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The five best albums from October

Posted at 12:30 pm, November 1, 2013 in Music & Nightlife

November’s here, your energy bills have just gone through the roof and everyone’s feeling a bit sniffly. What to do about it? We recommend the following: pull on a massive jumper, make a cup of tea and put on some great new music. Here are October’s finest albums to get you started.

1. Lorde – ‘Pure Heroine’ (October 28) ★★★★☆
‘Lorde – real name Ella Yellich-Connor – is too smart and self-aware to be precocious…’ » read more and listen

 2. Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ (October 28) ★★★★☆
‘While “Reflektor” is the Montreal outfit’s furthest venture onto the dancefloor, it remains a sprawling, confused myriad of exploration, with the band sounding possessed by the haunting qualities of dance music…’ » read more and listen

3. Omar Souleyman – ‘Wenu Wenu’ (October 21) ★★★★☆
‘It’s addictive stuff: a pumping, high-BPM, hard-edged, microtonal folk-rave that makes a virtue of incessance over variety, while picking out individual instruments with exciting clarity…’ » read more and listen

4. Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’ (October 7) ★★★★☆
‘This is a debut album of pure four-to-the-floor virtuosity: one that pays its respects to everyone from Cajmere to The Chemical Brothers…’ » read more and listen

5. Paul McCartney – ‘New’ (October 14) ★★★★☆
‘McCartney has chosen to embrace the sounds that made him famous whilst keeping a keen eye on the hip producers who appeal to younger ears…’ » read more and listen

Peeved that we missed out Anna Calvi? Want to know why Poliça or Katy Perry didn’t make the cut? Cut up about James Blunt? Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more of October’s new music, and tweet us @TimeOutMusic to let us know what we missed.

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