Albums that stuck out for me this year
Port of Morrow
Perhaps not quite as powerful as their earlier releases, new Shins is still new Shins. Tracks like '40 Mark Strasse' make this an exceptional release
An excellent ep by an icy, minimalistic dj with boatloads of talent.
Chill music. Dwarfed slightly in my mind by Burial, but still incredibly relaxing and well executed
El-P producing, Killer Mike rolling with it, seeing them both perform live enhanced my opinion of this well-executed, professional album
Until the Quiet Comes
'see thru to u' , 'dmt song' , ... Flylo still is incredibly inventive and shows
Gorgeous sounds, relaxing indie vibes. Always a pleasure to listen to.
Wild energy from a group of hoodlums who know how to entertain. Philosophical, anti-establishment and very relatable, these boys might lose their mind soon. But if they don't, it'll be intriguing to see them hone their craft in the years to come
An under-the-radar release filled with gems like 'pineal gland' , 'nothing's something'. A bit more consistensy would require the thoughtful rapper to compete with fellow TDE members (above)
indie-hipster-nonsense. Why doesn't it all sound this good?
Rambly even by AC standards. Avey led album was just the pick me up I was looking for.
|5|| ||Kendrick Lamar|
Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Latched onto this one and didn't let go for a while. When Kendrick's on, he can't be reckoned with, which is astonishingly often on this one. A little more inventiveness, more risks, and slightly better flow and this incredible storyteller would be king of the west coast.
This little EP floors me when I hear it. Nicolas Jaar -esque and brilliantly crafted
"there is something out there" . Oh, yes, Mr Bevan. Yes indeed
Young Man in America
Folk music that makes my heart stop even still.
Habits and Contradictions
So catchy, so fun. Listen with friends