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Best Albums of 2023

The Fopp Report

the votes are in, the numbers have been crunched and the records have been obsessed over. here, in no particular order, is our comprehensive list of the best albums of 2023. the physical booklet of our top albums & films of the year is available in store for free!
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Sufjan Stevens – Javelin – Fopp Album of the Year

Label:  Asthmatic Kitty


Sufjan Stevens, the musical chameleon, eludes easy categorization as he continually evolves through his diverse albums. Starting with early creations like “A Sun Came” and embarking on the ambitious “50 States Project” with standout entries like “Michigan” and “Illinois”, Stevens seamlessly fuses historical narratives with intricate orchestration.
In his latest release and our fopp album of the year, “javelin”, stevens takes us on an intimate and emotionally charged journey. each track begins delicately, with acoustic guitar, piano, and captivating arpeggios. stevens’ signature voice, soft yet resolute, weaves it all together. The album marries musical grandeur with emotional depth, condensing a lifetime of feelings into 42 minutes. Baring his soul and offering poignant glimpses of his own life experiences, Stevens invites us to connect with our own emotions. “javelin” reaffirms him as a musical luminary, guiding us to explore our humanity through his artistry. 

Lorraine James – Gentle Confrontation

Label: Hyperdub


Loraine James’ “Gentle Confrontation” can be considered a compelling meander through her youth, deftly intermingling yesteryears with the contemporary milieu, enlisting a motley crew of artistic co-conspirators. On her new album, Loraine explores the music that shaped her as a teenager, skillfully bringing back nostalgic feelings that span across the years.
Infused with an ambient quality that seems to effortlessly float and wisp through the auditory sphere, this album expertly blurs the boundaries between past and present. By collaborating with a diverse array of talents, Loraine orchestrates a journey that captivates, ultimately spotlighting the poignancy of musical reminiscence.

ANOHNI and the Johnsons – My Back Was a Bridge for You to Cross

Label: Secretly Canadian


ANOHNI’s “My Back Was A Bridge For You To Cross” serves as a profound voyage through a myriad of personal and global themes. The album delves into the depths of loss, inequality, cruelty, and ecocide, offering an intimate glimpse into the artist’s own journey. In a thought-provoking manner, ANOHNI critiques Abrahamic theologies while simultaneously painting a visionary picture of a future feminism.
The creative process behind this album was both painstaking and inspiring, resulting in a timely and compelling masterpiece. ANOHNI’s work resonates with the enduring concerns of popular music spanning the past five decades, acting as a poignant mirror reflecting the ever-evolving world. It invites listeners to ponder their place in this ever-changing landscape, where issues of global significance intertwine with deeply personal narratives. 

Caroline Polachek – Desire, I Want to Turn Into You

Label: Sony 


Caroline Polachek’s triumphant return with “Desire, I Want to Turn Into” You after a hiatus of 1143 days is nothing short of exhilarating. Following the word-of-mouth classic “Pang” the anticipation for its sequel was an understatement, and “Welcome To My Island” the lead single, ignites the fire of excitement. The tracklist reveals a thrilling musical journey that lies ahead, promising an artistic adventure.
Polachek’s fearless experimentation and the stellar collaborations with artists like Grimes and Dido, as seen in “Fly To You”  illuminate her unique artistry. In a world currently immersed in hyper-pop maximalism, her return serves as a poignant reminder of her distinctive allure and introduces a refreshing addition to her discography. The patience of her fans has been richly rewarded, as the album stands as a avant-pop masterpiece.

Fever Ray – Radical Romantics

Label: Rabid · Mute


“Radical Romantics” is the eagerly awaited third studio album from the Swedish singer-songwriter and producer. The album showcases notable singles including “What They Call Us” “Carbon Dioxide,” and “Kandy”. This release follows her acclaimed 2017 album “Plunge” continuing her journey into innovative music.
With an intriguing title and a track record of pushing creative boundaries, the album is set to captivate fans and new listeners alike, cementing her reputation as an artist who fearlessly explores the musical landscape. With a track record of thought-provoking lyrics, genre-blurring compositions, and a unique sonic signature, this album promises to be another milestone in her creative evolution.

Sparks – the girl is crying in her latte

Label: Island


Sparks, the iconic American pop and rock duo comprising brothers Ron and Russell Mael, have long been celebrated for their enduring musical presence and innovative approach to music. With their latest release, “The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte” on Island Records, they continue to showcase their distinctive storytelling prowess in the form of pop vignettes.
Throughout their career, Sparks have consistently defied genre conventions and explored diverse musical styles, embracing electronic, new wave, and synth-pop in the late ’70s and ’80s. Their lyricism often delves into unique narratives and witty storytelling, making their songs stand out in the pop landscape. These guys don’t age, they just keep on pushing the boundaries of what music can be. It’s like they’re on a mission to prove that innovation never goes out of style, and they’re doing it in style.

OMD – Bauhaus Staircase

Label: White Noise


Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD), a pioneering British electronic music band, have recently introduced their 14th studio album, marking a significant point in their extensive career. This album was born during the creative reawakening brought about by the lockdown.
OMD’s history is deeply intertwined with the evolution of electronic and synth-pop music. Formed in the late 1970s, the band, comprised of Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, quickly gained recognition for their distinctive sound, characterized by catchy melodies, emotive lyrics, and the innovative use of synthesizers. The title of their 14th studio album, with its homage to the Bauhaus era and protest art, illustrates OMD’s enduring ability to blend contemporary themes with their unique sonic signature. 

Mitski – The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We

Label: Dead Oceans


Mitski’s “The Land Is Inhospitable And So Are We” is a deeply moving exploration of love and life. She contemplates the idea that life might seem simpler without hope, a soul, or love but passionately argues that love is the most enduring treasure. On her seventh album, she paints a vivid picture of America with its private sorrows and contradictions. The music is expansive, epic, and healing, portraying love as a timeless force blessing our most tender moments, like distant starlight.
The album delves into the often-overlooked grown-up heartbreaks and joys that hold profound significance. It’s a tiny epic, encapsulating the essence of life’s ups and downs. From the solace found at the bottom of a glass to the nostalgia of a snow-covered driveway, Mitski’s music spans the entire spectrum of human experience, echoing a collective cry for love. This album is a haunting, profound exploration of love and life, reflecting on the American dream and the enduring power of human connection. It’s the kind of art that doesn’t just entertain; it makes you feel alive, makes you realize you’re not alone in all the mess and beauty of being human.

