Top 50 albums of 2019: 50-41

50: Meatraffle – Bastard Music

Left field indie pop the will have you nodding along and scratching your head at the same time.

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49: Petbrick – I

Intense, loud and aggressive electronica. Like The Prodigy on steroids. Smashing.

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48: Gender Roles – Prang

High octane pop-punk with some seriously catchy hooks that’s just the right side of heavy.

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47: Plaid – Polymer

Intelligent techno straight out of the 90s. Reminiscent of Snivilsation/In Sides-era Orbital at points.

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46: Boy Harsher – Careful

Strong on ominous, brooding 80’s synth pop. If you liked the music in Stranger Things, you’re on to a winner with this.

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45: Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch

Angry, feminist punk with a powerful message that cries out to be heard.

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44: Lonesome Shack – Desert Dreams

Edgy country blues and urban folk rock that is a lot kinder on the ears than you might expect from that description.

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43: Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree

Brilliant blend of traditional African music and metal that leaves you pondering ‘why have I not come across this before?’

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42: The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe

More classy, emotive and enveloping tracks from these damn-fine purveyors of blissful grooves and soundscapes.

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41: Battles – Juicy B Crypts

Slightly off-beat synths that can be hard work at times but are ultimately rewarding. Almost dance-able at points.

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Coming soon – albums 40-31 in our best of the year countdown

The best albums of April 2019

1: The Chemical Brothers – No Geography

Rating: 9/10 – Read full review

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2: Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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3: JAWS – The Ceiling

Rating: 7.5/10 – Read full review

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4: Priests – The Seduction Of Kansas

Rating: 7.5/10

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5: W. H. Lung – Incidental Music

Rating: 7.5/10

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6: Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation – Sacred Dreams

Rating: 7.5/10Read full review

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7: Cowboy Flying Saucer– Travel Lodge

Rating: 7/10

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8: Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree

Rating: 7/10

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9: Lowly – Hifalutin

Rating: 7/10

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10: Various artists – For The Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones)

Rating: 7/10Read full review

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12 April releases – Reviewed and rated

No surprises that The Chemical Brothers take top slot this week, though it was surprisingly good. Also highly impressive was the debut from Dublin post-punk rockers Fontaines D.C.

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The Chemical Brothers – No Geography

The Chems are back at the top of their game with this corker of disco, soul, funk and acid-infused album.

Rating: 9/10Read full review

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Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel

A brilliant post-punk album with a hint of Irish folk to it, only let down on occasion by a slightly strained vocal.

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree

Bonkers mix of traditional African music and heavy metal. Loved it.

Rating: 7/10

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Lowly – Hifalutin

Dreamy synth-pop with a bit of cleverness to it. Immersive and pretty impressive.

Rating: 7/10

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Glen Hansard – The Wild Willing

Interesting alt-folk with some soaring experimental flourishes. Worthy of a listen.

Rating: 6.5/10

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Big Business – The Beast You Are

Heavy alt-rock, that’s not really pushing any creative boundaries.

Rating: 5.5/10

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Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.

New Music Friday 12 April – What to listen to

I’m pretty convinced that album of the week is a shoe-in this time around. Will anyone be able to sneak ahead of the mighty Chemical Brothers? On first listen, possibly not, but some albums can really take you by surprise. The challenge is on.

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The Chemical Brothers – No Georgraphy

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Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel

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Big Business – The Beast You Are

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Glen Hansard – The Wild Willing

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Ifriqiyya Electrique – Laylet El Booree

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Lowly – Hifalutin

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Here’s a playlist of all of the above if you want to listen to this week’s selected new releases.