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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Best albums of 2012

Aaron's albums of 2012, 2500x1000It’s been a momentous year for music – or at least that’s the conclusion I glean from my record collection, which has never been healthier. We’ve had new albums from artists in their prime and a cacophony of fresh-faced newbies all helping to expand the musical spectrum ever more. The critics have laid down their end of year verdicts, and so too have some of my friends.

Now, it’s time for my own subjective list of the year’s top ten albums. Continue reading

Playlist Picks: Damon Albarn, De La Soul and Labrinth

Songs to ponder to, celebrate to and break stuff to

Damon Albarn – Apple Carts
‘Apple Carts’ is a sedate high taken from Damon Albarn’s exquisite new studio album, Dr Dee – based on the stage show of the same name about the life and times of the 16th century scientist cum court wizard. Visions of a pastoral, slower pace of life are caught in Damon’s delicate vocal amid the gentle, effervescent twanging of a lute. Continue reading