This is the Kit – Careful of Your Keepers

Label: Rough Trade


“Careful Of Your Keepers” stands as a daring yet tender creation, where softness meets sharpness and warmth mingles with incisiveness. This album is a remarkable achievement in complexity, a fusion of contrasting emotions and dispositions. What makes it even more special is the tangible presence of a shared family experience, a language that resonates throughout the recordings.
This is the Kit’s unique ability to channel their collective history into their music is as evident as ever, making the album deeply personal, where the depths of human emotion are explored with both vulnerability and audacity. 

Public Image Ltd -End of World

Label: Pil Official


After a substantial hiatus following “The Great Pause” the band, Public Image Ltd (PiL), regrouped in the studio, and as frontman John Lydon recalls, “there was just this massive explosion of ideas.” This resurgence in creativity has led to the release of what is being touted as 13 of the best tracks PiL has ever produced.
The band’s return signals a thrilling new chapter in their legacy, promising a fusion of their signature innovation and a newfound burst of creative energy. The album is highly anticipated by both long-standing fans and newcomers to their unique brand of music.

Yo La Tengo –  This Stupid World

Label: Matador Records


On “This Stupid World” the trio’s approach to nearly every track involves playing all at once, creating a compelling sense of immediacy within the music. This immediacy bridges the gap between the initial creative spark and the final product, resulting in a right-now feel that permeates the entire album. Each note and lyric seems to materialize in the present moment, capturing the raw energy of the musicians as they collaborate in real-time. This dynamic, live quality infuses the music with a unique vibrancy, making it feel as though the listener is sharing a spontaneous and intimate musical experience with the trio.
“This Stupid World” showcases not only the musicians’ technical skill but also their ability to connect with the audience, transcending the traditional boundaries between artist and listener. So, if you’re looking for a little musical magic that’ll make you forget the nonsense of everyday life, this is it.

King Krule –  Space Heavy

Label: XL · Matador Records


On “Space Heavy” King Krule exhibits a remarkable level of artistry and eloquence, drawing upon his years of experience to craft a dynamic and multifaceted body of work. This album showcases his evolution as an artist, revealing fresh layers of depth and complexity with each subsequent listen. With a blend of lyrical prowess and musical innovation, he delves into uncharted territories, pushing the boundaries of his sound.
The result is an album that invites listeners to explore and decipher its intricate nuances, offering something novel and intriguing with every playthrough. King Krule’s ability to articulate his thoughts and emotions through his music has never been more evident, making “Space Heavy” a testament to his growth and maturity as an artist, as well as a compelling addition to his discography that continually unveils hidden gems for those who engage with it.

Boygenius –  The Record

Label: Interscope


Indie rock supergroup Boygenius released their first album “The Record” earlier this year. The three geniuses behind it are deep into successful solo careers and yet manage to amplify each other’s songwriting on this record. Messy, love-sick, out-there, strong minded and honest, that seems to be the mentality behind each and every track. Opening track “With You Without Them” is an homage to people that shape us, our inheritance – the harmonies on this track are swoon worthy. Whilst this track shines with a softer, folky sound, “$20” is on the more adventurous, rebellious side. Embracing a youthful daredevil attitude.
“Revolution 0” shows the trios ability to write a pained, bitter-sweet ballad that voices the frustration “If it isn’t love, then what the f-ck is it?”. What ties all tracks together is a feeling of authenticity. A group of talented artists coming together to translate their feelings and thoughts into sounds. Whilst some tracks spark conversation, others allow listeners to quietly dive into their thoughts.

PJ Harvey –  I Inside the Old Year Dying

Label: Partisan


PJ Harvey’s “I Inside the Old Year Dying” marks a triumphant comeback after a seven-year hiatus. This album is a captivating odyssey through time and space, interweaving biblical and Shakespearean motifs. Collaborating with the likes of John Parish and Flood, Harvey masterfully constructs a complex, emotionally charged soundscape. With her unmistakable voice and intricate musicianship she weaves a timeless yet contemporary listening experience, exemplifying her enduring artistic brilliance. The music on display is proof of her enduring artistic brilliance, a reflection on the passage of time, and a celebration of Harvey’s continued creative vitality.

The National – First two pages of frankenstein

Label: 4AD


“First Two Pages Of Frankenstein” is an album named to reflect the bleak & desolate opening of Mary Shelley’s classic, an image that is built upon all the way through the album. Bound with airy, atmospheric music & the mournful baritone of singer Matt Berninger, it moves in a style more reminiscent of Nick Cave than the brash urgency of their 2001 self-titled debut. Frankenstein signals a new era for a band that’s come under fire with recent work labelled as tired & lacking. Their gentlest release to date dusts off any cobwebs that may have been hanging around from 2019’s I Am Easy To Find. The album boasts collaborations from Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens & Phoebe Bridgers.

The National – Laugh Track

Label: 4AD


With “Laugh Track” The National’s musical journey picks up where “Frankenstein” left off but takes on a newfound sense of liberation. Drummer Bryan Devendorf’s transition from machines to a real drum kit injects a much-needed surge of energy into the songs, preventing them from falling flat. The National’s willingness to defy critics and embrace their own artistic direction has proven to be a rewarding choice. With “Laugh Track” and its predecessor, they’ve delivered two of their most remarkable albums in a decade. 

Jessy Lanza – Love Hallucination

Label: hyperdub


“Love Hallucination” by Jessy Lanza signifies a significant evolution in her role as a songwriter and producer. This album seamlessly fuses club-ready beats, alluring rhythms, and intimate lyrics, reflecting her musical maturation. Collaborating with co-producers such as David Kennedy and Jeremy Greenspan, she embarks on a daring and authentic musical voyage. 

Daughter – Stereo Mind Game

Label: 4AD · Glassnote Records


“Stereo Mind Game” by Daughter marks their first release in seven years, and it delves deeply into the themes of separation, both from loved ones and from oneself. Elena Tonra’s lyricism resonates with a poignant exploration of the emotional chasm that stretches across continents and oceans. This album is a compelling return for the band, as it showcases their ability to craft music that taps into universal feelings of longing and disconnection. Daughter’s distinctive sound, characterized by Tonra’s emotive vocals and introspective songwriting is at the forefront. This is more than just a sound; it’s an exploration of the intricacies of the human spirit, offering listeners an immersive journey through the heart and mind.

