What is a Qobuzissime? It’s an award presented by Qobuz for a first or second album.
Pop or Reggae, Metal or Classical, Jazz or Blues, no genre is excluded. More often than not the award is presented to a newly discovered artist.
Sometimes it might be a particularly quirky or a crossover album from a discography.
The important aspects are uniqueness, sincerity and quality. We look for these things in the recording, the project and the sound identity.
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 25, 2021 | Partisan Records
Rock - Released June 11, 2021 | EX1 Records
Alternative & Indie - Released May 7, 2021 | Third Man Records LLC
Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 2021 | Lonely Lands Records
Alternative & Indie - Released January 29, 2021 | City Slang
Alternative & Indie - Released November 20, 2020 | Licence Kuroneko - Sodasound
Alternative & Indie - Released October 2, 2020 | Heavenly Recordings
Pop - Released September 25, 2020 | Capitane Records
Punk / New Wave - Released July 3, 2020 | Duchess Box Records
Alternative & Indie - Released June 12, 2020 | Virgin Music UK LAS (S&D)
Pop - Released May 29, 2020 | Animal 63
Alternative & Indie - Released April 24, 2020 | Beyond The Groove - Blue Note Records
Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Bella Union
Alternative & Indie - Released March 27, 2020 | Domino Recording Co
Saying that a band doesn’t sound like any others is almost like saying that it sounds like all the others. Nowadays, we live in the era of open stylistic borders and only listening to things on shuffle, making Sorry (a band that is 100% 2020) even less categorizable. With an authentic rock spirit and ideas that are about as tidy as a teenager’s bedroom, Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen’s first album is one of the most astonishing albums at the moment. Time will have no doubt helped these two Londoners perfect 925 as they have known each other since secondary school. No competition here, just a great collaborative effort that sees them exchange the microphone over the course of the album’s thirteen tracks, and also sharing it, much like Sonic Youth did years ago. In fact, you often think of a softer version of their New York elders when listening to this record. Like them, Sorry doesn’t smile, instead pouting with lazy nonchalance that could push you away instead of pulling you in… and yet they are fascinating. The Guardian summed it up perfectly: Sorry is “the band making ennui sexy”. The band borrows from various genres and legends: a slacker attitude from grunge, guitars from Pixies (Perfect), sultry cheek from Garbage (Snakes), a certain junky imagery from The Kills (More), intoxicating saxophone from the no wave movement and a shadowy vision from post-punk. You have to listen to this Qobuzissime on repeat to appreciate its originality and end up being enchanted by it. An album you simply can’t miss: Sorry, no excuses. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
Alternative & Indie - Released February 28, 2020 | Heavenly Recordings
Pop - Released September 20, 2019 | Verve Forecast
Alternative & Indie - Released September 20, 2019 | Columbia
Alternative & Indie - Released August 16, 2019 | Human Season Records
Alternative & Indie - Released July 19, 2019 | Mr Bongo
Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2019 | Heavenly Recordings