BeatsRoot 2019 Favourites!
By Maya Kubisa
As 2019 has come to an end and 2020 has begun, here is a list of what were my favourite albums of the year.
Loyle Carner - Not Waving But Drowning
Following on from his first album released two years ago, the critically acclaimed: Yesterday’s Gone, Loyle Carner came back with a brand-new album, Not Waving, But Drowning. On this album the British rapper sings about his life, covering themes very different from the majority of rappers in the charts: his relationship and unconditional love for his mother, the heart-breaking death of his father and his dyslexia.
Check it out: notwavingbutdrowning.spotify.com
Annabel Allum - Gravel Not The Grave (EP)
A new discovery for me, Annabel Allum. This EP is a fantastic collection of songs about the back-to-front society we live in. Allum is a powerful female artist pushing musical boundaries. Look out for her as big things are set to happen.
Check it out: gravelnotthegrave.spotify.com
Sam Fender - Hyper Sonic Missiles
This album was a favourite for 2019 and an impressive debut from Sam Fender. He poses questions about the muddled society we are living in and experiencing. Hypersonic Missiles isn’t just another guitar album from a twenty something male, it reflects how many feel in this world when you aren’t handed everything on a silver platter.
Check it out: hypersonicmissiles.spotify.com
Kawala - Counting The Miles (EP)
I discovered Kawala when they supported Dodie on tour, at the O2 Academy in Birmingham and they just blew me away. The best way to describe Kawala is probably as folk mixed with a kind of mellow pop. In a world were music can often sound the same, they really make music that’s different to the ear. They’re definitely not constrained to a genre box, they just make what feels right to them. Counting the Miles is a lovely little collection of songs.
Check it out: countingthemiles.spotify.com
Maisie Peters - It’s Your Bed Babe It’s Your Funeral (EP)
Maisie Peters a 19-year-old musician from Brighton and came out with her second EP in 2019. She makes the sort of music that young teens deserve to grow up with. This is the kind of music that makes you realise it’s okay to speak your truth and to openly feel the ups and downs of life. At the same time, young adults can relate to the heartbreak and take comfort as her words lead you to a place of nurture and taking good care of yourself.
Check it out: it'syourbedbabeit'syourfuneral.spotify.com
Billie Eilish - When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
If you haven’t heard of Billie Eilish then where have you been? At the tender age of 17 she released her 2nd album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and I wasn’t disappointed. For someone so young she oozes talent, she’s one of those people that was born with it. This album is very much alt pop, the meanings to her songs tend to be ambiguous and I like that. You kind of bring what you want to songs. Billie Eilish has managed to smash all the charts and award shows by miles at such a young age. I think she’ll continue to do so for a long time yet.
Check it out: whenwefallasleepwheredowego.spotify.com
Dream Nights - Ivory Wave (EP)
Ivory Wave are one of those bands that don’t have a specific genre but that’s what’s so great about them. They cross so many genres at once and have really created something new. I can only describe their new EP as like a dance, funk, indie rock melange. Ivory Wave are the band you would get if you merged The Stone Roses and Oasis together. This band don’t just shove together several genres, they create a melting pot of musical talent.
Check it out: dreamnightsep.spotify.com
Amo - Bring Me The Horizon
Amo was released 15 years into their career with a different sound. They have gone from being heavy metal to creating an electro rock/pop album. They decided to ignore the idea of genre. It’s bold, fun and proofs that Bring Me The Horizon are doing exactly what they want when they want.
Check it out: amo.spotify.com
Dodie – Human
Dodie is one of those artists that just continues to create beautiful songs. Human was her third EP and her best one yet. Full of raw emotions about relationships, mental health, feeling burnt out. She creates beautifully layered songs that resonate with you.
Check it out: humanep.spotify.com
Jaws - Ceiling
Jaws are an up and coming rock band from Birmingham. Ceiling was their third studio album. The album is about feeling lost and about dealing with what life throws at you. Ceiling is a lot more ambitious and has seemed to lead them down an interesting path musically.
Check it out: ceiling.spotify.com
Nina Nesbitt - The Sun Will Come up The Seasons Will Change
This album is a true pop album, but even if it’s not really your thing I would say you might still like Nina Nesbitt’s style. She writes about breakups, childhood friends, growing up and the realisation you are both, in fact, adults now. She sings about depression and from this she’s really opened a real conversation surrounding mental health.
Check it out: sunwillcomeuptheseasonswillchange.spotify.com
Lucy Rose - No Words Left
Lucy Rose’s No Words Left is a collection of incredibly moving songs with lyrics to match that. Folk and indie rock is the style she channels, she tends to add other style influences into her music too, like classical violins and pianos. If you haven’t heard of Lucy Rose, I urge you to go and listen to this album.
Check it out: nowordsleft.spotify.com