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Because apparently I didn't learn my lesson last time. Comment below and I'll add it to the list. Only 4 per person. 100 entries total.


Date: December 8, 2021
J-Pop | Released: 2020 | Label: Shibucity inc. | Ratings: 2

Starting this list off with 4 joke recs is a bit unsporting, huh? I think the staff promotion and years of Japanophilia have melted Johnny's brain. Don't you worry, I'll still be reviewing them like I would real recs. But I will harbor resentment towards you for doing this to me. ็™ฝ็พฝ (or Shiraha) is a cutesy J-pop artist that sounds like a lot of other J-pop artists. I'm assuming. You're asking the wrong person. Well, it's heavy on the electropop and way too overproduced to be listenable past a certain point. That said, I hope you all won't think less of me for saying I liked a few songs on this. The actual pop songs are honestly not that bad.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Not really something that deserves to have a ton more ratings. And, just to be clear, Johnny himself doesn't even like this album all that much. If even a freak like him can't appreciate this, I'm not convinced anyone else will.
original and remix


Date: December 9, 2021
Industrial Techno | Released: 2015 | Label: ใƒ†ใƒณใƒ†ใƒณใƒฌใ‚ณใƒผใ‚บ | Ratings: 1

This artist has like 40 EPs, so I hope you understand that I'm not even going to bother with any of that. I did check 3 albums of hers though. ใƒ†ใƒณใƒ†ใƒณใ‚ณ (or Tentenko) is an industrial/techno artist/DJ who, on this release, collaborated with glitch/ambient/whatever musician Sofheso for a remix album. I'm not usually the biggest fan of remix albums and this didn't really change my mind. But at least on this one, you get to hear the original right before the remix. The positives end there. The original material isn't exactly top shelf, so it's not like any kind of remix is going to save it. The whole album ends up being aimless noodling, followed by aimless noodling with glitchy shit added over top.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Not sure what lesson you're trying to teach me by rec'ing this stuff, but it's not working. And on whether this should have more ratings? There's not really anything here that's worth digging for.
3Lil Goldberg and the Star Boyz
White Hendrix Vol. 3: Filth


Date: December 9, 2021
Experimental(?) | Released: 2018 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 8

2005, my ass. This was released in 2018 by some kid on RYM/Sputnik. As evidenced by the amount of 0.5s and 1.0s this has on both sites. Y'wanna know what, though? I actually listened to it. And it's not drastically worse than anything else you've rec'd so far, Johnson. I mean, it's still not good. In fact, it's pretty bad. But this had everything going against it. Shit name, stupid backdating, poorly done genre hopping, and it's 2 hours long. Yet somehow, it's not the worst thing I've ever heard. Will say: thank god this is mostly just beats/instrumentals/beginner acoustic guitar and the kid doesn't try to rap or sing on every track. Jehovah Jireh/Yahweh, my provider.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I expected an utter trainwreck. I instead got an album of harmless bedroom-recorded nonsense. Best thing I can say about it is that it could've been a lot worse.
4Yukiga Futte Uresii
Chuusuu no Romero


Date: December 10, 2021
Noise | Released: 2021 | Label: OL Oil | Ratings: 4

Yukiga Futte Uresiiใฏใ€้‡‘ๆฒขๅ‡บ่บซใฎ้Ž้…ทใชใƒŽใ‚คใ‚บใ‚ฆใ‚ฃใ‚ถใƒผใƒ‰ใงใ™ใ€‚ ๅฝผใ‚‰ใฏ็งใฎ่€ณใ‚’ๅ‚ทใคใ‘ใ‚‹ใ‚ˆใ†ใช่€ณ้šœใ‚ŠใชใƒŽใ‚คใ‚บใƒŸใƒฅใƒผใ‚ธใƒƒใ‚ฏใ‚’ไฝœใ‚Šใพใ™ใ€‚ ๅฎŸ้š›ใ€้žๅธธใซใใ†ใงใ™๏ผ ็ด ๆ™ดใ‚‰ใ—ใ„ใ‚ธใƒงใƒผใ‚ฏใ€ใ‚ธใƒงใƒ‹ใƒผใ€‚ ็งใŸใกใฏ็š†ใ€ใ‚ใชใŸใ‚’ใจใฆใ‚‚่ช‡ใ‚Šใซๆ€ใฃใฆใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚ ๆฌกๅ›žใฏใ€ใ‚ตใ‚คใƒˆใ‚’ๅˆฉ็”จใ™ใ‚‹ๅ‰ใซใ€็งใŸใกๅ…จๅ“กใซๅฅฝๆ„ใ‚’ๆŒใฃใฆ่‡ชๆ…ฐ่กŒ็‚บใ‚’ใ—ใฆใใ ใ•ใ„ใ€‚

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? ใ„ใ„ใˆใ€ใใ†ใงใฏใ‚ใ‚Šใพใ›ใ‚“ใ€‚ ๆŽจ่–ฆใ—ใฆใใ‚Œใฆใ‚ใ‚ŠใŒใจใ†๏ผ
5LTJ Bukem
Hardcore Vol. 11


