And there were several greats to choose from…

When you get to October, it’s (sadly?) inevitable in this business to begin thinking about the best albums of the year. There’s plenty still to come, of course – great albums, which will warrant considerable acclaim. But some minds are already set: what’s been will factor in the year-end equation, and what’s to be is likely to miss out.

Luckily for those already shaping their lists, September saw some truly special LPs make it into the wild. Here are just six favourites from the month – but you can follow all of Clash’s album reviews here.

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Shellac – ‘Dude Incredible’
(Touch & Go, released September 15th)

“From the twisting opening of the title track onwards, anyone with previous experience of Shellac is in no doubt as to the makers of this racket – their primary characteristics are not front-page splashes, headline-generating wackiness, but expert musicianship honed over 22 years of togetherness, and more.”

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Leonard Cohen – ‘Popular Problems’
(Columbia, released September 22nd)

“He’s 80, but still sounds incredible. You can hear his age; he takes his time and his band gives him space, making this album, lucky number 13 for the Canadian singer, cool and utterly enchanting.”

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Perfume Genius – ‘Too Bright’
(Caroline, released September 22nd)

“While the mode of delivery has evolved, the vivid lyrical imagery of old and the soulful falsetto remain. The material more than matches the ambition on these 11 bewitching songs.”

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Aphex Twin – ‘Syro’
(Warp Records, released September 22nd)

“It’s an effortless comeback that almost plays like a greatest hits set. Tighter than ‘Drukqs’ and a more immediately engaging collection than could have been predicted, this Big Deal is one that stands up to the amazing hype and comes away not too shabby at all.”

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Paul White – ‘Shaker Notes’
(R&S, released September 29th)

“A continual presence in hip-hop’s leftfield, Paul White’s journey to prominence has been accompanied by some of the producer’s most direct, inviting music to date. Now working with R&S Records, ‘Shaker Notes’ finds White once more taking risks.”

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LV & Josh Idehen – ‘Islands’
(Keysound, released September 15th)

“In muddy hi-def, LV beef up debut ‘Routes’ with a grass roots handle on tightly knitted futurism. Gritty gold is forged from cast-iron techniques and improvised mergers, entertaining brain cells and hip bones with doughty garage and dubstep, and drip­downs of broken beat and astral soul.”

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