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RECORD STORE DAY: TOP RECORDS OF ALL TIME

RECORD STORE DAY: TOP RECORDS OF ALL TIME

Oh what’s that? It’s World Record Store Day? Let’s go score some new vinyl! Here are ten of the best for you to check out.

Grimes – Art Angels

Grimes – Art Angels

Grimes’ 2012 album Visions was widely regard as a ground-breaking success, due mostly to it’s aesthetic. To follow that up is no small task, but Claire Elise Boucher did so with 2015’s art pop wonder Art Angels. Single Flesh Without Blood, probably the most poppy on the record, shows off Grimes’ range, with her very […]

Shamir – Ratchet

Shamir – Ratchet

  The debut album from Las Vegas’ Shamir was well regarded as one of the surprise gems of last year. In what appears to almost be an education in dance music, Shamir uses quirky lyrics to draw you in into a repetitive loop of synth-laden groove. He frequently uses his […]

Kimbra – The Golden Echo

Kimbra – The Golden Echo

The follow-up to Vows, Kimbra’s 2014 album is a refreshing progressive pop piece of art. To follow up her debut seemed no mean feat, but she did that and so much more on The Golden Echo. All of the textures are so expansive, and she uses such thoughtful ornamentation from other parts, […]

Snarky Puppy – We Like It Here

Snarky Puppy – We Like It Here

Snarky Puppy is an instrumental jazz fusion band who was formed in Texas by bandleader Michael League. Once you listen to this album, you will hear why it deserves its place on this list. The combination of confusing rhythms and complex harmonic sequences combined with simple, catchy melody means this […]

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

Maroon 5 – Songs About Jane

Everyone has a love affair with the first album they owned, and this is mine. Most people will be familiar with this album’s singles, such as She Will Be Loved, Sunday Morning and This Love, but it’s the other tracks that I seem to enjoy the most. The Sun is home to a tight drum […]

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Former Mint Chicks’ guitarist Ruban Nielson quietly released UMO’s first single Ffunny Ffrends back in 2010. Two albums followed, until the third was released last year to huge critical acclaim. From artwork to music to lyrical content, it appears as if Nielsen is creating a post-psychedelic dance experience. Title track Multi-Love enters with a […]

The Blue Nile – Hats

The Blue Nile – Hats

1980s band The Blue Nile seemed quite mysterious when I first heard of them. After some research, they appeared to be very well received by critics, yet I had never come across them before, mostly due to their tendency to shy from publicity. That made me feel all the more […]

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly

I feel it is difficult to say something about this album that hasn’t already been said. Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 masterpiece is an opus for American culture and feels even more relevant among all that surrounds the current bid for presidency. This hip-hop album takes elements from all types of music. […]

Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

Everything Everything – Get to Heaven

I have been an avid follower of Everything Everything for a while now, meaning I was very much looking forward to their third album Get To Heaven, released last year. The lead single Distant Past featured their distinct, almost rapped, obscure lyrics/vocals that jump back and forth from falsetto. These characteristics are featured all […]