Date: December 11, 2021
Jungle | Released: 1993 | Label: Yaman | Ratings: 1

Massive DJ discographies like DJ LTJ Bukem's are really intimidating. A part of me wants to get comfortable and go through his entire library in order. But we've got 95 other albums to evaluate here. So let me pace myself and just stick to Hardcore Vol. 11. This is a DJ mix, which means it's a curated set. A good DJ knows how to pick a good set. And LTJ Bukem is a damn good DJ. I love 90s dance music like this. Might just be other people's stuff sewn together, but the tunes are self-evident and in your face. I won't pretend like I know anything about the genre, but if you told me this was a highly regarded release or something, I wouldn't press you about it. The only slight against this I could think of is that it runs a bit long. Which, yes I know, is by design. It's meant to be played at a dance club and you don't want to stop the party unless you absolutely have to.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Despite my gripe(s), this should be on everyone's checklist. Especially if you dig old school jams. If I ever need a quick fix, I'll be sure to let DJ LTJ Bukem cut to the front of the line.
6DJ Funk
Booty House Anthems


Date: December 12, 2021
Ghetto House | Released: 1999 | Label: Underground Construction | Ratings: 11

I was planning on listening to a few other releases by DJ Funk before going into this one, but this is 30 tracks long and has a lot of their old material on it. No real use in me checking all those EPs if they all show up here. As you probably have guessed from the title ("Booty House Anthems"), this is some down-n'-dirty house music. The whole thing is just a sample-filled shot to the face. But, if I'm being honest, this is really repetitive and a little too goofy for me. For a release (supposedly) full of sexual energy, it's more funny than anything. I'd like to think I can appreciate a good booty jam, and I liked most of this, but a lot of it kind of blends together.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? It's decent enough. But there's a lack of real standout songs. Maybe try it out for yourself.
7Rx Papi and Gud
Foreign Exchange


Date: December 12, 2021
Cloud Rap | Released: 2021 | Label: YEAR0001 | Ratings: 9

I will always applaud anyone making music outside of the major label system. The greatest experimentation happens when artists have the means to create music by themselves, free from outside influence. Very do-it-yourself. But man, I can't bring myself to enjoy SoundCloud rap. I've come to accept that it's just not for me, which is okay. But I gave this collab release as fair a shot as someone set in his ways possibly could. Rx Papi has the same exact flow that all these new rappers have and I just can't stand it. Like clockwork, every line ends with unnecessary emphasis on the last word. When most of the rhymes are just the same word said again. Gud's production is fine, but isn't strong enough to carry the release.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Didn't change my heart, but thanks for trying.
8James Ferraro


Date: December 14, 2021
Sound Collage | Released: 2009 | Label: Muscleworks | Ratings: 7

Listening to James Ferraro's iAsia makes me feel like someone's telling me a story, but littering it with in-jokes and references I couldn't possibly know without any prior knowledge. All I know is that Ferraro is cited as a pivotal artist in vaporwave. Which, after hearing this, makes sense. iAsia creates a pleasant soundscape of ideas and odd sounds that a freak like me can appreciate. Picture flipping through a radio and having the only sound come out while your in-between stations. Very busy, maybe even a little too busy at times. But I'll give Mr. Ferraro credit where credit's due: this was a surprisingly easy listen for an hour long, three-track "hypnagogic" sound collage thing.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Wasn't expecting to like it, but I was pleasantly surprised with iAsia. This guy doesn't seem like one to be tied down to a single genre, so it's hard to say whether I'd recommend the rest of his stuff. But this seems like a safe bet for anyone into that internet new age sound. Shit cover though.
9Up Dharma Down

Demon of the Fall

Date: December 14, 2021
Neo-Soul | Released: 2006 | Label: Terno Recordings | Ratings: 7

I'm not a very mellow guy, so I usually need to be in a particular mood to listen to neo-soul stuff. Luckily, Up Dharma Down bring something else to the table by blending some soft rock, trip hop, and alternative rock. Is it for the better? I'd say so. The lead singer's vocals range from good to kind of standard, and the same goes for the band. The little musical left turns here are really what makes it. Like the random guitar solos. An album without touches like those would've definitely lost my interest. That said, it still kind of feels like they put all their chops into 3 songs and went simpler for the rest. Or maybe I just don't vibe this kind of music. Anything's possible.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I'm not entirely qualified to say whether this is good Pilipino neo-soul (is anyone?), but I enjoyed it for the most part. A few duds here and there, so it evens out to a mid recommendation.
10Broadway Project

Demon of the Fall

Date: December 16, 2021
Nu Jazz | Released: 2000 | Label: Memphis Industries | Ratings: 4

Apparently Demon has been hitting the Trip Hop bottle hard this year. Alright, I can dig it. And I definitely dig this. Compassion is a hazy, downtempo album with some lush, velvety production. The vinyl crackling and popping definitely adds to the flavor, but I can see it being an annoyance to some. I know I said last entry that I need to be in a mellow mood to enjoy mellow tunes, but this struck a chord with me right away. If you're gonna go mid-tempo, this is how you do it. Layers upon layers of great samplework. The weakest tracks are all bunched up in front, but by the time you get to side B, it's an easy listen.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Definitely recommend checking this out. Feels lame typing it out, but it's a beautiful record. Even the weaker songs are good.