Gorillas – Cracker Island

Label: Parlophone · Warner


Gorillaz’s eighth album, “Cracker Island” embarks on a thought-provoking journey through the realms of climate and politics. Collaborations with artists like Tame Impala and Stevie Nicks enrich the album’s sonic landscape, adding diverse textures to its thematic depth. The album serves as a poignant exploration of the pressing issues of our time, weaving together intricate musical arrangements and socially conscious lyrics.
Culminating in the closing track, “Possession Island” Gorillaz deliver a powerful message of unity, encouraging listeners to come together in the face of these global challenges. “Cracker Island” is a testament to the band’s ability to use their music not only as a means of artistic expression but also as a platform to address important societal and environmental issues. If you’re looking for music that’s got a purpose, you’ve found it right here.

Slowdive – Everything is Alive

Label: Dead Oceans


Slowdive’s “Everything Is Alive” is a sonic exploration of life’s shimmering essence. While reminiscent of their atmospheric classic Pygmalion, the album boldly breaks new ground. It weaves through psychedelic soundscapes, ‘80s electronic elements, and John Cale-inspired musicianship. The result is a modern masterpiece, pushing the boundaries of their genre. In a style often associated with introspection, Slowdive showcases their mastery by crafting a record that’s both emotional and cathartic, yet brimming with hope. “Everything Is Alive” is an evocative journey through life’s universal touchpoints, perfect for 2023 and beyond.

Sigur Rós – ÁTTA

Label: Von Dur · BMG


Sigur Rós’ triumphant return from a decade-long silence is epitomized in “Átta” their most intimate and emotionally charged album to date. The reunification of their original lineup, with Kjartan Sveinsson’s return, injects a renewed vitality into the band. “Átta” recorded across different continents, creates a profound, orchestral atmosphere that envelops listeners.
This album masterfully encapsulates Sigur Rós’ signature ambition and innovation. It seamlessly blends ethereal sounds and emotional depth, forging a transcendental auditory experience. “Átta” is not just a reflection of the band’s illustrious past but also a harbinger of their promising future, underlining their transformative influence on music. 

Sza – SOS

Label: Top Dawg · RCA


SZA is your favourite artist’s favourite artist. On only her second album, SZA solidifies her position as one of the most interesting singers in R&B today. The record examines how a world-beating artist can still be struggling with her own love life, with TikTok smash hit “Kill Bill” (1.3 billion streams), delving into jealousy with lyrics such as “rather be in jail than alone”. The other big theme of the record is dealing with the fame that debut “Ctrl” brought SZA, and despite the album’s who’s who of features (Don Tolliver, Travis Scott and Phoebe Bridgers), it’s still intimate, and gives an insight into the creator’s soul.
The topic of fake friends and the toll fame takes on SZA’s life is everywhere on this record – with Bridger’s on Ghost In The Shell singing “You tell me my friends are on my payroll, you’re not wrong, you’re an asshole”. “SOS” is a beautiful album, and delves into some dark places that it’s no wonder that it took half a decade to create. With all that in mind, there has been speculation that her follow up may be her last album. If that’s true, what a way to bow out.

Jamila Woods – Water Made Us

Label: Jagjaguwar


Jamila is a remarkably versatile artist celebrated for her adventurous exploration of diverse music genres. She effortlessly weaves together captivating melodies and enchanting lyrics that ignite the imagination. However, it’s in the unpredictable realm of love that Jamila truly shines. Fearlessly navigating the tumultuous waves of passion and heartache, she skillfully captures the thrilling highs and poignant lows of love’s journey, creating an emotional rollercoaster for her listeners. Amidst the chaos, Jamila’s music becomes a sanctuary, providing refuge and solace for those seeking understanding and connection.

Jessie Ware – That! Feels Good!

Label: EMI


On her highly anticipated fifth album, “That! Feels Good!” Jessie Ware embarks on a journey through a vibrant realm of self-expression. This musical masterpiece is a testament to her unapologetic and bold self-presentation, where she fearlessly embraces the spotlight with grace and confidence.
At the core of the album is a celebration of the pure joy of dancing, with infectious rhythms and grooves that invite listeners to move to the beat. Moreover, Ware’s music serves as a powerful anthem for female empowerment, shining a spotlight on the strength and resilience of women. “That! Feels Good!” is not just an album; it’s a radiant and invigorating manifesto of self-discovery and empowerment that resonates with all who revel in the euphoria of authentic self-expression.

Buck Meek – Haunted Mountain

Label: 4AD


On his third solo endeavor, “Haunted Mountain” Buck Meek of Big Thief ventures into a profound theme, beyond love. The album is a contemplative journey, questioning the very art of crafting sincere love songs, a realm often considered saturated with classics.
Meek challenges taboos and takes a courageous step in a world where it feels like every great love song has already been penned. The lead single, “Haunted Mountain” provides a tantalizing preview of this exploration. This is a record that dares to venture beyond the ordinary and the familiar.

Feist – Multitudes

Label: Interscope


On her sixth solo album, “Multitudes” Feist channels life-altering events to create a raw and beautiful musical journey. The album weaves together universal truths and shared experiences, uniting individuals as they emerge from the constraints of lockdown. With heartfelt melodies and evocative lyrics, Feist offers solace and unity, reminding us of our common humanity, this album serves as a beacon of hope and understanding, demonstrating the transformative power of music during challenging times. It’s a work that speaks to the human experience, binding people together through the cathartic beauty of art in the wake of a changing world.

Yaeji – With a Hammer

Label: Interscope


Conceived across the bustling cities of New York, London, and Seoul, “With A Hammer” by Yaeji delves into a profound journey of self-discovery and societal introspection. This 13-track full-length project, led by the versatile producer, vocalist, DJ, visual artist, and creative director, is a captivating exploration of ever-evolving soundscapes. Yaeji’s artistry transcends boundaries, melding her dance music origins with the rich tapestry of Korean indie rock, electronica, and ’90s to early 2000’s pop influences.

Alison Goldfrapp – The Love Intervention

Label: Skint Records


Alison Goldfrapp’s “The Love Invention” signifies her shift away from the Goldfrapp pseudonym, showcasing a dazzling disco-infused album. Her alluring vocals, most notably in the titular track and songs like “Never Stop”, “So Hard So Hot,” and “Digging Deeper Now” radiate with passion and enchanting rhythms. Departing from her prior collaborations with partner Will Gregory, this record maintains her hallmark sophistication while marking an enthralling progression in her musical evolution. The album not only ushers in a new era for Goldfrapp but also marks a bold artistic metamorphosis that sees her transcending her established musical boundaries.

Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy

Label: Ninja Tune 


Young Fathers’ latest release, a follow-up to their Mercury Prize-winning album “Cocoa Sugar” reveals the enduring artistry of the Edinburgh trio – Alloysious Massaquoi, Graham ‘G’ Hastings, and Kayus Bankole. Their music consistently delivers incendiary lyrics and thought-provoking themes. Through a fusion of potent words, innovative visuals, and electrifying live performances, they have firmly established themselves as one of Britain’s most unique and indispensable bands. 

