Albums Of The Year

Inner Song – Kelly Lee Owens

“Where her eponymous debut showcased an array of techno-focused and ambient-infused tracks, Inner Song has looked further afield. Sure, the heavy urban grooves remain intact, though they have now been embraced by an abundance of new atmospheres and attitudes.”

Read more about Inner Song here…

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Keleketla! – Keleketla & Coldcut

Keleketla! is a welcome reminder of the universalism of musical endeavour and human connection. Kicking against the ever-growing nationalist and individualist fervour of our time, it brings collectivity back to the forefront of creation and composition without compromising a second of material.”

Read more about Keleketla! here…

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Punisher – Phoebe Bridgers

“This is an, if not the, album for the locked-down age, emblematic of the sentimental struggles that many have had to face in the last months.” 

Read more about Punisher here…

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Fetch The Bolt Cutters – Fiona Apple

“Take even the most timid step into Fetch The Bolt Cutters and you’ll be confronted with a colossal collection of thoughts and observations, some dark, some scathing, some utterly liberating.”

Read more about Fetch The Bolt Cutters here…

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Untitled (Black Is) & Untitled (Rise) – Sault

Untitled (Black Is)

“Rare is it, in these times of year-long tours and prolonged recording periods, that an artist releases two albums in the same year. Rarer still, is it for them both to be of such undeniable, unbelievable quality.”

Read more about Untitled (Black Is) and Untitled (Rise) here…

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The Night Chancers – Baxter Dury

“With The Night Chancers, Dury has accessed a new artistic identity and being that mediates within the psyche of every protagonist, antagonist and environment he exhibits with his words.”

Read more about The Night Chancers here…

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Future Nostalgia Dua Lipa

“With Future Nostalgia, Due Lipa achieved new feats in questioning the limitations of pop and set a new standard for releases of this, and next, year.”

Read more about Future Nostalgia here…

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songs – Adrianne Lenker

“These are tracks of openness and warmth that stand in stark contrast to output inspired by politics, emotional anguish and lockdown. A welcome release lives in these grooves, and there isn’t a better time for it.”

Read more about songs here…

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Kitchen Sink – Nadine Shah

“Shah’s voice is an elusive yet authoritative energy amongst sharp and stripped back instrumentals that bring a near-insurmountable class to proceedings.”

Read more about Kitchen Sink here…

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RTJ4 – Run The Jewels

“Distorted percussion dominates every fragment of RTJ4 and sonically directs the hyper-real journey into America’s social devastation, chronicled by the apocalyptic, at time prophetic, words of Killer Mike”

Read more about RTJ4 here…

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