Demon of the Fall

Date: December 18, 2021
Downtempo | Released: 2003 | Label: Lumenessence | Ratings: 6

See, the problem with listening to all of these trip hop/downtempo/nu jazz albums in a row is that it's kind of hard to know if I'm being completely fair when listening to them. Backini's Threads is a completely serviceable sample-fest, working as a worthy showcase of the producer's technical prowess. But as "the Marty McFly of the downtempo beat" (whatever that nonsense's supposed to mean), I guess I expected more. Rob Quickenden is clearly talented and it shows. But aside from the impressive hooks and sample-stitching, I can't really see myself listening to this again like I would other albums like it.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? It's a good album. Kind of drags at the end though. I'd say this one's for the dedicated trip hopper, rather than a curious passerby.
12Acoustic Ladyland
Living With a Tiger

Demon of the Fall

Date: December 19, 2021
Jazz-Rock | Released: 2009 | Label: Strong And Wrong | Ratings: 7

Acoustic Ladyland has been on my check list for a while, so I'm glad this list has finally pushed me to check them out. On paper, they're exactly the kind of bullshit I like: jazzy experimental rock/punk. So don't be too shocked when I tell you that I really liked this. Love the sax, love the drums, guitar is pretty good. I think the guitar is the only thing keeping this away from classic status for me, because everything else is great. And no 2000s hardcore vocals to ruin it either. We are truly blessed. Apparently the consensus is that the last 3 tracks are the best, but I wholly disagree. I think those are the weakest here. The first 2/3s are where it's at for me. But it's still a great album overall.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Living With a Tiger kills. And unlike other bands in this genre, the songs don't drag on forever. Not sure I'd recommend it to everyone though.
13Indigo Jam Unit


Date: December 19, 2021
Jazz | Released: 2008 | Label: Basis | Ratings: 8

Trifolium hitting the ground running with this first rec. I've grown distant from jazz over the last few years, but when you hear good jazz, you stop and listen. I know diddly squat about Indigo Jam Unit, so I'm not gonna assume their prestige or pedigree. What I will say is that I really liked this album. Some genuinely great playing here. They really nail the faster tracks, but the smoother tracks are no slouch. You can tell Pirates is an updated version of jazz being performed, what with how clean it sounds. This is tight, controlled jazz; no-note-out-of-place-type stuff. When done right, it's just what the doctor ordered.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Can't imagine anyone not liking this, even if they're not that into jazz. Just a really solid set.
14Joana Serrat
Hardcore from the Heart


Date: December 21, 2021
Folk Pop | Released: 2021 | Label: Loose | Ratings: 6

Having now listened to Joana Serrat's discography, Hardcore from the Heart continues her trend towards dream pop and away from her folk roots. Now usually, I'd be the first to whinge about an artist changing sounds just to gain popularity with a particular crowd, but I wasn't really all too big of a fan of her early work. So, maybe this sound change was just what the doctor ordered? Not quite. Sorry, but I just couldn't get into this at all. While she clearly wants to steer away from folk pop, Serrat is also afraid to let it go completely. Which leaves the album in this off-putting transitional state, where it's trying to do two different styles at the same time. Slow folk twanging is one thing, but adding hazy pop layers on top of it just makes me sleepy.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? While it's inoffensive and pretty, Hardcore from the Heart lacks flavor. Food analogy.
15Gabriel Rios


Date: December 22, 2021
Neo-Psychedelia | Released: 2021 | Label: Sony | Ratings: 6

Not totally sure what to categorize Flore as. It's a blend of R&B, neo-psych, pop rock, and Latin pop that it surprisingly forward-thinking for something released by a conglomerate label like Sony. One song even has a random Devendra Banhart feature, which was unexpected. I give Mr. Rios props for trying, but I still don't think he pulls it off here. The ideas are there, for sure. It just doesn't come to a head for me, I dunno. Nothing here is outright bad or anything, but nothing in particular stands out as a must-listen. It's a very light and airy record, by design I assume. I just don't think it was done as well as it could have been.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? It's got interesting parts to it, especially for major label stuff. I could see this being someone's AOTY, for sure. Maybe I'm just a bitter snob or something?
16An Pierle and White Velvet
An Pierle and White Velvet


Date: December 22, 2021
Indie Pop | Released: 2006 | Label: PIAS | Ratings: 10

Just reading the reviews for this album on RYM seems to bring up a lot of familiar names. I see Tori Amos, I see Fiona Apple, I see a lot of popular singer/songwriters I have no clue about. This release is a very clear throwback to softer alternative rock of the 90s. Now, I've never been a big fan of that scene. I'll admit to liking a few songs here and there, but I've never been drawn to listen to an entire album of it. Well, that's exactly how I feel about this release. A few good songs, a few middling ones. The slow ballad-type ones are really a snooze. The lead singer's voice is nice enough, I suppose. And the backing band is doing their damnedest to make this viable. Maybe in another life, one where I was a big alternative radio guy, I could find myself enjoying stuff like this. But this version of me is all shrugs.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I hate to leave you with three wishy-washy, fence-sitting "reviews" in a row, but that's just how it is sometimes. I think this is just a case of mismatched taste more than anything. If it means anything, I really don't despise anything on here. It's actually quite decent overall. It just doesn't light my fire all that much. Fans of female-fronted 90s soft pop rock, look no further than An Pierle and White Velvet.
Mooncat I


Date: December 23, 2021
Ambient-cum-seance-cum-drone-cum-techno dreamhouse | Released: 2015 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 0

Don't really know what you're trying to say by recommending this, Phero. Are you and Johnny in cahoots or something? Whatever, free space. Yeah, this is awful. Aimless noise made out of sheer boredom/fucking around. Gain's so high that it was still too loud at 2% volume. And the cover's a clear rip off of Beat Happening. How embarrassing!

