5 Albums to Download this Month

With so much choice out there, it's easy to get lazy and just stick to old favourites. If your Spotify playlists are getting a little tired, or your iPod could do with a refresh, we've got some cracking new music to cure what ails you. We've dipped into what the critics and fans are raving about this month to serve up five of the best albums of March 2016. Get these beauties in your earholes, pronto...

 

1. untitled unmastered – Kendrick Lamar

A surprise release from a man who has absolutely nothing left to prove musically, lyrically or professionally. untitled unmastered is full of fascinating insight into Lamar's process and a confident statement of his prowess. Rich, intelligent and multi-layered, there's a lot of food for thought here and, even if you're not hungry for a thinker, it sounds stupidly good.

 

2.  Chaosmosis – Primal Scream

The veteran Glaswegian band are enjoying a late career Renaissance lately. Their 11th album out this month is a noisy, upbeat but troubling introspective album from addiction-plagued frontman Bobby Gillespie, featuring guest vocals from Haim. Piano riffs, squealing, distorted guitars… there's a lot of stuff going on here.

 

3. Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop

Drawling, fuzzy, Josh Homme-produced, Bowie-influenced pop rock from rock'n'roll icon Iggy Pop. His new album won't blow your socks off, but if you're a fan of Iggy's particular brand of cool, this somewhat more adult, restrained album will be – well – music to your ears.

 

4. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld

For a dance act with almost 30 years under their belts, Underworld still have plenty of vitality and fresh ideas. Their latest album, after a hiatus of six years, is packed with swirling synths, huge sounds and awesome horns.

 

5. No Fantasty Required - Tiga

Very, very cool electropop from dependably cool Tiga. Ridiculously stylish and cultivatedly haughty, Tiga delivers very, very danceable, techno-infused fare, peppered with sparse and sophisticated one-liners.

 

Which new albums have earned their place on your playlists and in your libraries this month? Share your picks of the bunch on the Base London Facebook group.