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2020 has been one of the oddest and most trying years in recent memory for a number of reasons. Like most areas, music world has been profoundly affect: lot of artists have held back on plans for new material out of respect for many things that have happened and remain ongoing. Despite that, first half of 2020 was still led by a bountiful crop of all - timer albums. Weeknd and Dua Lipa top the charts with appealingly modernized versions of vintage styles. Charli XCXs latest was a stunning document of life in quarantine. Run Jewels Make perfect hard - hitting hip - hop album for the times in which we live. Fiona Apple has already had a stellar career. Even dating back to December, which is eligible for this list, Harry Styles and Roddy Ricch set the bar high. 2020 has been a hard year to love, but thankfully, music has still been a highlight. Check out our ranking of 50 Best albums of 2020 So Far below. For more mid - year coverage of Best music Of 2020, check out Best Songs Of 2020 So Far.

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Aluna Renaissance

Alunageorge, British duo of vocalist Aluna Francis and producer George Reid, never quite get massive, but they do get everywhere. British audiences may know the group best from White Noise Disclosure, its biggest UK hit. Others might remember glitchy Timbaland homages on 2013s Body Music, early revival of now - ubiquitous Y2K pop. If all this genre - shifting makes AlunaGeorge little amorphous as a group, it does mean they get plenty of work. You could give us one week and wed do 10 songs, Francis told Vulture. Any genrewell just knocks them out. Between knockouts, though, brew increasing frustration with the dance music industry, coming to head with a bracing manifesto on Francis Instagram. Sometimes there is blatant exploitation; last year, Francis accused producer outside group of sexual assault. But it is often subtler. Dance producers, disproportionately men, often become mega - Paid stars, while dance singer - songwriters, disproportionately women, get second billingor none, make into modern - day Martha Washes. Wash, of course, is Black, and that dynamic also persist: most successful dance stars tend to be White, with Black artists showing up in interpolations, uncredited samples, pastiches, or plagiarism, but less often in person or pay. Francis knows it well; though many AlunaGeorge features were basically solo Aluna features, and though Reid was often offstage on AlunaGeorge sets, for years she hesitated to go officially solo. I knew that, as a black woman alone, I was going to get chewed up, she say. In Renaissance, Francis aimed to disprove that. The album showcases her curatorial skillshoneds from years of DJ sets, streaming playlists, and recently virtual shows as Alunas Room and her range. Maybe as a challenge, Renaissance neither starts nor ends with dance music. The opener, Ive Been Starting to Love All Things I Hate, is less the product of a club queue than away message; slow jam Whistle unspools drowsy vocal and sumptuous synth - violin solo. In between is proper dance in many forms: pop - house, dancehall, funk, Caribbean and African dance, and only occasionally R & B, in TLC homage Sneak. She is an excellent curator of features, too: on Mr. Vegas - interpolating Get pay, Aluna cedes floor to rapper Princess Nokia and Jamaican songwriter Jada Kingdom in assured form, and Recipe pairs Alunas ability to channel earnestness with small fluting notes with Kaytranada's ability to wring wistfulness out of small chord change. Francis describes Alunas Room as an introverted palace of escape, and likewise, Renaissance was written for inner headspace as much as dancefloorconvenient in years where those are empty. Dont Hit My Line hammers exes back into the woodwork to a four - to - floor beat, but complicates itself: percussion interludes and Francis staccato vocal turn beat polyrhythmic, and melody leans hard into I think of you, like New Rules by someone not totally ready to let go of old. And lead single Body Pump, written with Josh Lloyd - Watson of Jungle, is built like a house - diva showcase, from torchy first verse to drop to triumphant close.