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Honestly, you would've been better off not rec'ing anything at all.
18Yukika 3 sleepyneko ??neko
็„ก้กŒ Yukika


Date: December 23, 2021
Electronic | Released: 2021 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 12

After the last rec, I braced for impact with Yukika 3 sleepyneko ใƒฉใƒ–neko. But honestly, this was just kind of boring. To my ears, this sounds like preset tracks you'd find on a website for free or something. Or as a soundtrack to a really cheap game you found on your phone's app store. Except for the minute of random noise on one of the tracks. Other than that, this just sounds like someone messing around with a music production program. Which it probably is. For all the good things I've said about Bandcamp over the years, this list has certainly provided many reasons why it may have been a mistake. Kidding, Bandcamp and music sharing sites are great. This is just shit.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Not really sure who'd want to listen to this. Maybe if you want to artificially bump up the amount of Japanese music you listen to to seem "worldly"? Maybe if you want to fall asleep to boring electronic music? Those two camps exclusively should check this out. Everyone else, you can find better uses of your time.
19Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect
The World Trapped in Vampyric Sway


Date: December 24, 2021
Black Metal | Released: 2020 | Label: Crown & Throne | Ratings: 4

I was wondering when we were gonna see some metal on this list. Unholy Vampyric Slaughter Sect (properly dumb metal name) plays black metal with a light industrial influence. I only listened to two of their releases, but I prefer this one of the two I heard from them. That said, I still can't say I'm a fan. I really didn't like the industrial metal parts of this. I've never been a fan of the genre, so it's to be expected. It just sounds so artificial, I can't explain it. The rest of it is just bog-standard black metal though; didn't really seem like particularly good playing. As least, to my non-metal ears. But if they didn't feel the need to add wacky interludes/crap into every song, I might've rated it a tad higher. As is, it's on the lower end of average.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? This site's well known for its population of weirdo metalheads. This year's pie chart list proved that much. You all seem to like it, so who am I to tell you not to check it? I really don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to stuff like this.
20Samurai Breaks


Date: December 24, 2021
Breaks | Released: 2021 | Label: Hooversound | Ratings: 14

I wanted to get to 20 entries before Christmas came around, cause I can feel the lethargy coming. So, lets blitz through this breaks/jungle/techno/whatever EP, shall we? I'm not an expert on stuff like this, but the majority I've heard, I've liked. It's just what my mind goes to when I think of good dance music. The energy, the sampling, the drum machines. Pretty good overall, but I didn't care for "Jitterbug" or the remix. It got a little annoying after a while, which is par for repetitive dance music like this, but it didn't have the same touches to make it more palatable. That said, the first two tracks are better and definitely bring this up in my eyes.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Well, with my rating, this just hit 15 ratings. The people have spoken! Good EP.
21Gary Burton
A Genuine Tong Funeral


Date: December 27, 2021
Avant-Garde Jazz | Released: 1968 | Label: RCA Victor | Ratings: 7

Vibraphone jazz musician. Okay. You guys really know how to pick the strangest things. I'm not sure I've ever heard anything Gary Burton's played, so this is my formal introduction to his work. This album jumps between sparse, empty space, soft melodies, and experimental jazz blowouts. The vibraphone playing is well done (I'm assuming), but my favorite part of this was the bass and electric guitar. Proper progressive jazz rock stuff. Not the first, but certainly early enough and well done enough to be admired. That said, I didn't really think much of the A side of this record. The B side is a lot stronger, and features some more complexity.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? The entire package is a worthwhile check, but I thought I'd like this one more than I did. Still a solid effort and a good check for any self-professed jazz cats out there.
22Wasted Space


Date: December 28, 2021
Pop Punk | Released: 2021 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 7

Talking about another Sputnik user's music is a dangerous game, you know? What if I don't like it and they resent me forever because of it? Well, I won't have to worry about that with Wasted Space, because I liked this one. As much as I appreciate the raspy, unpolished vocals of their first album, they made my throat secondhand sore. On this short EP, they seem to have retreated back into a more "standard" pop punk/emo vox style, which is totally understandable. I think the actual instrumentation is vastly improved, most likely the result of adding other members to the mix. I really dug the last song ("jeff, yr friend who cares."). The movie quotes are a little silly and potentially dangerous, so download while you still can!

