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The 50 best albums of 2020: the full list
Our countdown is complete, topped by a mercurial work of sprawling invention by a woman who has dug deep to survive. Taken as a whole, these choices contain drama, solace, poetry and fire, a fitting selection for a turbulent year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

18, Dec, 2020 @8:07 AM

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Thundercat: 'I was always that guy missing a shoe, covered in blood'
The bass wizard found fame with breakthrough album Drunk, but the death of his friend Mac Miller forced him to confront hard truths about his own lifestyle

Kate Hutchinson

11, Apr, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Thundercat: It Is What It Is review – love, loss and hyper-speed star jumps
Mood and mode fluctuate on an album that finds the jazz bassist meditating on the death of a close friend

Kitty Empire

04, Apr, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Flying Lotus: ‘Kendrick Lamar absolutely deserves the key to the city’
Steven Ellison, otherwise known as Flying Lotus, on unearthing new talent, LA beat, ‘difficult’ Tyler, the Creator and ten years of Brainfeeder records

Alex Rayner

08, Dec, 2018 @7:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017, No 8: Thundercat – Drunk
Deliciously surreal funk, squelchy soft rock, fart noise and a homage to his cat: ace of bass Thundercat’s breakthrough album travels from consciousness to conscience

Kate Hutchinson

13, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017: the full list
St Vincent tops our countdown of this year’s most outstanding sounds, from complex rap to moody rock, alt-R&B, inventive grime and more

05, Dec, 2017 @6:00 AM

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I can go for that: how soft rock finally got cool
Once, the sound of 70s and 80s yacht rock was a musical punchline. Now Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is in demand from cutting-edge artists such as Thundercat, and hipster cratediggers are championing lost classics

Alexis Petridis

27, Oct, 2017 @5:10 AM

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Miley, Morrissey and Marnie the opera: the essential pop, classical and jazz for autumn 2017
Liam goes for broke, St Vincent bounces back, Nico Muhly gets Hitchcockian, Taylor Swift defends her reputation, and Peggy Seeger pens her memoirs

Alexis Petridis, Andrew Clements, John Fordham and Robin Denselow

13, Sep, 2017 @5:00 AM

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The best albums of 2017 so far
From Richard Dawson’s medieval Britain to Pixx’s super-contemporary take on pop – plus sharp records by stars such as Kendrick Lamar and Drake – 2017 is already shaping up to be a great musical year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

30, Jun, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Glastonbury 2017: Jeremy Corbyn conquers the stage – as it happened
The Labour party leader got the biggest crowd of the weekend so far as warm-up man for Run the Jewels. Plus all the rest of the action from Saturday daytime

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Harriet Gibsone

24, Jun, 2017 @6:24 PM

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Coachella 2017: Saturday acts Bon Iver, Future, Drake and more reviewed
The annual music festival’s first weekend continued in California with a surprise appearance from Drake and impressive outings for Thundercat and Warpaint

Lanre Bakare, Benjamin Lee and Jemayel Khawaja in Indio, California

16, Apr, 2017 @6:07 AM

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Thundercat on breakout album Drunk, laughing at racism – and his 'sexy cat', Tron
The bass maestro and jazz extraordinaire has collaborated with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Pharrell Williams. But his greatest inspiration may be his cat, Turbo Tron Over 9000 Baby Jesus Sally

Hannah Ellis-Petersen

13, Apr, 2017 @12:43 PM

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