What I've dug this year and what I said in DJ Magazine, The Quietus and right here on this blog. BTW - if you're going to comment with recommendations could someone point me towards drone THAT'S WORTH IT, and indie-pop stuff THAT'S WORTH IT (although of course, all recommendations welcome). Cheers m'dears.
"Composed from loops culled from a welter of Israeli psyche, funk and pop records the man picked up on a recent month-long sojourn, a massively fun slice of frabjousness that will engross you til year's end and beyond. Love that sleeve too. Get it."
BUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE"Badu using the mixtape format for an oldschool purpose - doodles, messing around, experiments - but my God I hope some of these sketches make it to the next album. Heavy with analogue electronics and exploiting Badu's ability to be both robotic/perfect and cracked/hilarious this is the most Prince-like music she's ever made. Late breaking but fantastically plastic synthetica from a genius."
"Get the album. It still sounds like it could've done with just a little more time, another couple of months finessing and sequencing it properly, fleshing it out a little so its narrative makes more cohesive sense BUT when it hits it hits gloriously, intoxicatingly, addictively hard. Perfect for car, home and head."
"There's no wastage on 'Woman'. It's all diamond tight, beautifully produced (mainly by Andre Harris) and crucially it's an album for grown ups. Folk who need and want to hear hooks, belief, confidence. I recommend it to anyone who had a heart or a funky bone in their body. Love it."
"Free in all senses, seemingly disconnected from anything around it, Blackflower is one hell of a reason to get interested in UK rock music again. I'm holding out for vinyl and when it comes out (please let it come out) will stack it next to my Primitive Man, Towers and Bolzer as heavy guitar music I can believe in again. Superb, unmissable stuff."
Bleak as fuck opus from former OFWGKTA collaborator Staples, polished to a murky perfection by the incomparable NO I.D and a record I used in the half-day of sunshine we had this year to feel even groggier and more prone to sudden bursts of violence than I would be normally. A beautiful record to drive with, and uncannily close quite often to the kind of dungeonesque deep dubstep Deep Medi were sending out this year as well as containing some of the harshest electronic textures anyone in rap gave us all year. Superb.
"Does everything that bigger-names like Scarface and Jeezy promised this year but does it waaay better. A confessional, anguished, emotional, almost embarrassingly honest mixtape. Stuff like this is why I still waste so much time dl'ing them. Because now and then, for free, you get pure startled."
DARKER THAN BLACK
"On the mic - Melanin 9, Cyrus Malachi, Ray Vendetta, Tesla’s Ghost, Solar Black, Iron Braydz, Ringz Ov Saturn, Black Prophet, Crown Nectar, Neter Rootz, Blasphemy & Bad Company. On the mix - Ringz Ov Saturn, 7th Dan, Bad Company, Tony Mahoney and Evil Ed. Dark, hard, raw, mindblowing hip hop from a stunning array of UK talent."
"My cats like drone. I interrupted their usual Windy & Carl chillout time the other day and put this on loud. Their ears immediately twitched back and they started looking at me like they wanted to wait until I was asleep, then steal my breath before devouring my innards and the precious nutrients therein. Ugly, ungainly, unpleasant, unfriendly black metal. Just the way I like it."
"Ace crust/doom/black metal hybrid and all over in 22 minutes. Me want more. Although I won't actually be bothering Unsacred to get their scrawny arses in gear to create it. Frankly, they scare me."
"You need big speakers. This is not careless, filthy music. It's as carefully produced and put together as the most painstakingly assembled electronica - though much Weedeater swings like it's recorded live, it's actually the way every single empty socket and crevice in your headspace is filled and packed tight with molten heaviosity that really makes these records creme de la spesh"
GRIEF'S INFERNAL FLOWER
"My favourite doom release of the year by miles - just love Dorthia Cottrell's vocals and the sheer addictiveness of the riffs. 'Like Sandy Denny fronting Uffomammut' is a pat, massively inaccurate precis but one I'm happy with. Do seek this out. "
". . . hits upon a sound simultaneously smooth n gritty, harsh yet heavenly, that I just can't get enough of. Younge has a way of using old sources and new playing to create tracks that you KNOW are new but you can't quite believe aren't old classics, so strong is the writing, composition and production. Because it's impossible to nail the exact mix between the found and the created in his music it occupies a unique place, fits like an old Crombie worn by a robot. I commend it to your bosom immediately"