If All Now Here
A bit lacking in ambition in parts but properly incredible in others.
In which Little Boots answers the perennial “look are you going to be Kylie or Hot Chip?” question by saying “actually I’ll just be Little Boots if that’s alright with you”. And it was alright with us.
Ice On The Dune
Empire Of The Sun
About three times better than the Daft Punk album.
Music To Make Boys Cry
In a parallel universe this was a platinum-selling chartmauler. But we live in this universe: a cruel, merciless universe in which Emeli Sandé steals all Vicko's sales.
Straightforward pop moments, future R&B moments, Nicki Minaj X2 and the best album artwork of the year. Worth the wait.
Splendid from beginning to end.
X Factor bands aren’t really supposed to make excellent albums but ‘Salute’ is an impressive second album from Little Mix. Could have done with a ‘DNA’ or two but there you go.
In and out in ten tracks, no messing around, job done: a brilliantly unusual debut album from the anti-Pitbull.
The Bones Of What You Believe
A masterclass in smart electropop.
This Is… Icona Pop
This veered a little too close to pop’s all-consuming EDM black hole, and we’re sad that some of the spikier moments from its earlier Swedish release were jettisoned, but the high points are tremendous.
Free Your Mind
The best bits of every Deep Heat compilation thrown into one album, and further proof that it’s impossible to go wrong with a bit of rave piano.
As well as filling a hole in a year without a Rihanna album ‘Bangerz’ marked the chaotic arrival of a new pop superstar. One of these per year would be great thanks.