Jorja Smith’s diverse range of styles and genre exercises, as well as her stunning vocal ability, make ‘Lost & Found’ one of the best British pop debuts in years.
On ‘Kids See Ghosts’, Kanye West and Kid Cudi find in each other the perfect creative foil – Cudi setting the mood and bringing lyrical honesty, while West provides the edge with his verses and ingenious sampling.
Lindsey Jordan’s first full Snail Mail album ‘Lush’ is an intensely detailed document of life and love while adjusting to adulthood, and fulfills all the breathless predictions made for it.
Eclectic yet completely coherent, Neko Case’s eighth solo album ‘Hell-On’ is a triumph for female storytelling in modern music.
‘LUMP’, a collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, feels like you’re right in the studio amid the exchange of ideas.
Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty album ‘God’s Favorite Customer’ marks a new chapter in his career, channelling his wit and self-deprecation into his most emotionally brutal record yet.
Now in his fifties, Stephen Malkmus’s appetite for casually experimenting with his mellifluous indie-rock sound is only getting more voracious, as ‘Sparkle Hard’ demonstrates.
Parquet Courts’ fifth album ‘Wide Awake!’ is the boldest record they’ve made so far, both musically bold and unambiguously political.
‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ sees Courtney Barnett aim for a richer, darker and more harrowing sound for her sophomore effort, and it feels like a natural and successful musical evolution.
On ‘7’, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally make their most dramatic alterations yet to the tried-and-tested Beach House formula, and it’s a creative risk that pays off handsomely.