ethos
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I've been practically living on www.sputnikmusic.com for the past three days (lol) since I don't have a job right now and start back up sometime next week (???). What exactly does that mean? I've been searching for a lot of new stuff and jamming the HELL out of some REAAAAALL good sounds lately. Why should you care? YOU get to DISCOVER and JAM some if it with ME! The following list is me (ethos aka Ethics aka ethixx) asking YOU (the Sputnik community) to help revive this site a bit and show these absolutely outstanding albums some more love. Trying to hit as many genres as possible and convince users to download, buy, or just get a hold of and write/review/or at least rate a lot of these because they rightfully deserve all the attention they can get. Quit this site for like a good month just to get some things sorted out in my life and I come back to a lot of users gone and things seeming a bit lamer than usual. Not cool, so now it's time for some wag.
1Kjott
Op.


Alright, we're gonna have sounds coming from all kinds of different directions making you feel all sorts of vibes but let's kick this hoe off with something that'll get you in the right groove.. dancing from the start! b00m Kjott, b1tchez. If you dig Talking Heads (especially Remain In Light) or Can, basically any of those kraut-rock tunes with unimaginable amount of energy this is the band for you ya little bugger. Starts off with just spastic jams that get you real focused but grooving from the get go then kinda melts into more of a spacey/atmospheric rock drone album from there on. Hard to explain due to just how unique the textures of sound are here (there's even some soul?? lol), but undoubtedly sick and wayy too much fun - THE FLUTES, THE FLUTESSSS! [Genre: Neo post- punk/Experimental rock]
2En
Already Gone


Tired from jamming Kjott too hard? Well since you're living on sputnik with me now you might as well sleep on it too. En's Already gone has some of the most blissful tones/atmosphere I've heard as of late, and has lulled me to slumber three out of the three times I've clicked play and cuddled with my mommy. THAT'S 100% OF THE TIME!!!!! Definitely a night album. [Genre: Ambient/Drone]
3Doomthrone
Skeleton Veiled In Flesh


Enjoy the first track on Kayo Dot's recent Hubardo? Think it merits a 5 due to it's unparalleled sense of musicianship and creativity? Are you currently bored with your life? Does your mom know you're ugly? Do you like people shitting in your ear? If you answered yes to any of the previous questions then click your soulseek application, rev up mediafire, or immeditely direct yourself to youtube because your best friend ETHOS HAS GOT SOMETHING FOR YOU!!!!!!!! [Genre: Comedy/Death-metal]
4Macintosh Plus
FLORAL SHOPPE


Ignore all the HATERS filling up this rating page, there's actually cool stuff to be found within FLORAL SHOPPE. Ambience and soul is a pretty rare mix and they pull it off pretty well on a few tracks. Sure, some of the beats from tracks on the second half get recycled a little too much and the creative process of writing it might be a little cut short but hey at least this has a really unique mood and a dash of personality! Hey little babe, I'm tryinggggg - to sell you things that you aren't buyingggg. Don't you understand??? It's all in your head??? WARNING: IT'S NOT DEFTONES [Genre: Electronic/Soul]
5Mad Cliff
Mad Cliff


I met this album when I was 19 years old. And what I loved most it had so much soul. It said, "Excuse me lil Ethy, I know you don't know me.. But, my name is Cliff see? And I like to blow trees". And from that point on I never blew it off, niggas come from out of sputnik, I like to show it off. And make 'em straighten up their hat cause we know they soft. Ok well yeah that's the story so well... hmmm basically if you're looking to get into soul but don't really dig vocals being too prevalent - this is the album for you.. instrumentals are incredibly stunning! [Genre: Soul/Funk]
6The Ecstasy of Saint Theresa
Pigment


Now this is what some reviews or certain members on this site would call a "hidden gem" maybe even a "diamond in the rough" hahahahaha what a bunch of brown sniffers. Anyways, enough of all that talk let's get straight to business since sputnik is my current job after all. What we have here is pretty much near shoegaze/pop perfection and undoubtedly deserves wayyyy more attention than what it's received. Feeling kinda down? Aww is that girl not texting you back cause you no longer have the money to buy her nice things and instead sit and play CALL OF DUTY BLACK OPS 2 GHOST RECON MODERN WARFARE 7 all day? No worries, it happens to the best of us - just jam this! Being around twelve minutes in length and containing some real warm pussy tones, fuzzy reverb, and a fun lil snatchy mood.. it'll be sure to get you back and at em to fail miserably again in no time! Yay!! ^-^ [Genre: Shoegaze/Pop (THE FUN KIND)]
7Main Attrakionz
808s and Dark Grapes II


