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Top 20 Albums of 2020

A year has never gone by quicker than 2020, but simultaneously it’s been one of the longest, worst years ever.

However, it has been a year of bountiful music releases, a year for innovation in the industry and one to be remembered – and to be experienced later, when we finally see tours of 2020 albums in action.

The below are 20 of my favourite releases this year, 20 albums that really stood out to me this year, with a little bit of objectivity, and a hell of a lot of subjectivity.

Without further adieu, in no particular order: 2020’s Top 20 albums

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REVIEW: FOALS’ MASSIVE SHOW FOR WAR CHILD AT SHEPHERD’S BUSH

I gotta rip up the road

On Monday night, Oxford-born rock band Foals took to Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London for a one-night-only show for War Child as a part of O2’s Brits Week.

Yannis Phillipakis + co. took to the stage for their first gig of the decade, bringing along Jagwar Ma’s Jack Freeman, replacing Everything Everything’s Jeremy Pritchard who joined their touring band at the start of last year. Though, he’ll be joining them again soon when Foals embark on their UK tour, supported by Everything Everything.

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Review: Glass Animals at Manchester’s Gorilla

‘Wavey Davey’s On Fire’

Last night, after a lengthy absence, tropical indie band Glass Animals made a grand return to the stage at Manchester’s Gorilla.

After drummer Joe Seaward almost lost his life in a cycling accident, the band went on hiatus until his recovery had progressed to a place at which they could perform again, and after one small show in Oxford in 2019, the band are back on their first tour is almost three years.

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My Year in Music 2019

It’s time for  Spotify Wrapped! Every year I get overly exciting for a personalised playlist and stats about who I’ve been listening to this year, even though I already know because I’m the one doing the listening. Either way, this is a great old day to listen to all the tracks I know I’ve listened to a thousand times.

Every year I document my stats on my blog, more so for myself, but if you fancy a gander, you can find them all here: 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Top 5 Artists

1) Bastille (Last Year: 1)

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In My Ears – Top Tracks of June 2019

Welcome back to ‘In My Ears’, it’s not about earworms, wax and whatever else you may find in your ears (I don’t know your life), but about 5 tracks that I’ve loved throughout the month. Catch May’s edition here, and keep on reading for the 5 songs I’ve fawned over this month.

Bastille – Million Pieces

Bastille’s third album Doom Days dropped in mid-June. It’s an electric, drinks-fueled euphoric adventure through a turbulent night out. Heartbreak to hook ups, it’s the whole night.

‘Millions Pieces’ is the bop amongst bops. It’s such a massive track that builds and builds, captures the anguish of hearing shit you wanna dismiss when trying to dive into a bit of an escape and it’s quite simply just a song you *feel* more than you hear.

Mark Ronson and Camila Cabello – Find U Again

Mark Ronson’s latest album Late Night Feelings came out just over a week ago. It’s ‘sad bangers’ – the album. Nothing, NOTHING, beats a sad banger in my opinion. Songs that cut deep, whilst making you wanna throw some shapes and neck a bevvy. ‘Find U Again’ is one of the best tracks on a massively packed album, with features from Miley Cyrus to Alicia Keys. Cabello takes Ronson’s pained words and adds a layer of pop excess. It’s an entirely stellar album. This weekend at Glastonbury, I had the small chance to chat to Mark Ronson about his album, and to talk to Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, who co-wrote the track. Both are super cool guys and I’m still a little in awe of meeting one of my favourite musicians.

BLACKPINK – Kill This Love

I’m very, very late to the BLACKPINK party, but I’m glad to have finally arrived. I’m so fascinated by the KPOP industry, as to how complete world sensations can be planned to a certain extent. BLACKPINK are the product of large searches, training and planning, but just because this is different to what we’re accustom to in the West doesn’t mean they aren’t some of the most talented vocalists out there. ‘Kill This Love’ goes from pop track, to rap breakdowns and marching beats with thumping trumpets. It’s a track that has no right to work the way it does, but it slaps and it slaps hard. Enough so that it was featured on bloody Love Island. If that isn’t a sign of BLACKPINK’s mass global appeal, I don’t know what is.

Love Fame Tragedy  – My Cheating Heart

Murph of The Wombats has just released his first single under his solo title ‘My Cheating Heart’, bringing the classic Wombats indie flair to a progressive blend of synths and daring range of vocals. As of right now, My Cheating Heart feels like The Wombats with a twist, your mojito made with spiced rum and a dash of bitters instead of the classic recipe. And it’s a damn good cocktail. At Glasto Murph revealed that collaborations with both Bastille and The Killers are coming, I’m unsure that I’ve ever been so excited for any musical collaboration in my life, so watch this space for updates on this.

Lizzo – Boys

Last week I got to see Lizzo absolutely dominate on the West Holts Stage at Glastonbury 2019. Of all the tens of artists I watched that weekend, the one that has stuck with me the most is Lizzo. Her infectious energy, bigger than life personality and awe-inspiring self-love made for a set that isn’t easy to forget, and that’s before even considering her immense vocal abilities and witty, relatable and over the top lyrics. ‘Boys’ is the epitome of all of this. It’s Lizzo at her finest, owning her sexuality, spitting lyrics on the men she’ll come to love, finessing on us all with her popularity and vocals. And we fucking eat it up. Long may she reign.

Plus, the meme threads this week have been killing me, here are my two faves:

Find these 5 tracks in the ‘In My Ears’ playlist, as well as all previous ‘In My Ears’ tracks, below on Spotify.