Retrospective is our monthly column that seeks to dig up the sonic remnants of that old iPod you gave to your little brother without thinking about what you might have been giving away. Remember September? As Larry Day points out, musically, it's a hard month to forget.

It seems every September is ready to burst with high-calibre, fresh releases; the month often boasts a bumper crop, and 2013 doesn't fail to impress. This year alone we've seen the likes of Haim, the Weeknd CHVRCHES, Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monáe and MGMT drop new records. Perhaps it's due to the post-festival lull being a prime spot to fill, or maybe that while everyone's been gallivanting over the summer months, there's more cash to flash now that the sun's vanished. Whatever the reason, we're entering a new season in music – more gigs, more records and many, many more renditions of garish Christmas songs are just around the corner. Yes, Christmas. It's less than three months away.

Before all the mistletoe and jolly shit, here's the best forgotten gems over September's past.

In a 2012 ripe with potent offerings, September was a particularly stellar period. Kreayshawn's contentious debut, Animal Collective's Centipede Hz, the St. Vincent/David Byrne collab, Cruel Summer, Grizzly Bear's Shields and The xx's sophomore all exploded into public consciousness. As did Mika's third outing. The Origin Of Love was the dawn of a new era for the popstar. Toned down were the florid flourishes of kook and flip - instead we had chest-thumping, dancefloor pulsing synthpop. 'Emily'/'Elle Me Dit' (he sang a French and an English version) was a surprise hit in the chart of our Gallic neighbours; it didn't fare so well here, but the chorus and bridge are undeniable nuggets of pure pop pomp.

The short-lived electropop quartet Innerpartysystem dropped their debut in the ninth month of 2008, alongside Mogwai, Portugal. The Man., Okkervil River, The Sound Of Animals Fighting and TV On The Radio. The Pennsylvanian outfit - whose moniker derived from a line in 1984 - only survived for five years, releasing one solitary LP, but left a mark in the form of polished industrial-tinged pop and a smattering of singles.

Dance-punks The Rapture unleashed their much-lauded debut a decade ago. It spawned tracks like 'Echoes', made re-famous by Misfits, and 'House Of Jealous Lovers', which stormed to the upper echelons of 'Best Of The 2000s' lists everywhere. It's a maniacal onslaught of jittery NYC Strokes-esque rock, flecked with art-pop, cowbell and club beats. Upon release, the record contended with Metric's first LP, The Decemberists' second outing, Bowie's Reality and Amanda Palmer's Dresden Dolls debut.

Quarter of a century ago, an ethereal dreampop landmark erupted. Cocteau Twins dropped their seminal Blue Bell Knoll album. While it received warm-to-mixed reviews upon initial release, it has aged like a fine wine, and is revered as a highlight of their illustrious career. Weaving atmospheric, cinematic guitars with the enduring churn of synth drones and Elizabeth Fraser's gothic soprano, the record is a brimming with sonic twists and emotional rivulets that demand complete, unadulterated focus.

50 years ago this month, we had tremendous efforts from Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, Cliff Richard, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock, plus a Motown classic from Martha & The Vandellas. Iconic surf-rock band The Beach Boys also released Surfer Girl in the USA, featuring legendary numbers like the title track and 'Little Deuce Coupe'. Before the tumultuous events in later years, The Beach Boys attracted fame, fortune and produced some of the most memorable music of the '60s, and popularised the one of rock'n'roll's most famous subgenres, and this is exemplary of why they're still such favourites the world over.