Don't act like you don't nod your head to some of the grimy hip hop tunes that pop on the radio every now and then. It's great fun, but we all know that hip-hop has definitely lost some credibility (not all) within the past few years as far as the public media is concerned. Don't you wish you could still jam some of the incredible "Tha Carter II" or "Da Drought 3" without being bored by it's tremendously low replay value after a while? WELL, LOOK NO FURTHER BECAUSE IT'S HERE - everything that you (somewhat) despise about hip-hop/rap that's running amok right now on your littler sister's favorite radio station done intelligently and properly can be found on 808s and Dark Grapes II. You can tell they put a lot of time and heart into this record because it shines through on absolutely every beat on each track. Lyrics are hit and miss sometimes but for the most part it's real good stuff to listen to as a source of inspiration/moving forward. Might take a little time to get into if you're more into lyrics opposed to beats but if it's the other way around for you it'll strike as a close to near classic almost instantly because the musicianship is outstanding. Production is real nice on this one, started on a 3 and with continued listens grew into a 4.5. Just one of those albums you can play under almost any situation, has got some great vibes and the musicianship is great and pretty damn interactive for the genre it's under. I mean you can't hate, you can't hate ((chuch)). [Genre: Hip- hop/Experimental]
8Kate Bush
Hounds of Love


Essential Kate shout-out. The Dreaming is better of course, but this is the best place to start. I dedicate this list to the hard time and dedication some of our best users put into 1100+ pages of unadulterated fun and wag around this season last year. OPERATION BUSH - REVIVE SPUTNIK 2013. Spread Kate not Hate, bitches. [Genre: Art Rock/Pop/Experimental]
9Arthur Russell
World of Echo


This is my favorite album. I recently wrote a review to try to spread it around this site but it didn't seem like it was enough so I'm taking another stab at getting it around here. Arthur Russell plays and composes extremely experimental avant-garde pop songs heavily drenched in reverb, various effects, and strange loops on on the cello. Fans of Ariel Pink or James Blake should check this guy out immediately, I found Arthur Russell before hearing James Blake but people always seem to make the comparison between the two. I don't really understand the relations considering Arthur Russell's work is immensely more thought out and emotionally composed (in my opinion), but that can only mean a good thing - right? Anyways, yeah.. can't even joke around too much when describing this and don't feel like reiterating what has already been said in my review.. just click above and discover/enjoy the artist for yourself! [Genre:Pop/Classical/Experimental/Folk/Disco]
10Goodie Mob
Soul Food


Straight SOUL, Goodie Mob's about to take you back to church son. Perfect example of southern rap done properly, lyrics have tons of culture and intellect. Probably the most emotional hip hop album ever released. Cee-Lo Green, Andre 3000, Bigg Gupp, Khujo, and T- Mo slaughter every single track effortlessly. Do I need to say anymore? Raw as the streets, definitely a southern classic in my eyes. Absolutely essential listening. Deserves 50x more attention on this site, check it out if you haven't! [Genre: Hip-Hop]
11Heat Wave
I'm Fuckin You Tonight


I've been pitching this guy around this site like crazy as of late and it STILL only has EIGHT votes. What's going on? I can guarantee Heat Wave will probably be one of the most unique listens you'll hear all year if you decide to give him a chance. One of my favorite albums, similar to 808s it can be played in almost any mood or setting and still pull through. Basically a downtempo, screwed & chopped, lush, textured, experimental mixtape that showcases samples from popular 80s groups and various other bands. Full of creativity and ideas, filled to the brim with warmth and a smooth liquidy feel. Very addicting and captivating album if you vibe it out properly, one of the strongest in the field of electronic music. [Genre: Screwed & Chopped/Electronic]
12Animal Collective
Water Curses


Hahaha you thought there wasn't going to be an Animal Collective release in an ethixx list for once? YOU THOUGHT WRONG. This is the most essential Animal Collective EP for me and hits things off properly pretty much every time I spin it. Water Curses is straight FUN. Aquatic, sunny, vibrant.. kinda reminds me of like that one lagoon overworld area in Diddy Kong Racing if any of you dudes played that cool N64 game as a kid. Probably showcases them at one of their highest creative peaks as far as songwriting goes, Street Flash is my favorite song that I've come across so far in life... so if you wanna figure out why~ just snag this wherever it lies~ [Genre: Electronic/Pop]
13Burkhard Stangl & Taku Sugimoto
An Old Fashioned Duet