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Anjimile Giver Taker

Boston - based singer - songwriter Anjimile Chithambos ' life changed when they realized they could rebuild themselves. Born in the Dallas suburbs to conservative, Presbyterian immigrants from Malawi, 27 - year - old indie - folk artist, who records mononymously as Anjimile, spent the past decade whittling away at music as a hobby - turn - coping method. Experience of coming out to their parents as queer eventually inspires Maker, song that compares redefinition of gender to one of religion, paves the way for Giver Taker, their first album on Father / Daughter. Write during the throes of personal decline and record after reaching safety on the other side, Giver Taker recounts difficult climb to sobriety, loss of loved ones, and gradual understanding of their identity as nonbinary trans person. It is not struggle that defines the album, but rather joy and resilience that permeate it. Grant, from a local arts group, gave Anjimile budget to create Giver Taker the way they envision: by hiring longtime bandmate Justine Bowe of synthpop group Photocomfort and New York - based artist and producer Gabe Goodman. Together, Bowe and Goodman add layer depth to Anjimiles compositions: Sunlight peeks through piano chords on the title track, strings and bass clarinet shimmer throughout in Your Eyes, and vocal harmonies enliven Baby No More. Childhood favorites like Madonna and Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi surface in Anjimiles pop refrains and African polyrhythms, while their teenage appreciation for Iron & Wine influences their approach to finger - picking guitar. Though the album was primarily written while in rehab and experiencing quiet identity crisis, Giver Taker proceeds with radiant happiness and pride that come with securing a sense of stability in life. Even when they quote Shakespeare in the heartfelt ballad Ndimakukonda, Anjimile emphasizes gratitude by reworking love songs to address friends instead of ex - partner. It is hard not to compare Anjimile to young Sufjan Stevens, both because of their warbling vocal deliveries and their ambiguously religious lyrics. While songs on Giver Taker center around life experiences with family, grief, and love, thread of faith weaves through each: calls for help in not Another Word, stubborn refusal of death in Your Tree, reckoning with hereditary traits in 1978. Like Sufjan, Anjimile subverts platitudes of Christian music by softly treading along metaphoric ridge where spirituality adjoins hope. Ll walk line To Meet You There, they promise at album end, singing just above whisper. Tuck throughout are soft piano, stirring banjo, and frail falsettosthe result of Anjimiles first year taking testosteronethat recall holistic intimacy of albums like Michigan and Seven Swans. Though theyve released several records over the past six years, Anjimile has declared Giver Taker to be their debut full - length. Its choice reflects their significant growth in style and sound: Whereas their earlier material veered towards melodic art - rock, music on Giver Taker sounds radically gentle and confident, as if made by someone who experienced rebirth. Even strip - back reworkings of songs from 2018s Colors and 2019s Maker Mixtape feel revitalize.

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Blu & Exile Miles

With each new month, 2020 brings world list full of new surprises, and most of them have been positive. Luckily, we made it to September. But even amidst all of the chaos that persists in the world, nationwide protests, global pandemic, upcoming presidential election and no sign of live concerts happening any time soon, there has been no shortage of great albums this year. Dx is narrowing down the endless amount of music released during the course of Year To essentials, providing readers with a list of must - listen to projects. The team at DX highlights some of their favorite albums this Year So Far. This month's list includes new work From Action Bronson, Album From Atlantas Spillage Village collective and albums From Griseldas finest. To see which albums qualify for this list contention, scroll to the bottom.

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Bully SUGAREGG

Sometimes breathtaking music sounds like nothing youve ever Hear before, and other times it sounds like entire histories springing back to life. Bully have always been the latter kind of band, kind that specializes in making the old feel bracingly new. You could make an argument that slipping lyrics like been praying For my period all week into no - frills rock song is a subversive act in such a male - dominated scene, even a quarter - century after the height of key Bully influences like Hole, PJ Harvey, and Breeders. But innovation has never really been selling point where Alicia Bognannos Songs are concerned. Her magic trick is not giving you something youve never heard before so much as making tried - and - true maneuvers hit so hard that you feel like youre are hearing them for the first time all over. Everyone can yell over three or four chords at breakneck speed. It is a kind of point of punk rock but few can elevate bash - out racket to transcendent plane Bognanno scrapes repeatedly on SUGAREGG, Bullys third Album and Best to date. This band has been blazing ahead with prodigious power and speed since blasting out of Nashville five years ago, treating 90s - style alternative rock as a life - or - death sprint and disguising pop hooks as cigarette - scorch howls. Even when they slow Down For spell, their music boasts raw, restless quality native to recordings of Steve Albini, for whom Bognanno once intern. But within band discography, SUGAREGG leaps from speakers with unprecedented force and splendor. It was such a rush. Some of the albums ' impact has to do with prowess in the studio. Bognanno has long since proven herself a skilled producer and engineer, but this time out she delegate some of that responsibility, inviting John Congleton, one of the most accomplished producers in indie rock history, to join her behind boards. Together, they emphasized the visceral intensity and harmonic richness of Bully Songs, both rocket - fuel burners Bognanno made her name on and midtempo churns that have always been an underrated part of her catalog. All the moving pieces in these songs get their spotlight, and at pivotal moments everything coalesces into crushing waves of melodic noise. Bullys prior Albums Feels Like and Losing were mid - fi supernovas in their own right, but switching over from those albums to this one is like logging off Zoom and meeting up in person. Bognannos writing here is sharp, too. Her songs continue to be complex machines beneath simple exterior, full of smart little guitar and vocal melodies and surprising rhythmic pivots. Her lyrics follow a similar pattern, eschewing wordiness in favor of direct refrains that let you project your own meaning onto them, from example I dont know Where to Start with You! To surprisingly triumphant I dont know what I want! She sings hell out of lines like that, her voice fraying to the point of combustion every time she launches to the top of her range.

