Albums of the Year – So Far!

We’ve successfully navigated through the first six months of 2020 – somehow. But what about all the music? If you missed a few releases or just want a recommendation, check out our favourite 25 records of 2020 (So Far.)

If you prefer to digest this list in video form, here’s a link:

May Playlist: Tracks

Here is a playlist with some of our favourite tracks from May album releases. Some songs might have been released as singles or on other projects, but we really digged them this month.

We loved Charli XCX and Footsie‘s LPs this month, meaning it is no surprise they are represented by three songs apiece.

Some projects we didn’t get round to doing full reviews on produced some fine efforts, such as Jeff Rosenstock with Scram! and Queen Herby and Sugar Daddy.

From Paradise Lost‘s Gothic Metal, to the Dance-pop of Lady Gaga, there’s a little bit of everything we listened to this month.

  • Charli XCX // c2.0
  • Kehlani, James Blake // Grieving (feat. James Blake)
  • The 1975 // Me & You Together Song
  • Footsie, Jme // Pepper Stew
  • Charli XCX // pink diamond
  • Tim Burgess // The Mall
  • Footsie, Frisco, Durrty Goodz // Hills of Zion
  • The 1975 // Tonight (I Wish I Was Your Boy)
  • Hayley Williams // Dead Horse
  • Little Simz // might bang, might not
  • Footsie // Pattern & Program
  • KSI, Aiyana-Lee // Killa Killa (feat. Aiyana-Lee)
  • Charli XCX // anthems
  • Moses Sumney // Two Dogs
  • Perfume Genius // On the Floor
  • Perfume Genius // One More Try
  • Public Practice // Compromised
  • Public Practice // My Head
  • Carly Rae Jepsen // Window
  • Carly Rae Jepsen // Let’s Sort The Whole Thing Out
  • Hayley Williams // Over Yet
  • Car Seat Headrest // Deadlines (Hostile)
  • Windows 96 // Underwater
  • Qveen Herby // Sugar Daddy
  • Aitch // Zombie
  • Lady Gaga // Replay
  • Moses Sumney // In Bloom
  • Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist // Look At Me
  • Aitch, AJ Tracey, Tay Keith // Rain
  • Mahalia // Plastic Plants
  • Public Practice // Underneath
  • Lady Gaga // 911
  • Car Seat Headrest // Famous
  • Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist, Conway the Machine // Babies & Fools (feat. Conway the Machine)
  • The Cool Greenhouse // Life Advice
  • Deerhoof // O Ye Saddle Babes
  • Boston Manor // Plasticine Dreams
  • Boston Manor // Stuck in the Mud
  • Paradise Lost // Darker Thoughts
  • Jeff Rosenstock // Scram!

May Playlist: Singles

Below are links to our 40 favourite singles released in May. We’ve included tracks from all over the world – including Wales, France, Spain and Italy – and from many different genres, from hyperpop, to jazz and funk inspired tracks.

Some highlights include the latest release from Welsh band Yws Gwynedd, with the funk-fuelled Deryn Du. It marks the band’s first release in four years, and by the sounds of it the band is still in fine form.

Staying in Wales but switching languages, Teddy Hunter revealed her debut track Games, a lovely soft electronic effort that really draws you in.

Across the border in England, Dorset grunge inspired Dustlight are back after their debut EP in 2017, returning with another riff-heavy track, Late Night, Low Light.

German rapper Bonez MC makes the list thanks to his trap track named, and inspired, by the cartoon antagonist, Roadrunner. Pop-rap influenced, a nice use of auto-tune makes this a fun listen.

Big name releases include Biffy Clyro, Foster the People, and Jacob Collier‘s fantastic effort with Ty Dolla $ign and Mahalia.

At the moment we can only support Spotify, but here is a list of the tracks:

  • 100 gecs, Count Baldor, GFOTY // stupid horse (Remix) [feat. GFOTY & Count Baldor]
  • Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande // Rain On Me (with Ariana Grande)
  • JPEGMAFIA, Denzel Curry // BALD! REMIX
  • Teddy Hunter // Games
  • The 1975 // Guys
  • Megan Thee Stallion, Beyoncé // Savage Remix (feat. Beyoncé)
  • Dorian Electra // Sorry Bro (I Love You)
  • Yws Gwynedd // Deryn Du
  • Aitch // Raw
  • deadmau5, The Neptunes // Pomegranate
  • IDLES // Mr. Motivator
  • Fedez // Problemi Con Tutti (Giuda)
  • Powfu, Sarcastic Sounds, Rxseboy // ill come back to you
  • Booba, Zed // JAUNÉ
  • Bonez MC // Roadrunner
  • Daði Freyr // Where We Wanna Be
  • HAIM // Don’t Wanna
  • Headie One // Rose Gold
  • Dustlight // Late Night, Low Light
  • Jacob Collier, Mahalia, Ty Dolla $ign // All I Need (with Mahalia & Ty Dolla $ign)
  • Biffy Clyro // Tiny Indoor Fireworks
  • Foxes // Love Not Loving You
  • Sharon Van Etten, Josh Homme // (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
  • Kim Petras // Malibu
  • Disclosure // ENERGY
  • Khalid, Summer Walker // Eleven (feat. Summer Walker)
  • Phoebe Bridgers // I See You
  • Foster The People // Lamb’s Wool
  • The Rifles, Joel Stoker // Stuck Inside
  • Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist // 1985
  • slowthai, Kenny Beats // MAGIC
  • davOmakesbeats, Cakes da Killa // Free to Be
  • ROSALÍA, Travis Scott // TKN (feat. Travis Scott)
  • Arca // Time
  • Mark Ronson, Raissa // I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
  • Alfa, Yanomi // TesTa TrA Le NuVoLE, pT. 2
  • Celeste // I Can See The Change
  • Aminé // Riri
  • boy pablo // hey girl
  • Duckwrth, Alex Mali, Radio Ahlee // Find A Way