I don't know exactly what this is... I don't feel like I'm knowledgeable when it comes to thoroughly understanding this genre of music (yet), but I stumbled into it through some list and it struck me in one of the strangest ways music ever has. Like, it just sounds as if people are just randomly strumming on their instruments as if they're an object or weapon lol.. but the way the notes are placed feel so natural - really placed in the proper spot as if when one instrument plays the other one responds intelligently trying to hold conversation. Lots of space between sounds, a lot of rests. Has this very calming mood to it as well, even though a few tracks nearly drove me insane. Definitely not for everyone but it's unique stuff that I plan on looking more into in the near future. [Genre: Improv(?)/Experimental]
14Mike Oldfield
Ommadawn


Checked this dude out a few days ago, I'm not really into this genre of music but was thoroughly impressed. Don't have a lot to say about it other than if you're into like prog this guy will be your black master. [Genre: Prog/New Age]
15Tokyo Incidents
Adult


(Also known as Tokyo Jihen) It rules. Basically Shiina Ringo taking a more in your face approach to her songwriting, very full in sound - rich and captivating. Really forward aggressive style the kind that puts you up against a wall and oh no shiina im scared dont grab my neck NOO!O!O!O but then hugs u aww shiina u still cute u still shiina, wayyy too much fun. Has a real nice jazz vibe going on within it too, every song has a distinct sound.. nothing ever becomes monotonous as far as the music goes. Don't understand ilovetree's 2 at all, this is probably my second or third favorite Shiina release. Definitely needs more love on this site though, someone should review it! [Genre: Japanese Rock]
16Jamiroquai
The Return Of The Space Cowboy


This guy's pretty popular in the UK, but not as much in the United States. Made the song (Canned Heat) Napolean Dynamite dances to during his talent show in the film. Real soulful/funky space-vibing stuff. Easy listening, but still delivers in pretty much every way it needs to.. meanders a bit near the middle of the album but it's not too much of a big deal because the title track is probably one of the strongest funk singles ever released. Oh, and surprisingly it's also Tyler the Creator's favorite song of all time if that means anything to you LOL. Drums in this are stellar and it has a great woodwind section, cool kids listen to Jamiroquai so if you like to WAG/DANCE while trapped in your headphones and don't give a shit about Between the Buried and Me this one's for you! [Genre: Funk/Soul]
17Twa Toots
The Peel Sessions


Havey (my everlovin') went a bit cRAazYY and started posting this cute lil package of twee pop bliss all over sputnik one day and it just so happened to pop up on my wall. Pretty much fell in love immediately cause it's straight a'wwww. Please Don't Leave A Rainy Night In Georgia is the highlight of this release, but every song delivers. A good pick-up album for moments where you don't really know what to play. Short, fun and to the point! [Genre: Twee-pop/Girl Group]
18David Thomas Broughton
The Complete Guide to Insufficiency


"It's music like this that would impel me choose going blind over going deaf/if you're looking for an exquisite folk album folks, you've got to narrow down your search". Winesburgohio's words from his soundoff on the review pin this album to a tee. Folk done exceptionally well, meticulously layered musicianship with a straight and honest feel. Lyrics are absolutely brilliant and heartfelt. Nothing but praise for this one, tons of charm and growing potential as well, probably a modern classic. Highly recommended and deserves a much larger audience. Sad stuff's usually the best stuff in this field (except Animal Collective's Campfire Songs hehe), and this album's a clear-cut example of that statement. [Genre: Folk/Experimental]
19Pure
Fetor


Pure. [Genre: Noise/Industrial]
20How To Dress Well
Love Remains


Remember this? No? Well it still rules either way bitch. Dreamy electronic r&b tunes with tons of atmosphere and catchy hooks. Don't dig his new one at all but Love Remains still kinda get's me lost in it's own world with it's immense soundscapes. Really immerse environments with a nice mixture of warm and cold feelings scattered throughout, kinda reminds me of James Blake as well but way better. LOL sorry my man James just don't dig your style too much (Wilhelms Scream still rules though). [Genre: Ambient/Pop/R&B/Soul]
21William Parker
The Peach Orchard