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Boris NO

The only constant in Boris's nearly 30 - year career is, bit ironically, their shared commitment to inconstancy. From mournful sludge and stoner metal of their early days, to their splits with obscure grindcore outfits and world - famous noise icons, to recent flirtations with shoegaze, electronic, and pop, Japanese band's catalogue spans a vast musical universe that offers endless avenues for intensity. Condensing three decades of heaviness into 40 minutes of grinding, cathartic hardcore, NO marks closest Boris has drifted to event horizon since 90sa natural reaction to world in disarray: It was the only way to stay calm during coronavirus, drummer Atsuo told Bandcamp last month. Accordingly, albums defining moments develop its makers ' frantic desire for escape as the basis for twitchy D - beat, doomy black - nroll, and, at the very end, euphoric post - metal. Whereas many recent albums astound thanks to their slow, commanding sweep, NO offers a searing reminder that, even well into their journey, Boris remains loud, fast, and maniacal as ever.

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Demae Life Works OutUsually

Demae's debut solo EP was a pleasant surprise. Not that she has always been great; but Life Works OutUsually offers so much in a tight window, and it never veers off course. Here, singer cuts a stellar blend of 90s - leaning neo - soul without either mimicking her influences or hanging around too long. Even when shes chastising social media dependence, like on People Are Weird, it never feels like shes talking at you; she just wants you to put down your damn phone and stop seeking validation from strangers. The Albums ' high point is Basic Love, body - rolling slow groove dedicated to the superhuman power of romance. Here, Demae is swimming in the oceans and climbing mountains just to show how committed she is. Then on Seasons Change, EPs meditative closer, she assesses here and now: this is her moment and she vows to keep pushing, no matter how much the world tries to push back.

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Katie Dey mydata

There are few electronic indie poppers who can sound so minimal but yet so elaborate as Katie Dey. On her fourth release since 2015, Melbourne solo artist has finally hit her true stride with mydata. This time around, Dey merges her love of bright, colorful arrangements with her quietly chaotic vocals. Its this marriage that seems to be missing from her previous records, and something she only skimmed surface with last year's Solipsisters, record that garnered her some long overdue attention. The highlight of Solipsisters was unquestionably stick, which mydata seems to have bloomed from, composition wise. Every track here feels reflective of that aesthetic, dismissing garbled vocals that were mainstay of the project and instead finding that perfect balance with cleanliness that makes Dey's voice pop more. This is always present right from get - go in the album opener darkness, as Dey proclaims, I wanna be a far - out satellite / so I can hear your brain waves coming. Lyrically, mydata is roughly still in the same vein as previous works, echoing feelings of isolation which is fitting thanks to the current state of quarantine in 2020, despite Dey stating her latest is not reflection on COVID - 19. But the heart of the record relies on internet relationship,ss one that we can surmise had its ups and downs via titles like happiness, hurting, hopeless and loving. This is a long - distance relationship causing love and turmoil; Inside I am unbounded / Constantly unraveling / There must be a place I can go, She pleads on dancing, showing vulnerability in this unpredictable romance. There is also hope, though; despite the title hopeless, Dey sings thoughtfully, Remember to recharge your hope / When your battery gets low / Cuz nobody is gonna do that for you. There have been countless quarantine albums released focusing not just on love and relationships but isolation and uncertainty, but Dey seems to feel more in - tune with her audience than most. Happiness is no doubt the strongest of Dey's abilities on display, in which she exposes herself entirely. I want love / Im not above it is her statement of desire and self - love, as she croons through glitch - inflected pianos, I want life while I am alive and I want life with less pain. Mydata is Deys ' strongest album to date. She enlists a variety of glitch - pop wonderments and mixes them all with affective synths. This enrichment makes this go - round more personal too, creating a strong backdrop for subject matter. But even when there are no lyrics, it is impactful, like on instrumental loving, which just has a series of ahhhs from Dey, couple with beats and pianos smashing together. If mydata has one flaw, its homogeneity. There is very little deviation from Deys script here, no moment to catapult her to the level of compatriots like Alex G or even Animal Collective. This is a huge leap from her messy debut asdfasdf, and while Dey has mature, she hasnt diversified her samples or style to incorporate anything louder than whisper.

