As we see out this year, we take a look at some of the best albums we’ve discovered this year … based on our reader “most listens.”
We are more than aware of the likes of FKA Twigs, Beyonce, The Weeknd and Charli XCX clogging up your peripherals with their new ‘popular’ music, but what about those that may have slipped your radar..?
A searing debut for therapy-seekers. FFO Katy J Pearson, Wolf Alice.
Porridge Radio: Waterslides, Diving Board, Ladder to the Sky
Splintered in more ways than one, it is a vital alternative voice to the fresh and new.
Rina Sawayama: Hold The Girl
Tokyo-happy Rina is a brazen artist with beats to boot. Pure energy.
Steve Lacy: Gemini Rights
Airy alternative R&B artistry traipsing similar grounds to Tyler, The Creator. Bad Habit was this years’ blow-up.
Dry Cleaning: Stumpwork
Archaic spoken-word post-punk, it’s unusually desirable and perfectly “London.”
black midi: Hellfire
Deep in the alternative underground, comes black midi. Are you afraid of the dark?
Paolo Nutini: Last Night in the Bittersweet
A delectable undressing into Paolo’s lovable language, six years in the making.
Baby Strange: World Below
Be careful. There’s a curfew amidst the World Below.
Viagra Boys: Cave World
The Swedish sextet bring primal instincts to the cavity of free-form post-punk.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Unlimited Love
New Peppers brings a healthy detox of sparkling groove and depth – with Frusciante back at the helm.
Florence + The Machine: Dance Fever
Imploring mystique to a lurid escape is Florence’s bread. Dance Fever is poetically beautiful in all the right places.
Sports Team: gulp!
Exploring the disdainful while seeing the funny side, it is a splash of colour into the alternative indie rock fuzz.
Ezra Collective: Where I’m Meant To Be
Pioneers of the new-wave UK jazz scene, this quintessential quintet is a true celebration of life and music itself.
Everything Everything: Raw Data Feel
A new striking form of songwriting. A catchy, cut-throat sixth as the art of artificial takes centre stage
Jack White: Fear of the Dawn
Reincarnating the blues is no easy feat. Sparks of energy and distorted thumps make it a spicy return for the man in baby blue.
Black Country, New Road: Ants From Up There
A band distinct in sound, it sets apart poetic indifference in the work of experimental rock.
easy life – MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE…
Smudgy lo-fi indie pop art brings sunshine to an otherwise dark world.
Loyle Carner – hugo
A retrospective pondering to the mark of jazz rap soundscapes. This is hugo.
Debonair lounge-rock with a touch of brooding Francois. AM are back.
Fontaines DC: Skinty Fia
An instalment of dark Irish magic, It’s post-punk at its best.
Harry Styles: Harry’s House
Wet Leg: Wet Leg
Los Bitchos: Let the Festivities Begin!