Ever wanted to completely lose your mind to SOME jAZZZzzz MANNNnN? Listen to this masterpiece! Words can't really express what's going on here, just utter brilliance as far as control of their instruments and musicianship is concerned. Fact paced, sprawling (lol Godspeed), energetic, spastic, free jazz that will floor you right from the first few notes. SO MUCH IS GOING ON it's sometimes hard to just keep up. You know that moment in Duet Solo Dancers where you feel like your mind's about to explode from the sheer intensity of the pace in notes? This one's got a BUNCH of those. Like.. I kind of imagine from Thot (the first song) this person running and tripping but continuing to pick them-self back up repeatedly at this increasing pace while holding an assortment of various items, dropping and picking them back up as well. This is like something I don't even feel I've fully digested/understood properly but like after two listens immediately rated superb. Might even hit classic soon after a few more listens. Every single track offers something new to the table (which is rare to see in jazz) and reaches it's potential stunningly. It's as good (or maybe even better) as The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady as far as I'm concerned. Yes, you read that properly. Maybe not as great as far as composition is concerned, but it's got so much aggression and personality that it definitely put's up a strong fight. This is some raw ass jazz, dawg. Get it immediately. [Genre: Jazz]
22Archie Bell & The Drells
Tighten Up


Real close friend of mine had this sitting on his vinyl player and I decided to give it a shot since he said his mom jammed it when she was young and we never got around to actually listening to it in person. Tighten Up has got to be one of the strongest openers to any soul album I've heard in a loooong time, immediately gets you in a cheerful mood with it's absolutely mesmerizing bass groove and get up and dance vocal style. Rest of the album is real consistent for an album full of singles. Straight out of Houston, Texas too which is pretty sweet. "Move... to the left. Move... to the right! Tighten it up...? now! You can do it allllright!" [Genre: Soul/Funk/R&B]
23Hyacinth
Our Naivety


This is mindlevictus' (a user on this site) most recent release. It's the only user-related piece of music that I've ever handed out a 4.5 to - don't want to give too much of a description because I'm actually contemplating on writing a brief review on this thing but PLEASE check it out if you're into ambient/drone kind of stuff, has a slight Vladislav Delay kind of vibe and remember to keep in mind that he's trying reconstruct the sounds of airborne life on tracks 1, 2 and 4 and underwater life on 3 and 5 because it kinda helps depict a better image in your mind. Momentum is probably my favorite from this, but every song hits pretty hard.. great for calming down/relaxation or filling a room with tons of sound if you have the proper equipment to do that with. Last minute of Natch might make your body literally lift off the ground. [Genre: Drone/Techno/Ambient]
24Pospulenn
Sun People Sleepwalker


I'm convinced that this album's at peace with itself. Probably my favorite mixture of ambience and field recording released at this point. The first few tracks don't give a good feel for what the entire thing holds, so if you don't enjoy them at first I really urge you to continue listening because Frozen Beach I and II, Mint Mountain, Silver Lake, and Lazy Oasis create a perfect mental picture of what the album cover suggests and probably is the strongest five song suite in ambient history. This album is some straight up holy magic, god damn wtf this guy must have been a priest or something.. second or third favorite ambient release of all time. First half is a 3.5, second half an undeniable 5. A must for fans of Stars of the Lid (although I don't enjoy them that much). Seek it out and rest well, sputnik. [Genre: Ambient/Field Recordings]
25Aeterna Tristitia
Sub Ea Omnes


This is cinaedus' (Lakes) most recent release to sputnik. I've been following his stuff for about a good year now and can say with confidence that he's improved tremendously over such a brief period of time. Although I feel as though the material presented on this album isn't up to par with all the other stuff on this list it's definitely something that's at the very least worth your time to check out. Favorite tracks from have got to be Glass Ceiling (the dialogue material is kinda : , but it adds an interesting atmosphere to the song), There Must Be A Way, and What I Want. Lakes is definitely is definitely showing a lot of potential and is acting on that potential by improving his material almost every single time I check one of his new releases out. His most recent song on his bandcamp is probably my favorite and something I would actually actively listen to outside of knowing him/being his friend so that's always a great thing. You guys should definitely give it a listen as well, smart dude - definitely going places/doing stuff with his music. Can't wait to see where he'll be another year from now. [Genre: Lo-fi/Drone/Psychedelic/New-Age]
26Grachan Moncur III
Evolution


Cool free jazz trombone album, with a bunch of xylophone stuff going on as well. Dude on the drums is on point throughout the entire deal. Just real good easy listening kind of stuff, great for people looking to get into some snazzy accessible jazz. Love the album cover, awesome hue of pink. [Genre: Jazz]
27Mark Hollis
Mark Hollis


