Zola Jesus’ fifth album ‘Okovi’ is the sound of a confident, distinctive artist constantly evolving and adjusting her own sound.
Recovering from critical and commercial disaster last time out, Jake Bugg’s fourth album ‘Hearts That Strain’ sees him back in familiar if entirely unoriginal territory.
Girl Ray’s eagerly awaited first full-length ‘Earl Grey’ fulfills all the requirements for a promising and entertaining debut.
Following a successful debut album, Childhood have taken their time over its follow-up ‘Universal High’, and it pays dividends.
Shawn Carter’s elder statesman role in hip-hop is long since secured, but ‘4:44’ doesn’t particularly add to his legacy, failing to make its desired social commentary stick in the mind.
As we enter the second half of 2017, our staff reveal their personal musical highlights of the year so far – and what we’re still looking forward to!
With ‘Big Fish Theory’, Vince Staples explores hip-hop’s historic love affair with dance and electronica on a polished, highly enjoyable album.
SZA’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Ctrl’ delivers handsomely, full of insightful and on-message slow jams and genre-mashing fun.
Dua Lipa’s long-awaited debut album is extremely accessible and competent but misses the chance to be truly cutting-edge.
Girlpool’s second album ‘Powerplant’ both expands and refines their playful lo-fi sound.