September was busy — for record collectors, that is. We’re seeing a lot of new releases in our monthly roundup of the most popular albums, which is ranked by how many people added the record to their Collection on Discogs. To be included on each genre-specific list, the album must have been dropped in 2020 with a physical format (meaning it won’t take into consideration digital streams).
That final consideration means we are finally seeing Run the Jewels 4 from, well, Run the Jewels. The album was initially available on streaming platforms, but we finally got the vinyl and CD versions. There are several more September releases, from Thelonius Monk to The Flaming Lips, but we also need to point out the Record Store Day exclusives (come on, admit it — did you cop the new Britney Spears?) from weekends one and two; RSD will be back for one more round in October.
Repeats continue to include Khruangbin, Phoebe Bridgers, Fiona Apple, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Mac Miller’s posthumous Circles, which have all been consistently ranking high in their respective genres since their release.
What are we listening to? Sault’s Untitled (Black Is). It’s lovely, timely, groovy, and, most importantly, a must-listen. You can read more about the collective’s work on the album over at NPR.
Funk and Soul
Folk, World, and Country