With an IDGAF approach in the production, it blends different styles of techno, electro, and house with an undeniable inspiration from ballroom beats. To everyone struggling during this time, hang in there. More than 50 artists, crews and labels from around the world pick their favourite albums of 2020. Follow them on Facebook here, Jasmine Infiniti ‘BXTCH SLÄP’ (Self-released/Dark Entries). Both were stylistically different but shared a reflective, inner-city London energy and spoke directly to how I was feeling within myself around their respective release dates. Justin Tam / Tzekin, Eternal Dragonz is a collaboration between musicians, artists, designers, curators and writers that draw inspiration from Asian diaspora. We’ve been playing ‘oooophi’ and ‘DMSDP’ heavily in our online sets. His work explores the links between Black experience in industrialized labor systems and Black innovation in electronic music. [Mosi Reeves], In an alternate universe, Thundercat followed up the crusty otaku-gone-supernova opus Drunk with some sort of “return to form,” by a certain perspective at least—a triple-LP opus with a colon in its title, say. The whole album was also released as a dance game with each song split into three difficulties which you play using a dance mat. Bandleader and songwriter Sophie Allison confronts depression, self-doubt, and anxiety with complete vulnerability, whether she’s confessing to relationship insecurity (“Up The Walls”) or trying to get to the root of self-sabotage (“Bloodstream” and its prescient lyrics, “I guess the lesson’s learned, I’ve barely left my room in the past week / And I’ve got my guard up trying all the time to stay clean”). Cannot believe we’re here at the end of the decade, blimey! Inspired by psychedelics, the album is simultaneously hypnotic and chaotic, with eclectic samples ranging from dogs barking to Britney Spears guaranteed to mesmerize. Follow them on Instagram here and the members featured here via Priyam, E, Pia Collada, Lush Lata, Shireen and Kavtinaa, My favorite compilation of the year is ‘SOS MUSIC Vol. By now, El-P and Killer Mike’s frenetic and noisy formula is well established, and both engage in the kind of punchy back-and-forth that can feel both anachronistic and innovative. This has become my go to album to find my centre and at times for that occasional pick me up. (That being said, there’s a couple newcomers among them, ready to shake things up.) The Detroit emo group’s debut album, Melee, is overflowing with unrepentant power chords, full-force drum fills, and blistering guitar riffs you can sing along to. [Baraka Kaseko], In a year when joy is such a precious commodity, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia served as a necessary balm, thanks to a hearty confection of Europop and disco. [Clayton Purdom], The more time passes, the stronger Jeff Rosenstock’s distillation of pop-punk, ska, and folk-punk sounds. A year like 2020 should theoretically feel even worse with someone pointing out your existential, capitalist, socially stunted problems in songs while you experience them in real time. 'Simulation of an Overloaded World' feels like a journey into outer space, mixing mechanical sounds with beating drums, whose rhythms are impossible to stay still to. Albums on this list include Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly,” and Radiohead’s “A Moon Shaped Pool.” This gallery also features facts about each album's style, narrative, critical reception, and musical contributors. [Nina Corcoran], Post-Millennium Tension would be an apt alternate title for Miss Anthropocene, Grimes’ latest bold and transportive album, and not just because the Massive Attack-like grooves and soundscapes littering the record mark her as the real heir to the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink style of avant-pop music-making. He has a gorgeous, crooning voice, which is set here in a hugely exciting variety of different contexts: an internet-enabled journey through rock, R&B, experimental electronics, pop, folk and field recordings. Top 100 hip-hop/rap albums of the 2010s: #100-91 With genre-bending releases and a colorful personality, Tyler The Creator (pictured) helped to push the evolution of hip-hop throughout the decade. The album manages to be spacious yet complex, tense but unconcerned - gliding through 2020 in a way most of us haven't. We’ve looked the best albums from the dawn of hip hop in the ‘80s, to the high water mark of the ‘90s, through the first ten years of this Century, and now it’s time for the best of the years 2011-2020. Order it from Bandcamp here, dreamcrusher ‘Panopticon!’ / ‘Another Country’ (PTP). It’s dark and aggressive, but somehow manages to turn that raw energy into something sensual. Arctic Monkeys won Album Of The Decade for their 2013 masterpiece 'AM' at the NME Awards 2020, their fifth album being regarded as top of the 2010s. And right now, when we can’t go out to clubs, it really makes us go back to those nights of dancing and sweating next to complete strangers. Lumi, Eastern Margins is a label, event series and collective representing sounds from the margins of East & South-East Asia and its diaspora. We know there will be something you can’t believe is missing, something that is so good, it’s a crime against taste that it hasn’t been included here. The album was released this November and speaks of emancipation and the strength of women. your username. This section will be updated periodically throughout the end of the year. We moved into the realm of virtual events with our Eastern Margins Ceremony series. Chloe x Halle were everywhere this year, even as people couldn’t go anywhere—Bey really knows how to choose ’em. Members have also been playing gigs as they slowly open up. Billboard picked out our 50 best albums of 2020, but we want to know which album from this year was your favorite!. Sign In. Members have also been involved in various individual projects, such as working on music production and with labels such as 4ncy, as well as doing radio shows on our local community station - boxout.fm. O ver the course of the last decade, radical shifts in how listeners consume music might have predicted the death of the album. The album covers a number of styles and genres for one of the most diverse and entertaining albums this decade. Mystery, tone, funk, production, voices, politics, energy – rise up people! AAAA is a producer from Mexico. One of the best debut albums I heard this decade, Moses is certainly one to watch for the 2020s: I’m very excited for the follow-up, græ, later this year. The mood of the record was a perfect contrast with the world situation in 2020, helping keep us sane in these weird times. Every time I listen to this record, I find something new :) ELLLL, Craic Boi Mental ‘Craic Magic’ (Sham Rebel Records), Craic Boi Mental is one of the most unique and creative artists in the Irish Hip Hop scene. Thus going platinum or gold does not affect whether or not an album makes this list. “Do It” is the viral TikTok hit, and for good reason: Its ode to friendship and self-made confidence makes for an anthemic, bottom-heavy pop balm in this awful year, a vivid fantasy of girls’ night out rendered from a distance. On Kate Bush’s only studio album of the decade, she sings about catching a snowflake out of the sky, warning a hunted yeti, and sleeping with a dissolving snowman. Assured and intensely intimate, the record excavates a past of queer shame and pain (the stunning “Jason” and its tale of a one-night-stand gone wrong comes to mind) in order to build a future that feels remarkably warm and inviting. The devastatingly intimate “Polly” sees him mourn an unrequited love over plucking acoustic guitar. Happy New Decade! 1980s here. Sounds like warping in a Cybernetics Core whilst playing Starcraft II at 300 APM - straight from 3019. This decade was very much a Call of Duty decade for me. [Max Freedman], Soccer Mommy’s second full-length arrived right on the cusp of the spring COVID-19 lockdown, and although the album was recorded well before the pandemic, its themes felt entirely relatable to this fraught, uncertain year. 1’. The aim, said frontman Simon Neil was to make “the first double album... 99 For the rest of the series go HERE.] It’s vapor-vaporwave, a dream within a dream, the sound of a year spent inside, talking to yourself until your selves start to talk back. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher. “Dynasty,” “Akasaka Sad,” and “Paradisin’” all detail family trauma, but they respectively resemble metal-sprinkled cinematics, jolting synthpop, and city pop turned arena-ready. In a year of a racial reckoning over state-sanctioned killings of Black people, an apocalyptically surging pandemic and an imminent economic and employment crisis within the United States, dreamcrusher’s two summer releases ‘Panopticon!’ and ‘Another Country’ for New York collective PTP, forged ahead into a deeply personal unknown, precisely capturing the painful reality of the failure of civilization at the end of the European colonial project and its technological and scientific revolution. INXS called an end to touring in 2012, but remained part of the Australian music conversation, with the hugely successful miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and a 2019 documentary about late singer Michael Hutchence called Mystify . Kerrang! Organisers are also focusing on adhering to and providing for all government issued covid guidelines, so there is a degree of adaptability required, with experimental new formats being explored. Featuring album reviews, ratings, charts, year end lists and more. There’s only one record in this race really isn’t there? Album sales are a relevant barometer of an artist’s success. With such clear intent of purpose and an uncompromising message that fiercely found its way into their music, it’s easy to forget that 2013’s Silence Yourself was in fact a debut album (and, notably, the only one on this list). The musicians he's worked with (Coby Sey, Purple Ferdinand, Duval Timothy and Shirley Tetteh) have captured something magical in my opinion. However, they are not directly correlated with musical quality. Its final release of 2020 is Jasmine Infiniti 'BXTCH SLÄP' remastered and on double vinyl. 