by Ed Biggs
August has been a terrific month for music: not least because of the headline-grabbing return of Frank Ocean with not one, but two new albums in the shape of visual project Endless, following two days later on August 20th by Blonde, currently sitting atop the charts on both sides of the Atlantic and many markets around the world.
But there were several more great pieces of news for music fans, with heavyweights in the form of Bon Iver, Lambchop and Wilco announcing new records both due for release in September, and more tracks arrived from the legendary Massive Attack. Oxford four-piece Glass Animals released a great second LP, How To Be A Human Being, at the end of August, while the much talked-about supergroup Prophets Of Rage (members of Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill…) announced details of an EP.
The nominations for the Mercury Music Prize were announced early in the month: nods were given to Anohni, David Bowie, Bat For Lashes, Jamie Woon, The 1975, Michael Kiwanuka, Laura Mvula, Kano, Skepta, Radiohead, Savages and The Comet Is Coming. The award ceremony is on September 15th, with the dozen narrowed down to six nominees for the evening itself, one of whom is nominated by a public vote.
While we’ll be providing a preview of the Mercurys in the coming weeks, and attempting to live-tweet the evening itself, please enjoy our edited highlights reel of the best new music in August 2016 – click here for our Spotify playlist!
Tags: August 2016, Bon Iver, Ed Biggs, Glass Animals, Grimes, Honeyblood, Lambchop, Massive Attack, playlist, Prophets Of Rage, Spotify, Teleman, Warpaint, Wilco
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