Hinds – Leave Me Alone
What a year Hinds had. 2015 saw the Madrid garage-rockers explode onto the international scene, scooping up fancy festival slots with tracks like Bamboo, and proving themselves so ridiculously likeable that they baggsied spots on all the 'ones to watch for next year' listicles. Those listicles are spot on, too, for the New Year’s bells herald the arrival of their first LP, Leave Me Alone – and it's the peppiest, jauntiest, most charismatic debut you’ll likely find in the next 12 months.
If you need an anthem for sassily chucking flowers in the bin, necking some wine or getting your A-game flirt on, then Hinds have all the answers. An infectious gang mentality, all overlapping vocals and silly voices, makes you feel like you’re in on the in-jokes, but there’s nothing funny about the skill involved in creating a record this perfectly, precisely laid-back. Leave Me Alone is crunchy, sticky and massively more-ish; there's nothing better than when long anticipated records turn out to be super, super great.