This post is pretty much what it says on the tin. I’ll go through my record collection, with brief comments, and maybe you’ll learn a little about me. I’ve popped them into loose genres but take that with a pinch of salt.
Rap/Hip Hop/ RnB (I said take it loosely)
J. Cole- 4 Your Eyez Only- Not as good as 2014 Forest Hills Drive but a good album nonetheless. Second best US rapper around after Kendrick in my opinion.
Kendrick Lamar- DAMN.- I LOVE this album. Kendrick Lamar can do no wrong in my eyes. Genius.
Loyle Carner- Yesterday’s Gone- British, chilled, melodic rap at it’s finest. Intelligent lyrics splashed with emotion.
Young Fathers- White Men are Black Men Too- I picked this album up having never heard Young Fathers, only that they’d previously won the Mercury Prize award, and it near enough changed my life because I fell in love with them, have seen them live multiple times, and their experimental style changed my listening habits for the better. (I used to listen to l o t s of indie landfill as you’ll see later.)
Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy- No doubt Kanye’s masterpiece, and this record is triple disk with loads of collectable artwork. Quite a pricey piece but worth it.
J. Cole- 2014 Forest Hills Drive- An album of bangers, pretty much!
Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly- Massive album. Rap meets jazz in the best way possible; such an influential album POC protests would chant Kendrick lyrics amidst the police brutality.
Kano- Made in the Manor- Grime music is okay in small doses, singles rather than albums, but Kano is the exception to this rule where every song on this album is perfect.
Everything is Recorded- 08.00- This record is beautiful, one side has a pattern pressed on to it and it came with a hand numbered zine (v limited) filled with photos of the recording process.
Dance/ Techno- (I am SO lacking knowledge on this)
Babe, Terror- What can I say? It’s dance-y and fun.
Jamie XX- In Colour- The album is fantastic, and the vinyl is spread over different coloured discs and it’s all very nice but I don’t play it often cos it’s a faff.
(I don’t know who the bottom left is but it’s pressed by the dance label Phantasy)
Paul Chambers- Yeah, Techno!- Sometimes you need a bit of techno; Paul Chambers is your man. Fun artwork too.
John Hopkins/ Daniel Avery- These are two big hitters in the lo-fi dance scene and on this single they remix each others track. It’s as good as expected and limited edition which is always fun.
Kate Bush- Hounds of Love- A classic, what more do I need to say?
Lana Del Rey- Born To Die- My fav of hers. I can’t get behind the slower less catchy stuff she does now.
Taylor Swift- 1989- Taylors masterpiece and I’m no huge fan but this album has banger after banger.
Andreya Triana- Giants- I stumbled upon Andreya at the first year of London’s Citadel festival, quite literally stumbling into a tent she was playing in. I was pretty blown away so bought her record which is great.
Young Kato- Don’t Wait Til Tomorrow- I have a bunch of happy memories involving this memory. Around the time I was 18 we used to listen to them a bunch, whether drinking and having a kickabout, or seeing them play in small bars. And it’s a fancy signed album, always nice.
Grimes- Visions- I do love a bit of Grimes, she’s got a special place in my heart.
MGMT- Oracular Spectacular- The MGMT album to own.
Kate Bush- The Whole Story- A greatest hits of one of the greats.
Indie (Part One)
Arcade Fire- Neon Bible- I love Arcade Fire and I love this album.
Jamie T- Carry on the Grudge- I do like this album but I much prefer his first two.
Alt-J- An Awesome Wave- And an awesome vinyl. White disc and obviously full of their best work.
Alt J- This is All Yours- Also a pretty double vinyl, not quite as good as their debut but still got some cracking singles.
Everything Everything- Get to Heaven- This is their masterpiece up to now, but I don’t doubt they’ll smash it soon. I LOVE this band. Defo one of my favs and I’ve seen them live like 6 times maybe 7.
Foals- What Went Down- Again, signed, which I always like. It’s a cracking album which I remember was waiting for me after getting back from Reading festival after seeing their secret set.
Bombay Bicycle Club- A Different Kind of Fix- Maybe the first vinyl I ever got?
Arcade Fire- Funeral- Arcade Fire’s masterpiece!!
Indie- Part Two
Django Django- Born Under Saturn- An album of bops, some of which are slightly forgettable?
Vaccines- English Graffiti- Indie Landfill, should’ve saved my money.
Beck- Morning Phase- Quite a decent album, though I don’t profess to be Beck’s biggest fan. I reckon it was cheap.
Ben Howard- I Forget Where We Were- I couldn’t get into this album for ages, but then I saw him live, LOVED IT, and had to buy it. Now it’s my fav of his.
Arcade Fire- Everything Now- mmm I won’t let myself go off about this album. An album of two halves.
Jamie T- Trick- A very meh album by someone I used to a d o r e.
Lucy Rose- Like I Used To- Quite a beaut album if you’re in the right mood. And signed, so woo.
The Maccabees- Marks to Prove It- This is the album that properly got me into The Maccabees which is sad because it was their last before they split. I love them now though.
Bombay Bicycle Club- I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose- Whenever I want a dose of nostalgia I put this album on and have a blast. Will always love it.
Nothing But Thieves- Broken Machine- a MASSIVE album from a band from where I live. Real Jeff Buckley vibes who I adore so many recommendations of this album from me.
Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon- A classic everyone should probably own. My mum’s old copy from back in the day.
Alabama Shakes- Sound and Color- More bluesy than rock, but what a voice and what an album. I had a phase of listening to exclusively this.
The Dedicated Nothing- These are a French band I picked up on a whim because it was cheap and I can’t even recall if I’ve spun it.
David Bowie- Changes Two- Another hand me down from my Bowie-obsessed Mum.
Loose Tapestries- This is Noel Fielding and Serge from Kasabians band, and the albums full of comedic songs, sketches and skits. Like a weird podcast-cum-comedy album.
Mr Jukes- God First- Meant in the best way possible, really good background music. I guess marketing companies agree with me because I’ve defo heard some of these songs on adverts.
The King Blues- Off With Their Heads- I used to love this band for their catchy punk. This album’s decapitated Cameron cover is probably more controversial than the content.
Singles and EPs.
Pink Floyd- Another Brick in The Wall
Arcade Fire- Get Right
Alex Turner- Submarine OST
Frankie Goes to Hollywood- The Power Of Love
If you made it this far then well done, you’ve just read 1200 words! If you skimmed to the end then thank you regardless! Make sure you’re following me for more!