2013 MUSIC PICKS!

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!

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BEST ALBUMS
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)

BEST EPs
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)

DISAPPOINTING DISAPPOINTMENTS
Juan Atkins & Moritz von Oswald: Borderland (Tresor)
Factory Floor:
Factory Floor (DFA)
Mika Vainio: Kilo (Blast First Petite)

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2012 MUSIC PICKS!

turntableMuch 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!
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