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Carla J. Easton Weirdo

The minute you realise there is something bit different about you, and that its strength, is when you move forward. Anthems for outsiders have long been pop staple. Carla J EASTON knows her musical history inside out, and WEIRDO wears its beaming, gleaming heart on its brightly coloured sleeve. It is still Pop, but with a harder edge; it is a more robust record than Carlas previous albums. Part of this might be down to the influence of Scott Paterson of Sons & Daughters and Kills fame, but mostly it is down to Carlas growing confidence. She is not alone, ably assisted by Solareye from Stanley Odd and Stina Tweeddale from Honeyblood. The former spits at high - tempo, latter ensure title track soars that little bit higher with shimmery backing vocals. Weirdo should see CARLA become the mainstay of the indie - pop landscape. Which is where she deserves to reign. Weirdo is released on 28 August on Olive Grove Records

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Natalie Duncan Free

Morning breaks somewhere in the world, always, with the first cracks of light slicing across the horizon like a knife through the edge of night. Mourning - of losing love and loved ones, dashing dreams, and so many more - breaks, too. New day brings with it new hope, but it ca and wo be a rush. It comes when it come. Singer, songwriter and pianist Natalie Duncans Free skirts divide, delving into both sides with artful precision. The album opens With Kansas, which is akin to a sonic wave that sweeps from speakers with strings and wordless vocals before morphing into something more. How many people try to put out your light / youll never know, so you better glow / baby, come shining / baby, come shining neo - soul, R & B and jazzy elements come together in an uncluttered production that enables chords to breathe - and for Aaron Janicks trumpet to float in from distance like dream on certain songs and interludes, such as on Pools or Glass, which sample Nina Simone. With Richard Spaven on drums and Alan Mian on bass, solid rhythm anchors many of the R & B - flavored tracks. The Atrium, early favorite, is a good example. Going backwards / all the same words / 've been through this / but it still hurts / I am just waiting for some stillness. If you listen to one or both, youll notice old - school vibe that conjure, but doesnt copy, Alicia Keys. Sirens, Karma and Autumn, on other hand, are jazz - imbue tunes that would be at home on Nina Simone's LP, while Strange and Brave could well be unearthed Roberta Flack treasures. Shorthand comparisons aside, what comes through most is Natalie Duncan. Diamond, closing track, deftly blends Old - school rap with her Old - school soul in a way that is both sweet and bittersweet. Happiness is just a concept / happiness is something you can choose to remember or forget / happiness is never, ever have to regret. Free closes just as it begins - with strings and wordless vocals - as if to demonstrate that, just as night slides into day, day glides into night; its cycle of Life. With these 12 songs as part of one personal soundtrack, however, downtimes will hurt a little less and good times will rate With best. It is a great album. Traditionally speaking, August is the cruelest month, accented by heat, humidity and thunderstorms. This year, however, it is likely to be no less cruel than the months that preceded it; Trump virus, aka COVID - 19, has seen to that. As way of explanation: I found myself watching a bit of the news last night; increasing number of COVID - related deaths in the USA - 156 000 and counting - was the headline; experts are expecting exponential growth come fall, with prospects of quarter million or more dying by November.

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