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Like I said, I liked it well enough. Give it a try. Remember us when you get signed to a faceless pop punk label.
Machiavelli and the Four Seasons


Date: December 31, 2021
Alternative Dance | Released: 1995 | Label: Genre B.Goode | Ratings: 8

The main reason I (try to) listen to multiple releases for every artist/band on this list is pretty simple: to have an accurate picture of said artist/band. The satirical nature of TISM's Machiavelli and the Four Seasons would have been completely lost on me if I hadn't tried their first recordings beforehand. Yet, at the same time, having listened to their earlier work may have given me an unfair expectation for this album. I really liked the new wave-y, industrial sound of their first release, but that was all the way back in 1984 or whatever. This was released 10 years later and is clearly aping the sounds of the times (alt dance/electropop). I will say that they inject enough fun into it to make me not utterly hate it. Which is impressive, given the genre. Still, I much prefer their early stuff.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I didn't really find this all that funny, so I guess it was ultimately a failure.
Kidding, kidding. It's alright, I guess. Probably not one I'd go back to often.
Punk Side Story


Date: January 1, 2022
Punk Rock | Released: 1994 | Label: Genre B.Goode | Ratings: 1

Long before those stupid Punk Goes Pop compilations, bands like Schlong were taking pop songs and showtunes and making them into basic punk tunes. On paper, the concept of taking the soundtrack of West Side Story and making all the songs into punk songs doesn't sound particularly awful. Full disclosure, the last time I actually watched West Side Story was years ago and I only remember a few of the songs from the beginning. The album really is just West Side Story told though punk rock. Same lyrics and everything (I think). Is it ironic? Was it made out of a genuine love of 50s Broadway musicals? Who knows. It's fun and all that, but it just feels kind of pointless.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Unless you're a really big fan of both musicals and punk rock, I can't see this being a draw to you. I liked it though. Decent 90s punk with vocals that'll make you want to tear out your ears.
Plays for Lovers


Date: January 2, 2022
Post-Hardcore | Released: 1985 | Label: Dischord | Ratings: 9

Some Dischord Records hardcore right here. Without even having to deliberately go through their catalog, I'll probably end up going through the entire Dischord discography without trying to. Very heavy funk rock influence, which can be a blessing or a curse for a lot of punk like this. The early-90s "faux-funk" slap bass stink does linger over this, but you can't blame Beefeater for that; purely a hindsight thing. I'd say it's somewhere in the middle of good and bad, but a hair closer to good. There are a couple joke-y throwaways on here and a few weak tracks, but it's decent enough for a play.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Not my favorite early post-hardcore record by a long shot, but it was enjoyable enough. The consensus here on Sputnik and over on RYM are mixed and that's kind of where I'm at with it. But it's got some tunes.
26Beasts of Bourbon
The Axeman's Jazz


Date: January 2, 2022
Blues Rock | Released: 1984 | Label: Big Time | Ratings: 7

Australians do it better. Don't ask me how, but it's true. The Axeman's Jazz perfectly mixes more standard blues rock and punk attitude with that wonderfully simple production I love. This is also a great cowpunk album, if you're into that. I dug everything about this, if you couldn't already tell. Vocalist exudes a sort of classic cool that sounds out of time, yet perfectly fits with the band. The lack of any real 5 star tracks is a point against it, but the songs are truly great. Just an excellent little blues-y punk rock record.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I love stuff like this, so of course I'd recommend it. But the more grounded me knows this sort of stuff only appeals to a select few. A select few that likes Australian cowpunk/blues records. You know who you are.
27Ruby Haunt


Date: January 6, 2022
Dream Pop | Released: 2020 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 8

I'm a finicky guy when it comes to dream pop. I couldn't tell you why I enjoy some bands in the genre and fall asleep to others. Hell, with some bands, I seemingly fall out of love with their sound between albums. I hate to say it, but Ruby Haunt is one of those bands that just puts me to sleep. Their plodding dream pop/slowcore sound just doesn't do anything for me. Especially on this album, which is their least dream-y release yet, opting for a more folk/acoustic(?) style. I could mistake these guys with a dozen other acts out there right now. But by virtue of being so bland, I can't say I vehemently hate them either. Honestly, they have a few passable songs on this that are pretty alright. But those get lost in the 2.5 muck real quick.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? It's difficult to stand out making music like this, so props to these fellas for garnering an audience. But like I said, there's nothing about them that really drives me to listen to their stuff again.


Date: January 6, 2022
Indie Folk | Released: 2020 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 6

Well, isn't this just the most pleasant little indie album you've never heard? Kind of a throwback to a simpler time in the indie scene. I could definitely see some mid-tier 2010s label putting this out and it getting a 6.8 on a pre-Condรฉ Nast Pitchfork. Very cute, very cute. Not trying to be condescending or anything. This is just a good album and I don't have a lot to say about it. I guess it does fall into the trap of trying to be a little bit of everything: little folk, little rock, little pop. But I say they pull it off alright. Vocals are nice (but are distractingly autotuned at times), the songs are solid, decent production. Yep.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Yep.
29Sam Lee
Old Wow


Date: January 6, 2022
Contemporary Folk | Released: 2020 | Label: Cooking Vinyl | Ratings: 7

Sam Lee's take on English folk is a very lush, string-filled one. I really dug his first two records and their blend of chamber folk and Indian percussion. But this one was a lot more downplayed than I was hoping for. I suppose that's better than him trying to outdo himself every release and layering too much on top of each other, but I kind of miss the over-the-top stuff. I'd definitely say this is Lee's weakest effort thus far (for whatever that's worth, considering I just listened to his stuff today). While the longer tracktimes on his previous releases were supplemented by great instrumentation, this was only harmed by the length. He's still got the voice down pat though, I'll give him that.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I'd give this a light recommendation for a specific group of folk folks. Anyone else would probably be bored by it.
30Blake Mills
Heigh Ho


