AOTY 2023
Rae Sremmurd - Sremm 4 Life
wdfym leans gone cold?? why the fuck they drinking it hot?
파란노을 [Parannoul] - After the Magic
In under two years, underground South Korean artist Parannoul has climbed up the ranks with his DIY, emo meets shoegaze, style to stand among my favourite artists of the 21st century. His 2021 breakout sophomore album, 'To See The Next Part of the Dream', is one of my favourite albums not only of the last few years but of all time, effortlessly topping its respective year-end list despite some incredible competition and receiving what is so far my only perfect 10 of the decade and placing it in ... read more
Lil Yachty - Let's Start Here.
Lil Yachty has always felt like the mainstream trap equivalent of an outsider artist to me, checking all the boxes needed to fit into the genre's stylistic boundaries in theory, but always driven by his quirky personality and lackadaisical approach to music. These aspects always made him stand out among his contemporaries and also made him quite an honest and personable figure in a genre that can often feel dominated by artists who feel like exact clones of one another. However, let's be ... read more
Gilla Band - Most Normal
Gilla Band, formerly known as Girl Band, were always a band I saw incredible potential in, a potential that shone through at times on their first two records but was ultimately dragged down by various things. Their debut, 'Holding Hands with Jamie', had some brilliant ideas and really was, all things considered, a good debut album, but ultimately, it's poor production really took the edge off a lot of its noise rock elements, and the band hadn't yet found their space in that rather daunting ... read more
Alvvays - Blue Rev
After a long five-year wait, Canadian indie pop outfit Alvvays have finally gifted us with their third studio album, 'Blue Rev', a more than worthy new addition to their unbelievably consistent discography.

To anyone who knows me, the fact that I am absolutely over the moon right now is no surprise. Both of the band's self-titled debut and their sophomore, 'Antisocialites', cracked the top fifteen of my end-of-decade list for the 2010s and the latter of which most certainly ranks among the ... read more

Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl
Bold and unapologetic are two words which best encapsulate Rina Sawayama's music and ever since I first heard her debut EP, 'RINA', all the way back in 2017, I've been absolutely enamored by her work. In my eyes, she is the quintessential pop star of the last decade, a beacon of expressing sheer emotion and uncaged artistic freedom through the vessels of contemporary pop and R&B.

Now, if we look back at the two words I mentioned before: bold and unapologetic, I don't think any single ... read more

Nirvana - In Utero
'Nevermind', as far as what the general public had been accustomed to hearing on the radio, was brutally raw, angsty and ferociously loud. However, when you look at the band's roots in the Seattle underground scene and at their debut Bleach, there is a clear shift to be heard on 'Nevermind', a shift towards something that underneath all those aforementioned qualities proved to also check a lot of boxes when it came to general accessibility.

While 'Nevermind' was not exactly accessible in a ... read more

Yard Act - The Overload
While post-punk isn't a genre that always prided itself on its complexity, the sheer amount of trailblazing bands releasing music in the genre in recent years has certainly made it feel like up-and-coming post-punk bands have an extra hurdle to overcome as expectations are higher than ever. I myself have in recent years brushed aside albums from bands like Shame and Viagra Boys as I didn't find they brought forward anything that made them unique and stand-out among contemporaries and while in a ... read more
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
'CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST' may not be Tyler's most groundbreaking release, but nonetheless, it still presents a plethora of incredible moments, silky smooth production, and an array of ideas and sounds which serve as a fantastic representation of Tyler's past material and his progression to where he is today.

After the complete deviation from Tyler's usual Hip Hop sound into a psychedelic neo-soul approach on 2019's 'IGOR', I wasn't sure what ground Tyler may cover on his next release - yet ... read more

Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
From the day 'Jubilee' was released, I knew it was a great album, but over the last few months, it's become increasingly apparent to me just how special this album really is. 'Jubilee' is one of the best pop albums of the last decade and may very well go down as Michelle Zauner’s magnum opus.