Depeche Mode – Memento Mori

Label: Mute


Depeche Mode’s 15th studio album, “Memento Mori” delves into the somber realms of mortality and loss, aptly named after the Latin reminder, “remember that you must die”. Throughout the album, this thematic undercurrent weaves its way into the lyrics and music, casting a shadow over their signature electronic sound. Drawing inspiration from electronic music, synthpop, and darkwave genres, “Memento Mori” stands as a poignant and thought-provoking work. Their farewell album brilliantly and intelligently tackles challenging subjects, showcasing the enduring creativity of one of electronic music’s most iconic bands.

The Damned – Darkadelic

Label: earMUSIC


The Damned, a band with a legacy dating back to the late ’70s punk explosion, have consistently been musical pioneers, forever pushing the boundaries of their craft. “Darkadelic” brilliantly channels their punk roots while delivering hit after hit. Tracks like “Western Promise” and “You’re Gonna Realise” grab the listener and leave a lasting impression. The enduring creativity of The Damned, along with their willingness to venture into new sonic territories, makes “Darkadelic” a captivating and intriguing addition to their extensive discography. 

Queens of the Stone Age – In Times New Roman…

Label: Matador


Queens Of The Stone Age’s eighth studio album is a return to form for the legendary alt/stoner-rock band, following up an ambitious “Villains” from 2017. Eschewing its predecessor’s Mark Ronson production for a grittier feel, “In Times New Roman…” sees QOTSA at their best, with Josh Homme reasserting his claim to be the coolest man alive. This album only feels more poignant after release, following Homme’s revelation that he survived a battle with cancer, as well as the passing of close friend Taylor Hawkins, and the dissolution of his marriage. The album reflects this, with a melancholic, almost creepy atmosphere in some points. Most noticeable of these is Sicily, which feels almost Tim Burton-esque, and wouldn’t be out of place on an atmospheric soundtrack.
Ultimately, this is a solid addition to the QOTSA discography, representing a more mature QOTSA, coming to terms with life’s difficulties. With the band’s lineup stable for over a decade, QOTSA manage to match Homme’s vulnerability with their classic swaggering macho attitude.

Metallica – 72 Seasons

Label: Blackened 


Metallica, heavy metal icons, affirm their legendary status with the release of their eleventh studio album, “72 Seasons”. As pioneers of thrash metal, they continue to master their signature blend of fierce riffs, intricate compositions, and socially conscious lyrics. The album features the epic 11-minute closing track, “Inamorata” With over four decades in the industry, Metallica’s enduring ability to craft compelling music captivates both their devoted followers and a new generation of fans. “72 Seasons” solidifies their legacy as an unwavering force in the heavy metal domain, Metallica doesn’t just play music; they unleash it like a force of nature. It’s raw power, an unrelenting sonic assault, and it’s nothing short of a brilliant.

The Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds

Label: Polydor


The Rolling Stones’ long anticipated “Hackney Diamonds” is their first original studio album since 2005’s “A Bigger Bang”. With nods to their blues-rock roots, the album is a triumph that highlights their enduring legacy and penchant for captivating collaborations. Featuring the late Charlie Watts on Mess It Up and Live By The Sword, the record is a bittersweet tribute to the legendary drummer. Lady Gaga’s enchanting vocals and Stevie Wonder’s mesmerizing keys grace Sweet Sounds Of Heaven. Bite My Head Off boasts Paul McCartney’s bass prowess, while Elton John’s piano adds depth to Get Close and Live By The Sword. Closing with “Rolling Stone Blues”, The Stones’ unwavering passion for music shines. “Hackney Diamonds” it’s a blazing testament to the band’s roots and their unbreakable rock ‘n’ roll soul. It’s like they’re saying, ‘We’re still here, and we’re still kicking ass!’

Obituary – Dying of Everything

Label: Relapse


Obituary’s “Dying Of Everything” showcases their memorable prowess, even in the 2020s. With a strong DIY spirit and a commitment to global touring, the band’s passion and sense of fun remain as vibrant as their ’80s origins. This record showcases Obituary’s ability to stay relevant and influential in the modern music landscape. Dying of Everything is like a shot in the arm, reminding us all that this band ain’t just a relic of the past. They’re still relevant, still influential, and still tearing it up in the music scene.

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Land of Sleeper

Label: Rocket


Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs’ “Land of Sleeper” emerges as a  primal, unrelenting force in their discography. This fifth record, stemming from the band’s individual passions, radiates unparalleled potency and unwavering confidence. It channels a furious drive, forging a path through the turbulence that followed their previous release, “Viscerals”. With “Land of Sleeper” Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs don’t just push boundaries; they tear ’em down and build something wild, intense, and flat-out exhilarating.

Goat – Medicine

Label: Rocket


Goat’s “Medicine” envelops listeners in an introspective, mellow psych-folk ambiance. This album delves into the profound theme of life’s impermanence, drawing inspiration from classic Swedish acts of the 1970s. With the inclusion of ethereal flute compositions and soaring melodies, it crafts a distinct and transcendental musical odyssey. The band masterfully combines nostalgia with contemporary sensibilities, creating a timeless allure. As the past collides head-on with the present, “Medicine” is a thunderous testament to their knack for mashing up tradition and innovation, creating a sonic cocktail that’ll knock your socks off and leave you wondering why you ever settled for the same old tunes.

Swans – The Beggar

Label: Young God


Swans’ sixteenth offering, “The Beggar” harmoniously merges past and present band members, including elements from Angels Of Light, and features the artistic contribution of guest musician Ben Frost. Born during the challenging times of lockdown, this album stands as a testament to Michael Gira’s songwriting tenacity and unwavering optimism. It’s a unique synthesis of Swans’ enduring legacy and the evolving sonic landscape they inhabit. Gira’s ability to bring together a diverse array of talents results in a work that will resonate with both the band’s devoted fan base and those seeking an innovative, contemplative musical experience.

Wilco – Cousin

Label: dBpm Records


On Wilco’s thirteenth studio album, “Cousin”, the band embarks on a compelling journey back to their Chicago roots. Recorded painstakingly over two years at the iconic Loft, this album serves as a testament to the enduring brilliance of Jeff Tweedy’s songwriting. With the support of their long-standing lineup of musical virtuosos, Wilco effortlessly transition from the country-influenced sounds of their previous work, “Cruel Country”, to the progressive and experimental rock territory that defines their current sound.
Tweedy’s lyrical prowess shines through as he navigates a diverse range of themes, blending the iconoclastic with the introspective. What truly stands out in this game-changing album is the addition of Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon as a producer. Her fresh touch reinvigorates Wilco’s trademark sound, breathing new life into their music. This albuim is a musical journey that reaffirms Wilco’s status as a band that continuously evolves while staying true to their artistic roots.

