• 50 Sinkane Dépaysé

    Sinkane

    Dépaysé

    City Slang
    49 Flamingods Levitation

    Flamingods

    Levitation

    Moshi Moshi
    48 Iggy pop Free

    Iggy Pop

    Free

    Loma Vista
    47

    Rosie Lowe

    YU

    Wolf Tone
    46

    Gruff Rhys

    Pang!

    Rough Trade
    45

    Stephen Mallinder

    Um Dada

    Dais
    44

    The Comet Is Coming

    Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

    Impulse!
    43

    Hayden Thorpe

    Diviner

    Domino
    42

    Big Thief

    UFOF

    4AD
    41

    Some Bodies

    Sunscreen

    Funnel
    40

    Velvet Negroni

    NEON BROWN

    4AD
    39

    Nick Cave

    Ghosteen

    Ghosteen Ltd
    38

    Thom Yorke

    ANIMA

    XL Recordings
    37

    Jessica Pratt

    Quiet Signs

    City Slang
    36

    JOHN

    Out Here On The Fringes

    Pets Care
    35

    Doomsquad

    Let Yourself Be Seen

    Bella Union
    34

    Angel Olsen

    All Mirrors

    Jagjaguwar
    33

    Gong Gong Gong

    Phantom Rhythm

    Wharf Cat
    32

    Death And Vanilla

    Are You A Dreamer?

    Fire
    31

    Little Simz

    GREY Area

    Age 101
    30

    Lapalux

    Amnioverse

    Ninja Tune
    29

    Black Midi

    Schlagenheim

    Rough Trade
    28

    DIIV

    Deceiver

    Captured Tracks
    27

    Maija Sofia

    Bath Time

    Trapped Animal
    26

    Josienne Clarke

    In All Weather

    Rough Trade
    25

    The Hold Steady

    Thrashing Thru The Passion

    French Kiss
    24

    Cigarettes After Sex

    Cry

    Partisan
    23

    Purple Mountains

    Purple Mountains

    Drag City
    22

    The National

    I Am Easy To Find

    4AD
    21

    Drahla

    Useless Coordinates

    Captured Tracks
    20

    Metronomy

    Metronomy Forever

    Because
    19

    Blanck Mass

    Animated Violence Mild

    Sacred Bones
    18

    FEET

    What's Inside Is More Than Just Ham

    Clapped Records
    17

    Michael Kiwanuka

    KIWANUKA

    Polydor
    16

    Whitney

    Forever Turned Around

    Secretly Canadian
    15

    Dave

    Psychdrama

    Neighbourhood
    14

    Big Thief

    Two Hands

    4AD
    13

    Kim Gordon

    No Home Record

    Matador
    12

    Jerkcurb

    Air Con Eden

    Handsome Dad
    11

    Common Holly

    When I say to you Black Lightning

    Dalliance
  • 10

    The Specials

    Encore

    UMC

    It’s been 37 years that we’ve been waiting for this. The veteran ska-punk band’s return addresses Brexit, Tory austerity, Black Lives Matter and mental health. Encore is filled with tracks that cut deep into the malignant tumours of society, looking to heal them by brutal and frank exposure.

    9

    FKA twigs

    MAGDALENE

    Young Turks

    The half-decade since twigs’ debut album has been plagued with an unwanted publicity through two high-profile relationships. Her new album is an ode to all of these people – a breath-taking, shapeshifting vanguard of modern pop music. Weird bangers for when we all live in outer space.

    8

    Sharon Van Etten

    Remind Me Tomorrow

    Jagjaguwar

    Sharon Van Etten’s fifth album is her most atmospheric, emotionally haunting album to date. It’s an angry and asphyxiating ode to cleaning up your shit, fuelled by a steady self-belief whilst working through a new-found identity as a mother. It’s a pat-on-the-back, a to-do list and a firm grip over a ‘getting there’ kind of life.

    7

    Slowthai

    Nothing Great About Britain

    Method

    If grime has always existed in Northampton with rappers like Slowthai, you have to ask why London’s been getting the publicity. His debut is a lo-fi, grungy and hilarious portrait of the nation, featuring glue sniffing, League Two football and faux-aristocratic choruses of God Save The Queen, accents and all.

    6

    Hot Chip

    A Bath Full Of Ecstasy

    Domino

    An oddly moving and existential dancefloor record. Hot Chip’s seventh album is our favourite they’ve released to date. A colossal, sprawling gospel-sampling title track hits with all the purity of early the xx, with the psychedelic whizz of Cassius’s late great Philippe Zdar on production feeling as hallucinogenic as it does epic.

    5

    Anna Meredith

    FIBS

    Moshi Moshi

    A nervy, chaotically-controlled embodiment of contemporary uncertainty, that few pioneers of contemporary electronic and classical music come close to. The Scottish composer already had an MBE after her name not one album down, and this collection of sweet little lies underpins her as somewhat of a precarious modern visionary.

    4

    Fontaines D.C.

    Dogrel

    Partisan

    The year in which Dublin took over our ears really started here. Fontaines D.C.’s spitefully poetic rock ode to Ireland’s capital scurries through Dickensian streets and back alleys. There’s the IDLES lineage, the blistering post-punk brawl that runs on anger and adrenaline, but there are tender moments too; love songs to the city that brought them together, a nod-of-the-hat to revolutionary folk music. This is an essential, communal listen.

    3

    Sampa the Great

    The Return

    Ninja Tune

    The Melbourne rapper’s breakout album brings everyone in: it’s an epic suite, from beats tinged with jazz, ‘90s R&B, gospel and hip-hop, to lyrics bereft with Sampa’s heritage (born in Zambia, raised in Botswana, residing in Australia), her ideas of home, being an exile and overcoming a perpetual “othering”. Have this on repeat from now until New Year, and you’ll still find something new come 2020.

    2

    Sleater-Kinney

    The Center Won’t Hold

    Mom + Pop

    Two headlines took over this album’s narrative when it came out: that St. Vincent’s sleek production opened it up to a new sonic world for a band entering their third decade together, and that it would be the last record featuring co-founding drummer Janet Weiss. The Center Won’t Hold is a record picturing a beautiful collapse, politically and personally, that looks back to riot grrrl roots with a new balletic and discordant edge.

    1

    The Murder Capital

    When I Have Fears

    Human Season

    As the captive thralls of twenty-nineteen settled into some strange paralysis, there was one record we kept coming back to. The brooding and confrontational debut album from Dublin five-piece The Murder Capital is the kind of art-punk that might take its name from a John Keats poem, but ignites the pawing intensity of Joy Division’s drum tattoos and the old Pixies trick of quiet-and-loud. It’s beautiful, menacing, and our Album of the Year.