September was a fantastic month for music, and almost all of the great releases came courtesy of female vocalists (The Weeknd’s Kiss Land being the only other great record of note that comes to mind). It’s nearly impossible to pick my favorite, so here are all of the best in alphabetical order.

 

Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe

The Bones of What You Believe is electronic snyth-pop at its best. Plus lead singer Lauren Mayberry just wrote an amazing editorial bashing online sexism.

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FKA Twigs – EP2

While EP2 is just that, a four song EP, FKA Twigs’ sultry vocal talent shines through on each of the songs.

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 HAIM – Days Are Gone

HAIM’s blend of pop and rock works perfectly to make a record that’s at times fun and upbeat, at times dark, and at times straight out of the soft-rock era of the late eighties. These three sisters have crafted a sound that’s entirely their own, and it makes for an incredible record.

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Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop

The most straightforward pop album in the list, and also one of the most fun. If you’re sick of hearing “I Love It” on the radio every five minutes, fear not, the rest of the album is much better. Turn it on and dance.

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Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

The Electric Lady is the longest of the records, clocking in at over an hour. It’s a concept album that’s incredibly rewarding to listen to all the way through, but there are plenty of songs that shine on their own.

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Krewella – Get Wet

Krewella started out as mostly vocal dubstep, but Get Wet finds them incorporating house and trap into their repertoire, and the result is a rager of album that you can dance your ass off to and sing along to.

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London Grammar – If You Wait

Moody, depressing, and hauntingly beautiful, London Grammar is a perfect band to listen to alone on late nights. It sounds like a more talented Florence, if her machine was the xx.

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Lorde – Pure Heroine

This seventeen-year-old Australian phenom burst into the music scene with the wildly popular “Royals”. Her debut LP is more of the same catchy, well written material that got her here in the first place. I’ve been listening to this album and Days Gone By more than any of the others by far. It’s becoming a problem.

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Potty Mouth – Hell Bent

Where would a list of great female-helmed albums be without an all-female feminist punk band? This shit is fun.

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San Fermin – San Fermin (Honorable Mention)

While San Fermin is the moniker for composer/producer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, his debut album heavily features vocals from the amazingly talented ladies of the band Lucius. San Fermin’s arrangements mesh perfectly with their vocals to create a beautiful, Dirty-Projectors-esque album.

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