Date: January 6, 2022
Singer/Songwriter | Released: 2014 | Label: Verve | Ratings: 4

You know when you see a comment (or in this case, a soundoff) that more or less reflects your thoughts on an album? That just happened to me with this one. Maybe I don't vehemently dislike this as much as Sputnikmusic user linsseason does, but "excellent production doesn't automatically mean good album" is pretty much my thoughts on Blake Mills' Heigh Ho. Though, I wouldn't call it "excellent" production. This is overbearing production on top of what sounds like a Margaritaville hotel lobby guitarist. Apparently he's more behind the scenes, playing/writing/producing/featuring on a lot of pop and indie records. Which, honestly, makes all the sense in the world. This is a pretty early album of his, so he probably comes into his own later, but this album is a slurry of blues-y guitar, amateur vocals, bog lyrics, and country* twang that just put me off in a lizard brain, fight-or-flight kind of way.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Let it never be said that I like all "guitar music" or whatever kids condescendingly call stuff like this. Did not dig this at all. Sorry, man.
Juicy Planet Earth


Date: January 7, 2022
Nu Metal | Released: 1997 | Label: Metal Mind | Ratings: 11

I have yet to re-evaluate nu metal like everyone else has, so apologies in advance for the following blurb.

Well, I will say that this is way more interesting than the more standard nu metal crap. This seems to be more willing to experiment with different styles. Unfortunately for Flapjack, they don't really do any of those styles particularly well. The sillier moments only work if the majority of the album matches. But Juicy Planet Earth, despite their attempts at being interesting, still sounds like alt metal bullshit. These boring, trudging riffs, man. It just makes me wanna cry. The auditory/comedic equivalent of putting on a pair of Groucho glasses and calling it a day. Sad clown.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Again, nu metal seems to be undergoing a re-evaluation, so go nuts. As far as this genre goes, this is as good as it gets. Which is still not very good.
32Pharoah Sanders


Date: January 9, 2022
Spiritual Jazz | Released: 1977 | Label: India Navigation | Ratings: 8

This list has mostly been artists/bands I've never heard before, but that ends with Pharoah Sanders. I've listened to most of his work prior to this album. Why did I stop here? Probably some arbitrary reason I don't remember anymore. Try to act shocked, but I did enjoy this soulful jazz album from 1977. Lovely fusion of sounds, as to be expected. But I still don't like it as much as Sanders' other work. Maybe that's why I stopped at this point? He was pumping these albums out biannually (sometimes even more) and my ratings for them reflect that. Still, this is a great jazz album. But perhaps not the best introduction to the legendary Pharoah Sanders.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Sputnik's the kind of place that will listen to a jazz artist's most popular album and nothing else. I feel like anyone that's wanted to check this probably already has. But if you need it in writing: yes, you should check this.
33John Coltrane and Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde


Date: January 9, 2022
Post-Bop | Released: 1966 | Label: Atlantic | Ratings: 10

Another pair of artists I've listened to before, but I do actually have a reason why I never listened to it. It's a collaboration from 1960. If you're not to careful, these things just fall between the cracks sometimes. It is what it is. Here we have Coltrane and Cherry performing 3 compositions by Ornette Coleman sandwiched between an original by Cherry and one by Thelonious Monk. And yeah, it's pretty good. As you could guess by the title, this is early avant-garde stuff. Nothing that'll scare people away though; it's tame by comparison to later work by everyone involved. If you love sax and horn (and drums, thank you Mr. Blackwell), this is a no-brainer.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Two standouts, two good tracks, one okay one. How many jazz albums follow this exact formula? It's crazy.
34Patrick Shiroishi


Date: January 12, 2022
Avant-Garde Jazz | Released: 2021 | Label: American Dreams | Ratings: 2

I didn't recognize Patrick Shiroishi's name at first, but after digging through his discography a little, I realized I have heard something by him. Him and Tashi Dorji released an album under the name Kogarashi. Shiroishi is a free improvisational saxophonist, but this album sees him taking down a more subdued, classic-type-of-jazz route. The most ardent of jazz haters won't be turned by something like this, but I really dug its simplicity. It's all alto saxophone, all the time, which could easily get boring if not done right. But Shiroishi most definitely does it right, with some beautiful playing and compositions. That trill on "To Kill a Wind-Up Bird" is good, good stuff.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? This already has buzz on RYM, so I'd say it's only a matter of time before it gets above 15 ratings. I don't think it's, as one RYM kid called it, "brilliant and groundbreaking and insane," but it's pretty damn great.
35Scorpion Violente


Date: January 15, 2022
EBM | Released: 2010 | Label: AVANT! | Ratings: 1

Was not expecting to see a synth album on this list, but I welcome it. It's good for variety. Didn't know anything about this group before checking their stuff, but this kind of synth/electronic music isn't always a surefire thing with me. The production here is like a brick wall. It's totally blown out and there's not enough going on to justify it. However, I did find myself enjoying it on a very simplistic level. Like the name of the genre says, this is electronic body music. Not a whole lot to think about. I do like the synth tones they used a lot. I just wish they were in service of a few more actual songs, as opposed to instrumentals. A few pretty good tracks, a few annoying ones; so it all evens out to an okay listen.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I liked it, but minimal synth isn't exactly a hot topic these days, is it? The fact tectactoe is the only rating here kind of proves that. I liked it well enough, but I would still pick a classic EBM band over these guys, sad to say.
36Nemo (CAN)
In Stereo