1. Lush Lata (Nandini Bansal). Bathtime Sessions 'A Quarantine Dream' (Bathtime Sessions). One of our biggest regrets this year is not hearing these tracks in the club (felt especially in her track 'Club Simulation!'). There's just so much to listen to in this one despite only clocking in less than 30 mins. [Annie Zaleski], Chloe x Halle absolutely flexed on quarantine. 2. Other than its sarcastically cheery chorus, “STFU!” is a straight-up nu-metal manifesto against anti-Asian microaggressions, while “Chosen Family” is the total opposite, a mega-ballad about the ineffable bonds that queer people form outside their bloodlines. So let us assure you, that album definitely almost made the cut, it was only a few votes short. ‘Finds You Well’ is 10 tracks of impressionistic, dream-like music that sways from melancholic synthesized atmospherics to hypnotic, dance-minded frameworks. Cannot believe we’re here at the end of the decade, blimey! (You can find the ballots here.) “Simmer” and “Dead Horse” were simpering badges of a woman who has grown significantly, trading roaring refrains for slightly quieter introspection. Wow! Very haunty and unconventional vocal processing of 611 on a hypnotic lullaby track 'Midnight'. Through its sorrow and its ecstasy, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately sounds like a burden lifted. While we have been a little bit quiet this year, for obvious reasons, we would like to invite everyone to listen our podcast series ESPECTRO, where we invite different queer artists from Colombia, and all over the world, to showcase their very own sonic expressions. [Annie Zaleski], RTJ4 benefited from a dearth in major rap events this year—with fans split between drowning in iHeartRadio-marketed melodic rap or navigating Bandcamp-approved indie-rap—while addressing the political unrest, antiracist protests and mass death that marked a hellish 2020 with impressive angst. Singles With her debut solo effort Petals For Armor, Hayley Williams not only tapped into her long-heralded handle of her righteous rage, she refined it. Yet what’s most exciting is the way Swift used creative isolation to expand the scope of her songwriting outward. Drake set out on a mission to distinguish himself from all the others. For much the same reasons outlined in the introduction to our Best Tracks of the Year 2020 feature earlier this week, we’ve decided to open up this year’s Best Albums rundown to a global spread of perspectives. Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed. [Randall Colburn], It’s not just the immediacy of Apple’s signature vocals, tremulous and note-perfect and raw and sweet and raspy all at the same time. Artists have once again succeeded in providing all the emotions/escapism we've needed this year and I couldn't be more grateful. Outside music, members have been working in the visual arts, as yoga instructors, in public policy, as well as on various side hustles in the entertainment and hospitality industry. Magus is not an enjoyable album. This made her the first artist of the decade to have two separate albums to reach number one in the same calendar year - a feat last achieved by David Bowie in 2016. I love good lyrical content, of substance and depth with clever wordplay and stuff you might miss until you’re on the fifth listen. ‘Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes’ from Nidia is our pick as this album covers so much we love for all of us; it’s a touchstone for all our different tastes. It’s not just the expansive nature of the songs, where the silence between notes and the pauses between grooves are as impactful as the sounds themselves, with tempos and melodies shifting and switching via unpredictable virtuosity. It's been a really hard year but music as always, has remained a constant that helped us stay in community and cope in so many ways. It's pure poetry. User Ratings. 2020 has seen her increasingly become a household name on the global stage, with her latest album released on London-based More Time Records. However, activity is slowly opening up, with specific time and social distancing measures. Date: October 9, 2020 Author: Simon 0 Comments. The criteria are that the album must have been published (including self-publishing by the artist), and the album must have shipped at least 10 million units starting from January 1, 2001.Units sold include physical copies and digital downloads Critic Ratings. It also makes sense that the sparse indie-folk record, which she conceptualized with The National’s Aaron Dessner and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, is a rich, elegant affair. Albums released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 with 15 or more reviews in Metacritic's databas… Genres. Aeondelit ‘Editing Destiny’ (Insurgentes). 