or get inspired by the event recommendations on our inspiration page.




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