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The 50 Best Albums Of The Year 2019

The albums that defined the year

  • Lydia Webb, Eden Macaulay, Louis Chant
  • 18 December 2019

50
Seb Wildblood ‘Sketches Of Transition’ (All My Thoughts)

This album is so beautifully calming that you may find yourself beginning to physically float above ground if you listen too carefully.

49
Photonz ‘Nuit’ (Dark Entries)

This album’s addictive, atmospheric house comes straight from Lisbon’s underground scene. Be sure to check out the sex positive club night Mina where Photonz often plays.

48
Mount Liberation Unlimited ‘Mount Liberation Unlimited’ (Studio Barnhus)

Five years in the making, this album displays breadth of Mount Liberation Unlimited. They have made their own sound and will only keep developing it.

47
96 Back ‘Excitable, Girl’ (CPU)

Dive in to a variety of vibes on this excellent debut LP.

46
Lenzman ‘Bobby’ (Metalheadz)

Lenzman's unique approach to d'n'b is displayed in full on this thrilling album. Always one to watch - but you knew that anyway.

45
Burna Boy ‘African Giant’ (Atlantic)

Burna Boy has staked a claim for the leading artist in afrobeats on this varied but consistent LP. It lands alongside a string of high profile collabs which have made 2019 Burna Boy's year.

44
Calibre ‘Planet Hearth’ (Signature)

Calibre has said he wanted to create an album that “didn’t need to be played in a club... It could be whatever I wanted.” And he’s done a beautiful job during this new experiment.

43
E-Saggila ‘My World My Way’ (Northern Electronics)

Beauty, distortion and speed – dive in to this awe inspiring record by E-Saggila.

42
Equiknoxx ‘Eternal Children’ (Equiknoxx Music)

A short but sweet record that contains more dancehall evolutions from the highly reliable JA outfit.

41
Ellen Allien ‘Alientronic’ (Bpitchcontrol)

Ready to be taken to another dimension? Pumping basslines, intergalactic melodies and Allien’s mysterious, whispering voice come together magically here.

40
Crazy P ‘Age Of The Ego’ (Walk Don’t Walk Limited)

Another impressive and lively album from the UK group. It features funky basslines as well as synth pop and disco influences that come together to create a joyous listen, as usual.

39
Stenny ‘Upsurge’ (Ilian Tape)

Get immersed with Stenny, who makes you feel like you're underwater at a state-of-the-art aquarium, living among coral reef and rare species of fish. It's a nice alternative to real life.

38
Sampa The Great ‘The Return’ (Ninja Tuna)

The versatility, depth and variety in this album is something to be marvelled at. On this eclectic record, the Sampa isn’t shy to manifest every one of her talents and inspirations.

37
Free Love ‘Extreme Dance Anthems’ (Optimo Music)

Life affirming protest music. Get on it.

36
Solange ‘When I Get Home’ (Columbia)

Solange is one of the most important artists of a generation and this album is the latest showcase of her incredible artistry.

35
Fox ‘Juice Flow’ (Swing Ting)

One of the best albums to come out of lively record label Swing Ting. It’s a great dancehall LP from Fox and an impressive full-length debut.

34
Nkisi ‘7 Directions’ (UIQ)

Dance music of industrial intensity, Nkisi is a force to be reckoned with.

33
Flume ‘Hi This Is Flume’ (Future Classic)

This tenacious mixtape features some of Flume's personal favourite artists. Clocking in at 17 tracks, it's a weighty drop from the Australian producer.

32
Dave ‘Psychodrama’ (Neighbourhood)

A captivating debut album from Dave, one of the UK's best lyrisicts.

31
Bella Boo ‘Once Upon A Passion’ (Studio Barnhus)

The Swedish producer brings us an album that doesn’t stay in one lane. Predictably good things from the Studio Barnhus.

30
Headie One ‘Music x Road’ (Relentless Records)

This album is Headie One's commercial debut and it delivers from the very first second to the last.

29
Soundbwoy Killah ‘Halcyon Daze’ (Sneaker Social Club)

Soundbwoy Killah takes us back in time with his bass-heavy house and UKG.

28
Anthony Naples ‘Fog FM’ (ANS)

Naples explores the emotive side of house and techno on this finely crafted LP.

27
Jacques Greene ‘Dawn Chorus’ (LuckyMe)

'Dawn Chorus' is a sumptuous listen with its soft house vibes, perfect for the end of an epic night out, which is what it was written for.

26
Gene On Earth ‘Local Fuzz’ (Limousine Dream)

Nine tracks of Gene On Earth's stylish dance music? It'd be rude not to. The Berlin-based artist flexes across an LP originally released as a tidy vinyl double pack.

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