VO5 NME Awards 2018: Inside the incredible records up for Best Album supported by Orange Amplification

Six of the year's best albums need your votes

The last 12 months have been rich with great music – and, consequently, albums – across all genres, areas of the world, and any other way you can think of to categorise artists. The nominees for Best Album supported by Orange Amplification at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 include six stellar examples of that brilliance – some that will reduce you to floods of tears, others that will have you planning your next big night out, and some that do both. Recap them all below.

The Vo5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14. You can watch the ceremony live on the night via NME’s Facebook page.

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J Hus – ‘Common Sense’

J Hus Common Sense

They said: “The album is so diverse. I see music as all one. That’s what my album represents, because there are so many different sounds.”
We said: “J Hus’s prodigious genre-hopping means that – despite containing only four brief guest spots – his 17-track debut album remains energised and entertainingly unpredictable from end to end.
Did you know?: The album’s Afrobeats sound was inspired by J’s mother, who’d take him to parties as a kid where they’d play “African music all night long.”
Best track: ‘Bouff Daddy’
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Loyle Carner – ‘Yesterday’s Gone’

Loyle Carner Yesterday's Gone

They said: “I’ve never been able to write positive tunes. I guess when I’m happy I don’t want to write – I want enjoy being happy.”
We said: “On ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ US rap’s trademark arrogance 
is replaced by unabashed sensitivity and some serious emotional openness.”
Did you know?: The album features a hidden track the rapper’s dad recorded on a secret album before his death in 2014.
Best track: ‘Mrs C’
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