Date: January 16, 2022
Alternative Rock | Released: 1999 | Label: Domination Through Amplification | Ratings: 8

Gotta love a one album wonder. I've had a soft spot for this particular brand of spacy alternative rock, but I've never been able to rate it as high as some. I've never found a classic in the pile, as dumb as that sounds. I don't know, something about the 90s sound just turns me off a bit. Nemo are of that same ilk, but I really enjoyed this one. You can tell this was a bunch of younger guys that just started recording one day, scrounged up enough material/money to go record in-studio, then just naturally drifted apart. If I were a more poetic man, I could probably come up with an analogy about space or something, but I'll save that for a real writer. I'll just call this a really great alt rock album and leave it that.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Definitely prefer the hazy shoegaze stuff to the tracks where they pretend to be heavy rockers or whatever, but I liked it as a whole. Just look at the similar bands and you'll know if this is for you.


Date: January 16, 2022
Emo-gaze (god, that's dumb sounding) | Released: 2012 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 6

Swedish band playing a blend of shoegaze and "Midwest emo." Gotta love it. No, really. Never really thought about it before listening to Dating, but what a stellar combination of genres. Love the guitar on this a lot. Vocals feature a lot of wailing, but it's never distracting. Mostly because of how great the playing is and how memorable the hooks are. Mixing, while I personally really dig it, could be a turn off for some. At times, Outminded's kind of messy, shrill, feedback-heavy mix gets in the way of the actual tunes. I think they pulled it off, though.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? 32 minutes of great emo(?) rock. Recommended to Sputnikmusic users. You all would probably really like this.


Date: January 16, 2022
Math Rock | Released: 2013 | Label: Raw Paw | Ratings: 12

Describing themselves as "inspired by nature," Hikes adds a twinge of folk to their math rock. Wasn't entirely sure I'd like that, considering how overly concerned some math rock is with stupid polyrhythm shit, but I found myself getting into this. It helps that this is (comparatively) relaxed compared to other bands in the genre, giving the other influences some space to breathe. Unfortunately, this is a simple case of a band having a unique sound, but not having unique enough songs. Their instrumentation is pretty basic indie/math stuff and I wasn't particularly impressed by the vocals. A lot of math rock falls into this same trap for me, so I guess it could just be a me thing.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Friends is a decent album. And sometimes, that's all you really need. Nothing wrong with that. At the same time, I'd only really recommend this to people already in the know about the genre.
39Good Night and Good Morning
Good Night & Good Morning


Date: January 17, 2022
Slowcore | Released: 2009 | Label: Orchid Collective | Ratings: 13

Sorry about changing the album art and release date, but this was originally released in 2009. Anyway, this is an ambient/sloooooowcore EP that seems to be universally adored, judging by the ratings. And I gotta say, I don't really get it. I mean, it's fine? Sounds like any other slowcore band I've ever heard. And I'm not just saying that to be mean; the Bandcamp description lists a bunch of better known bands that sound like them. Kind of goes in one ear and out the other for me. Honestly don't really have much to say about it.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Hate to say it flat out, but I just don't listen to this kind of stuff. Super pulseless, inoffensive ambient + guitar. Review says it runs the risk of being background music. I'd say it's more than a risk.


Date: January 17, 2022
Progressive Pop | Released: 2019 | Label: No Label | Ratings: 2

Robovine's been on my checklist for ages, so already we're off to a good start. Plus, this kind of neo-psych/progressive pop that brings me to life. Get Dusted! is Robovine's best up to this point. That much is clear. It's a messy, energetic, 60s-pop-influenced nightmare carnival come to life. Coated in effects and odd sounds, it's overwhelming in the best way. I liked the bossa nova/exotica worship of their early stuff well enough, but this is definitely the way to go for them. Love the vocalist a whole lot. Can't tell if he's putting on a voice or not; regardless, it's refreshingly expressive. The lack of any real classic tracks is the only negative I can think of for this (the opener, "Animal World," comes close).

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Could this album be viewed as unbearably annoying? Probably. But boy, do I like it a whole lot.
41Jerry Paper
Fuzzy Logic


Date: January 21, 2022
Hypnagogic Pop | Released: 2013 | Label: Digitalis Ltd. | Ratings: 5

Another artist I've heard before. You're really helping me clean out my backlog here. The only release I've heard of Jerry Paper prior to this was 2016's Toon Time Raw!, which I liked a lot. I love this specific combo of synth and lazy vocals. Just resonates with me, y'know? Sounds stupid, but if I made music still, this would be how I'd want it to sound. Fuzzy Logic is full of solid tunes and layers of effects. Standard "hypnagogic" shit, except Jerry Paper knows how to make a decent hook. A lot of this genre is made up of pleasant-sounding that I wouldn't necessarily want to revisit. Fuzzy Logic (and the rest of his albums, I'd assume) have that sweet-as-honey, bitter-as-licorice weirdo pop sound down pat.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I don't just wanna praise people for recommending me things that I was already probably gonna check at some point, but I'm glad this dumb list was the thing that finally pushed me to get around to it. Deserves more ratings than it's currently got.
42William Onyeabor
Crashes in Love (Version 2)


