Skip to main content

My Albums of The Year So Far...

aoty, album of the year, The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you

It's that time of the year again, well halfway towards that time of the year. It's when people like myself start feeling the need to spew their opinions on what they think was the best music of the year. I've compiled the list into a 'top 10' of sorts of albums that I've not necessarily given the best rating of the year but instead the albums I've listened to very, incredibly regularly. So let's get this show underway...

The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
If you've read my review for this album then you'll know that I love it so incredibly deeply. Jamie XX's deeply crafted beats and Romy and Oliver's soulful and emotional vocals combine as well as they ever have to produce an album where if I had to compile a top 10 then this would undoubtedly be at number 1.



Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3
The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
I kind of feel like I'm cheating a little bit with this one, because technically it was released in 2016 and I did place it on my favourite albums list for last year, but it's actual, official release date was in january, so I'm including it here because it's incredible. Killer Mike and El-P's ability to bounce off each other with such creativity and preciseness is astounding.


The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
Easily the pop album of the year so far. Lorde mixes her unique view of life with expertly produced songs and lyrics. All of this together creates an album that I've grown to thoroughly love since it was released not long back, hence it's position on this list.

The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
In terms of albums that have delivered on hype and were thoroughly thought provoking then this album would be album of the year. And Kendrick delivered such a thought provoking and open to interpretation album that left us all wanting so much more that we made up a second album. How often does that really happen?

Royal Blood - When Did It Get So Dark?
The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
The rockers from Brighton recently released their second album, and it is truly magical. I'm yet to review this record and I do want to still write about it despite it being a few weeks old now. But this album is on course to break into my top 3 albums of the year, depending on it's longevity. It's heavy, sweaty and massive. I love it.

The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
Punk isn't dead it's just been in a very deep slumber. And Cabbage are only adding to that revival with their debut album consisting of their first 4 EP's it's still incredible. With a low-fi sound and some very witty and clever lyrics it leads to you wanting more, and we shall have more with their new EP being released soon.

The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
I was very harsh on this album when it came out, giving it only a 5 in my review of it, but in hindsight I would probably raise that to a 6 or a 7 as songs like Kiwi have grown on me over time. However, that is not to say that this album is not clinging on to its spot in the top 10, because it's sp incredibly inconsistent.


Sundara Karma - Youth Is Only Fun In Retrospect
The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
Sundara Karma are a band who have swept under my radar for a while and then I listened to this album a while back and I was astounding by their ability to utilise their uniqueness and craft such an amazing and well written album. Songs like Happy Family and Young Understanding are personal highlights but I love the capability of the song Olympia. Overall it's a fantastic album.

Depeche Mode - Spirit
The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
80's electronic rockers return with their 13th studio album, Spirit and it harks back to their roots with their overblown choruses and hard hitting lyrics. It reminds me very much of their 1990 album, Violator. With Dave Gahans voice still clinging onto that soothingly low baritone, and Martin Gore's incredible songwriting talent we are treated to one of my favourite albums this year so far.

The XX, List, Music, Run the Jewels, Lorde, Kendrick Lamar, Royal Blood, Cabbage, Harry Styles, Sundara Karma, Depeche Mode, Types, the future is close enouhg, youth is only ever fun in retrospect, kmmreviews, spirit, rtj, rtj3, rap, hip hop, indie, punk, blues, i see you
I'm just as surprised as you are that this album has made it onto the list. But ever since I listened to this album I have been absolutely in love with it, leading to it creeping on to this list at the last second. Types' mix of low fi instruments and lyrics creates such a ghostly and eery sound that it's one of my favourite listening experiences of the year.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

KMMR's TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2018 // 40-31

And then we move into the 30s, the self-titled pop extravaganza that this is. If you haven't read the previous installments then check them out below:
Honourable Mentions Albums 50-41
40. Bad Sounds - Get Better

I was hoping for a little more from this album but there's no longevity to it whatsoever. Whilst there are some incredibly funky and fantastically produced songs, it doesn't quite pull the album through. Nonetheless, tunes such as "Milk It" and "Wages" are some proper stompers that would make a songs of the year list if I made one.
39. Tom Grennan - Lighting Matches

I find the same issues with this album as I did Bad Sounds, albeit Tom Grennan has a fantastic voice which really makes his music that little bit more unique for me. I do find there's little to no variation between the songs but I can't help but just really enjoy this album.
38. Confidence Man - Confident Music for Confident People

One of the dance records of the year. Whilst it …

Live Review: Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises at O2 Academy, Birmingham

Bernhoft is a grammy nominated R&B artist, someone who came to my attention this year and blew me away with his album Humanoid, an album that almost edged on the side of pop, taking a large step forward and slightly away from a very traditional R&B setting. So when he stopped by Birmingham on his short rendezvous through Blighty.

First up were Lawrence, a 7 (I think) piece jazz-pop band that I only caught towards the en of their set but what I saw made me wish I'd seen it all, a fantastic rendition of Sean Paul lit the room up incredibly, immediately having me hooked in their set. The songs that followed were each as joyful as the next and contained some of the best contemporary jazz infused music I've heard in ages!

Bernhoft swaggered onto the stage with the Fashion Bruises in tow and blew the roof off the O2 Academy as he ran through a set that began with the title track of his latest record, dancing and performing to songs he loved just as much as the crowd screami…

Introducing... The Shakers

The Shakers make the perfect indie pop, their tunes emit a feeling of joy that is barely matched in the music world. Their tunes can be related to those of bands such as The Orielles or with the production of Jungle. The London-based 5-piece have been growing and growing at such a pace that it wouldn't be ridiculous to see them doing arena tours within the next few years! I had the chance to catch up with the band to chat about their incessantly catchy new single "Get Me Down" which will definitely get your toe tapping faster with every listen. Read the full interview below:

Question. Hey guys, How has it been releasing your new single, "Get Me Down", into the world?
The Shakers: It has been amazing. This one has been a pretty long time in the making so not only is it really exciting to see people’s reactions to the song it has been a huge build up for us personally so it is awesome to see it out there and start getting some nice reactions.

Q. Post-release is the…