Thank you for your interest in peering through my favourite music from the past year, MMXVIII. It’s been four years since I’ve published such a list. I’m sure there are many reasons why this has occurred (lazy? moi?), but I do enjoy looking back on the year that was to try and summarize in my own mind what releases I thoroughly enjoyed, and what still resonates whenever I hit ‘play’ today.
Those are probably all the introductory words you need. You’re just here for the good stuff, so without further ado, I present to you my favourite selections for 2018 (alphabetized, so no favouritism!).
BEST ALBUMS OF 2018
Autechre: ‘NTS Sessions 1-4’ [Warp]
Laura Cannell & André Bosman: ‘Reckonings’ [Brawl]
Castle If: ‘Sector 03’ [Self-released]
The Caretaker: ‘Everywhere at the End of Time, Stage 4’ [History Always Favours The Winners]
Cowboy Junkies: ‘All That Reckoning’ [Latent]
Cœur de pirate: ‘en cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé.’ [Dare to Care]
Cruel Diagonals: ‘Disambiguation’ [Drawing Room]
Mark Fell: ‘Intra’ [Boomkat]
GAS: ‘Rausch’ [Kompakt]
Korridor: ‘End of Cycle’ [Northern Electronics]
krzyzis: ‘Degrowth’ [Self-released]
Jake Muir: ‘Lady’s Mantle’ [Sferic]
Shorelights: ‘Ancient Lights’ [Subwax Bcn]
Mark Van Hoen: ‘Invisible Threads’ [Touch]
BEST EPs OF 2018
Deepchord & Fluxion present Transformations: ‘Bona Fide’ [Vibrant]
Donato Dozzy: ‘Mindless Fullness’ [Eerie]
Dopplereffekt: ‘Athanatos’ [Leisure System]
Nuel: ‘The Gentle’ [Midgar]
Temple ov Saturn: ‘Descent’ [Self-released]
Thank you for joining my review of musical highlights from A.D. 2014. As ever, some spectacular sounds made their way to my ears last year, and I obsessed over a handful of exceptional artists.
I’m sure I’ve left some off, either by accident or by decree, but I do hope you enjoy perusing the list nonetheless.
Lana Del Rey
Donato Dozzy & Nuel
The Aquaplano Sessions
Under the Skin OST
Brad Mehldau & Mark Guiliana
Mehliana: Taming the Dragon
(Loki/Power and Steel)
Between the Blue
A Series of Shocks
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for joining me in my annual music review for 2013!
I am happy to report that there were a great many incredible releases last year. Below are some of my top album picks, and for the first time, my top EP picks. Also, as is tradition, I’ve included a few releases which ultimately disappointed me.
It is always a pleasure to review the year past, I hope you found some new favourites yourself!
36: Lithea (3six Recordings)
Atom™: HD (Raster-Noton)
Autechre: Exai (Warp)
Rashad Becker: Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I (Pan)
Black Swan: Redemption (Ethereal Symphony)
Charli XCX: True Romance (Atlantic)
Emptyset: Recur (Raster-Noton)
Geomatic vs. Lagowski: Cosmochemistry (M-tronic)
The Hafler Trio: A Cure for Kenophobia – An Empowerment in 4 Easy Stages – At Very Reasonable Rates (Vinyl-on-Demand)
The Knife: Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Adam Michalak: Returning to Essence (Silent Season)
Jon Mueller: Death Blues (Taiga)
TM404: TM404 (Kontra-Musik)
Voigt & Voigt: Erdingertrax (Kompakt)
Vladislav Delay: Ripatti 01 EP (Ripatti)
Diamond Version: EP 1-5 (Mute)
Refracted: Along a Ghostly Trail EP (Silent Season)
TM404: Svans EP (Kontra-Musik)
Tohuwabohu: Tohuwabohu EP (Nonplace)
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald: Borderland (Tresor)
Factory Floor: Factory Floor (DFA)
Mika Vainio: Kilo (Blast First Petite)
Much time has passed since the Musical Year of Our Lord, 2012, has ended. I hope you enjoy my look back at the year that was.
Feel free to criticize at will, and please share your own selections!
THE LUCKY 13: REAL PLEASURES AND UTTER OBSESSIONS – 2012
- ATOM™: Winterreise (CD, Raster-Noton)
- BLACK SWAN: Heaven (CD, Ethereal Symphony)
- DEEPCHORD: Sommer (CD, Soma)
- EMPTYSET: Medium (12″, Subtext)
- BURNT FRIEDMAN: Zokuhen (2LP, Nonplace)
- HOLLY HERNDON: Movement (LP, RVNG Intl.)
