The Users' Must Listen "2020"

Rules:
.You are allowed to submit 1 album/ep/single/whatever for every month (One January Album, One February Album, etc.)

.In order to submit an album you have to have a 1-3 sentence blurb about what the album means to you or the year.

.If someone else has already claimed an album, you can attach your name onto it, but you cannot write a blurb.

.I have the authoritative power to change or deny any requests ( I probably won't tho.)

.You can change your pick at any time, just re-message me.

Lil Darkie - THIS DOES NOT EXIST
99
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Submitted by Toasterqueen12:

Lil Darkie brings one of the best rap albums of the year, full of chaotic energy and a feeling of general destruction.
Stice - Here Come The Baton
84
Submitted by Kengoji:

Stice is one of the most creative duos in underground music. Spread It without hesitation. Stice is Life
Poppy - I Disagree
73
Submitted by Treylikesbands:

Post-internet un-human Poppy showcases her wide music tastes in January’s “I Disagree”, one of my absolute favorites of 2020 and all time. The way this record blends so many different genres inspires me every time I listen, and I can’t help but wonder how something like this actually works.
Snorlax - II
52
Submitted by Notbuzzzila:

Fantastic blackened death metal release. The most visceral metal of the year so far, with amazing riffs that will pound your skull in with ease.
Algiers - There Is No Year
69
Submitted by CLJesse:

No, this album is no Underside of Power, but does that mean this isn't a cohesive, forward thinking, and fun experience? Hell no! Franklin James Fisher still brings tons of vocal personality to these dark, depressive (but sometimes booming) post-punk tracks.
Mac Miller - Circles
89
Submitted by Thedankestmeme

Mac Miller delivers one of the most emotional and heartfelt albums of the year with Circles. Marking quite possibly the best posthumous albums and one of the best singles of the year with the emotional Good News. R.I.P. Mac.
Kesha - High Road
66
Submitted by Oh:

Kesha's High Road is a mix of the old 'party songs' Kesha, and the new 'rock influenced' Kesha. While some of the lyrics can be a bit questionable, it's a fun pop record with some of her best songs yet. Her vocals really stand out throughout the album, making it the main focus for most people, probably the best her vocals have sounded.
Tricot - ็œŸใฃ้ป’
71
Submitted by MrA:

As someone who frequently listens to math rock like I do, a lot of projects in the genre can tend to blend together. But for Tricot this is not the case. Throughout their entire discography they have consistently dropped albums filled to the brim with energy and power in both the guitar/drum work (done by Kida Motifo, Hiromi Hirohiro, and komaki) and vocals (done by Ikumi "Ikkyu" Nakajima.)
Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar
75
Submitted by Kingkroolisback

It's an album that is full of color and also full of creative lyricism. It can be messy, but it all comes together beautifully.
Megan Thee Stallion & Normani - Diamonds
SINGLE

Submitted by Strawberryangel:

The flow of this songs is incredible! I love the uses of musical circus themes incorporated into trap/hip hop. It’s such a fun listen, and surely it’ll get you energized.
The Format - Live at the Mayan Theatre: Dog Problems
96
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Submitted by Toasterqueen12

A band reuniting after 10+ years apart to put on one hell of a show, it reminds me of all the other great comeback albums so far this year, this just happens to be one of the best.
Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
89
Submitted by Kingkroolisback:

It's a lot less ambitious than 2012-2017, however, I like how much noisier, harsher, and messy 2017-2019 is to 2012-2017, plus it has some of my favorite Nicolas Jaar tracks to date
Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
77
Submitted by Fathead420:

A masterclass in pop punk and emo, this album is punch in the gut after punch in the gut, with lyrics and performances soaked in tragedy and self-hatred. This album doesn't let up for a second throughout its ten tracks! It's all really moving and a must-hear for emo fans
Ecovillage - Arrived
73
Submitted by Oh:

One of the best ambient records of the year. I love it when ambient albums incorporate field recordings, it makes it sound like it has so many layers to it, especially if the recording is rain.
King Krule - Man Alive!
79
Submitted by Treylikesbands:

On a third LP, you’d think that an artist with as much talent and charisma as “King Krule” would stick to his guns in terms of emotional style and theme. However, on “Man Alive!”, things take a turn for the truly depressing, heart-wrenching, and eerily haunting, as Archy takes a authentically dissonant dive into his crumbling mental state during a troubling time.
Pop Smoke - Meet The Woo 2
79
Submitted by Notbuzzzila:

