‘Jaime’ is arguably Howard’s most important work to date spiritually, let alone critically.
The singer-songwriter has created an astoundingly original piece of work; every track sends shivers down the spine, but hitting different vertebrae - sometimes the impact is measured and controlled, others it’s shocking and bold.
It is easily one of the most interesting and exciting pop records of the year.
‘Designer’ is a striking return, pursuing solitary aesthetic goals in a fashion both unrelenting and admirable.
‘ZUU’ is further proof that Denzel Curry is one of hip-hop's most interesting and progressive MCs.
‘All Mirrors’ is a record that is so intuitive and interior, that it feels it could be difficult to penetrate - but it’s one hell of a prize if you give it the chance.
Listeners are given consistency and quality throughout.
Although on first listen it may appear inaccessible and tedious to some listeners due to its Californian themes and static aura, it marks itself as one of Lana’s most cohesive and constitutional albums.
On his self-titled debut LP, the Ladbroke Grove wordsmith is at the peak of his powers.
Another open letter straight from artist to audience that cuts right to the core of what means to have loved, lost and loved again.
On ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’, Skepta is back with a renewed hunger and sense of purpose, overcoming a new set of challenges and proving once again why he is a grime mainstay.
Overall, ‘When I Get Home’ is a triumph, and is the kind of album you put on to reach your calming, safe place, when you get home at the end of a long day.
A brilliant palate cleanser to the vast majority of overblown, raucous and vapid compositions that have taken over the genre over the course of the last three decades or so.
Michael Kiwanuka has undoubtedly created a timeless album, one made with impressive confidence.
On her debut LP ‘Athena’ Sudan Archives has created an album that is the logical next step on her evolution, but also features call-backs to her previous three releases.
Authentic, raw and honest, it is eclectic, original and a work of multifaceted expression.
An arresting, astonishing experience, ‘Schlagenheim’ is a vital, stunning, puzzling album, one that demands to be heard.
‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ is a brave and fortuitous debut album from the LA teen, capturing the hopes, fears and vulnerabilities of an entire generation. The genius in this record is its unaffected relatability.
‘Grey Area’ feels like a transition for Little Simz, taking her music to the next level by working with British hip-hop producer, Inflo. His impact permeates the entire album, with its an incredibly raw, poignant air – from the record’s instrumentation to the inimitable way Simz attacks nearly every track.
With his sixth album ‘Igor’ Tyler again not only pushes himself, but what hip-hop should be in 2019.