- THOMAS KÖNER: Novaya Zemlya (CD, Touch)
- LEGO FEET: Lego Feet (Reissue, 2LP, Skam)
- JON MUELLER/JASON PLOTKIN: Terminal Velocity (2LP, Taiga)
- PORTER RICKS: Biokinetics (Reissue, 2LP, Type)
- PETER PRAUTZSCH: Schwere See (CD, Palacmusic/Neo Ouija)
- LANA DEL REY: Born to Die (CD, Interscope)
- SHACKLETON: Music for the Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ EPs (2LP/CD, Woe to the Septic Heart!)
NEED MORE TIME – 2012
- FLYING LOTUS: Until the Quiet Comes (CD, Warp)
- HILDUR GUÐNADÓTTIR: Leyfdu Ljosinu (CD, Touch)
- ROBERT HAMPSON: Signaux (LP, Editions Mego)
DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS – 2012
- DEAD CAN DANCE: Anastasis (2LP, PIAS)
- MEAT BEAT MANIFESTO: Test EP (CD/DVD, Flexidisc)
- ANDY STOTT: Luxury Problems (CD, Modern Love)
Thank you for listening!
…are long overdue, this I acknowledge. Please stay tuned, stay tuned, stay tuned.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to finally announce my choice selections and utter disasters for the Musical Year of Our Lord, 2011!
Feel free to criticize at will, and don’t be shy to share your own selections! =)
REAL PLEASURES AND UTTER OBSESSIONS – 2011
ALVA NOTO: Univrs (2LP; raster-noton)
BJNILSEN/STILLUPPSTEYPA: Big Shadow Montana (LP, Helen Scarsdale Agency)
BYETONE: SyMeta (LP, raster-noton)
THE CARETAKER: An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
CLAMS CASINO: Instrumentals (MP3 Mixtape, Self-released)
DEAF CENTER: Owl Splinters (LP w/CD, Type)
FENNESZ: Seven Stars (10″ EP, Touch)
FOVEA HEX: Here Is Where We Used To Sing (CD, Janet Records)
BURNT FRIEDMAN & JAKI LIEBEZEIT: Secret Rhythms 4 (CD, nonplace)
GESCOM: Skull Snap (12″ EP, Skam)
KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF: Teufelskamin (LP, Staubgold)
LEYLAND KIRBY: Intrigue & Stuff Vol. 1, 2 & 3 (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
LEYLAND KIRBY: Eager To Tear Apart the Stars (LP, History Always Favours the Winners)
PINCH & SHACKLETON: Pinch & Shackleton (2LP, Honest Jon’s)
CHRIS WATSON: El Tren Fantasma (CD, Touch)
NEED MORE TIME – 2011
ATOM™: Winterreise (PlayButton)
ELEH: Floating Frequencies/Intuitive Synthesis (3CD, Important)
JON MUELLER: Alphabet of Movements (LP, Type)
ANDY STOTT: Passed Me By/We Stay Together (2CD, Modern Love)
DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS – 2011
THE ART OF NOISE: Into Battle With The Art Of Noise (Reissue, 2LP, ZTT)
SUSSAN DEYHIM: City of Leaves (CD, Venus Rising)
ROLL THE DICE: In Dust (LP, Leaf)
WIRE: Red Barked Tree (LP, Pinkflag)
Thank you for listening!
Coffee was a bit too strong this morning.
PC 100% Hawaiian medium roast coffee reviewed.
Shackleton vs. Kasai Allstars: Mukuba Special / Burnt Friedman vs. Konono N° 1: Rubaczech | Congotronics | 2010
Extreme and vital, both of these remixes add to the allure that first brought ‘Congotronics’ to my ears. Shackleton works his dark take on the Kasai Allstars to hypnotic levels, and never lets us go. Burnt Friedman’s staccato drum hits propel his remix to work as well on the dance floor as it does in the living room. Both remixes layer the the percussive elements on strong, with Shackleton taking things up a notch with his vocal treatments as well. A perfect pairing, on both counts.
45 RPM 12″ vinyl reviewed.
In an effort to track my insatiable thirst for SOUND, this blog aims to diarize my thoughts on recorded audio material, in whatever shape it may come.
It is my selfish plan to be open and honest about the things I hear: from first impressions to lasting ones, and all that settles in between.
Let us now begin!