An introspective companion piece to last year’s ‘Humanz’, ‘The Now Now’ is a quiet triumph for Damon Albarn and Gorillaz but still comes nowhere near the heights of their glory years.
Pvris’ second album ‘All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell’ begins brilliantly but all feels a bit overdone by the end.
Jordan Cardy’s much-anticipated debut album as Rat Boy packs plenty of storytelling punch, but perhaps lacks the extra ingredient of originality to make a truly great first record.
Fightmilk’s third EP ‘Pity Party’ sees the self-styled “popular” “Uxbridge” “band” full of brilliantly obnoxious attitude and having tremendous fun.
Mura Masa’s long-awaited debut album doesn’t quite shine with the same lustre as his early EPs and mixtapes, but his original vision for pop still alluring.
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!
Fleet Foxes’ third album ‘Crack-Up’ is more naturalistic and abstract than its two predecessors.
Full of beautiful yet unsettling ambience, Matthew Barnes’ second Forest Swords album ‘Compassion’ is more than worth the four-year wait.
Gorillaz’ first proper album in seven years, featuring a galaxy of guest stars, effectively re-boots their sound for 2017, though it’s not as distinctive as it once was.