Best albums of 2015: 20 to 11

AOTY 2015 20-11 college: Raury, Lianne La Havas, Dornik, Eska (1448x815)Contrary to what the collage above may lead you to think, albums 20 to 11 are not an all-black soirée – I just wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to get the gorgeous faces of Raury, Lianne La Havas, Dornik and Eska on a single spread.

We’re steaming towards the top-crop by way of these first 10 phenomenal records, which include avant-garde works, retro-chic disco and stupendous acts of personal atonement.

20. Golden Rules – Golden Ticket
19. Jamie xx – In Colour
18. Dornik – Dornik
17. Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern
16. Eska – Eska
15. Raury – All We Need
14. The Milk – Favourite Worry
13. Björk – Vulnicura
12. Lianne La Havas – Blood
11. Rae Morris – Unguarded
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Björk – Vulnicura review

Bjork - Vulnicura, 2015 press photo (650x366)With age comes experience, and age has had a powerful effect on Björk’s emotional aural portrait of a break-up, Vulnicura.

Björk is an artist who sees it as her duty to pour herself into projects, no matter what the medium or how outlandish they may appear. For her previous 2011 album, Biophilia, she participated in the creation of a series of interactive apps that formed part of a multimedia experience intended to enhance the album’s theme of musicology. In exposing her vulnerable core in a Vulnicura, she has been just as meticulous and self-critical, as evidenced by the fact that she sat on demos of these songs for some two years before deciding it was the right time to shape them into an album. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Kelela – A Message

Kelela - A Message, single (800x450)We’ve not heard much from silky-voiced alternative R&B singer Kelela Mizanekristos since her acclaimed 2013 mixtape, Cut 4 Me. This week, Kelela returned with a brooding new track taken from her forthcoming EP, Hallucinogen. The EP is described as a “six-song cycle that explores the light and darkness of love and sexuality”. Alejandro Ghersi, better known as Arca, produced the EP after the singer struck up a friendship with the Venezuelan producer in 2012. Continue reading