‘MASSEDUCTION’ can be read both as St. Vincent being seduced into significant Pop culture relevancy and, conversely, her taking the entire medium of celebrity and Pop and making it work for her. Choosing to interpret it as the latter makes for one of the best and consistent listens of the year.
Pulsating, heady and intricately vulnerable, Kelela’s debut album ‘Take Me Apart’ is a strong musical statement in the world of innovative R&B.
After a seven-year hiatus, it’s a great relief that Wolf Parade are in fine form as ever with their fourth album ‘Cry Cry Cry’.
Mackenzie Scott’s third TORRES album ‘Three Futures’ has pushed into the highest echelon of women working at the peak of their powers in indie.
Kieran Hebden’s ninth Four Tet album ‘New Energy’ sees him look to his own past for inspiration, leading to a terrific and accessible experience.
Protomartyr successfully make the leap to the prestigious Domino Records with a punky and ferociously intelligent fourth album ‘Relatives In Descent’.
Following a sensational debut is never easy, but Wolf Alice make it seem like a breeze with their second full-length ‘Visions Of A Life’.
With a fourth exceptional album in a row, The Horrors are now surely the best British guitar-based band of the last ten years.
Hundred Waters’ third album ‘Communicating’ sees them spread further from their folktronica origins to make themselves relevant and interesting all over again.
Rap-rock veteran supergroup Prophets Of Rage make an entertaining and relevant protest album for 2017.