-We’re about halfway through the year now, and already we have had a lot of amazing albums. Here are my faves from 2019 so far (in no particular order)
Little Simz – Grey Area
Grey Area is one of the most focused, brilliantly produced albums I’ve heard in a long time, never mind this year. Simz brings the sharpest wit and brilliant delivery throughout every track. This will be VERY hard to beat this year.
Self Esteem – Compliments Please
Rebecca Lucy Taylor previously of Slow Club comes through with banger after banger on her debut solo effort, with unapologetic, honest lyrics paired with great melody, harmonies and production.
The Japanese House – Good At Falling
Slick, groove-filled indie-pop bangers are the flavour of the day from Amber Bain on this polished, thoughtful album with introspective lyrics about a tough breakup, with each track telling a personal story.
Vampire Weekend – Father Of The Bride
The New York outfit return after far too long with a vibrant, summery album with features from the likes of Danielle from Haim and Steve Lacy. Good to know that they haven’t lost it after the big break, with tracks like Harmony Hall and Sunflower being amongst their most memorable to date.
Lizzo – Cuz I Love You
There was a lot of hype and anticipation for Lizzo’s debut album with killer singles ‘Juice’ and ‘Boys’ leading up to its release. She delivered on the hype and then some, delivering one of the strongest debuts of the year.
Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings
Mark’s last album, 2015’s jubilant and funky ‘Uptown Special’ was his most successful to date, and I was wondering what he would do to follow it up. According to Mark, ‘Late Night Feelings’ is an album of ‘Sad Bangers’, and it’s hard to argue with him honestly, with killer collabs with Camila Cabello, King Princess, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys all bringing the sad party vibes.
Tyler, The Creator – IGOR
IGOR is Tyler’s best album to date; Introspective, cohesive and creatively produced with heartfelt tracks over some great beats and carefully selected and curated features that all actually bring their own energy to their respective tracks.
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Perhaps the most anticipated debut of the year, Billie pulled through on ‘When We All Fall Asleep…’ with a brilliant, creative, dark pop album.
Ariana Grande – Thank U, Next
Coming less than a year after her last album, I wasn’t expecting too much from Thank U, Next, but this is Ariana’s best album to date and perfectly encapsulates the year she has had.
James Blake – Assume Form
‘Assume Form’ is a brilliantly written and produced, introspective record from James, with his most solid collection on tunes to date and some great features.
Sigrid – Sucker Punch
A shining, soaring debut album from Sigrid who delivers pop banger after pop banger with really strong vocal performances throughout. A new pop star with real personality and talent.
Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
One of the most poignant albums of the year also manages to be one of the most unique albums, with Slowthai’s personality shining through on every track with ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ being amazingly produced with sharp and witty bars equally balanced with poetic, story telling verses.
Anderson.Paak – Ventura
Continuing his run of great projects, Anderson followed up the amazing ‘Oxnard’ with the equally great ‘Ventura’, with great features from the likes of Andre 3000 and Smokey Robinson, Anderson still manages to shine through and continue to be on the top of his game.
Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising
‘Titanic Rising’ may be the prettiest sounding album of the year so far, with every track being produced beautifully and Natalie’s vocals sounding otherworldly all the way through the album.