July 2021, the month where gigs returned to what we all know and love. The Mercury Prize shortlist for this year was set, with some familiar (and unfamiliar) faces featured on About That Record making the shortlist. With releases slightly tailing off for the summer, the excitement from gigs and the Mercury nominations have kept us going throughout July, as well as the following five records, which were our favourites last month.

Horsey – Debonair

The debut album from Horsey is a powerful creation of chaotic, changing layers and arrangement sonics. Debonair is as pure and crude as it is refreshing , each sound, note, passage etc has beautiful delicacy in its composition, from the gentle Underground to the rage fuelled Arms and Legs

YONAKA – Seize The Power

A mixtape that we reviewed last month (read our review here), YONAKA released a truly stunning, powerful, heavy and moving mixtape of eight tracks with us last month. With four new releases (on top of the four previously released singles), YONAKA staked their claim as our favourite records from last month from not having a refined number of tracks that made as big of an impact as a double length album.

moa moa – Colton Candy

Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label has released its 36th single with South London psych-pop band moa moa. Their third single Colton Candy is packed with wonky and deafening bass lines and miscellaneous sparkles infusing a light and uplifting sound.

GIRLI – Dysmorphia 

Packed with crafty beats and warping synth pads, GIRLI’s latest single of empowerment centres around body shaming. Writing on a topic that encapsulates such negativity blends perfectly with GIRLI’s musicianship; her ability to be explicitly political whilst writing music alongside the centre-piece and ‘USP’ of her music to create banger after banger is a true talent.

Inhaler  It Won’t Always Be Like This

After sitting on their album title track, It Won’t Always Be Like This for almost a decade, Inhaler finally released their long awaited debut album last month; hit after hit are built upon the classic indie-rock sounds of the Dublin four-piece’s guitars and Elijah Hewson’s seemless and silky, yet piercing, vocals. 

Listen to our new music for July playlist here.

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