BEST OF THE YEAR

JANUARY

THE BIG MOON – WALKING LIKE WE DO

The obvious next step for The Big Moon. Pop rock at its finest. Catchy melodies, hot riffs and a big sound.

GEORGIA – SEEKING THRILLS

Upcoming producer and songwriter Georgia showcases her ability to create dancefloor and festival worthy bangers.

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – EVERYTHING ELSE HAS GONE WRONG

These boys have refined their sound perfectly on this album. Catchy riffs, big choruses and hot melodies, this is B.B.C on the top of their game.

FEBRUARY

KING KRULE – MAN ALIVE!

The classic bleak and beautiful sound of King Krule is compacted into this album of raw emotion. Read the full review here.

HMLTD – WEST OF EDEN

Punk, pop, rock, electronic, country, experimental. Everything you could want in an album and more, this album truly slaps from start to finish.

CARIBOU – SUDDENLY

Dan Snaith’s musical palette knows no bounds as he paints a dense and colourful portrait of the world and people around him.

TAME IMPALA – THE SLOW RUSH

Kevin Parker’s ability to create huge sonic landscapes with rich and emotional texture come out in full swing in this disco, psych, electro acid trip of an album

SOCCER MOMMY – COLOR THEORY

A deep dive into Soccer Mommy’s subconscious and the demons that lie within. Expanding her sound to bigger and bolder places. Read the full review here

BROOKE BENTHAM – EVERYDAY NOTHING

Heartbreak, longing to feel something and crunchy guitars are the core elements of this great debut from rising indie star Brooke Bentham. Think early Angel Olsen, from Newcastle.

MARCH

SORRY – 925

A truly standout and long awaited debut that blurs the lines of indie, jazz, electronic, rock and pop. An album packed with bangers. Read the full review here.

DISQ – COLLECTOR

Jarring and crunchy indie punk rock. A promising debut from the Wisconsin five-piece that takes elements of Parquet Courts and Pavement and puts their own spin on it.

FOUR TET – SIXTEEN OCEANS

The world is Four Tet’s tool in which to create one of his own. The perfect laid back and rewarding album for an isolation afternoon. Read the full review here.

PORRIDGE RADIO – EVERY BAD

Indie sadboy music that encapsulates you with big beats, harsh guitars and witty lyrics. It deserves multiples listens to take in every poignant detail.

WAXAHATCHEE – SAINT CLOUD

Katie Crutchfield is a new person as these songs radiate joy and a new perspective on life. Every note and lyric is carefully placed and nothing is overthought.

NADIA REID – OUT OF MY PROVINCE

A collection of gentle and calming indie folk songs, that are honest and relatable. With an essence of Joni Mitchell-esque storytelling abilities.

APRIL

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD – CHUNKY SHRAPNEL

A testament to King Gizzard’s live prowess and power. The hardest hitting songs hit harder and the gentler cuts are groovier than ever. It showcases a band on top of their game, no matter what genre or style the choose to play with. Read the full review here. 

FIONA APPLE – FETCH THE BOLTCUTTERS

Fiona Apple’s most refined work to date. This album plays like a musical of heartbreak, longing and anger. Read the full review here.

KNWLEDGE – 1988

1988 Is just another current in Knxwlege’s ocean of releases. However when his waves lap up on the shore of Santa Monica, right onto Stones Throw HQ doorstep, it is a reminder that his constant grind and emphatic release schedule is one of supreme consistency. This album furthermore solidifies Knxwledge as one of best beat makers in the game. – Words By David Tucker

RINA SAWYAMA – SAWAYAMA

A hard hitting debut from Japan born pop singer Rina Sawayama. Taking aspects from all over the musical spectrum making a sound of her own. Read the full review here.

YVES TUMOR – HEAVEN TO A TORTURED MIND

Never one to shy away from being front and centre, Yves Tumor showcases their talent for not only being a powerhouse of experimental music, but also their ability as a songwriter. Read the full review here.

