50: Meatraffle – Bastard Music
Left field indie pop the will have you nodding along and scratching your head at the same time.
49: Petbrick – I
Intense, loud and aggressive electronica. Like The Prodigy on steroids. Smashing.
48: Gender Roles – Prang
High octane pop-punk with some seriously catchy hooks that’s just the right side of heavy.
47: Plaid – Polymer
Intelligent techno straight out of the 90s. Reminiscent of Snivilsation/In Sides-era Orbital at points.
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.
45: Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch
Angry, feminist punk with a powerful message that cries out to be heard.
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.
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?’
42: The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe
More classy, emotive and enveloping tracks from these damn-fine purveyors of blissful grooves and soundscapes.
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.
Coming soon – albums 40-31 in our best of the year countdown