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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Oct. 20

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Jesse Crankson

U.K. singer-songwriter Sampha has become a go-to guest vocalist for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean, Solange and Stormzy. Naturally, he's got a distinctive, genre-blending style as a solo artist, too: Sampha's second full-length album, LAHAI, showcases his vulnerability, growth and gorgeous vocals, which can sound both timelessly familiar and futuristic, often simultaneously.

We've also got a new album from The Rolling Stones called Hackney Diamonds — the band's first collection of original material since 2006's A Bigger Bang — and it's a return to form that blew away the panel's expectations. And All That Was East Is West of Me Now is the new solo album from Glen Hansard, an Oscar-winning Irish singer-songwriter whose career has included lengthy stints in The Frames and The Swell Season.

Featured albums

  1. Sampha, LAHAI — featured songs:  "Dancing Circles," "Stereo Colour Cloud (Shaman's Dream)," "What If You Hypnotise Me (feat. Léa Sen)," "Spirit 2.0," "Only"
  2. The Rolling Stones, Hackney Diamonds — featured songs: "Bite My Head Off," "Depending On You," "Dreamy Skies," "Mess It Up," "Sweet Sounds Of Heaven," "Whole Wide World"
  3. Glen Hansard, All That Was East Is West of Me Now — featured songs: "The Feast Of Saint John," "Sure As The Rain," "Bearing Witness"
  4. Dylan LeBlanc, Coyote — featured song: "Dust"
  5. Helena Deland, Goodnight Summerland (out Oct. 13) — featured song: "Bright Green Vibrant Day"
  6. Valee & Michael Vincent Waller., Valeedation — featured song: "Tailor Swift"

Other notable releases

  • awakebutstillinbed — Chaos Takes the Wheel and I Am a Passenger
  • Blink-182 — ONE MORE TIME...
  • Blues Traveler — Traveler's Soul
  • Bombay Bicycle Club — My Big Day
  • Boys Like Girls — Sunday At Foxwoods
  • Cher — Christmas
  • Devo — 50 Years Of De-Evolution (1972-2023)
  • Hauschka — Philanthropy
  • Israel Nash — Ozarker
  • Katie Von Schleicher — A Little Touch of Schleicher in the Night
  • Lost Girls (Jenny Hval & Håvard Volden) — Selvutsletter
  • Pip Blom — Bobbie
  • Poolside — Blame It All On Love
  • Reverend Kristin Michael Hayter — SAVED!
  • Salt-N-Pepa — Very Necessary (30th Anniversary Edition)
  • The Shindellas — Shindo
  • Sleaford Mods — More Uk Grim EP
  • The Streets — The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light
  • Summer Walker — Girls Need Love (Girls Mix)
  • Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (first-ever release)