Ready-made alternatives to hyped new albums

Spare yourself the trauma of another Frank Ocean-type delay to a buzzy LP. Listen to these awesome backups now

The covers of albums JLin – Black Origami: The Motherboard andMoodyman – DJ Kicks

The Dance One

Hype album: JLin – Black Origami: The Motherboard (December)
The latest from the Chicago footwork artist behind 2015’s acclaimed Dark Energy, a restless, jittery album that won’t let you sit still.

Alternative: Moodyman – DJ Kicks. Listen now
Deep cuts and dust-skimmed bangers from the legend. Full of mad little detours and shifts; this is a risky party option. Get it right and bask in adulation. Get it wrong… well, they’re idiots anyway!

The album covers of De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody and Schoolboy Q – Blank Face

The Rap One

Hype album: De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody (out Friday)
What a screamer this is shaping up to be. Consciousness-expanding New York veterans De La Soul are back. Hackney Wick will be awash with battered DLS T-shirts, bought pristine the day before.

Alternative: Schoolboy Q – Blank Face. Listen now
A typically tuneful-yet-aggressive album from a man who always seems to be simmering beneath his calm delivery. Smooth choruses swoop in to release all that sinister build-up.

The album covers of Warpaint – Heads Up and Parquet Courts – Human Performance

The Indie One

Hype album: Warpaint – Heads Up (September 23)
The LA four-piece, a fixture in every 2014 playlist, are still knocking around. And here’s the proof! A welcome return for one of the most infectiously energetic bands going.

Alternative: Parquet Courts – Human Performance. Listen now
Brooklyn-based twitchers who veer between rasping distortion and crisp lyrical cynicism. Album No5 came out earlier this year and it’s typically shape-shifting and odd, but very good.

The album covers of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree and James Blake – The Colour In Anything

The Broody One

Hype album: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
You know the drill: darkly spun webs full of lyrical intensity, sung in that oaky, haunted voice. Who’s ready to get thoroughly creeped out!

Alternative: James Blake – The Colour In Anything. Listen now
An archetypal broken-heart album. Pallid introspection, multi-layered angst and ultra-nuanced production from a man apparently on a mission to play every Saturday evening of every festival in the world. An excellent album to miss the night bus to.

The album covers of Slaves – Take Control and Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial

The High-Energy One

Hype album: Slaves – Take Control (September 30)
The sonic equivalent of having multiple footballs booted at your head, Slaves are an odd one. Big enough to orbit the fringe of the mainstream, they still write about being skint. It won’t be boring.

Alternative: Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial. Listen now
A paragon of buttoned-up nerdy angst. Show us anyone who doesn’t want to hurl the settee out the window after listening to Destroyed By Hippie Powersand we’ll show you a disgrace and a liar.

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