Well done, everyone – it was a slog, but together we made it through January. Go ahead and reward yourself with some awesome new music. Here are the five best albums of the year (so far) for you to wrap your ears around. Enjoy!
1. Warpaint – ‘Warpaint’
‘Three years after the four-piece LA group released their brilliant debut ‘The Fool’, their narcotic sound has only become deeper, darker and more impenetrable.’ Read more, listen and buy
2. East India Youth – ‘Total Strife Forever’
‘’Total Strife Forever’ is dark and kind of depressing. It features long stretches of ambient noise, and some aggressively pounding beats. But it also has moments of acute sincerity to melt anyone’s wintry heart.’ Read more, listen and buy
3. Lee Bannon – ‘Alternate Endings’
‘This is an accomplished and wildly creative record, packing far more wallop than many producers could hope to muster at such an early stage in their career.’ Read more, listen and buy
4. Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings – ‘Give the People What They Want’
‘The Dap-Kings are doing a stellar job of proving not only that there’s still a popular appetite for soul, but also that they can do a damn fine job of sating it.’ Read more, listen and buy
5. Mogwai – ‘Rave Tapes’
‘If you’re predicting the loud-quiet-loud dynamic with which the Glasgow band made their name, think again: their latest meditation is complex, nuanced and minimalist instead. But it’s no less fascinating.’ Read more, listen and buy
Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more of January’s new music.