With all 2020 gave us, music was one of the positives. From artists we have always loved such as Caribou and Run the Jewels, to artists such as Sault and Phoebe Bridgers planting their flag for a constant spot at the table to fresh new sounds like Troy Kingy, Khruanbin and Arlo Parks.
As we wrap up 2020 there have also been some unexpected surprises; Paul McCartney, Black Thought and most recently Parallel by Four Tet.
With a positive bounce in everyones step looking ahead to 2021 there is not only optimism in the air for things finding some normality around the world but also for new music. The hope being that many of our favourite artist have spent the last 12 months creating new material for us.
So far we know the following artists are ready to roll: Arlo Parks, Bicep, Darkside, Foo Fighters plus a Madlib & FourTet collaboration which all should be solid.
Plus unconfirmed but expect there will be new albums from Kanye West, Adele, Julia Stone, The Staves, Travis Scott and A$AP Rocky to name a few.
Will 2021 meet our expectations?
What are you looking forward to?
He’s back and ever evolving!
My day feels like this today…
Singles done… now lets get to the albums:
Here are my picks:
Nick Mulvey – First Mind
For me this is my stand out album of the year for the pone fact it is what has been most listened to throughout 2014 and I still keep coming back to it.
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography
Hands down their best effort to date and the best thing that the world of Hip Hop has produced in 2014.
Future Islands – Singles
Hit my radar this year as an album of the month and took a while to grow on me. Infact it still is but I seem to find it getting better and better.
Caribou – Our Love
This lived up to all my hopes. Best album of the year… tough to say. Is in my top three though.
Chet Faker – Built On Glass
This was an un-epected surprise for me. Many sunny days were spent listening to this album over the summer.
Statik Selektah – #whatgoesaround
20 tracks jammed pack with some outstanding beats and MC’s. Even if Hip Hop isn’t your thing this is worth a listen.
Bombay Bicycle Club – So Long, See You Tomorrow
Released early in the year this album had a big part of my listening time for the first half of the year.
Banks – Goddess
Did banks live up to all the hype around her? I’m not sure. Having her album delayed for almost a year didn’t help her cause. With that it may have been worth the wait though it seemed to sneak below the radar of many.
SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land
I like it when and artist moves to the next level on their second album and this was the case with SBTRKT for sure. For me it lived up to expectations.
Erol Alkan – Fabriclive 77
I know this a a compilation but it had to get a mention. What a fantastic mix, worht checking out.
After last month’s SBTRKT album which brought very mixed reviews I have chosen to stick with a dance driven album and select Caribou’s ‘Our Love’.
This for me has been the most anticipated album release for 2014. I was a huge fan of his ‘Swim’ album and loved his in-between project under the alias of Daphni. The first single off the album ‘Can’t Do Without You’ was my summer anthem, soon followed by the second single ‘Our Love’.
This album has so many layers to it but as I want to hear what the rest of you think so I’m just going to hit on the main two for me:
1 – The music!! Structure wise, composition, production…. All I can say is OOOOFFFFFF! It’s all I hoped for and more. I have read a few articles saying that this album is more of a Daphni album than a Caribou album but I disagree. The Daphni releases are much more basic compositions than this album. Sure there must be massive influences from playing clubs and festivals for the last three years, but this isn’t a Daphni album. On swim I felt that he left you wanting more from a few of the songs and he has reached that point on this album. Some of the songs build and build which I love. Some bring you fully into their world. Once again, OOOOFFFFFF!
2 – The Lyrics. I listened to this album for about two weeks before even paying attention to the lyrics. Musically it is that strong. When I took the step to get into the lyrics this album then started coming across in a different way. For me this album is about love and relationships (in a very basic way). Compared to ‘Swim’ Caribou seems to have opened up much more which has aided his album structure for me. On ‘Swim’ I thought he gave us a taste and left it at that.
There is much more I could get into but I want to hear your thoughts on this.
Album of the year, possibly? I reckon it’ll be in my top three for sure.
Second single and I’m even more excited about this ablum than I was before!
First single off his new album due out in October.