The vinyl revival is in full swing, with hmv estimating that an incredible 1.5 million LPs will be sold in their stores in 2016 – a record that hasn’t been broken since 1997.
Whether it’s spinning your favourite LP during Fresher’s Week or simply decorating the walls of your halls with beautiful record sleeves, vinyl is quickly becoming the must-have student accessory. The Sphinx and hmv have got together to compile a list of the hottest vinyls of the moment.
- Wild World – Bastille
(hmv exclusive lenticular slipcase with printed inner sleeves)
Wild World is the follow-up to Bastille’s double platinum album, Bad Blood. It retains the vivid and rich song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band’s unique sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it’s a leap forward.
- Chaleur Humaine – Christine And The Queens
If you’re looking for a healthy dose of French synthpop, you won’t go far wrong with Chaleur Humaine from Christine and The Queens AKA Héloïse Letissier. The US release of this album was reworked to include English lyrics, gracefully interweaved with Letissier’s stunning vocals.
- What Went Down – Foals
The award-winning Foals have released a string of successful albums since 2008 and What Went Down, their latest studio album, is no exception. It’s the band’s “heaviest” record to date according to frontman Yannis Philippakis and packs a noticeably harder punch that its predecessors. You’re going to want to turn this one up to 11.
- Nothing’s Real – Shura
Synthpop is clearly en vogue this year, with another contribution to the genre from Mancunian musician Shura. The ‘80s inspired Nothing’s Real is jam-packed with up-beat head boppers, laced with touching melancholic interludes, that are sure to tug on those heartstrings.
- Every Eye Open – CHVRCHES
This second studio album from Scottish synthpop band CHVRCHES is widely regarded as one of the best LPs of 2015. Every Eye Open is the self-produced follow-up to the critically acclaimed The Bones of What You Believe, and features the same harmonious vocals from talented frontwoman Lauren Mayberry.
- Blossoms – Blossoms
Blossoms is the number one album from the Stockport band of the same name. Back in the day, they supported such indie favourites as The Charlatans and The Courteeners, and more recently played a huge gig at the Etihad Stadium alongside The Stone Roses.
- The Ride – Catfish And The Bottlemen
The Ride is the number one album from Welsh indie troupe Catfish And the Bottlemen and follows their top-ten debut album The Balcony. With European, North American and Australian tours under their belt, the band has amassed a huge following, and rightly so.
- The Bride – Bat for Lashes
The atmospheric fourth album from Bat for Lashes AKA Natasha Khan is as beautiful as it is dark. It’s a concept album that follows the tragic story of a woman whose fiancé dies in a car crash but she decides to go on the honeymoon alone anyway. Expect emotionally charged tracks throughout.
- 1989 – Taylor Swift
1989 is Taylor’s “most cohesive collection of confessionals yet”, and is said to signify the transition from the country music of her past albums, to her first “pop” album. The critically acclaimed fifth album from Taylor Swift achieved multi-platinum status in several countries, and what better way to experience this superstar’s move into the pop world than on vinyl.
10. California – Blink182
Nothing says “the vinyl revival” like California, the seventh album from the iconic voice of pop-punk, Blink 182. The new album is the first to feature vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba, and the band have managed to recapture that early energy fans have sorely missed.
The winner will be announced on Friday, 30th September.