"the veteran Seattle-born afro-futurist has always been on a different wavelength to his peers." - Geoff Cowart reviews Shabazz Palaces latest release.
Laurel Halo’s musical diversity is prodigious. Possessed is an ethereal, gut-wrenching pronouncement that proves the clear relationship between sound and sight.
The Rated Legend firmly etches Cadet’s name in the history books, a talent gone too early but someone who has left an indelible mark on the industry, fellow artists, and friends.
Evolution, not necessarily adaptation, is here conveying the band's humanistic strength, positivity and vitality. And that's something we all need desperately in 2020.
This sounds a lot like the weather, with soft, swirling synths unfolding into grainy, industrial drone rattles that put me outside on a stormy day.
At its windswept best, it's joyous, and this album is generous in that regard.
And this intensity pervades throughout, as across the eight tracks, Woods explores fluctuating experiences of selfhood and becoming expressed with unbridled ferocity.
For Disq, on Collector, therein lies the rub: modern life is regularly rubbish, and it stings.
An album of extremes, Every Bad achieves the enviable feat of being hopeful and embittered, tangled and immaculate, and as classic sounding as it is relevant to 2020.
On New Me, Same Us, the group pull in more acoustic instrumentation, without abandoning their intoxicating brand of alternative club-ready music.
Domino - 27th March Floating & flitting between every underground venue in the UK on a cult fanbase formed around the heroism of their Bandcamp...
Weighty themes indeed, but it's an uncomplicated treat of a listen that contains some of Remy's best work.
Demonstrating anxious techno that varies in intensity and tempo, it's intricately packed with modular vocal inflexions and experimental electro...
Having littered minimal compositions in releases throughout his career, the results across a full album are undeniably powerful.
On his sophomore album Dining Alone however this approach is taken to new, surreal depths as if a lonely walk had turned into a stroll through a hall of mirrors.
Continuing the tradition of there really not being any bad Destroyer albums, Have We Met has a number of peaks that put it among Bejar's best.
Characterised by brutal candour that's often dredged through gallows humour, Watch This Liquid Pour Itself is very much a companion piece to 2019's Both.
Later, when she sings, "My body's buzzing as I start to dance" on 'Street Light Blues', yours ought to follow suit.
Whilst Workaround captures the hypnotism of sultry, dusky nights in the club, drawing on the spaciousness of dub and experimental electronica, it's also an incredibly intimate record, deserving of attentive solitary listening.
It's the album's instrumental infrastructure - its taut beats and warm synths - that give most pleasure; firm foundations, at least.
2020 should be dominated by Allie X.