Belle and Sebastian – Late Developers

Label: Matador



“Late Developers” marks a brilliant resurgence for the seasoned Scottish veterans, Belle and Sebastian. In an era where many long-standing bands might choose the safe route of a fan-pleasing novelty album, Belle and Sebastian boldly defy expectations with this knockout record. It’s a breath of fresh air in the music world, boasting an invigorating blend of pop, rock, and soul.
The album’s title, “Late Developers”, fittingly suggests that the band is hitting their creative stride only now, and after immersing yourself in all 11 tracks, it’s hard to disagree. It stands as another exciting chapter in the band’s already illustrious career.

Foo Fighters – But Here We Are

Label: Roswell · Capitol · RCA



Foo Fighters 11th album “But Here We Are” is their first release since the untimely passing of Taylor Hawkins. The pain and grief, the unpredictability of life and how it can all be over tomorrow carry through the entire album. The opening track “Rescued” highlights this “It came in a flash- it came outta nowhere”. It feels honest, raw and like something they really had to say. “In Under You”, Grohl shows a softer, vulnerable side to his vocals sort of whisper-singing on “Under You”. The track moves from a rather thoughtful tone into a psych-power-pop world, showing bits of those anthemic choruses the Foo Fighters filled stadiums and festival fields with. The last two tracks ramp up emotions. “The Teacher” is a 10 minute opus with gnarly riffs that build momentum throughout, climaxing in maxed out levels and distortions until the track ends abruptly, feeling like a tribute to Grohl’s mother, who also recently passed. Grohl fuels all his pain and anger into his performance on the record, making it a truly captivating experience.

Emma Anderson – Pearlies

Label: Sonic Cathedral


Emma Anderson, co-founder of the iconic band Lush, makes a striking debut with her project “Pearlies”. This musical endeavor is a unique fusion of electronic pop, psychedelic elements, and folk influences, creating a captivating sonic landscape. Within the music of “Pearlies”, Anderson delves into themes of fear and independence, offering an emotionally resonant journey for listeners. With a career rooted in the alternative music scene, her solo work demonstrates a bold departure and a fresh exploration of her artistic capabilities. “Pearlies” stands as a testament to Anderson’s creative versatility and her ability to craft music that is both evocative and innovative, ushering in a new chapter in her career.

Teenage Fanclub – Nothing Lasts Forever

Label: PeMa


Nothing Lasts Forever prominently weaves the motif of light as a recurring and powerful symbol of hope. This threads through the songwriting of Norman Blake and Raymond McGinley, adding a layer of depth and resonance to the album’s narrative. The songs showcase their shared creative synergy, and the recurrent themes underscore a unified vision in their songwriting.
On “Nothing Lasts Forever”, the listener is guided through a landscape of emotions and stories, emphasizing the enduring power of hope and the innate human spirit’s quest for a brighter, more fulfilling destination.

The Lemon Twigs – Everything Harmony

Label: Captured Tracks


Brian and Michael D’Addario, as a musical duo, present an impressive collection of 13 original compositions, each brimming with a captivating beauty that goes far beyond their years as a band, and especially as young individuals. Their work showcases an emotional depth and a musical sophistication that belies their age, the brothers exhibit a remarkable ability to craft songs that resonate with maturity and artistic insight, a quality that sets them apart. The Lemon Twigs transcend typical generational boundaries, touching on universal themes and emotions with a level of depth and creativity that is rare to find. 

Public Service Broadcasting – This New Noise

Label: Test Card Recordings


In celebration of the BBC’s centenary, a remarkable performance featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra was held. J. Willgoose, Esq. took the reins to remix the concert, unearthing fresh and unexplored dimensions within this intricately layered masterpiece. The collaboration between the orchestra and the talented composer J. Willgoose, Esq. brought to light a new perspective on this musical experience. It not only paid homage to the BBC’s rich history but also added a contemporary twist, enhancing the complexity and depth of the original composition. This concert was a testament to the enduring power of music to evolve and adapt while honoring the past, offering audiences a fresh and captivating take on a classical masterpiece within the realm of the BBC’s centenary celebration.

Sampha – Lahai

Label: Young


Sampha’s second album, “Lahai” derives its name from a deeply personal source – his paternal grandfather and middle name. Within this 14-track album, Sampha embarks on a profound journey that explores life’s awe and magic, delving into the mysteries of existence and what lies beyond. The project is a collaborative effort, featuring contributions from Sampha’s closest friends and peers, transforming it into a communal exploration of human connections and our link to something greater than ourselves.
In stark contrast to his previous work, “Process”, “Lahai” serves as a testament to the power of shared experiences and the beauty of togetherness. This album showcases Sampha’s artistic evolution, not only as a musician but as a storyteller, forging a deeper connection with his audience through themes of shared humanity and the enigmatic forces that shape our lives.

Everything But The Girl – Fuse

Label: Virgin Records · Buzzin’ Fly


With their 11th studio album “Fuse”, Everything But The Girl break their 24 year hiatus. The tracklist oozes both nostalgia and excitement, with a modern twist on their sound. A mixture of beautiful ballads, catchy pop tunes, smooth lounge tracks. The lyrics crave connection. In the opening track, Thorn sings “Kiss me while the world decays”, a nod to the time they spent apart during the Covid-19 pandemic. The opener and first single “Nothing Left To Lose” sets the overall tone for the album, a modern nod to their signature 80s/90s synth wave groove. The album displays a mix of electronic and acoustic tracks, with playful, tastefully chosen synth elements lacing their way through the tracklist. They mark tracks such as “Run A Red Light” and “When You Mess Up” as signature Everything But The Girl. These show a softer, dreamier side enticing the listener with their flowy soundscape, reminiscent of a longing embrace. Overall a modern, sophisticated and honest work of cult artists.

Yussef dayes – Black Classical Music

Label: Brownswood Recordings


This expansive 19-track album offers listeners a unique glimpse through the looking glass of the esteemed artist’s life, both past and present. It intricately explores themes of home and family, delving into the core of his personal narrative. The record draws inspiration from the artist’s musical icons, such as Miles Davis, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and his own extensive travels around the world. These journeys have enriched his understanding of rhythm, infusing the album with a diverse and worldly musical tapestry. In this masterful creation, Dayes weaves together the threads of his influences, experiences, and creative evolution, resulting in a captivating and multi-layered musical journey that invites the audience to share in his reflections on life, identity, and the power of rhythm.

