10 Albums You Need to Hear in June

Summer is here, and June is shaping up as a bumper month for album releases. As ever, we’ve pored over release schedules and reviewed our own personal wish list and come up with a list of the ten records we reckon will be worth hearing (and hopefully worth repeated listening) over the coming weeks. They include everything from cerebral 4AD-approved hip hop to the return of Patti Smith, along with something that we’d really, really like for our birthday. What’s on your shopping list this month? Let us know in the comments.

Liars — WIXIW (June 5)

This record, which finds Liars working with Mute’s Daniel Miller and embracing the synthesizer with gusto, is pretty much the best thing we’ve heard all year. It’s streaming at the moment, so we won’t say too much more about it, save to suggest that you a) listen and b) purchase. (We also suggest you read this excellent review from our friends at The Quietus.)