Nonstop psychedelic drill bangers from late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke, complete with the best trap song of the year, Christopher Walking.
Isabella James - Climbing Mt. Zion
95
Submitted by Elitimesfour

This album really made me take a step back a re-evaluate myself in a lot of ways, and no album has been this crushing emotionally to me.
Elliot Lee - Pink (Freak)
49
Submitted by Strawberryangel:

It’s not my normal music, but it captures the feeling of dressing cutesy and the outside world judging you. It has a cool almost metal vibe. Her deep voice contrasting with the lyrics are pretty cool.
Loathe - I Let It in and It Took Everything
50
Submitted by CLJesse:

While this album may not be the most innovative album in the world, it is certainly as great blend of metalcore, shoegaze, and alt metal. The band takes their Deftones influence and brings it to incredibly beautiful, yet intense heights.
Daniel Davies - Signals
76
Submitted by Kengoji

The John Carpenter protege returns with a record on Sacred Bones. Unnoticed but Excellent as I expected. Check it out, it's great!
Lil Mosquito Disease - 33rd Trombone Attacc
SINGLE

Submitted by Thedankestmeme

Lil Mosquito Disease and Big Baller B surprisingly create one of the most aggressive, energetic and powerful trap metal songs of all time.
The Globs - The Weird and Wonderful World of The Globs
97
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Submitted by Toasterqueen12

This might sadly go as one of the most under-appreciated albums of the year so I'm putting it here. When I listen to this album I feel warm, and loved, like everything is gonna be alright. It's exactly what we need in these crazy times.
Honey Harper - Starmaker
78
Submitted by Treylikesbands:

A truly serene and bittersweet experience, Honey Harper’s “Starmaker” actually makes him a star! Through the use of a traditional country aesthetic, yet an indie pop twist on the whole, a groundbreaking record is born out of 2020 that gives a different perspective on a genre so widely hated. Just stunning.
Code Orange - Underneath
68
Submitted by CLJesse:

CO continue their streak of not bending to mainstream trends by incorporating other genres alongside their brand of relentless, brooding metalcore. The band introduce more industrial elements to their sound, but that is not to its detriment—quite the opposite! Do give this a listen if you have any love for hardcore music.
The Garden - Kiss My Super Bowl Ring
64
Submitted by Notbuzzzila:

Possibly the most eclectic and strange record of the year; a thoroughly fun, exciting adventure through the odd minds of the Shears twins, with additional production from Dylan Brady in some spots and great guest features from the likes of Ariel Pink and LE1F.
Porridge Radio - Every Bad
71
Submitted by Oh:

Every song on this album has so much power and emotion. It's a perfect blend of indie rock and emo, which all together creates an amazing album.
The Weeknd - After Hours
86
Submitted by Torranceongod:

After Hours is a futuristic album, filled with songs of genres from R&B to liquid drum and bass. After Hours is flawless, beautiful production all over the project and catchy melodies. You should most certainly listen to After Hours.
Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers
40
Submitted by Kengoji

It's A NEAR MASTERPIECE. All Hail The UK's best-kept secret.
Yung Schmoobin - Eat, Sleep, Flex, Repeat
90
Submitted by Thedankestmeme

With his third mixtape, Flex Entertainment founder Yung Schmoobin defies expectations and creates one of the most fun, well rounded and exciting meme rap projects to date.
Ashnikko - Tantrum
SINGLE

Submitted by Strawberryangel:

This song is very very fun!!!!!! The colours are off the walls and it’s the closest I can get to rage music without it triggering my epilepsy!
Quelle Chris & Chris Keys - Innocent Country 2
98
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Submitted by Toasterqueen12:

A truly angelic sounding album. Quelle's dry since of humor causes the listener to go through every conceivable emotion before sending you on your way. This isn't just a love letter to hip hop, it feels like a love letter for life, a love letter for anyone who's ever been alive.
Avenade - Quarantainment Performance
72
Submitted by CLJesse

It's not like me to praise live albums, but this one if truly something. Avenade proves his ability to stir up emotion with simply his voice and an acoustic guitar.
Yves Tumor - Heaven To A Tortured Mind
79
Submitted by Fathead420:

