Put This in Your Ear: The 30 Best Songs of September

From new LCD Soundsystem to Big Boi's NSFW take on desserts

By Kirk Miller

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01 September 2017

Each month, we curate a playlist of our favorite new music. To give you a little context, here’s a five-point deep dive into the songs you can expect to plug up the airwaves for the next 30 or so days.

1. September’s theme: Where have you been? 
For all the young talent on this 30-song playlist, let’s take a moment to respect our elders. Back after extended absences: LCD Soundsystem, Mogwai, The National, Foo Fighters, Fischerspooner (damn, feelin’ like 2002 all over again), Wu-Tang Clan, Beck, Brand New and Robert Plant.

2. Who the hell is ... King Krule?
An indie British musician who mixes trip-hop, lounge and lyrical despondency. A bit Lynch-ian in delivery, NPR aptly called him a singer “who beat-sings poetry that tumbles up and down like a diary written in M.C. Escher-space, through a voice like a languorous boxing glove.”

3. Curveball pick: Alex Cameron, “Runnin’ Outta Luck”
The Aussie musician used to perform under the high-concept guise of a failed lounge singer. A few years later, Cameron is a success: He’s signed to a good indie label (Secretly Canadian), collaborating with Angel Olsen and members of Foxygen, and co-writing songs — like this one — with the Killers’ Brandon Flowers. Which might be why this ‘80s ballad sounds like a Sam’s Town b-side.

4. Best new video: Big Boi ft. Troze, “Chocolate”
“Sweet tooth / baby, make that dollar stretch.” The more active half of Outkast flavors his new electro banger with some NSFW dessert imagery.

5. The next big thing: Lil Uzi Vert
You might know him from his guest stint on “Bad and Boujee,” but the Philly rapper is multilayered: he loves Paramore and Marilyn Manson, often gets tagged as part of the new wave of “emo” hip-hop, and says he eventually wants to make a rock album. But for his proper debut, just released, he’s working with The Weeknd and Pharrell ... and making sounds that fit comfortably next to his Migos cohorts.

(Top photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

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