Despite a clutch of spectacular highlights, DJ Shadow’s half-instrumental double album ‘Our Pathetic Age’ is way too long and over-ambitious.
A compelling delve into the psyche of FKA twigs as well as an exploration of being human, ‘Magdalene’ is Tahliah Barnett’s second masterpiece.
Seething with anger aimed at politics and society, Kele Okereke’s latest solo album ‘2042’ is a hell of a lot to internalise during one sitting.
A masterpiece that conflates personal reflection and identity with global political anxieties, ‘Kiwanuka’ is a career defining moment.
A 10-track overview of Underworld’s year-long ‘Drift’ multimedia project, this necessarily imperfect collection contains some of the band’s best work of the last 20 years.
With a wider sonic palette and stunning production values, ‘Fibs’ makes a fine successor to Anna Meredith’s award-winning ‘Varmints’.
In delivering a gospel album in ‘Jesus Is King’, Kanye West has divided audiences and critics in a way that only he can.
Blaenavon and Ben Gregory speak eloquently about mental health on their solid second album ‘Everything That Makes You Happy’.
Much more riff-orientated than its twin, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – part 2’ rounds off a triumphant year for Foals.
Although they’re now reduced to a two-piece, the fourth Battles album ‘Juice B Crypts’ is a madcap yet concise return to form.