If you haven't heard Laughing Stock or Spirit of Eden by Talk Talk yet listen to them. It's really that simple. Don't even finish this list, just listen to them NOW. Two of the most ethereal and sublime musical experiences imaginable. They put themselves in a CHURCH for NINE months and came up with Spirit of Eden. Absolutely unreal. Two of the few albums I feel as though define transcendence through music. This.. however, is something that usually goes unnoticed by most Talk Talk fans. Really incredible stuff, so quiet and intimate. Lots of warmth, begs you to pay real close attention to detail. Keep it at around the volume of how loud it would be if they were directly in front of you and it gains even more enjoyment. Mark Hollis was a firm believer of musical thoughts being played at their best when first expressed, I feel as though this album depicts that statement extremely well. "Before you play two notes learn how to play one, and don't play one unless you've got a reason to play it." [Genre: Post- Rock]
28The Brave Little Abacus
Just Got Back from the Discomfort


Fans of Cap'n jazz - this is what you've been waiting over fifteen years for. I firmly believe this is one of the strongest bands to form within the last three years and it's a shame they didn't get more publicity/attention before they called it quits. If you can get over somewhat nasaly/whiny vocals I can guarantee this one will hit you super hard. Mood on this has such a fun and bouncy vibe, highly emotional. The way the songs are structured blows me away almost every time I decide to jam this, surprised more people aren't realizing how strong of a vocalist this lead singer is. I can understand that for half the album he sounds like he's talking to himself alone in a room.. but man, he has some real sick rhythms going on and his dynamics are also really interesting as well. Bassist in this band drops some of the hardest grooves I've ever heard, especially track six.. man... AND they do like 8bit- esque stuff as well.. album spans from like ambient/drone at one point then emo/indie rock the next. This album's just got so many positive aspects, defines the stages in sound from adolescence to adulthood perfectly. PLEASE, check it out... I believe it's free on their bandcamp. And if you can't find it there, just do a quick google search or something. [Genre: Emo/Indie-Rock]
29John Fahey
Fare Forward Voyagers (Soldier's Choice)


Near perfection as far as stripped down finger-style guitar albums go. So incredibly emotional and moving despite it only being one instrument, very meditative and bright in sound. Flows effortlessly, everything sounds as it's placed in the proper spot - kind of reminds of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue in that aspect. Just very powerful and gripping. Best synopsis I could give this would be miniature symphonies being played out on guitar. Essential for anyone who plays the instrument or aspires to at some point in their life. [Genre: Folk]
30Yoran
Montparnasse


I can't even begin to describe this other than repeating 5/5, 5/5, 5/5 over and over again while the twelve minute EP loops itself behind my voice.. so I'll just post this mini-review I found on the internet instead. Oh, btw Je Derve Avec Lair is the best 2:36 ever recorded. Ever. Although I don't feel as though this album is "haunting" or "depressing" in almost any way whatsoever (other than the beginning of Montparnasse) but rather hopeful/longing for transcendence the words following the __ give a really different perspective and insightful approach to the sounds presented. _____ Y?ran's 1981 EP "Montparnasse" is a depressing release, not only because of its mood but because it is so unfortunately short and obscure that one is only left to wonder about it without ever really knowing anything about it. The album begins with "Concert Maillol", which starts out as a bitter-sweet ballet- esque piano piece which later degenerates itself into a weary collage of what seems to be a weak synthesizer or a guitar with some of the most haunting and magnificent field recordings of people talking I've ever heard. Then the track transforms into "Je Derve Avec L?ir", starting out with the same notes as the piano piece in the beginning of the last track, only that this time the field recordings feel even more desperate and outrageous. Laughs, whispers, and what seems to be an angry imperative sentence haunt this delicate piano piece, crumbling it into a poem of retreat and pain. One cannot stop thinking that this release has some sort of story at this point of the EP. The next track is "Montparnasse" this time the piano-piece sounds heroic and even fearless, like it's trying to liberate itself from the shiver-worthy words of whoever is speaking over it. Steps, a howling wolf , delicate screams of pain, and joyless whispers bitterly attack this piano-ballad once again, by the end of this track we feel defeat, as if the music has crucified and tortured itself for the good- being of something else. "La Bou....." is a toy-box melody accompanied by words that seem to announce a epilogue, an epilogue of sweet death. "Montparnasse" is a self-destructive EP that seems to try to get rid of itself, one can only pretend to understand such a dusted gem. One can only invent its story, maybe it's a haunted ballet studio, a piano-ballet that brought a man to its demise, or maybe just a statement of depression and curiosity in its purest form. [Genre:Experimental/Ambient/Pop/Psychedelic]
31Balloon Journey
Balloon Journey


What do you like about Balloon Journey? I admire Balloon journey for its originality, I like how something so simplistic can be so amazing. [Genre: Experimental]
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