This year was missing that one album that totally knocked me off my feet, that one album that I couldn’t be without, whatever the mood, the time or the place. A Channel Orange or a Let England Shake to turmoil me around and about, a Teen Dream to fall in love with or a Overpowered to pull my heart strings and make me dance at the same time. That’s not to say that there wasn’t good, or even brilliant albums this year, cause there was and here’s my list of albums you shouldn’t have missed this year.
1. KELIS FOOD (Ninja Tunes)
Food is elegant, intricate, suggestive and full of hearty brass and horns, soulful swag and Kelis’s husky, sensual vocals. This, her sixth album, is truly and honestly her best work as of yet. And the best album this year.
2. MORRISSEY WORLD PEACE IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS (Harvest/ Capitol)
He feels rested and fully recharged with new, viciously witty contemplations over his self-absorbed existence and modern life, which neither never really pleases him. But this album, his finest moment since 2004’s You Are The Quarry, truly pleases me. It’s a shame though, that the album was dropped three weeks after its release, due to his falling out with his record company.
3. TUOMO THE NEW MYSTIQUE (Sony Music)
The New Mystique is a collection of eleven full bodied, intelligent compositions, that together with the grace and warmth of a contemporary, yet respectfully retrospective production, gives it an edge, that so many like-minded albums lack. A sublime moment for the Finnish soul man.
4. ISON & FILLE LÄNGE LEVE VI (Hemmalaget/Sony)
Playful, political and almost perfectly nuanced hip-hop isn’t a part of one’s regular, everyday consumption, but Ison & Fille provides us with exactly that.
5. RIKARD “SKIZZ” BIZZI 100 KG FUNK (Slang Musik)
Swedish hiphop funk ambassador Bizzi, delivered a sensationally good and loveable funk odyssey, which easily is one of this year’s most underrated albums.
6. TINASHE AQUARIUS (Sony)
Coming from mixtape fame, sometimes first albums can be a let down, but talented Tinashe, continues to impress with a rich and nuanced R&B-album, that keeps lingering on and on.
7. MAPEI HEY HEY (Downtown Records/Sony)
Somewhere between uninhibited and fully controlled, Mapei mixes pop, R&B, hiphop and indie on this wonderful debut album, and she does it so splendidly and effortless.
8. MANIC STREET PREACHERS FUTUROLOGY (Sony Music)
The same as with Morrissey, I grew up together with Manic Street Preachers, and even more than with Moz, I’d given up on MSP after several albums failed to deliver. But last year something happened with the magnificent Rewind The Film and surprisingly they continued to show vitality this year too, with Futurology.
9. FIRST AID KIT STAY GOLD (Sony)
Haunting, sometimes even slightly scary, in their perfect symbosis of vocals, but more than anything, utterly and unbelieveably beautiful and genuine. How far will these talented sisters go?
10. ASHA ALI LOUD AND OUT OF PLACE (Hybris)
Quite unexpectdly Asha Alis third album, with its 80’s influences and powerballad tendencies, is a wonderful and intimate body of work, where her sheer and brittle vocals finds new layers of power and honesty.
TOVE LO Queen Of The Clouds. NENEH CHERRY Blank Project. LANA DEL RAY Ultraviolence. DALEY Days & Nights. DAMON ALBARN Everyday Robots. TOMAS ANDERSSON WIJ Mörkrets Hastighet.