I would most certainly categorise myself as a fan of Michelle's two previous releases under the Japanese Breakfast moniker, 'Psychopomp' and' Soft Sounds From Another Planet', however, I would be ... read more

black midi - Cavalcade
I don't think that there has ever been a band that in my lifetime has or will be as hard to predict as black midi. When they burst onto the scene in 2018 with their incredible debut album 'Schlagenheim', they brought forward a sound and energy unlike anything I had ever heard before: complete unhinged and manic intensity delivered with almost mesmerising precision. That album still ranks as one of my absolute favourite albums of the last 20 years and its idiosyncratic approach is so impressive ... read more
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Who would have thought that one of the best psychedelic rock albums in recent years would come from the heart of the Sahara desert but ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to Mahamadou Souleymane, aka. Mdou Moctar, and his Matador Records debut, 'Afrique Victime'.

I think that understanding Mahamadou's journey up to today certainly adds to the magic of this record. Mahamadou comes from the city of Agadez in central Niger and first discovered music at an early age when attending an ... read more

Anna's Anchor - A Glorious Ruction
Let me introduce you to one of the most exciting underground emo artists around, Anna's Anchor, the moniker of Irish singer/songwriter Marty Ryan.

My first introduction to Anna's anchor came in 2018 when I, by some luck, stumbled upon his debut album, 'Everybody's Welcome', on Spotify. It was a deeply personal and nostalgia drenched album that took inspiration from all across the emo sphere and combined it into something truly memorable.

His sophomore album, 'A Glorious Ruction', ... read more

Squid - Bright Green Field
If you're a fan of experimental rock and post-punk, you've probably noticed how spoiled for choice you are these days thanks to the sheer amount of exciting and innovative bands making waves in recent years, most of which just so happen to be coming from South England and Ireland. Most notable of which include Black Country, New Road, black midi, Fontainess D.C. and of course Squid. However, what strikes me as particularly interesting is that even though it's not hard to see why all of these ... read more
Car Seat Headrest - Twin Fantasy (Mirror to Mirror)
A decade ago yesterday, Will Toledo came out with 'Twin Fantasy', a seemingly unassuming little lo-fi project that in the years that followed would prove to be one of the most important rock albums of the 2010s.

My first introduction to Will’s music came around 2015 in the form of this here project and in the years since then, Car Seat Headrest has become one of, if not my favourite band of all time, and certainly my favourite band of the 2010s.

'Twin Fantasy' was a defining moment in ... read more

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness' is quite possibly my favourite double-album of all time, and one that completely pushed the Smashing Pumpkins' sound to heights few in the alternative rock scene could ever hope to replicate. It is an absolute masterpiece, a groundbreaking achievement and an intensely powerful journey.

I often have a hard time sitting through albums as long as this unless the album in question can constantly deliver quality after quality while also keeping ideas fresh ... read more

Dream Theater - A View From The Top Of The World
Yet another hour of prog-metal wankery from one of the most consistently uninteresting and overrated bands of all time.
Atvm - Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless
'Famine, Putrid and Fucking Endless' is without a doubt the best metal album I've heard this year and quite the debut statement from English outfit Atvm.

It's brutal, it's unsettling, it's powerful - it's everything I look for in a death metal project. However, if there's one thing that makes this project stand out among the crowd is its effortlessly playful yet relentlessly heavy and technical approach to the death metal style and its overall progressive ideals and melodic nature.

The ... read more

Porter Robinson - Nurture
'Nurture' is one of the most comforting and uplifting albums of the year - a cacophony of bliss and tranquility, and an album which is sure to go down as one of the projects which years from now will stand tall as a monument to what we've all been through and experienced during this lockdown.

Porter Robinson had initially planned on releasing 'Nurture' in 2020 but had to push back the release day due to obvious circumstances. This however was surely a blessing in disguise as it allowed him to ... read more

Ed Sheeran - =
Ed Sheeran ur so cute and charming I luv listening to ur songs nd pretending theyre abt me uwuwu ily Eddie xoxoxox u r such a respectable young man, my parents wud luv u xD seriously ur the best sometimes I dream abt combing my hand thru ur hair or wonder what ur breath smells like uwu :flushed:
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