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SOUR // Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut SOUR comes across as rushed and formulaic in places, but despite these pitfalls, remains heartfelt throughout.

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Be Right Back // Jorja Smith

Jorja Smith’s sophmore EP entertains but fails to reach the same levels as her debut LP

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Surrounded By Time // Tom Jones

Tom Jones’ fortieth album sees the legendary Welshman championing the sounds and influences that made him the singer he is today – culminating in an encapsulating record.

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Lyrical Sample // Lyrical Strally

Lyrical Strally proves that he has the ability to stick it out alone on Lyrical Sample, a freshened version of grime that entertains throughout.

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Women in Music Pt. III // HAIM

HAIM returns with their signature sound of polished pop-flavoured Indie-Rock, offering a solid track listing without reinventing themselves or the genre.

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KiCk i // Arca

Arca kicks boxes into touch with this bizarre manipulation of sounds and genres, subverting the subversion of expectations in new ways.

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How Can I // 박 혜진 [Park Hye Jin]

박 혜진 Park Hye Jin returns with her second EP, another strong showing of Deep House that is just fun to vibe and chill with.

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Flight Tower // Dirty Projectors

Dirty Projectors continue their 5 EP project with a simple selection of songs closer to their roots, which don’t exactly command the same respect of their earlier work.

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6pc Hot EP // 6LACK

6LACK gives us a weak offering consisting of dropped tracks and leaks, highlighting a trend towards trap-rap from one of Alternative R&B’s rising stars.

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Wicked City // Jockstrap

Jockstrap return with their Warp Records debut, another showing of their art and potential in the experimental space.

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What’s Your Pleasure? // Jessie Ware

Jessie Ware returns with her most well rounded and mature project yet, recreating 80s disco within a modern viewpoint, filled with bops and grooves.

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TRANSLATION // Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas’ previous success does not translate to a wildly new genre, with the novelty wearing off quickly, leaving the Peas clinging onto features as life support.

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Run The Jewels 4 // Run The Jewels

Run The Jewels took the longest time yet between albums, crafting a statement – musically and politically, landing at a time where the world needs to listen more than ever.

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Sideways to New Italy // Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with their sophomore effort, a somewhat middling entry into their discography of plain and simple indie-rock that scratches the itch but offers nothing new.

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Ungodly Hour // Chloe X Halle

Chloe x Halle’s harmonies fill their sophomore effort, producing a solid offering of pop flavoured R&B that remains fresh despite its use of modern tropes.

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Punisher // Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers’ sophomore album highlights a singer-songwriter coming into her own, detailing the influences and questions that impact her music the most.

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Shrines // Armand Hammer

Armand Hammer come through with another solid project, refining the sound they are known for without really pushing the boundaries in terms of innovation.

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The Godfather 3 // Wiley

Wiley returns for yet another victory lap, but this time takes the time to champion his fellow veterans, and to shine a light to those waiting in the wings for his crown.

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Deep Down Happy // Sports Team

Sports Team are a perfect representation of England in 2020 – Middle Englanders trying to pretend they’re something they’re not. However, their talent shines through their faux-working class lyricism.

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Chromatica // Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga returns to familiar disco and dancepop sounds, and whilst one of the main contenders for the crown of pop easily producers some bangers, the album does segue into formulaic moments.

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Polaris // Aitch

Aitch strengthens his fledging reputation in the game with an EP of no filler, incorporating American and UK styles for a fun project.

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No Favours // Footsie

Footsie may have taken 16 years to release a solo debut LP, but one of the forefathers of Grime will never be forgotten with an explosive album full of highs.

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I Love The New Sky // Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess combines imaginative lyrics and interesting sonic ideas before stretching them out beyond their need across an incohesive project.

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WUNNA // Gunna

Gunna might have improved on his debut effort from last year, but his sound and style struggles to impress and stand out amongst his peers.

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Dedicated Side B // Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly Rae Jepsen reveals the B Side of last year’s LP Dedicated – and arguably, it is the superior album, with a more cohesive sound.

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Notes On A Conditional Form // The 1975

The 1975 have finally released the much awaited follow up to An Inquiry Into Modern Relationships – a meandering, confused mess that doesn’t know what to do with itself.

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Dissimulation // KSI

KSI’s debut LP fails to nail down a specific style and voice for the youtuber-turned-boxer-turned-rapper, relying heavily on big name features and autotune in an attempt to spice up a bland offering.

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Gentle Grip // Public Practice

Public Practice may consist of a mis-match of musicians from numerous genres, but their lack of fear in mixing funk, punk, pop and rock produces a truly wonderful debut album.

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how i’m feeling now // Charli XCX

Charli XCX has been non-stop since bursting onto the scene eight years ago – how i’m feeling now combines a sound that has naturally progressed over the years, with raw lyrics we haven’t seen from the star before.

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Quarantime: The Lost Files // Yxng Bane

Yxng Bane is like most of us in the UK – stuck in lockdown with nothing but time on his hands. Able to work from home, the UK Drill and Afroswing artist has produced a rather forgettable mixtape.

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SAWAYAMA // Rina Sawayama

Rina Sawayama incorporates numerous genres to produce a blend that she can label her own unique sound.

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Dark Lane Demo Tapes // Drake

Drake may have felt pressured to counteract a long list of leaks, but this release reeks of opportunism during a pandemic and an advertising stunt for his proper album release later this year.

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Petals for Armor // Hayley Williams

Hayley Williams knocks her debut album out of the park – utilising her amazing voice to its fullest potential.

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