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Overlooked jams pt.3

20 more sweet jams that haven't gotten much attention on the site. I've rated all of these 4 or above, hope y'all find something you like m/
Natural Elements

John McLaughlin is the man. Once Mahavishnu Orchestra fell apart, he dove into the acoustic guitar and started jamming with an Indian musical prodigy named Shankar. They released a handful of albums with some other lesser known Indian musicians, and it resulted in the best work he's put to tape. Up there with his work on Bitches Brew and Birds of Fire.

One of my go-to jams for the dub crew. Minimal glitchy electronic with stretches of eerie ambience mixed in between jumpy orchestral samples. One of the most unique electronic offerings I've heard in the past couple of years.
3School of Emotional Engineering
School of Emotional Engineering

Some sort of gloomy trip-hop / post-rock hybrid. Songs get built up around a certain motif, then devolve by overwhelming the mix with pounding abrasive drums or slowly replacing the melodies with ambience or static. It's a brooding and slow album, but god damn does Ben Frost have an ear for melody.
4Bill Evans
You Must Believe In Spring

A generally overlooked artist here on Sput, and I can't figure out why. I mean, he was the pianist on Kind of Blue, what y'all sleeping on him for? This was the first album released posthumously when he died after years of ferocious cocaine abuse, and contained several songs centered around the suicides of his wife and brother. His cover of the MASH theme is probably my favorite piece of his, I can't recommend it enough:

A rare, truly unique doom album. It's like they took Esoteric's mild psychadelic leanings and expanded them out into a full length album. Many doom albums create their dark aesthetic by cutting back on all fronts, but Voidwards is chock full of melody and vocal variety while maintaining a frighteningly bleak atmosphere.
6DJ Krush

As soon as CL Smooth starts spitting on the opening track, I knew I'd found another hip-hop fave. He's one of the more well-known figures in Japanese hip-hop, and releases consistently high-quality jams. Meiso is where the guest spots hit their peak alongside.
7Die Verbannten Kinder Evas
Dusk And Void Became Alive

Members of Summoning teaming up with a stunning female vocalist to release this masterpiece. The earlier albums from this outfit sound a lot like an instrumental Summoning, but this last album is a different beast entirely, taking the better part of 7 years to write and finally record. Bittersweet minimal neoclassical mixed in with heartbreaking ethereal vocals.
8The Living Sleep

Absolutely gorgeous ambient that brings the feels hard. Very simple, pretty piano melodies playing out on a loop amongst ambience and strings. One of my favorite finds from this site. RIYL: Eluvium - Copia.
The Severing

Rinoa before they were Rinoa, though it sounds very little alike. Aggressive metalcore with dissonant riffs flying left and right from start to finish.
10A Certain Ratio
To Each...

Early 80's white boy funky post-punk. It's got a wild exotic groove to it that's completely unlike anything else I've heard from its time. It's got a big of Talking Heads in there, but tossed with a whole lot of groove and some phenomenal bass playing.

Unbelievably consistent IDM artist that blows almost all his competitors out of the waters. Any of his 4 more recent albums could take this place on the list and I could still safely say most who check it out will love it. There's touches of ambient, industrial and glitch throughout, but genres aside, what makes it truly remarkable is his ability to completely transform a song by just adding small touches. A small shift in the beat and a pad in the background can instantly turn a discomforting mechanical jam into a warm uplifting piece. It's ace, check it (and Scintilla too while you're at it)
Bel Air Highrise Plantation

A spastic, noisy behemoth of an album. Each track has a completely unique identity, covering a huge amount of ground in the 28min runtime here, even though the final track runs for almost 12 minutes. Perfect way for the band to go out.
Life Era

Excellent neofolk from Iran, a darker and less busy version of Vali or Musk Ox. Perfect for late night study sessions or those looking for a more morose neofolk album that doesn't feature vocals like many similar artists (Empyrium, Tenhi etc). All of the name-dropped bands are phenomenal too, plenty to check out.

An energetic jazz / post-rock hybrid. This whole Japanese scene has created some phenomenal albums, and Novel sits atop the pile. It's infectious, summery instrumental vibes (perfect for us over here in AUS right now) -
15Dark Millennium
Ashore the Celestial Burden

Fast-paced melodic death-doom. While a lot of death doom uses the latter genre as a crutch to cut back on musicianship and variety, this album constantly switches pace and bounces between the styles. You'll be thrashing to hard riffs one moment, vibing to a psychedelic clean section the next, then get hit with a minute stretch of crawling guitar and growls. Incredibly innovative for it's time, and still one of the best albums the genre has to offer.
16Los Jaivas
Alturas de Machu Picchu

A prog classic, it's a crying shame so many people will steer clear because the vocals are in a different language. While the lyrics are supposed to be phenomenal as well, even if you can't understand it, the music speaks for itself.
Hunger of Elements

The opener from this album is probably my all-time favorite slab of symphonic bm. I was a bit hesitant going in, knowing there were 3 keyboardists on the release, but that dissipated as soon as the cackles hit in the first track. The keyboards add a huge amount to the atmosphere, creating a thick icy wall of sound that overwhelms you in much the same way early-era Emperor would.
18Raison d'etre
The Empty Hollow Unfolds

Lustmord started my descent into minimal dark ambient a couple of years ago, and this is the best I've heard yet. The entire album feels so dead and lifeless from start to finish, but rather than completely suffocating you like many artists do, there's strangely a lot of breathing room here. It's more akin to wandering through abandoned factories, totally devoid of life, with no sounds bar the occasional scraping of metal and your own footsteps. It's eerie, and at times, downright chilling.

Diverse post-punk from the early 80's. It's got a whole mash of orchestral samples, synth-pop, electronica and funk thrown together and left in a disorganized state. Came out around the same time as the aforementioned A Certain Ratio, but it's on the other end of the post-punk spectrum. The late 70's and early 80's were a great time.
Hydeout Productions 2nd Collection

While this is far from overlooked, I find myself recommending it more and more to people who listen to the Nujabes LPs on a loop, but have never checked out the Hydeout Productions Collections. This one in particular is at least on par with the best works from the LPs. Hell, I'd put an argument forward for a few of these tracks being his best. Mixing his talents with CL Smooth created one of the best hip-hop tracks found in his discog, and Another Reflection contains arguably the most pleasant piano melody he ever released. If you've ever enjoyed Nujabes (or like the sound of some jazzy hip-hop), this isn't something you should pass up.
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