Inflight audio

Whether you want to relax or up the volume, here is a selection from the huge library of albums available onboard this September.

A. R. Rahman - Pelé
Noted Indian composer A. R. Rahman had never heard of Pelé when he was invited to work on the movie. One Google session later and he was inspired to pen this soundtrack, featuring his characteristic mix of electronica and traditional Indian music.

Benny Benassi
Benassi’s latest album is an eclectic beast and no mistake. Crammed with short tracks, and with John Legend, Vassy and Elle Vee among the guests, it spans deep house, pop, and banging club anthems. Reach for the lazers, indeed.

Blue Pills
Blues Pills ransack their record collection for this classic-rock rooted second album, the result being an unholy and endlessly enjoyable update of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Led Zeppelin. Can you smell that? That’s denim, that is.

Calvin Harris - Motion
When you’re as a big as Calvin Harris, the A-list singers come to you. Thus his latest pairing of dance hooks with nagging pop melodies features guest appearances from Ellie Goulding, Gwen Stefani and HAIM, among others. Resistance is useless.

Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
Translated as ‘human warmth’, Christine And The Queens’ debut album delivers on all the promise and showmanship she displayed at Glastonbury, with standout track ‘Tilted’ a taster of even more quirky synthpop delights to come.

Fifth Harmony - 7/27
US girl group Fifth Harmony were formed on the second series of X Factor USA, and… wait, come back! They’re actually really good, with this second album combining a Spice Girls’ pop zest with lots of soul and hooks you can sing in the shower.

Kate Tempest - Everybody Down
Bit of a Marmite experience this one – as in, you’re either going to love it or hate it. Tempest, in case you don’t know, is the highly regarded ‘street poet’ with a smart line in coruscating observation about modern life in the UK. Set to music her poems become raps or, 12 ‘chapters’ telling one unique story.

The Kills - Ash & Ice
Parental Advisory. No, The Kills haven’t changed much in their ten-year, five-album career so far: they’re still a dynamite combination of Jamie Hince’s lo-fi grinding riffs and Alison Mosshart’s sneering lyrics. But you know what they say? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Maxwell - BLACKsummers'night
Soul maestro Maxwell’s fifth album forms the second part of his BLACKsummers’night trilogy. Based around the concept of a woman, Black Summers, on a night out, it’s had critics purring with pleasure, inviting comparisons to Prince, among others.

Meghan Trainor - Thank You
After snaffling a Grammy as well as a brace of Brits, Meghan returns with a second album that flips the script by introducing an R&B edge to her sound. The result is pure pop: singalong anthems, lots of fun. Job done.

Samuel - Luv Cry
Parental Advisory. Raised in gypsy camps and children’s homes, Irish-born Samuel takes his tough upbringing and pours it into his music on this superb debut EP. With his mix of folk, R&B and electronica tipped for big things, remember, you heard him here first.

Theo Croker - Escape Velocity
Trumpeter Theo Croker is a breath of fresh air in the jazz scene. Fittingly, this album doesn't attempt to fit a single category, instead drawing upon the first principle of jazz: to merge and interpret history, styles and ideas.

Wiley - Playtime is Over
The man they call The Godfather of Grime released this near-definitive statement of intent in 2007, and it still sounds as fresh, as relevant and as downright funky now as it did then. Original, fresh and funny, this is Grime done right.

Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
Edinburgh-based hip-hop trio Young Fathers snaffled the Mercury Music Prize for their debut Dead – then promptly bettered that album with this, their follow-up. As before, White Men Are Black Men Too mixes hip-hop and soul with psychedelia and politics to create a unique and intoxicating album many critics said was the best of last year.

Boarding music

Here's what you'll be dancing in the aisles to..

Tears - Clean Bandit
All My Love - Lack of Afro
Teardrops - Izzy Bizu
I Could Be The One - Maxi Priest
Sunshine Holiday - Carolyn Franklin
Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
Here I Am - Tom Odell
Magnificent Time - Travis
Mellow Out - Nathaniel Rateliff
Black Lines - Richard Ashcroft
Red Red Wine - James Morrison
In Fashion - Gregory Porter
Just Landed - Cantoma
Love Train - Soul Clap
Here I Am - Clare Maguire

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