March 2023 albums guide

New albums to be released | March albums guide

March is cranking-up the big-name album releases for the year, with Slowthai, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey all dropping hugely anticipated records this month. Here’s our pick of the best albums.

Kali Uchis – Red Moon In Venus, (3 March)

Kali Uchis Red Moon In Venus

Colombian-American artist Kali Uchis has kicked-on since standout features with the likes of Gorillaz and Tyler, the Creator. Arriving two years after she dropped her first full Spanish-language album, Sin Miedo (del Amor y Otros Demonios) ∞, the astrological title of Red Moon In Venus is owing to it being a “burning expression of desire, heartbreak, faith, and honesty, reflecting the divine femininity of the moon and Venus,” the singer has said.

Mimi Webb – Amelia, (3 March)

Mimi Webb Amelia

Mimi Webb has been making huge strides since 2020 and represents a genuine TikTok success story after Charli D’Amelio featured her debut single ‘Before I Go’ on one of her posts on the platform. Since then, a mammoth amount of touring, as well as performing at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, has established Webb as an exciting new force in pop, with a Best New Artist nomination at this year’s BRITs acknowledging that. Combined, these have made her debut album, Amelia, an anticipated prospect.

Slowthai – Ugly, (3 March)

Slowthai Ugly

Things get messy on the third album from Northampton’s biggest musical export. Enlisting the likes of Shygirl and Fontaines D.C. – not to mention bringing the superb production nous of Dan Carey – Ugly is a stomping affair that offers some of the best work from Slowthai. The promo around the album’s releases to-date also signify an artist fully dedicated to his art, with Slowthai (real name, Tyron Kaymone Frampton) even encasing himself in a glass room for eight hours straight.

The Lathums – From Nothing To A Little Bit More, (3 March)

The Lathums From Nothing To A Little Bit More

Wigan outfit The Lathums drop their second album this month, From Nothing To A Little Bit More. The follow-up to their number one debut released in 2021 (which pipped Drake’s Certified Love Boy to the post in the charts at the time), it’s a record that takes on a slightly more melancholic aspect, embracing some of the more fraught aspects of life. The new album comes ahead of The Lathums’ biggest headline show to-date, when they take on Manchester’s 8,000-capacity Castlefield Bowl in the summer. Read about frontman Alex Moore’s views on that show, the new album, and more in our interview.

Miley Cyrus – Endless Summer Vacation, (10 March)

Miley Cyrus Endless Summer Vacation

Judging by the enormous response to Miley Cyrus’ dance-pop banger ‘Flowers’, the lead single from her forthcoming album, which broke Spotify’s one-week streaming record, there’s a huge swathe of anticipation for Endless Summer Vacation. The eighth studio album from Cyrus, it will no doubt add to her highly commendable, arguably overlooked catalogue of bangers.

Yves Tumor – Praise A Lord Who Chews. But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply: Hot Between Worlds), (17 March)

Yves Tumor Praise A Lord Who Chews. But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply- Hot Between Worlds)

Yves Tumor is such an enigma that assessing their musical output to date also feels like a slippery task. Yet the fact remains whenever you listen to an Yves Tumor track, you’re reminded of their incredible artistic sensibilities, which blends an array of genres so seamlessly as to make any such categorisation redundant. Sinister, moody ‘Echolalia’, released at the end of January this year was such a reminder – and makes the forthcoming, wordily-titled album it’s taken from a real gem to keep an ear out for.

Depeche Mode – Memento Mori, (24 March)

Depeche Mode Memento Mori

Depeche Mode have been teasing their 15th studio album since the start of the year, after releasing a cryptic countdown on their website in January. Memonto Mori will be a poignant record for the English new wave legends, as it will be the first since the sudden death of co-founder and keyboardist Andy Fletcher in May last year. The 12-track album has been billed as “a vast expansion of moods and textures”.

Lana Del Rey – Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd, (24 March)

Lana Del Rey Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd

March is a significant month for album drops from big-name female artists, with Lana Del Rey’s Did you know that there’s a tunnel under Ocean Blvd dropping a couple of weeks after Miley Cyrus’ Endless Summer Vacation. Preceded by its track title and the recently released ‘A&W’, it’s the biggest release this month (hate to say it Boygenius and Slowthai fans, but it’s true), and sees Lana team up once more with Jack Antonoff, lead singer of Bleachers and one of the most sought-after producers currently.

Boygenius – The Record, (31 March)

Boygenius the record

Boygenius fans in the UK are likely still grinning cheek-to-cheek after the recent announcement of the band’s debut UK shows. This will include a huge outdoor show at Gunenrsbury Park in August, where the rapturous crowd will no doubt be singing along with Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker to every lyric from their new album out this month, the record.

DMA’s – How Many Dreams?, (31 March)

DMA’s How Many Dreams?

Aussie outfit DMA’s have gained a reputation for their Britpop-esque sound. This has helped them build a dedicated following on these shores, with three top 40 UK albums – each one climbing higher than the last. How Many Dreams? incorporates that thumping guitar sound of their debut with some of the electronic-tinged elements of their previous album, 2020’s The Glow. Read all about the making of the album in our interview with the band’s guitarist Johnny Took.

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