The Chemical Brothers – For That Beautiful Feeling

Label: Virgin Records


The Chemical Brothers, celebrated for their groundbreaking contributions to electronic music, released their tenth studio album, “For That Beautiful Feeling”. Crafted within their personal studio on the south coast, this album is an auditory voyage in pursuit of those rare moments when sound becomes an overwhelming force, threatening to engulf you but ultimately propelling you on an unknown wave. “For That Beautiful Feeling” immediately immerses listeners in an experimental realm, a testament to the duo’s ability to blend diverse sonic elements seamlessly. Each track is a unique journey through electronic soundscapes, ranging from ethereal to rhythmic, offering an entrancing and diverse experience. The album’s production is meticulous, with pristine sound and expert mixing, resulting in a dynamic and captivating listening experience. The rhythms ebb and flow, creating an immersive, technicolor dreamscape. For That Beautiful Feeling reaffirms The Chemical Brothers’ enduring importance in electronic music.

Lankum – False Lankum

Label:  Rough Trade


“False Lankum” stands as an exceptionally potent album, adorned with the rich tapestry of folk traditions. However, Lankum’s innovative approach renders it more foreign than familiar, breaking new ground in the genre. From the very first track, the album masterfully weaves a storm of emotions, initially lulling the listener into a deceptive sense of tranquility with soft, elegant harmonies, only to then unleash a violent tempest of ominous and profoundly unsettling sound. This serves as evidence of Lankum’s bravery and unwavering commitment, while also revealing their vulnerability in their artistic approach. They’re not just pushing boundaries; they’re stomping all over ’em. If you’re ready to be challenged, if you’re ready for something that’ll stick in your mind and never let go, then you better dive into this one.

Lucinda Williams – Stories from a Rock N Roll Heart

Label:  Highway 20 · Thirty Tigers


Lucinda Williams makes a poignant return with her fifteenth album, embarking on a musical odyssey enriched by notable collaborators. This record stands as a testament to her remarkable resilience and depth as an artist. It’s a proof of her unwavering spirit, crafting one of her most personal and meaningful albums, especially after overcoming a stroke that temporarily deprived her of guitar playing. With the accompaniment of celebrated artists like Bruce Springsteen and Angel Olsen, the album not only pays tribute to her resilience but also cements her status as an icon of Americana music. Her latest work is a tribute to her enduring ingenuity and her capacity to confront life’s obstacles through the potency of her craft.

Grian Chatten – Chaos for the Fly

Label:  Partisan


“Chaos For The Fly” signifies Grian Chatten’s debut as a solo artist, venturing beyond his role in Fontaines D.C. Co-produced by Dan Carey, the album offers a compelling glimpse into Chatten’s poetic depth. Across the nine tracks, he employs vivid colors and textures to weave lucid tales that beautifully encapsulate life’s rich spectrum of emotions. It’s a musical journey that invites repeated visits, highlighting Chatten’s versatility and his distinctive perspective, distinct from his work with Fontaines D.C. This release highlights his artistic breadth, affirming that he is more than a band member; he is a talented and independent artist adept at crafting stories that strike a profound chord with his listeners.

Jason Isbell – Weathervanes

Label: Southeastern


In this album, Jason Isbell addresses pressing societal concerns, including the pervasive issues of gun violence, the harrowing opioid crisis, and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights. He interprets these weighty subjects through his unique and introspective songwriting lens, offering a deeply personal and thought-provoking exploration of these challenges. With his evocative storytelling and musical prowess, Isbell creates a powerful sonic landscape that encourages listeners to reflect on these pressing matters, adding his voice to the broader conversation and advocating for change. The album shows Isbell’s commitment to using his art to shed light on the urgent issues of our time.

Beirut – Hadsel

Label:  Pompeii Records


“Hadsel” Beirut’s first album under Zach Condon’s Pompeii Records, was born amidst personal turmoil on the Norwegian island of Hadsel. This record encapsulates a deeply introspective journey of self-discovery and recovery. It mirrors the awe-inspiring natural surroundings that profoundly inspired it. The island’s captivating beauty and the challenges faced by the artist are intricately woven into the fabric of the music, creating a mesmerizing narrative. As Beirut navigate through their unique soundscapes, the album becomes a compelling ode to the healing power of art, capturing the essence of personal transformation and renewal amid the backdrop of the stunning, rugged landscapes that ignited its creative spark.

Paul Simon – Seven Psalms

Label:  Owl · Legacy


Paul Simon’s “Seven Psalms” is a distinctive and contemplative musical odyssey that spans 33 minutes. Comprising seven interconnected segments, this remarkable work delves deep into the realms of spirituality and human introspection. With its evocative lyrics and captivating vocal elements, the album transports listeners on a journey of profound emotional resonance. Simon’s masterful storytelling and unique approach to songwriting shine through, making “Seven Psalms” a distinct and intriguing addition to his already illustrious catalog. It’s an endeavor that invites audiences to explore the complex facets of life, offering a fresh perspective on Simon’s enduring musical creativity and his ability to weave an array of emotions through his work.

Lisa O’neill – All Of This Is Chance

Label:  Rough Trade


Lisa O’Neill’s “All Of This Is Chance” firmly establishes her as an evocative Irish songwriter of remarkable depth. The album delves into themes of nature and incorporates orchestral elements, creating a rich and multifaceted sonic landscape. O’Neill’s unique voice serves as the centerpiece of this work, guiding the listener through an emotional and musical journey that is as distinctive as it is captivating. Her songwriting prowess shines brightly, solidifying her position as a significant talent in the realm of Irish music. “All Of This Is Chance” reveals O’Neill’s ability to craft songs that are both lyrically poignant and musically enchanting.

BC Camplight – The Last Rotation of Earth

Label:  Bella Union


BC Camplight’s “The Last Rotation Of Earth” is a harrowing yet cinematic exploration of profound personal turmoil. As Brian Christinzio’s life unraveled, this album emerged as an emotionally charged masterpiece, becoming an outlet for his inner struggles. The songs within are characterized by their sophistication, offering a nuanced perspective on pain and desperation, with each track bearing the weight of Christinzio’s raw and unfiltered honesty. This album speaks to the strength that can be found in vulnerability, serving as a testament to the power of turning personal chaos into a beautiful sonic experience. It captures the essence of his tumultuous journey and showcases the artistry in transforming one’s own trials into a resonant and deeply moving musical narrative.