Yves perfects the art of punchy and glamorous art rock on his latest album, with some haunting and atmospheric moments peppered into the mix. A must-hear for sure, especially for those who liked the danceworthy moments on 'Safe in the Hands of Love'!
NNAMDÏ - BRAT
87
Submitted by se101:

BRAT is an album that defies genre and subverts expectations at every turn. At times chaotic and happy and at other times watery and downtrodden, NNAMDI genre mashes with ease, creating a superb album that explores all corners of modern experimental styles of pop, hip hop, and r&b. BRAT is an art pop album in the purest sense of the word.
Félicia Atkinson - Everything Evaporate
36
Submitted by Oh:

Félicia is really good at her style of spoken word/experimental, the layers of sounds on this album or the "textures" are incredible, and all combined with her voice, which makes everything blend in very nicely. A hidden gem.
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
83
Submitted by Treylikesbands:

This newest record from The Strokes is truly one that will never leave my cycle of familiar listens. Every track is just so inxoticating, beautiful, and ground-breaking for indie rock as a genre. My favorite aspect of the entire album is the melody portion of every track. They're classical-infused, soaring, cosmic wonders.
Rina Sawayama - SAWAYAMA
89
Submitted by Strawberryangel:

My favourite part of the album was the culture around early 2000s music was you just had to talk in enough of a song singy voice (bonus points if you were nasily or had an interesting voice), and then the culture of music (at least for slot of females) you have to have some level of talent (for pop) to make it into peoples radars. So taking the 2000s beats/backtrack with the actually good singing, it creates something special
Dance Gavin Dance - Afterburner
67
Submitted by Kengoji

Dance Gavin Dance continues to break their songwriting formula on each record with a more insanely diverse formula. A unique and incredibly catchy highlight of 2020.
Playboi Carti - @ MEH
SINGLE

Submitted by MusicGod

The latest single to drop from the inventor of music, Playboi Carti. The song is intoxicating, with Carti yelping his addicting little vocals along this playful little beat. One of, if not my favorite singles of 2020 so far.
Gorillaz - Aries
SINGLE

Submitted by Lily69420:

Aries is another single from the Song Machine project that just shows gorillaz is still making great music 15 years after demon days came out. it's a moody new wave song that perfectly captures that isolated feeling that most people are feeling now. my favorite part of the song is the chorus, which is a huge pay-off to the tension that's building in the rest of the track.
Jeff Rosenstock - NO DREAM
95
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Submitted by Toasterqueen12

Oh Jeff Rosenstock, how I love thee. Jeff comes back with another intense, heartbreaking and headbanging album. I will say it, this man can't miss.
We Are Only Human Once - Withering (Or, Songs of Yore)
91
Submitted by CLJesse

This is WOHO at their most focused, cohesive, entrancing, and compelling. Talent can be seen from head to toe in this fantastic release.
Moses Sumney - græ
Submitted by Treylikesbands

Moses Sumney - græ: No record this year has floored me as much as this monumental piece of art. Most of the time when talking about it, I have a loss of words. Right now, I can actually say that it’s one of my favorites of all time.
Yung Lean - STARZ
74
Submitted by Elitimesfour

The potential Lean had always been showing on his previous albums finally gets realised in easily his most fully formed and well structured album to date.
The 1975 - Notes on a Conditional Form
24
Submitted by Fathead420

The 1975 release their best, most bizarre, expansive and ambitious album yet. A fragmented album that deconstructs their sound and aesthetics to create a pretty unique experience to say the least. Ignoring all of that there is surprisingly barely any filler on here, every track hits in some way (even the instrumentals). A must-hear album, and the best they have ever released
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4d
For April: Avenade ~ Quarantainment Performance

It's not like me to praise live albums, but this one if truly something. Avenade proves his ability to stir up emotion with simply his voice and an acoustic guitar.
4d
For May: We Are Only Human Once ~ Withering (Or, Songs of Yore)

This is WOHO at their most focused, cohesive, entrancing, and compelling. Talent can be seen from head to toe in this fantastic release.
4d
For February: Climbing Mt Zion - Isabella James

This album really made me take a step back a re-evaluate myself in a lot of ways, and no album has been this crushing emotionally to me.