11 December 2019 The UK's Official Top 100 biggest albums of the decade 2010 - 2019 The UK's most popular albums of the 2010s, including big releases by Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Rihanna. The tone is best described as soiled, the mood as miserable, and at roughly the same crawling speed throughout, weary–sounding, with Brian Funck’s black metal snarl embellishing the dirge–like qualities. Sonia Calico ‘Simulation of an Overloaded World’ (More Time), Sonia Calico, born and raised in Taipei, has long been the queen of underground dance music in Asia. Earle’s insights on God, current events and mankind are sharp, and the songs are eclectic, from back-alley blues to Celtic to New Orleans. The songs are almost glass like, with percussive elements that are crisp and unexpected in places, but soft enough to provide the perfect container for the records delicate musicality. Instead, it feels as free-forming and light as Sumney’s otherworldly falsetto. MUSIC CRITICS' TOP ALBUMS OF 2020. And if that title seems tautological, well, it is, right? Favourite song: ‘Bordel de Rap’. [Nina Corcoran], Is there a partnership in music more exciting than the one between The Weeknd and Oneohtrix Point Never? I had played the first couple of games a bit back in the day, but I was more of a Counter-Strike player than a Call of Duty player. Welcome! This isn’t the decade’s best album, but it’s arguably the one that defined this generation the most. This album was released in 2011, when we naively thought that was as bad as it would get. The method in his productions is dark and distorted, but in this release he includes some melodic ambient cuts, it was perfect for this strange year that is almost over. Bonus track: ‘Grial’, the debut album from Colombian producer Verraco, deserves an honorary mention because at least for us, we have never heard something like that coming from this side of the world. [Max Freedman], It’s entirely unsurprising that a restless creative soul like Taylor Swift would release an ambitious album like folklore during a period when live music wasn’t possible. Follow him on SoundCloud here, Khotin ‘Finds You Well’ (Ghostly International). However, they are not directly correlated with musical quality. DeForrest Brown, Jr. is a New York-based theorist, journalist, and curator. Weezy never mastered the art of the album, but his Dedication series of mixtapes show why he should be regarded as an excellent rapper. To quote The Beatles: I read the news today, oh boy. What a great overall list of the decade’s 100 best country albums. Year-End Billboard 200 Albums; 2020 Year-End Boxscore; Google's Top Hummed Songs 2020; All Year-End Charts; DECADE-END . The album went on to become her longest reigning number one album so far, for three weeks. Artist: Agalloch Album: Marrow of the Spirit Year: 2010 Label: Profound Lore Records Favorite Song: "Into the Painted Grey" The Bare Bones: Marrow of the Spirit is the fourth full-length album from American black metal band Agalloch,… It’s the online brain, the one that scrolls to stop thinking and encounters a dozen different apocalypses in the process—so much to worry about and so little to believe in. Even the song titles nod toward this delirious self-mythologizing. From M.I.A. Instead, after a brief detour into Screwcraft country, he reemerged, resplendent in cat hair, but still smelling good, with this: It Is What It Is. Listen here. For this feature, though, we want to highlight music from our wider community that has inspired us and provided the much needed antidote for our longing to be in the club again. [Shannon Miller], If anyone was solely responsible for tiding us over to next year for that feeling of a sold-out venue collectively losing its mind, it’s Dogleg. O ver the course of the last decade, radical shifts in how listeners consume music might have predicted the death of the album. No other rock band this past decade burst into the scene quite like Savages did. So, I’ve done my best. Sure, there are other artists that can create such vibrant art—but let’s be honest: It would be insane to make a comparison with Fiona Apple. records. In 2020, the industrial noise and hardcore punk impulses of dreamcrusher’s output defies the self-cannibalizing theorizations of how music should be valued, releasing the albums digitally and via the affordable, compact and sustainable cassette format, then crowdfunding for made-to-order vinyl. When we got invited to contribute to the Best Albums of the Year list, we immediately thought of ‘BXTCH SLÄP’, the debut album by Jasmine Infiniti. Plus a beautiful dreamy track towards the tail end. Josh Cheon, Dark Entries is a label based in San Francisco, USA. Their debut compilation ‘GASH Trax Vol.1’ presents a pick ‘n’ mix selection of some of the many varied voices in Irish music at present, blurring the lines between experimental dance and contemporary electronic music. First, almost all the albums here were released in the first half of the decade, with no albums released after 2016. Updated August 6, 2020 – By Mac Randall. There’s also some insightful write-ups, with voices spanning across the planet from Colombia to East Asia checking in with updates on what’s been happening in their respective corners during this year of limited travel and isolation. Bathtime Sessions was a radio show that was run monthly by our pals Luce and Rizmi. But there were not 