The Smashing Pumpkins – ATUM

Label:  Martha’s Music


“Atum: A Rock Opera In Three Acts” is an epic and monumental sonic journey that artfully rekindles the spirit of the Smashing Pumpkins’ iconic albums, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness” and “Machina/The Machines Of God” This ambitious concept album unfurls like a compelling sequel, perpetuating the band’s enigmatic narrative. Across three acts, it masterfully weaves a complex tale where Billy Corgan’s distinctive vocals and the band’s signature wall of sound collide in a symphonic fusion of alternative rock. 

Sleaford Mods – UK GRIM

Label:  Rough Trade


The dynamic Nottingham duo, Sleaford Mods, makes a triumphant return with a ferocious and unapologetic edge. Their raw, unfiltered approach to music remains as potent as ever, fearlessly addressing societal injustices and widespread indifference. Sleaford Mods’ unwavering consistency and rugged authenticity shine through in “UK GRIM,” an unrelenting critique of the mediocrity plaguing modern Britain. Backed by pulse-driven beats and exhilarating builds, the album serves as an electrifying antidote to the harsh realities outside your window. This release is an absolute must-listen, and to borrow a line from the record, it’s a sonic experience that’ll make you want it all, just like a decadent crack forest gateau.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Council Skies

Label:  Sour Mash


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ “Council Skies” the highly anticipated fourth studio album, reaffirms the enduring brilliance of Gallagher’s songwriting legacy. With hit singles like “Pretty Boy” and “Easy Now” the album offers a compelling fusion of rock and classic Noel Gallagher melodies. Gallagher’s musical journey, from the soaring heights of Oasis to his current solo endeavors, reflects a remarkable evolution, and “Council Skies” stands as a testament to his enduring musical prowess. It masterfully marries his iconic songwriting style with a fresh, contemporary sound. Noel Gallagher’s latest offering marks a captivating chapter in his career, highlighting his enviable skill in reinventing his sonic palette while casting a spell on both his devoted followers and fresh audiences.

Nation of Language – Strange Disciple

Label:  PIAS


Nation Of Language, hailing from Brooklyn, deliver their third album, “Strange Disciple”, an album crafted for “urban exploration”. Evolving their musical identity, this record beautifully encapsulates the exhilaration of touring and the freedom of discovery. With their artistry, the band takes us on a captivating excursion through the urban landscape, reflecting the essence of a world reopening and the sheer joy of rediscovering the cities that have long been a source of inspiration for their music. “Strange Disciple” is a testament to the resilience of the creative spirit, offering a soundtrack to the renewed sense of adventure and possibility that awaits beyond our doorstep.

m83 – Fantasy

Label:  Virgin Records France · Mute


“M83” continue their legacy of crafting immersive soundscapes with “Fantasy” With a career spanning over two decades, he has honed the art of worldbuilding through albums, film scores, and stage compositions. This album represents a shift, featuring a more prominent presence of guitars and synths, with the aim of delivering a captivating live experience. “Fantasy” embarks on a deeply personal journey as Anthony Gonzalez delves into lyrics and vocals, enriching the emotional depth of his music. They’re mixing and matching sounds in a way that’s pure magic. It’s a wild, mind-bending journey that’ll take you places you never knew existed. 

Orbital – Optical Delusion

Label:  Orbital


“Optical Delusion” recorded in Orbital’s Brighton studio, is a collaborative masterpiece featuring an array of diverse contributions. Notably, it welcomes the talents of Sleaford Mods, Penelope Isles, Anna B Savage, The Little Pest, Dina Ipavic, and Coppe, adding a rich tapestry of sound and style to the album. However, the most surprising inclusion is The Medieval Baebes, a British group known for their ethereal fusion of medieval and classical music. This unexpected blend of artists infuses the album with a remarkable spectrum of influences and textures, creating a sonic journey that transcends genres. “Optical Delusion” serves as a prime exemplar of Orbital’s dexterity in embracing an array of artistic voices. It underscores their capacity to integrate diverse artistic influences into a harmonious and evocative musical narrative

Overmono – Good Lies

Label:  XL Recordings


Overmono’s debut album, “Good Lies” is an absolute gem. It’s a rarity to encounter a record that seamlessly melds multiple dance music genres, spanning from the rhythmic beats of 2-step garage to the pulsating energy of Techno, all while retaining a remarkably fresh sound. “Good Lies” is an evolutionary journey like no other, guiding the listener along a completely unique path. It masterfully balances elements of euphoria and melancholy, creating a deeply emotional and captivating landscape. Whether you’re listening on a bus, in the comfort of your bedroom, or amidst the throbbing energy of a club, these tracks possess the power to transport you precisely where you need to be, making it an essential addition to any electronic music collection.

Lana del Rey – Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd

Label: Interscope · Polydor


Lana Del Rey’s 9th studio album “Did You Know There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd” takes the listener on a 16 track journey. An album rich in influences ranging from piano pop, to gospel, folk, psychedelic and soul. Lana’s vocals and lyrics seem more raw and vulnerable than ever-showing the listener a new side to her signature sound. The opening track “The Grants” starts the journey with a stripped vocal performance. Occasional padded vocals and harmonies help the track eventually flow into a beautiful piano ballad. Full of heart and a hint of melancholy the title track sells the dream of a golden age Hollywood dream. Though Del Rey departs from her signature colourful language and worldbuilding, she still gives listeners plenty of opportunity to immerse. The two interludes alone draw the listener deeper into her world. An immersive piano driven soundscape that helps set the scene. This album seems raw and vulnerable, yet mature and full. A journey of unique discovery with every track.

Raye – My 21st Century Blues

Label: Human Re Sources


Raye’s highly anticipated debut album, “My 21st Century Blues,” is a boundary-pushing collection of songs that shines a spotlight on her exceptional songwriting skills and vocal prowess. This genre-bending album effortlessly traverses the realms of pop, R&B, soul, and dance, offering a dynamic exploration of themes such as love, loss, self-acceptance, and resilience. Raye’s vocal performance is nothing short of incredible, infusing each track with raw emotion that resonates deeply with listeners. “My 21st Century Blues” manages to strike a balance between the personal and the universal, creating a musical narrative that is both introspective and relatable. 

