Our favourite 57 albums of 2019

It feels like it was a long, long year - how on earth was Sharon Van Etten's record released this year?


Whatever happens though there's always lots of good music. So much than we've got a bumper edition this year - a nice, round number of 57 of our favourite albums.


Here they are in some sort of order - it changes all the time so y'know, whatever.


We put it all together in this Spotify playlist.


Enjoy!


***Quick note*** Here's some albums it seems we forgot when putting this together that should be in there somewhere:

Floating Points - Crush

Stormzy - Heavy Is the Head

 

57. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe


A very exciting talent to emerge from 2019.









 

56. Stealing Sheep - Big Wows


Big wows at their Clwb gig.











 

55. PARCS - I'm Not Having a Nice Time


Our favourite south Wales trip-hop team.









 

54. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars


Maybe the production is ever-so-slightly too slick for our tastes, but the songwriter is still the boss.







 

53. Craig Finn - I Need a New War


The lead singer from the Hold Steady knows how to tell a cracking story in a song.








 

52. Y La Bamba - Mujeres


Y La Bamba had two albums this year. Both are good, this one is very rhythmic and explorative. Great cover too.








 

51. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs


Aussie-Welsh with catchy hooks for days.









 

50. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?


She's a big deal.










 

49. These New Puritans - Inside the Rose


There New Puritans create a dark and delicious sound.






 

48. Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream


An album of off-cuts from a hero.










 

47. Jamilia Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!


Sumptuous R&B.












 

46. BROCKHAMPTON - GINGER


Another album of bops from the prolific boys.










 

45. Y La Bamba - Entre Los Dos


Second entry for Luz Elena Mendoza. She's a unique musician and the world is a better place because of her vibrant music.








 

44. Silent Forum - Everything Solved at Once


Superb post-rock about office work. One of the best live shows around too.









 

43. Barker - Utility


EDM that's perfect for jogging.











 

42. Vanishing Twin - The Age Of Immunology


The smooth groove you deserve.










 

41. Kero Kero Bonito - Civilisation I


Stonking little EP.










 

40. CHAI - PUNK


Wonderful pop-punk from Japan. Play for fun times.










 

39. Burna Boy - African Giant


Political and pumpin' Afro-fusion.










 

38. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated


A whole bunch of pop gems.











 

37. Baroness - Gold & Grey


A welcome addition to their ongoing colours records.










 

36. Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in The Lotus


You have reached the jazz section.










 

35. Sampa the Great - The Return


Come this way for absolute hip-hop belters.









 

34. Tyler The Creator - IGOR


Refinement of the Tyler sound and lots of soul.










 

33. 5K HD - High Performer


Buckets of cool and fun ideas.











 

32. Caroline Shaw - Orange


Caroline Shaw has produced for Kanye and The National, and here she drops a beautiful classical album with the Attacca Quartet.








 

31. Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere


Cassy gets a bit rocky.










 

30. Thom Yorke - Anima


Thom gonna Thom.












 

29. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising


Gloriously cinematic ballads.










 

28. Clairo - Immunity


We were the oldest folks in the crowd at her gig and the kids aren't wrong. This is a sumptuous album and Clairo is wonderful and expressive musician.



 

27. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors


An album that oozes the class of an indie star at the height of her powers.










 

26. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love


Tip-top art-pop. She makes it feel so light and effortless.









 

25. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain


No one waves around a severed prime ministerial head quite like him.








 

24. Cate Le Bon - Reward


We lover the Cate's wonky pop.











 

23. Solange - When I Get Home


A little revolution in R&B going on.










 

22. Aldous Harding - Designer


Showing off her catchy folk licks.










 

21. Holly Herndon - Proto


I read that algorithms were used to make this album. The results are astonishing. Computer magic.








 

20. Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstacy


Another delightful Hot Chip record. Big beats, big feels.









 

19. The Comet is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery


Forget everything you think you know about saxophones and 'Jazz'.







 

18. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿


So so so inventive and maybe more accessible on this album than ever before.








 

17. Bill Callahan - Sleeping in a sheepskin vest


Snug warm folk, just sheep's wool.









 

16. Charli XCX - Charli


Full pop power.












 

15. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You


Blew everyone away this year with probs the best bangers of the year.










 

14. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!


One of the best song writers around, no doubts about it.










 

13. Flying Lotus - Flamagra


Four sides of the most inventive sounds you'll hear this year.









 

12. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.


A very exciting band, making very exciting music all the time.









 

11. Big Thief - Two Hands


Alright Big Thief, we get it, you're good. 'Not' makes a push for year of the song too.










 

10. Sunn O))) - Life Metal


Sometimes all you need is a really really really good drone.









 

9. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE


Production that's as breathtaking as ever with a bit of extra introspection.









 

8. Helado Negro - This is how you smile


Blissful, chilled out and deep album.









 

7. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons


Went to see her at Tramshed and had a little cry, it was that good.








 

6. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains


A masterful record from an artist who will be much missed.








 

5. Little Simz - Grey Area


Best flow in the game, not a single filler track on there.










 

4. Richard Dawson - 2020


His last album was a Medieval village pressed into vinyl. This one brings us right to moment of the start of the new decade and all the time's anxieties and worries.







 

3. Anderson .Paak - Ventura


Funky and sexy as hell. YES LAWD











 

2. Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA


Such a confident record with all the grooves.