Spring is for new beginnings. So what better time to instate a monthly list of the RUSSH team's favourite music releases? For our inaugural dispatch, we bring you a platter piled high with new tracks from homegrown talent like Isabella Manfredi, and artists across the ditch such as Jess B. Let's not delay any longer. Head to Spotify, you've got some listening to catch up on. Below, the music releases we haven't pressed pause on this September 2022.
Forest Claudette, Hologram
Release date: September 2
There are some musical comparisons that are drawn out of laziness, then there are those that just make sense. If you're a fan of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange or Dev Hynes, then you'll want to get your ears around Forest Claudette, immediately. The Melbourne-based artist melts slow, seductive beats with pithy phrasing, and with his debut album The Year Of February promised for the end of September, we'll be milking these three tracks of all their honeyed glory.
Isabella Manfredi, izzi
Release date: September 2
We've long anticipated Isabella Manfredi's solo return to music. In the wake of The Preatures disbanding, the artist has endured many changes, both on a personal and global level. That's why for her solo debut, Manfredi took the opportunity to carve out space to interrogate who izzi really is, breaking this persona down if only to forge it into something stronger and more concentrated. More than anything, "it was quite a healthy, grounding outcome of the last two years to chisel her out of my identity and give her her own role", Isabella explains, "one where the boundaries aren't blurred".
Read our interview with Manfredi here, where we discuss the process of making izzi, and her attraction to folk and country music.
Alicia Davis, Old Habits Die Hard
Release date: September 16
Who hasn't been entangled in a toxic love cycle? Model and musician Alicia Davis takes us to ground zero of this heartbreak, penning a track about a relationship that's run its course, although no one can seem to leave. It's heady and addictive just like the romance at the heart of the song.
JessB, Can't Fake It
Release date: September 20
JessB knows. We can count on the New Zealand-based rapper to amp us up every time, and her latest track "Can't Fake It" is no exception. Play it in the car, at the club, while filing your taxes, literally I do not care. Just turn it on and move. The sonic example of no thoughts, just vibes.
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Release date: September 30
Listen to these standout releases on Spotify.