The Time Out Music team chooses its top twenty from the first six months of 2012
We're now eight months into 2012, and we've been arguing about the best albums released so far. Here's our final verdict: twenty albums that have already made this a great year for new music. Listen to the albums in full on Spotify below or click the title to be taken straight to Soundcloud plus, read our album reviews too. What's your favouite album of the year so far?Tell us in the comments below
Kindness – 'World, You Need A Change Of Mind'
Fluid nu-funk with a pinch of French insouciance, the bass riff, shuffle-beat and Adam Bainbridge’s surround sound vocal (on ‘Cyan’ in particular) occupies that hallowed happy-sad soft spot with effortless aplomb. An cooly confident and alluring debut.