The 2020s have started off well, at least in terms of music. Not only did we see incredible returning albums from 2010s artists like Dua Lipa and Run The Jewels, but a fair amount of daring debuts highlighted these burdensome years. Here’s a handful of the most exciting debuts of 2020.
Beabadoobee - ‘Fake It Flowers’
Coming back with a new album this year, the bedroom-pop-turned-alt-rock songwriter under the name of Beabadoobee used her full-length debut to craft songs that were emotionally and musically rousing.
Megan Thee Stallion - ‘Good News’
Megan Thee Stallion has plenty of non-album hits and features that performed better, but her debut album collects all her most attitude-driven performances.
A.A. Williams - ‘Forever Blue’
At times ambient and at other times fully metal, Forever Blue is a subtly stunning debut album supported by the farther reaches of the heavy community.
Jehnny Beth - ‘To Love Is To Live’
The frontwoman of Savages continues to delight by expanding boundaries past anything else she’s done before.
Nubya Garcia - ‘Source’
After two EPs, fans of this London-based saxophonist were craving an exciting full-length debut, and Nubya Garcia delivered in spades with a full originals album as a dynamic quartet.
Jay Electronica - ‘A Written Testimony’
The long-awaited official release from Jay Electronica is heavily supported by Jay-Z, but it’s so beautifully synchronous that it’s difficult not to appreciate the craft.
Rina Sawayama - ‘Sawayama’
Rina Sawayama surprised the world with pop gems and varied influences, including Evanescence-type nu-metal. Her songwriting is so vital that it could have worked in nearly any form.
Crack Cloud - ‘Pain Olympics’
Pain Olympics is nothing short of a truly remarkable debut from the multi-layered artist collective known as Crack Cloud. Immediate yet with depth, the visceral grip of the emotional resonance is perfectly complemented by the spacious pacing of the album’s eight tracks.
Stream these albums now, and appreciate some new artists today!