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Albums Of The Year: 2019

Albums Of The Year: 2019

We’ve spent all of 2019 listening to some of the sweetest sounds in Ticket Arena office, and having selected some of our top picks throughout the year for our weekly Album Of The Week feature, we’re boxing off the year with a list of our ultimate favourites. 

There was some fresh new talent coming through the woodwork this year, not only dominating our office speakers, but also the festival scenes and music venues, deservedly making their mark amongst music fans. There was also some familiar faces releasing brand new sounds, securing their firm fans even further whilst gaining a whole new demographic of people loving their work. 

slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

“The championed rapper knew that ‘Nothing Great About Britain’ was the title, theme and vision for his debut full length release long before he’d even written a single bar of it - and his clear intent to candidly tell the tale of his council estate upbringing is something we’re grateful for. His quick witted lyricisms and brutally honest tells of his hometown are what makes this album the charming yet chaotic piece it is - perhaps a provocative microcosm for Great Britain today.”

“Unlike anything else in contemporary pop, the mystic behind American sensation Billie Eilish speaks for itself in the form of memorable lyrics that brilliantly showcases her quirky personality and cleverly dictates her perspective on life from the mindset of someone in their youth that has found stardom around the world.”

Free Nationals - Self Titled

“Blending nostalgic elements of hip hop, RnB and funk with a palette perfect for the current generation, Free Nationals manage to pay homage to the gods of these genres - such as George Clinton, B.B. King, Stevie Wonder, Al Green - while maintaining a contemporary air that keeps the collective current and worthy of not only your attention, but your dance moves.”

Solange - When I Get Home

“Keeping it short and sweet, the new record only totals at 39 minutes, but within its nineteen tracks, there’s a deep exploration of not only some new genres and territories for the artist, but some deeper meanings and themes, making this transient journey completely worthwhile.”

Four Tet - Anna Painting

“Named after and made in collaboration with a close and longtime friend, 'Anna Painting' is a truly unique work of art in that it actually goes together with a work of art, as Four Tet and Anna Liber Lewis took to London art gallery using these tracks as an aural supplement for a stunning and striking piece of work in beautiful pastel colours. This release is the first time the tracks have been heard outside of the performance.”

Skepta - Ignorance is Bliss

“Three years since the release of his Mercury Music Prize winning breakthrough record Konnichiwa and leading tracks ‘Shutdown’ and ‘That’s Not Me’ are still rousing the same reactions they did in 2016. So the bar is set high for any follow up, and luckily his most recent release Ignorance Is Bliss exceeds all expectations as not only has his sound matured, but so had the running themes of this record.”

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