If you were to pick your Top 5 albums of the year at this halfway point what would they be?


  1. Arab Strap - As Days get Dark
  2. Skee Mask - Pool
  3. Mogwai - As the love continues
  4. Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
  5. Dry Cleaning - New long leg
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  1. The Armed - ULTRAPOP
  2. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, LSO - Promises
  3. Black Midi - Cavalcade
  4. Tom Furse - Ecstatic Meditations
  5. Dinosaur Jr – Sweep It Into Space
  1. Sun June - Somewhere
  2. Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
  3. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
  4. BCNR - For The First Time
  5. Lael Neale - Acquainted With The Night

6. Cheekface - Emphatically, No
7. Katy Kirby - Cool Dry Place
8. Cassandra Jenkins - An Over of Phenomenal Nature
9. The Reds, Pinks and Purples - Uncommon Weather
10. Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet


in no particular order:
Wolf Alice
Arab Strap
Cassandra Jenkins
Kate Kirby
Japanese Breakfast

My favourite album i have just discovered that didn’t come out this year:
Caroline Rose - Loner


No particular order:

Fightmilk - Contender

Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over The Countryclub

The Red, The Pinks and The Purples - Uncommon Weather

Greentea Peng - Man Made

Skyway Man - The World Only Ends When You Die

I’ll do a six monthly vote after June’s AOTM thread.


Shit year so far


Been a poor year for me. Haven’t even bought 5 new albums!

The Blips - The Blips
Hold Steady - Open Door Policy
Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins

  1. Roy Montgomery - Island of Lost Souls
  2. Martina Bertoni - Music for Empty Flats
  3. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince (can UK record shops please get copies of this?)
  4. Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview on Phenomenal Nature
  5. Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - Theory of Ice

Honorable Mentions:
Mdou Moctar
St Vincent
Cobalt Chapel
SL Walkinshaw
Richard Youngs (Holograph)

  1. Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
  2. The Armed - Ultrapop
  3. McKinley Dixon - For My Mama and Anyone Who Look Like Her
  4. The Staves - Good Woman
  5. Arooj Aftab - Vulture Prince

Gazlle Twin & NYX, CHAI, Valerie June, and Norvik all hanging around just outside the top five. Phenomenal year so far.


This x100

  1. Lost Girls - Menneskekollektivet
  2. Emile Mosari - Minari OST
  3. Colleen - The Tunnel and the Clearing
  4. Mogwai - As the Love Continues
  5. Satomimagae - Hanazono
  • Jane Weaver, Japanese Breakfast, KMRU, Lina Tullgren

Tough at this point but probably (not in order):

Lana Del Rey
Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders
Jane Weaver
St Vincent

Loraine James may well be a contender but I need a little more time with the record.

  1. Du Blonde - Homecoming
  2. Weezer - OK Human
  3. Mogwai - As the Love Continues
  4. Shame - Drunk Tank Pink
  5. St Vincent - Daddy’s Home

Desperately waiting on more big pop acts to release albums. While the above albums are excellent, this year hasn’t compared to 2020, which for my money - by even the halfway point - was the best year in my lifetime for great releases.

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In no particular order:

Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
Dinosaur Jr - Sweep it into Space
Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
Black Midi - Cavalcade
The Antlers - Green to Gold

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  1. Floating points/pharoah sanders/LSO - Promises
  2. Lycoriscoris - Chiyu
  3. Antlers - Green to Gold
  4. Mustafa - When smoke rises
  5. Weezer - Van Weezer

Sorry, not a reply to @tatesmithee my bad


No particular order/ranking…

Elori Sax
Floating Points et al
Body in the Thames
Andy Stott


off the top of my head and in no order:

japanese breakfast
lost girls
sleaford mods

loads of albums i need to listen to more times

special mention to the first half of the ghetts album, which is superb. then sheeran turns up and things go downhill rapidly.


1 - Big Brave
2 - Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders
3 - Genesis Owusu
4 - Arab Strap
5 - Bob Vylan

I so want to find more to engage me with The Antlers’ latest - I was so excited at the announcement and have it on lovely green vinyl, for goodness’ sake!

But it just doesn’t quite spark for me and, across the whole piece, is only one flavour. I love the more languid direction that they took with Familiars, but that still had elements to break my heart. Green To Gold, so far at least, just doesn’t. Which annoys me!


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  1. Genghis Tron
  2. Mogwai
  3. Fiddlehead
  4. The Armed
  5. Demons
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