Christine and the Queens – PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE

Label: Because


“Paranoïa, Angels, True Love” forms the continuation of the concept album “Redcar Les Adorables Étoiles (prologue)” released a year earlier, and this remarkable work features collaborations with music icons Madonna and 070 Shake. It emerges as a genre-blurring masterpiece, deftly weaving elements of pop, R&B, electronic, and synth-pop. Drawing inspiration from Tony Kushner’s influential play, “Angels in America”, Christine and the Queens imbue this album with an almost gothic perspective on our contemporary world.

Gaz Coombes – Turn the Car Around

Label: Hot Fruit · Virgin


Gaz Coombes, the voice behind the iconic Britpop band Supergrass, has long been celebrated for his songwriting prowess and distinctive vocal style. With “Turn the Car Around” his fourth solo album, Coombes continues to push the boundaries of his musical identity.
This record encapsulates the myriad highs and lows of contemporary existence and all the intricate nuances in between. Crafted and recorded by Coombes within the charmingly disheveled confines of his Oxfordshire outhouse studio, it emerges as one of the crowning achievement of his career. 

Blur – The Ballad of Darren

Label: parlophone


Blur’s ninth studio album, “The Ballad of Darren,” while more concise in runtime, seamlessly radiates the iconic 90s sound that defined the band. This release exhibits a tighter and more polished musicality, with lyrical themes that revolve around heartbreak and temptation, delving into the allure of old vices like drugs. Tracks such as “St. Charles Square,” “The Narcissist,” and “The Heights” elevate the listening experience with emotive guitar lines and anthemic choruses, while “Russian Strings” introduces a unique blend of ballroom piano and beach-bar guitar, imbuing the album with a melancholic undertone. “The Ballad of Darren” invites listeners to engage in meaningful discussions and introspection while preserving Blur’s distinct and enduring charm, reaffirming their position as influential pioneers of Britpop.

Romy – Mid Air

Label: Young


Romy, the UK singer, songwriter, and DJ best known for her work with The xx, has unveiled her eagerly awaited debut solo album, “Mid Air”. This album is a celebration of life, sanctuary, and liberation on the dance floor. It explores themes of love, grief, relationships, identity, and sexuality while paying homage to the queer clubs that provided Romy with a sense of community and connection. Although she had come out in her personal life long ago, Mid Air serves as a coming-out album in its own right, a journey through heartache and grief towards euphoria. Romy collaborates with producers Fred again.. and Stuart Price, along with her bandmate Jamie xx on the recent single “Enjoy Your Life”. Featuring the previous single Strong, Mid Air epitomises the sound Romy describes as “emotional music to dance to.” This sound beautifully blends club classics and classic songwriting, striking a balance between euphoria, escapism, and the melancholic, much like Romy’s favorite music.

Black Pumas – Chronicles of a Diamond

Label: ATO


“Chronicles Of A Diamond” illustrates Black Pumas’ fearless exploration of new musical horizons, spanning a variety of genres including soul, symphonic pop, jazz-funk, and psychedelia. The album embarks on a wild and captivating journey, unveiling the band’s boundless creativity and their willingness to push artistic boundaries. With each track, Black Pumas craft a unique experience, showcasing their ability to masterfully traverse a diverse musical landscape. This odyssey offers listeners a chance to witness the band’s evolution and artistic growth, all while maintaining the captivating essence that has defined their sound. “Chronicles Of A Diamond” speaks volumes about Black Pumas’ determination to evolve their musical identity, demonstrating their unwavering dedication to delivering an immersive and groundbreaking listening adventure.

Gabriels – Angels & Queens

Label: Atlas Artists · Parlophone


Gabriels introduces their highly anticipated debut album, “Angels & Queens” expertly produced by Grammy winner Sounwave. Expanding upon the success of “Angels & Queens – Part I” this album boasts a collection of iconic tracks, including the poignant “Love and Hate In A Different Time,” the soulful “Offering,” the transcendent “Glory” and the captivating “Great Wind”. Together, these compositions craft a remarkable musical journey that unfolds across two enthralling chapters. “Angels & Queens” represents the culmination of Gabriels’ artistic prowess, offering a richly layered and emotionally resonant soundscape, promising to captivate and inspire audiences with its fusion of soulful melodies and evocative storytelling.

Yes – Mirror to the Sky

Label:  InsideOut Music · Sony Music


Yes, the legendary progressive rock band, reemerges with “Mirror To The Sky” an album that eloquently showcases their evolution, boundless innovation, and resolute commitment to their celebrated musical legacy. This release is a poignant chapter in their journey, as it both honors their iconic past and propels them forward into uncharted musical territories. With their signature blend of complex compositions and lyrical depth, “Mirror To The Sky” resonates as a testament to the enduring power of their artistry, captivating dedicated fans and newcomers alike, solidifying Yes’ indomitable presence in the world of progressive rock.

Travis Scott – Utopia

Label:  Cactus Jack · Epic


Travis Scott’s “Utopia” embarks on a sonic odyssey, reaffirming his transformative influence on the hip-hop landscape. The album features a diverse range of tracks, from the energizing “Hyaena” to the funk inspired “Modern Jam” showcasing Scott’s multifaceted musical prowess. “Utopia” teases with a concealed star-studded guest list, with highlights including Drake’s commanding presence in “Meltdown” and Beyoncé’s magnetic aura in “Delresto (Echoes)”. Blending avant-garde creativity with a stellar presence, the album showcases Scott’s unrivaled ingenuity.

Olivia Rodrigo – Guts

Label:  Geffen


Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album, “GUTS” stands as a remarkable testament to her evolution as an artist. Building upon the success of her debut, Rodrigo delves even deeper into introspection, putting her exceptional songwriting prowess on full display. The singles “Vampire” and “Bad Idea Right?” serve as shining examples of her ability to capture raw emotion, with “Vampire”  becoming a sensation on social media. The album as a whole delves into themes of self-discovery, heartache, and youthful rebellion. Rodrigo’s voice continues to shine, conveying both vulnerability and strength simultaneously. “GUTS” represents a bold step forward for this young artist, cementing her status as a force to be reckoned with, and it’s certain to resonate deeply with fans, both longstanding and new.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela  – In Between Thoughts… A New World

Label:  ATO


Rodrigo Y Gabriela’s ‘In Between Thoughts…A New World'” emerges as a groundbreaking musical endeavor that defies conventions. The album is a testament to the duo’s unbridled creativity, featuring spontaneous compositions that unfold with a sense of unrestrained artistry. It seamlessly blends electronic innovation into their acoustic world, introducing a sonic landscape that challenges expectations. What truly sets this record apart is the incorporation of orchestral elements, which infuse a sense of grandeur and expansiveness. The result is an album that promises to expand listeners’ consciousness, guiding them through uncharted territories of sound.

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