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Calc's Halftime

Year's half over, here's some shit I liked and some shit you hopefully haven't heard yet. I'm only going to put things this year I at least marginally enjoyed.
1White Ward
Futility Report


Black Metal-
This is probably front to back my AOTY right now. I've never been a huge fan of metal and the fact that this release doesn't get drunk off it's own dissonance like a lot of black metal I've listened to by adding some very eastern European sax and throwing in some core type riffs make this a great debut.
2Iglooghost
Chalk Shrine


Weeabo-dm-
Not a release but a mix and it's just masterful. Looking forward to the LP this summer but I doubt I'll enjoy it as viscerally as this. My body just moves when this is on.
3He Is Legend
few


HeIsLegendcore-

Eternal lover of this band. Best guitar production of the year.
4Kitsune
Uninvited


Alt/Math Rock-

Clean catchy straight up well executed alt rock, title track and "Locked Up" are amazing tracks
5GoldLink
At What Cost


Hip-Hop-

I dunno why I like some hip-hop and not others but this is good for the most part.
6Forest Swords
Compassion


Electronic/Ambient

Simultaneously epic and reserved, tribal and refined. Engravings was great but this is better
7Nodachi
Beyond Death Beyond Reason


Emo/Post Hardcore-

One of my favorite finds of the year, the emo tag alludes to a similar sound instrumentally to circle takes the square. very well put together piece
8Sithu Aye
Senpai EP II: The Noticing


Weeabo Prog-

Sithu Aye's joke-ish series returns with more anime style instrumental jams. not amazing but definitely not bad
9Wovette
Steeple


Piano/experimental/electronic

either wovette has 4 arms or this is some amazing electronic music that paints with the piano rather than with the typical synths
10Stolas
Stolas


Post-Hardcore

Technically proficient, Sergio is quietly one of the best guitarists in the scene right now but they overthought themselves here. just rock out next time
11Jonwayne
Rap Album Two


Hip-Hop/Rap

I see and hear a white biggie, very introspective album for those who like that kinda thing
12Full of Hell
Trumpeting Ecstasy


Hardcore

The short length helps my enjoyment of this album along immensely. kind of reminds me of the feeling I had when I heard KEN mode for the first time
13Tigran Hamasyan
An Ancient Observer


Classical/ Piano

I love piano music, Tigran made pretty piano music 2 years ago and has done it again. nothing else to say
14Blanck Mass
World Eater


Electronic/ Noise

Never heard this guy before this year but was very pleased. really like the first two tracks
15Fox Capture Plan
Fragile


Math Rock

Mouse On the Keys, Toe, Fox Capture Plan, jizue and probably 20 others
16L'Effondras
Les Flavescences


Post-Rock

Post-rock bores me for the most part but this french group injects a little western country flavor and comes out with an engaging piece
17Your Old Droog
Packs


Hip-Hop

Nas perhaps slightly underwhelms here but his point of view is something to listen to, very refreshing take on hip-hop
18PARTOUT PARTOUT
c o u c o u


Math Rock

Reminds me of early adibisi shank before lars decided to go all electronic-heavy
19Fleet Foxes
Crack-Up


Folk/Post Rock

I've only heard this like twice but the nice subtle change in sound speaks to these guys as musicians
20Mutoid Man
War Moans


Hardcore/Rock

Saw like 5 minutes of these guys perform while at work one time but anyways this album is eclectic without being eccentric if that makes sense and fun the entire ride
21'68
Two Parts Viper


Fuzz Rock

I think about the potential these two have and cry a little inside. I get what they are trying to do but like Stolas, if these dudes just rocked out for an album holy shit.... "Life Has It's Design" is top 10 song of the year though
22Algiers
The Underside of Power


Gospel/Post Punk

Comes out tomorrow but the sound is fresh, the message is powerful, and the record is great
23Igorrr
Savage Sinusoid


Electronic/Metal/Classical

eclectic and eccentric, igorrr's hodgepodge of influences is wielded like a hammer and he beats you with it for a half an hour. for better or for worse (i love it)
24Eidola
To Speak, To Listen


Swancore

Much more focused, technical, and overall better than their last album. and they didn't commission a bunch of fake accounts to 5 it on sputnikmusic.com like last time. If ALLB's neutered offering left a gross taste in your mouth, this heavy handed album might help.
25bansheebeat
Techo Deluxe


Electronic/ Weeabo

Pleasant, but (and no offense) chalk shrine does everything this does better for me
26Schammasch
The Maldoror Chants: Hermaphrodite


Black Metal

A plodding, deliberate, tribal offering, feels more like one long piece than anything I've heard this year
27Others By No One
Book I: Dr. Breacher


Cheese Prog

RIYL: Native Contruct, Between the Buried and Me
28Brockhampton
Saturation


Hip-Hop

Don't get the hyperbolic praise I'm seeing but this is some pretty good stuff if you haven't heard it yet
29CHON
Homey


Math Rock

Dunno what to say, I've been vocal about their stagnation for years but the stagnation is still nice to listen to.
30Kendrick Lamar
DAMN.


Hip/Hop/Rap

What am I gonna say really...
31Blumen
Mangata


Post Rock/Classical/Prog

Primarily piano proggy stuff, has hints of Frost* at points
32Buddy and Kaytranada
Ocean & Montana


Hip/Hop/Rap

Very chilled out old school west coast offering from one of Pharell's pickups. "World of Wonder" might be the smoothest jam of the year if not a little amateurish in subject matter
33Critic, The Cannibal
SPEAKS


Hardcore

Nice little hardcore EP, very sparsely produced so if production is a huge thing then you may not like.
34Eternity Forever
Fantasy


Funk Rock

Kurt Travis group where he does his Zelliack impersonation for a few minutes. comes and goes way too quickly but the groove is strong
35Dedekind Cut
The Expanding Domain (ded005​)​


Ambient/Noise/Experimental

If anyone remembers Lee Bannon this is the same guy, still expanding his range and it works well here
36Zavala
Fantasmas


House

Dark Time Sunshine producer making a house record. it's fantastic and that average makes me so sad right now.
37Greeley Estates
Calling All The Hopeless


Metalcore

Really harkens back to a good ol time in metalcore but whether that's a good thing is up for debate. First two songs rip though
38Vince Staples
Big Fish Theory


Rap/Hip-Hop

Easily hip-hop AOTY right now. I haven't heard club beats pulled off so well before and some of vince's bars on this are ace.
39Envy On The Coast
Ritual


Post Hardcore/ Alt Rock

have loved the lead singer ever since I first heard him on NK (north korea) and he carries this EP. great music and greater vocals
40Clams Casino
Instrumentals 4


Instrumental (s4)/ Hip-Hop

Its good, I have hundreds of hours of this chillwave hip-hip stuff though but clams casino is a cut above.
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