Date: January 25, 2022
Afro-Funk | Released: 1979 | Label: Wilfilms | Ratings: 1

Alright, this one's kind of cheating. I've already heard all of these songs before, just the earlier versions of them. See, this is a remake of William Onyeabor's first release, just missing one track and with more synth and drum machine. I really should've checked the tracklist before adding it to the list and if I could do it again, I'd ask Mr. Moriendi to pick something else. BUT, it was my fault (and we're 42 entries in), so screw it. I love the thin production on this a lot, which sounds weird, but it's true. People are so used to 70s funk having this lush, almost overbearing sound. This is clean as all hell. You hear every note, every instrument, every weird quirk Onyeabor puts in there. Love the vocals, too. So, yeah, I liked it, but I already knew that. The real question is: is it better than the original version? Not really, but it's still great.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? I prefer the original, personally. That one's got a laidback feel that matches a lot better with the songs. Except for "Something You'll Never Forget;" I think I might prefer the version on this to the original.
43Shuggie Otis
Freedom Flight


Date: January 28, 2022
Funk | Released: 1971 | Label: Epic | Ratings: 14

Shuggie Otis is a decently famous guitarist/songwriter that got his start at a really young age. Sort of a wunderkind, I guess. I went into his work knowing basically nothing about him, other than the fact that he played on some Epic Records blues/soul albums and Frank Zappa's Hot Rats. I suppose at a time when Hendrix was one of the biggest names alive, every big label wanted their own "guitar god" on the payroll. That, and nepotism. But did Otis deserve the title? I guess? Freedom Flight is a good funk/soul/blues album and his playing is great. Thing is, the album's kind of indistinct. Aside from two standout tracks ("Strawberry Letter 23" and the title track), the album's basically just a showcase for Otis' guitar chops. Which is totally fine; just not something I look for, personally.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Anyone not interested in 60s/70s blues rock probably couldn't care less about this, but I liked it. I gave all of Shuggie Otis' albums up to this point almost the exact same rating, which is funny, but also kind of indicative of my issues with him. Not a lot of variation or straying out of his comfort zone.
44Future Foundation


Date: January 28, 2022
Pop Punk | Released: 2021 | Label: Tower | Ratings: 1

Pop punk and melodic hardcore (metalcore?) come together in unholy union on Future Foundation's Trinity EP. "Easycore," as it's formally called (no it isn't). I thank you for picking an artist/band with only one release, cause I was physically tired after listening to this one. This late-era pop punk is bad enough on its own, but when complimented by that limp riffing, it's just awful. This is as sterile as any of those 2000s bands Future Foundation are clearly trying to mimic. If that was their goal, then congrats. But it's still shit. Oh, and to top it all off, it ends with a remix.

๐•๐ž๐ซ๐๐ข๐œ๐ญ? Listen to this and you tell me there's a god.
45Daybreak (KOR)
New Day

46Phoenix Bodies
Raise the Bullshit Flag

Diamond Destroyer of Death

48Erin Bode
The Little Garden

49Romeo Void
It's a Condition

50Pharaoh Overlord

51Satan's Rats
What a Bunch of Rodents

52Affinity (UK)

Look and Behold

54Fitz Gore & The Talismen
Fitz Gore & the Talismen

55Hayden Pedigo
Letting Go

56The Fallen Angels
It's a Long Way Down

57La Maquina de Hacer Pajaros

58Dalis Car
The Waking Hour

59Jose Afonso
Cantigas do Maio

60Banda do Casaco
Dos benefรญcios dum vendido no reino dos bonifรกcios

Por Este Rio Acima

62Jorge Peixinho
Elegia a Amรญlcar Cabral

63Longmont Potion Castle

64Lloyd Banks
Halloween Havoc 2


Sniping Pigz

67Chess At Breakfast

68Daniel Olsen
Sayonara Wild Hearts

69Christian Kleine
Electronic Music From The Lost World 1998โ€‹-โ€‹2001

70Christopher Chaplin

71Hiroki Komazawa

ะ™ัˆะพะฒ ั ะฝะตะฑะพะผ

73VVV [Trippin'you]

74Sega Bodega

75Miha Kralj


Yenisei Punk




Beyond Blue

82Kaya (US)

83Cloud Rat
Do Not Let Me Off the Cliff


Misery's A Muse

Undercover Scumbag

87Spires That In The Sunset Rise
Spires That In The Sunset Rise

88Anne Guthrie
Perhaps a Favorable Organic Moment

89Rx Nephew
Make Drunk Cool Again


91Benny Sings

92Really Red
Teaching You the Fear

93Party Day

94Syl Johnson
Is It Because I'm Black

Kicker In Tow

JoJo (2018)

Get Low
Modal Soul Classics

Get Low
All Is Gone

Get Low
A Book About Itself

Get Low
100Pauline Anna Strom
Angel Tears in Sunlight

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