THUNDERCAT – IT IS WHAT IT IS

The bass virtuoso is back with another packed full of groovy beats, sensational bass lines and the classic Thundercat wit. He also takes time to slow down and remember a life lost. Read the full review here.

MAY

I BREAK HORSES – WARNINGS

A glittery synth induced soundscape of delicately composed songs. Maria Lindén wrote most of these songs whilst watching old movies, re-imagining the soundtrack to them. Read the full review here.

FREDDIE GIBBS & THE ALCHEMIST – ALFREDO

A surprise drop from Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist. Hard hitting verses, textured production and some standout features from the likes of Tyler, The Creator and Benny The Butcher.

CHARLI XCX – HOW I’M FEELING NOW

An album made entirely in quarantine. Showcasing Charli XCX’s ability to still make a pop banger in such a short amount of time. A true contemporary piece of work that captures the feelings of us all, just wanting to go out and party.

JERRY PAPER – ABRACADABRA

Jerry’s back with more weird and wonderful musings and a funkier groove than ever. Perhaps his most refined and defined work to date. Read the full review here.

MOSES SUMNEY – GRÆ

An expansive and elaborate sophomore double album from indie favourite Moses Sumney. Fully showcasing his range as not only a talented singer but songwriter with its genre blending sounds. Read the full review here.

PERFUME GENIUS – SET MY HEART ON FIRE IMMEDIATELY

Mike Hadreas returns with yet another album of pure passion and delicate emotions. Experimenting in different sounds and genres whilst still unifying them all through his emotive vocal performance. There’s even time for the occasional pop banger. Read the full review here.

JUNE

PHOEBE BRIDGERS – PUNISHER

An instant classic. Phoebe Bridgers expands her sound outwards and upwards and tells the stories of a lost generation in only a way she knows how. Moving through dynamic sonic landscapes and evoking deep emotions through rich and powerful storytelling. Read the full review here.

LA PRIEST – GENE

Sam Eastgate returns with his second offering under the LA Priest moniker. Based mainly around the drum machine he created by himself ‘GENE’. A masterclass in dynamics and evolving songs, carried by a vocal range that spans almost 3 octaves. Read the full review here.

HAIM – WOMEN IN MUSIC PT.III

The Haim sisters return with an album packed with punchy, fun and groovy pop rock hooks. Their most dynamic album to date with interesting production choices and some killer saxophones.

BECCA MANCARI – THE GREATEST PART

Emotive stories and deeply personal recollections of a troubled past. All backed with a dreamy and vibrant sound palette. Read the full review here.

HINDS – THE PRETTIEST CURSE

Cramming the biggest riffs into the tiniest of spaces is Hinds specialty and they’ve done it once again. This album will have you dancing and crying at the same time. Read the full review here.

JADE IMAGINE – YOU REMIND ME OF SOMETHING YOU LOST

An accompanying EP to their standout debut album ‘Basic Love’ with the songs recorded around the same time. Keeping with their familiar mix of indie and surf rock whilst throwing in elements of ambient music and psychedelic rock. Read the full feature here.

JULY

BDRMM – BEDROOM

A grinding and powerful debut album from the Hull based 5 piece. Taking elements from some of the biggest names in shoegaze and creating a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Read the full review here.

LIANNE LA HAVAS – LIANNE LA HAVAS

The first album from La Havas in almost 5 years, packed with raw talent, incredible vocal performances and some downright groovy licks. Featuring an incredible take on Radiohead’s ‘Weird Fishes’ tucked in the midst. Read the full review here.

100 GECS – 1000 GECS AND THE TREE OF CLUES

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MEN I TRUST – FOREVER LIVE SESSIONS

A showcase of Men I Trust’s live diversity. Somehow making the songs even dreamier and even woozier. Taking cuts from latest album ‘Oncle Jazz’ and older works.

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WINTER – ENDLESS SPACE (BETWEEN YOU & I)

A vibrant and expansive album from Brazilian singer-songwriter Samira Winter that takes in elements of psychedelia, shoegaze and dream pop. Fusing them together to create a bliss full and sonically creative soundscape.


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