30: Desert Sessions – Vols. 11 & 12
Josh Homme’s collaborative series returns with some cracking tunes. A lot of this sounds suspiciously like classic QOTSA and Them Crooked Vultures but there are a few tracks that surprise along the way too.
29: LIFE – A Picture Of Good Health
Rousing and angry post-punk for the Hull four-piece. A must for any fans of loud guitars.
28: Teeth Of The Sea – Wraith
An absorbing album that mixes electronica, ambient, dance and jazz with a splash of psych rock and even a touch of avent-garde.
27: Lower Slaughter – Some Things Take Work
Heavy, raucous, clever. A right rollocking riff-tastic grind and a worthy successor to their brilliant debut ‘What Big Eyes’.
26: The Comet Is Coming – Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery
Jazz for the dancefloor, featuring the wondrous saxophone and clarinet work of Sons of Kemet’s Shabaka Hutchings. Surprisingly accessible, surprisingly good.
25: Amyl and The Sniffers – Amyl and The Sniffers
Classic punk on show from this female-fronted Aussie five-piece. Powerful, absorbing and a whole lot of fun.
24: RIDE – This Is Not A Safe Place
The band’s second album since reforming and they’ve certainly got their songwriting boots back on. Some great tracks on here to rival the best of their early work.
23: Here Lies Man – No Ground To Walk Upon
More 60’s laden heavy grooves from the LA four-piece. It’s not a divergence from their previous two albums but they’ve certainly nailed this unique sound.
22: Portico Quartet – Memory Streams
Jazzy trip-hop and electronica that’s perfect for chilling out to.
21: Christian Fitness – You are the Ambulance
The sixth solo/not solo album from Mclusky and Future of the Left genius Andrew Falkous. As edgy, noisy and witty as ever.
Not long to wait for albums 20-11.