The Best albums of 2019 (so far)

-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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Release Roundup: 17th May 2019

S.L.P. ft. Little Simz- Favourites: This is the first song to come out of this new project from Kasabian’s Serge and it sounds like a mix of ‘Empire’ era Kasabian and early Gorillaz; with an infectious groove throughout and the raw energy that Serge usually provides giving this track a massive sound. As usual, Little Simz shines on her verse and she matches the vibe of the track perfectly. 92% 

Biffy Clyro – Balance Not Symmetry: The Biff are back and sound the most energetic they have in a long time. ‘Balance Not Symmetry’ is a perfect mix of old, heavy Biffy and their newer stuff. This is apparently a song from an upcoming soundtrack to a film of the same name. It’s going to have a belter of a soundtrack then. 95%

Charli XCX and Lizzo – Blame It On Your Love: Charli proves again that she is one of the most consistent voices in pop on ‘Blame It On Your Love’. A rework of ‘Track 10’ from her Pop 2 Mixtape but with added Lizzo (who, of course, smashes it), this is a straight up pop banger. I expected a bit more from the two of them but can’t really complain. 85%

Kim Petras- Sweet Spot: ‘Sweet Spot’ sounds like if Daft Punk and Kylie collabed in about 2006; this is pure dance-pop at its best. This continues the run of great singles that Kim has had over the past few weeks, and if they carry on like this then her album is going to be rather good. 90%

Two Door Cinema Club – Satellite:  The beginning of this new track from TDCC sounds like the lads doing an impression of The Human League, but it soon expands into a shimmery discoy chorus. It’s standard Two Door stuff but with more of a new-wave twist than usual, and I think it works. 80%

Lana Del Rey – Doin’ Time: A nice, chill cover of the Sublime song isn’t what I expected from Lana, and I’m not sure we really need it, but it’s actually really well produced and the melody really suits her voice so, fair enough. 75%

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Black Star Dancing: A slow, groovy number from Noel and the lads. It’s a bit of a grower, but it continues Noel’s experimental phase and his run of releasing some goood tunes. 75%

Snowblood – Into Your Heart: A really catchy song from Dani here; the lyrics are a bit repetitive but the instrumental has a really funky synth line. Simple but effective is the name of the game on ‘Into Your Heart’. 80%

The Black Keys – Go:  It’s certainly The Black Keys! It’s good, but its exactly what you would imagine it to sound like. Very advert friendly and toe-tappy. 60%