This Month's Vinyl Picks: October 2021
Ed Sheeran returns to wreak havoc on the charts once more, Sault deliver their fifth album in under three years, and the Beatles' Let it Be gets a remix...
Ed Sheeran: =
The undisputed king of the charts makes his keenly anticipated return this month with =, his fourth ‘proper’ studio album and surely the point at which he’ll have to start coming up with actual titles from here on in. Featuring recent releases ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Shivers’ and ‘Visiting Hours’, the new album features 14 new tracks in all and features writing and production input from Amy Wadge, Steve Mac and Johnny McDaid, among others.
Due to land in stores on October 29, the album is available in two vinyl flavours – a standard black version and a limited edition pressed on white vinyl. Get ‘em while they’re hot…
Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under
Two years on from the release of his chart-topping debut album Hypersonic Missiles, Sam Fender is back with its follow-up this month as his new album Seventeen Going Under, which includes recent singles ‘Spit of You’ and ‘Get You Down’.
Due to arrive on October 8, the album is available as a standard black vinyl or a limited edition clear vinyl version that’s exclusive to hmv (with CD and cassette tape versions on offer too).
Dream Theater: A View from the Top of the World
Prog rockers Dream Theater return in October with their 15th studio album A View from the Top of the World, the first to be recorded in their recently-established New York studio DTHQ.
Featuring just seven tracks, but still topping 70 minutes, the new album arrives in stores on October 22 and in addition to a black vinyl & CD combo edition there’s also a limited edition exclusively available at hmv, comprising CD, LP booklet and a 2LP version of the album pressed onto beautiful apricot vinyl.
Forever Living Originals
The latest in a string of recent albums from the mysterious collective Sault, Nine is their fifth full-length offering and sees them continuing to mine the rich veins of soul, funk and R&B that have helped to inform their gritty trademark sound, adding to an impressive body of work produced in a very short space of time.
Made available digitally earlier this year for a period of 99 days, the new album arrives in physical form this month, with Nine due to land in stores on October 8. There’s just the black vinyl option on offer here, but it’s still one you’ll want to add to your collection.
Duran Duran: Future Past
The new romantics return with their 15th studio album this month, one that sees them continue their creative partnership with producer Mark Ronson while also adding a couple of others into the mix – namely Erol Alkan and synth pioneer Giorgio Moroder. The album features some great guest performers too, including Blur’s guitarist Graham Coxon and Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li.
Set to arrive in stores on October 22, the album is available both on white vinyl and as a limited edition pressed on red vinyl.
Various Artists: Drive OST (10th Anniversary Edition)
Surely one of the coolest film soundtracks of the last decade, Nicolas Winding Refn's icy thriller Drive turns 10 years old this month and marks the occasion with a gorgeous anniversary edition this month, with a new 2LP version pressed onto pink and blue vinyl due to arrive in stores on October 8.
Featuring the likes of Chromatics, Desire, College and, of course, Kavinsky’s ‘Nightcall’, this is a stunning special edition that looks every bit as cool as it sounds.
The Beatles: Let it Be - Special Edition
Giles Martin has once again worked his magic with a new anniversary remix of another album from the Beatles extensive back catalogue as their final album released before their split makes a return to stores this month.
Available in various formats including a standard vinyl with Martin’s remixes of the original tracklist of Let it Be and a deluxe CD version which adds alternate takes, the most interesting option is the super deluxe 4LP box set, which also adds Led Zeppelin engineer Glynn Johns' previosuly unreleased mix of the album, as well as some early rehearsals of songs from Abbey Road such as ‘Polythene Pam’. All formats arrive in stores on October 15, which should tide you over until the arrival of Peter Jackson’s Beatles film next month.
Spice Girls: Spice (25th Anniversary Zoetrope Picture Disc)
Virgin EMI Records
We’re not sure how much crossover there is between Spice Girls fans and avid vinyl collectors, but if that’s you, this is a real treat. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Spice Girls are set to serve up a stunning vinyl edition of their debut LP with a limited edition ‘Zoetrope’ picture disc arriving in stores this month, as well as five different coloured editions of the LP, each with artwork featuring your favourite Spice.
All are due to male their entrance on October 29. If you’re a die-hard Spice Girls fan, buy the lot. And if you’re not, buy the Zoetrope vinyl anyway, turn the speakers down and just watch it spin…