|Andy Cooper – The Layered Effect (Rocafort)|
The DJ/Producer of Ugly Duckling. Clever rhymes, funky production, silly verses. Mostly about how “old rap used to be better but theres still some good stuff out there”.
|Ben Frost – All That You Love Will Be Eviscerated (Mute)|
A supplemental EP to 2017’s dark political album “The Centre Cannot Hold”, this is dark melancholy cinematic crusty electronica.
|Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic)|
Is she still okay? I can’t keep track. Have listened to this more than almost any other album this year tho.
|CHVRCHES – Love is Dead (Virgin/Glassnote)|
Shiny 80sy Femme Vocal Synth Goodness (there’s a reason i’m not a music writer) Meant for big speakers.
|Editors – Violence (PIAS)|
Editors are basically targeted specifically at me at this point. Baritone vocals over dark guitar synthpop and big choruses. Yes please.
|Findlay Brown – Not Everything Beautiful Is Good (Nettwerk)|
This years’s heartbreaking guy-with-acoustic guitar selection. His voice makes me sad
|HAERTS – New Compassion (Arts & Crafts)|
In the way that their first album was super Synth-forward, this one integrates real percussion and guitar to make for a more balanced indie dance experience.
|Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer (Bad Boy)|
Not sure I can add anything to the discourse about this other than to say that its relistenable as hell.
|Logistics – Hologram (Hospital Records)|
Neurofunk Drum & Bass (slightly jazzy and shiny rather than gruff) from a vet.
|Ocean Wisdom – Wizville (High Focus Records)|
Twista-style vocal gymnastic hip-hop with boom bap beats from Camden, featuring guest spots from Dizzee Rascal, Meth, Roots Manuva and others.
|Penya – Super Liminal (On The Corner Records)|
Afro-Cuban (And therefore percussion groove-heavy) deliciousness plus just a little bit of electronics.
|The Summer Kills – Last Night We Became Swans (Self-released) Hammock + Matthew Ryan. So like… post-rock but also anthem-y.|
|V/A – 1+1=X (Erased Tapes)|
A collection of exclusive music from each of the artists on the Erased Tapes, created around a single recording session with the same instruments. the Kiasmos track is a standout
|Solar Fields – Ourdom (Sidereal)|
Spacey New Age but intense and atmospheric. (also if you haven’t heard his Mirror’s Edge soundtracks, get on that)
|Marcin Wasilewski Trio – Live (ECM)|
One of my favorite current pianists in great form with part of the Tomasz Stanko (RIP) band. Includes a cover of “message in a bottle” and herbie’s “Actual Proof”
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