Now, these 10 tunes offer a delicious fusion of his highly-syncopated drumming with some exquisitely lush grooves, topped off with an electronic flourish.
Ending with that magnificent title track, she is truly laying down a marker, following those sought-after London residences with a fine, nuanced, and endlessly exhilarating new EP.
Suddenly hits far deeper, like the emotions laid bare in its predecessor were compressed into a kaleidoscopic prism that Snaith uses to explore each new song in minute detail.
The contrasts between Channy Leaneagh's ethereal hyper-pop vocals and sardonic lyrics steeped in cryptic metaphor are exquisite - an aural to-and-fro that seems to epitomise the whole process of realising one's vulnerability.
"Gately’s necromancer aesthetic makes sense, given that her production chops are truly their own kind of occult magic – conjured most artfully on 10-minute centrepiece ‘Bracer’"
Romantic Comedy, though, is the logical step from pop rushes and speedy crushes to something more tangible, more satisfying - with a few sweet crushes thrown in on the way, of course.
Perfectly polished, it seems the label’s long-standing mission of creating a new kind of popstar have been fully realised on Reflections.
Here, Souleyman’s singing seems to revel in the time and space to create something fragile.
Yet the tenacious, rhythmic loops of the band’s oft-colourful electronic rock sporadically cradle us from being swallowed into a total funk, instead lifting us up into the funk.
Although the results are a bit too eclectic and random at times to feel like a well-rounded album, you get the sense with ShitKid that’s the sort of thing they wanted you to expect.
After a five-year hiatus, Tom Jenkinson revives his Squarepusher project for an LP that could have been named by an AI.
The follow-up to 2017’s Three Futures, in Silver Tongue Torres continues in her sumptuous pop, rock and electronic hybrid, musing on love and desire; finding it, chasing it, fighting for it, losing it, understanding it.
"Manic is Halsey’s most introspective and uncompromising work to date, introducing the world to the woman known as Ashley Frangipane"
"It is Shauf’s marvellous empathy that makes him such a deft storyteller as well as a songwriter."
...And as they talk of losing ourselves to a digital world, Wolf Parade have never sounded better.
Mura Masa has teased a new sound since the release of the dazzling, ‘I Don’t Think I Can Do This Again’ featuring Clairo earlier this autumn, but this is far from what could’ve been expected.
Packed with ragged beats, jittery guitar riffs, and rippling funk bass, Making A New World balances historical documentation with creative exploration, giving you new ways to ponder over your history thesis on the dance floor.
Danny Wright discusses one of 2020's most unmissable releases with Gemma Samways and Charlotte Krol.
...2020 brings us the vulnerable, Earth-bound Walking Like We Do. Their debut showed them reaching up and scraping the sky. In contrast, The Big Moon’s return orbits around everyday human flaws.
These are capital B.I.G. anthems, which effortlessly meld disarming post-industrial clamour and tweaked vocal loops into the fold of more familiar white-label grooves.
There are sexy saxophones slithering in and out of ‘Mr Sun’, nods to hazy summertime afternoons with friends and an air of sophistication wrapped around the EP that’s extremely promising for such a new face on the scene.