4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire; but a local Covid lockdown… in fact the whole of the first five minutes on the bulletin felt like déjà vu from March as the seemingly inevitable march towards further … Call me biased but my favourite records from this year include the two that Touching Bass put out; Demae's 'Life Works Out...Usually' and cktrl's 'robyn'. NGLY is a producer from Argentina and has released stuff mostly on L.I.E.S. Charli XCX, “Charli” (2019) It’s an oddity of this very odd era that the greatest musical innovation has also been in its most popular genres: hip-hop, R&B and pop. The EP ends with a high in post-rock fashion which is kinda a throwback to a genre that is so prevalent in the local underground scene of the last decade. The 100 Best Albums of the 2010s Pop felt more ambitious than ever, voices from the margins broke through in every genre and great records kept coming at us from every direction. Given the pandemic and the fact that it has been such a turbulent year, both domestically and internationally, the scene has, perhaps as a natural reaction, had significant musical output of various styles with numerous compilations, many of them to benefit various social and political causes. Lolz, A lush rumination on gender and identity, ‘Because of a Flower’ is a beautiful, lush hypnotic experience. Does that mean that rock music died in 2016? Dad jokes from 2 Chainz (“I buy a hot dog stand if I’m tryin’ to be frank”) and frequent collaborators Zach de la Rocha and Gangsta Boo add sizzle to the affair. A wonderfully cohesive set, combining poignant melodies, and traditional rhythms with the punch and familiar structures of dubstep. Follow them on SoundCloud, Instagram, Facebook and Bandcamp. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015) Pusha T-Daytona (2018) Kendrick Lamar-DAMN (2017) Big Sean-Detroit 2 (2020) Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 2 (2014) Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). The performances will run the gamut from Indian folk inspired electronics, to more urbane modern pop, and down to thunderous club music. Most of those records were made before lockdown began, but there’s more than a couple here—Charli XCX, Taylor Swift—that drew inspiration from the same wellspring of hardship that created our present circumstances. Roxanne invites us to indulge in slowness and witness its healing powers. When Evanescence announced their first album of new material in nearly a decade, The Bitter Truth, this past April (which at this point feels like it might as well of been a different decade), the plan was to release that album piecemeal over the course of 2020.At the time, singer Amy Lee explained: “As far as business is concerned, this is considered a terrible time to release. The local scene here has been quiet for the past eight months, with a few venues recently reopening, but so far very few gigs to speak of. News. The Best of the Decade, 2010-2019. I only discovered Canada’s Khotin this year but I’m glad I did. Compared to our best pop albums of the decade list, a couple of things stand out. He gave us so many gifts, and this album was one of them. I also want to highlight Stain’s ‘Demon Child’. The Best Albums of The Decade: The 2010s 100 Emerging from the amniotic void of Uncut Gems, the duo first banged out the low-key highlights of the former’s best album in almost a decade, then turned to OPN’s oeuvre, which Tesfaye executive produced thusly: “Burn it down! In 2020, the industrial noise and hardcore punk impulses of dreamcrusher’s output defies the self-cannibalizing theorizations of how music should be valued, releasing the albums digitally and via the affordable, compact and sustainable cassette format, then crowdfunding for made-to-order vinyl. Lists. If so, it went out with a bang — half of the records on this list came out that year. You wanted the hits, baby! It's an 18-track, self-produced debut album from Osaka’s Le Makeup filled with bright guitar-tinged ballads like ‘Ray’, ‘愛のしるし’ and ‘Story Of Us’ which are all perfect for both a day off at the park and chilling alone at home. Album of the Decade: House in the Tall Grass by Kikagaku Moyo. Lil’ Wayne-Dedication 2 (2007). Even with Jay-Z assisting him, this is his moment. EZ, Jiafeng ‘Emotional Dance Music’ (Jiafeng), ‘Emotional Dance Music’ takes me all the way back to the Y2K era. The city mutates, and so do we. Discover. Agent Sasco is an artist and lyricist from Kingston, Jamaica. Live, it would have prompted mosh pits and rhythmic stage-diving on par with that of the hometown crowd seen in the band’s “Fox” video. We launched our label arm and have released projects by Ill Japonia, QQBBG, Laenz and T5UMUT5UMU. Earle’s insights on God, current events and mankind are sharp, and the songs are eclectic, from back-alley blues to Celtic to New Orleans. Vast, grim and lethargic, Thou’s fifth album is a profound 70 minutes of abrasion and disgust. Last update: January 4, 2020 These albums have the highest Metascores out of all new albums released from 2010-19. 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