Not sure what to listen to this season? With so much new music out this month, there just isn’t enough time to hear it all. Check out our September music round-up for a few tracks to help you prepare for your game, get through your workout or just chill out on the bus ride home.
J. Cole: Cole World: The Sideline Story
One of rap’s best-kept secrets, J. Cole has already made a name for himself in the underground scene, and now he’s about to break through to the mainstream. His debut album features some big names like Trey Songz, Drake, Missy Elliott and J. Cole’s mentor himself, Jay-Z. Cole told fans to expect a bit of a different sound from his mixtapes, but he’ll continue to be a breath of fresh air in the industry, discussing topics that don’t typically get a lot of airplay. His beats are fantastic and full of energy, perfect for a warm-up or pre-game ritual. Every locker room will want a copy of this disc.
A late 2008 plane crash involving drummer Travis Barker set the wheels in motion for the members of Blink-182 to reunite. Three years later and eight years after their last album, Neighborhoods was released Sept. 27. Long-time fans of the group won’t find the sophomoric humor that characterized tracks such as “What’s My Age Again?” and “Dammit.” Then again, the band’s members are nearing their 40’s, so a more mature sound is to be expected. The influence of the group’s various side projects (especially Angels & Airwaves and +44) seep through, but it’s still nice to see Blink making music together again—and Barker’s drumming sets a great beat for an afternoon run.
The Kooks: Junk of the Heart
British indie rockers The Kooks released their third studio album on Sept. 12, featuring the return of original drummer Paul Garred. The lead single, “Is It Me,” continues the band’s simple pop melodies with soothing harmonies. The hooks on this CD: a great way to relax after a tough game or workout.
Anthrax: Worship Music
Another band that hadn’t released an album of original material in eight years, Anthrax came back strong with their latest offering, even if the road was bumpy. Originally set for a mid-2009 release, the album got pushed back two years as the band changed vocalists, causing many tracks to be re-recorded. But what Anthrax calls their “most emotional album” truly delivers. The group’s unique blend of hard rock with melodic vocals creates an album that’s quite catchy, even if some of the lyrical content isn’t so upbeat. Besides, when getting ready for a game, the “never say die” attitude combined with thrashing guitars and percussion can’t be topped.
Originally slated for a Sept. 27 release, Biophilia is now due out Oct. 10, but it’s still noteworthy as the world’s first “app album,” in collaboration with Apple. Each of the 10 tracks will be released as an app, with interactive games and artwork accompanying the music. Björk’s hauntingly smooth vocals are a great, mellow way to unwind after a long day of practice.