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To Pimp A But­ter­fly Ken­drick La­mar “To Pimp A But­ter­fly isan an­gry record but this is laser-guided rage. But it’ s the lyric al con­tent which res­onates and rock­ets, La mar throw­ing eru­dite punch es and pick­ing in­tel­lec­tual fights all over the shop. A record for the times we’ re in .“ In Colour Jamie xx “Smith has a lovely knack of making evoca­tive, mag­netic sounds which res­onate long and loud. From the mu ted, melan­cholic Ob vs tot her ave MC caught in a nos­tal­gic echo cham­ber on Gosh, Smith’s gift for catching enig­matic, scene-set­ting mo­ments is writ large through­out .”

The Epic Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton “The Epic is an af­fec­tion ate, en­thu­si­as­tic and mas­ter­ful tip of the hat to some of jazz’ s past run­nings. But it’s not all trib­utes to jazz’ s past and Wash­ing­ton and his ensem­ble find the time and space again and again to make their own, de­fin­i­tive, das­tardly state­ments of in­tent .”

Hold­ing Hands With Jamie Girl Band “And so it comes to pass that the­first knuckle-duster of a rock al­bum of the year is re­leased by a band from Dublin. Formed four years ago, Girl Band have taken their time to get to this point, but the tru­ism of good things com­ing to those that wait can work for both sides.”

Elae­nia Float­ing Points “Much of the record is beat less–the open­ing N es pole un­furls de­li­cious ly and de­rives its un­de­ni­able for­ward mo­men­tum from a se­ries of com­ple­men­tary syn th and or­gan lines. This is head mu­sic: the aquatic groove sand gor­geous son­ics will pull you un­der be­fore you’ ve even re­alised.”

I Love You Honey bear Fa­ther John Misty “Com­plex themes about the na­ture of love’s strength and frailty, fear and loathing, run through this tremen­dous piece of work .”

Art An­gels Grimes “With Art An­gels, Grim es has cre­ated one of the most so­phis­ti­cated records of the year that’ s also fully loaded with bril­liant bangers. There’s a dizzy­ing level of tal­ent on dis­play, made all the more for­mi­da­ble by the fact that Grim es has played and recorded al­most ev­ery sound on it.It’s a sin­gu­lar mu­si­cal vi­sion that sounds like noth­ing else in mu­sic at the mo­ment.”



“Vul­ni­cura is a specif­i­cally, overtly fe­male al­bum; Björk lays out emo­tional con­tent and con­text. Each ofthe nine tracks are sub­ti­tled be­fore and af­ter, and doc­u­ment what the singer has termed an emo­tional chronol­ogy of events, a timeline of al­most un­bear­able heart break, as wellas the wound and the heal­ing of the wound.”

Dar­ling Arith­metic Vil­lagers “The songs are del­i­cate and ten­der, with the words lead­ing the way amid the soft est of mu­si­cal touches. O’ Brien has al­ways dis­played fine pen work when ob­serv­ing scenes and sit­u­a­tions, but this time he’ s in the thick of the ac­tion.”

Cur­rents Tame Im­pala “The ti­tle of sug­gests a num­ber of things; some­thing pop­u­lar, flow­ing, a cer­tain pace, elec­tric­ity, and a course of ac­tion. In many­ways this bril­liant record en­com­passes a sense of all th­ese things, man­ag­ing to sound both acutely per­sonal and univer­sal atthe same­time.”

Clock­wise from top left: Tame Im­pala, Ibeyi, Court­ney Bar­nett, Björk, Ken­drick La­mar, Girl Band, Vil­lagers, Grimes

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