For May: Starz - Yung Lean

The potential Lean had always been showing on his previous albums finally gets realised in easily his most fully formed and well structured album to date.
3w
Change my blurd for the night chancers to this

It's A NEAR MASTERPIECE. All Hail The UK's best-kept secret.
4w
For April: BRAT - NNAMDI

BRAT is an album that defies genre and subverts expectations at every turn. At times chaotic and happy and at other times watery and downtrodden, NNAMDI genre mashes with ease, creating a superb album that explores all corners of modern experimental styles of pop, hip hop, and r&b. BRAT is an art pop album in the purest sense of the word.
1mo
For February, Daniel Davies - Signals

The John Carpenter protege returns with a record on Sacred Bones. Unnoticed but Excellent as I expected. Check it out, it's great!
1mo
For January, Stice - Here Comes The Baton.

Stice is one of the most creative duos in underground music. Spread It without hesitation. Stice is Life

For February, Ocean Florist - everything is a lot*

Ocean Florist's style of bedroom pop is incredibly unique. Keep y'alls ears out for another project from this kid. He has a lot going for him and I support it.

For March, Baxter Dury - The Night Chancers

It's A Masterpiece. All Hail The UK's best-kept secret. 2020 AOTY.

For April, Dance Gavin Dance - Afterburner

Dance Gavin Dance continues to break their songwriting formula on each record with a more insanely diverse formula. A unique and incredibly catchy highlight of 2020.
1mo
For January I'm submitting Mac Miller - Circles. Mac Miller delivers one of the most emotional and heartfelt albums of the year with Circles. Marking quite possibly the best posthumous albums and one of the best singles of the year with the emotional Good News. R.I.P. Mac.

For February I'm submitting Lil Mosquito Disease - 33rd Trombone Attacc. Lil Mosquito Disease and Big Baller B surprisingly create one of the most aggressive, energetic and powerful trap metal songs of all time.

For March I'm submitting Yung Schmoobin - Eat, Sleep, Flex, Repeat. With his third mixtape, Flex Entertainment founder Yung Schmoobin defies expectations and creates one of the most fun, well rounded and exciting meme rap projects to date.
1mo
for April, Iโ€™m gonna go with @ MEH, the latest single to drop from the inventor of music, Playboi Carti. The song is intoxicating, with Carti yelping his addicting little vocals along this playful little beat. One of, if not my favorite singles of 2020 so far.
1mo
for April - "The New Abnormal" by The Strokes. This newest record from The Strokes is truly one that will never leave my cycle of familiar listens. Every track is just so inxoticating, beautiful, and ground-breaking for indie rock as a genre. My favorite aspect of the entire album is the melody portion of every track. They're classical-infused, soaring, cosmic wonders.
1mo
you cannot say pop and forget the smoke
1mo
i would like to note that i did not write the phrase "Can't forget the Pop and forget the Smoke" in my briefing of meet the woo 2. this was added by aoty user toasterqueen12. never in my life have i said "Can't forget the Pop and forget the Smoke"
1mo
For January, I have a bit of an unpopular submission: Algiers' There Is No Year.

No, this album is no Underside of Power, but does that mean this isn't a cohesive, forward thinking, and fun experience? Hell no! Franklin James Fisher still brings tons of vocal personality to these dark, depressive (but sometimes booming) post-punk tracks.

For March I'd like to submit Underneath by Code Orange.

CO continue their streak of not bending to mainstream trends by incorporating other genres alongside their brand of relentless, brooding metalcore. The band introduce more industrial elements to their sound, but that is not to its detrimentโ€”quite the opposite! Do give this a listen if you have any love for hardcore music.
1mo
For January I would like to submit Tricot's latest album ็œŸใฃ้ป’.

As someone who frequently listens to math rock like I do, a lot of projects in the genre can tend to blend together. But for Tricot this is not the case. Throughout their entire discography they have consistently dropped albums filled to the brim with energy and power in both the guitar/drum work (done by Kida Motifo, Hiromi Hirohiro, and komaki) and vocals (done by Ikumi "Ikkyu" Nakajima.)

็œŸใฃ้ป’. is another great example of what this band has to other and is a must listen if you're a fan of math rock.
1mo
For Feburary I'd like to submit Loathe's I Let It In and It Took Everything. My little blurb for it is:

While this album may not be the most innovative album in the world, it is certainly as great blend of metalcore, shoegaze, and alt metal. The band takes their Deftones influence and brings it to incredibly beautiful, yet intense heights.
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