|Neek's Q3 2018: Albums|
Probably the last of these I'll do till my year-end list
Laughably arrogant and malicious, Kamikaze is more of a fleeting grasp for attention then a successful bite into modern hip-hop, but occasionally it reaches some genuinely enjoyable heights.
Fave Tracks: “The Ringer” “Venom”
Musically wonderful, thematically hand-holding.
Full review: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/77925/Blood-Orange-Negro-Swan/
Fave Tracks: “Vulture Baby” “Orlando”
She’s on the verge of something great, but her folk roots don’t do her much good here.
Full review: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/77973/Lucy-Dacus-Historian/
Fave Track: “Timefighter”
That's A Girls Name
Continuing the fun and quirky elements of his full length in the chillest ways possible with this short EP.
Fave Track: “Sundress”
Lounge-y, vaporwave-y, tongue-in-cheek-y music that is as endearing as it is occasionally frustrating.
Fave Tracks: “Hello Again” “I See You”
Do You Like Pain?
A weird but palatable mix of folk and RnB, this EP shows great promise for future releases from her.
Fave Tracks: “Thanks for Nothing” “Baby Luv (ALASKAALASKA Remix)”
Tell Me How You Really Feel
There’s some bangers on here, and some refined indie-rock goodness, but honestly things don’t feel as exciting as they should this time around.
Full review: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/77673/Courtney-Barnett-Tell-Me-How-You-Really-Feel/
Fave Tracks: “City Looks Pretty” “Need a Little Time”
|17||Courtney Marie Andrews|
May Your Kindness Remain
Old-fashioned country with a refreshingly modern spin.
Full review: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/77866/Courtney-Marie-Andrews-May-Your-Kindness-Remain/
Fave Tracks: t/t, “Border”
Another Friday Night / Hot Heavy Summer / Sister
Yeah this is much weaker than his latest god-tier album, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for his stuff right now and this hit the spot.
Fave Tracks: “Sister” “Another Friday Night”
I wasn’t a fan of that last album but goddamn does this make me want to revisit it.
Fave Track: “Shrine Hacker”
This Chicago-based underground punk band fuckin rules, check this EP asap.
Fave Track: “this_could_be_it_”
A blissful, cool, sexy RnB EP with some neat production and a unique sound. Chicago represent baby.
Fave Track: “Sticky”
Joy as an Act of Resistance
Fast, aggressive, heartfelt post-punk? Fuck it, I’m in.
Fave Tracks: “Colossus” “June” “Rottweiler”
This weirdly fell off the more I listened to it, but it’s undoubtedly a great folk album regardless.
Fave Tracks: “I’m Not Scared” “Untitled 2”
I took a recent (and very successful) splurge into Zola’s latest release “Okovi,” and god fuck was it good. This even rivals it in terms of just pure consistentcy, the b-sides are excellent and some remixes even better the originals.
Fave Tracks: “Siphon (Katie Gately Remix)” “Bitten Wool”
About as good as the last, bumped up for being darker and more aggressive. This shit is like the music of the future.
Fave Tracks: “Mei Mode” “Niteracer”
Yolk in the Fur
Starts with a breathtaking opening trio, winds down a bit into more relaxing but uninteresting tracks after that.
Fave Tracks: “Lake Erie” “Yolk in the Fur”
The last three tracks are especially godly here.
Full review: https://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/77620/soccer-mommy-Clean/
Fave Tracks: “Scorpio Rising” “Wildflowers”
Easily my hip-hop AOTY rn.
Fave Tracks: “Prayer Song” “Montego Bae”
Black in Deep Red, 2014
This is a crazy mix of black genres and emotions, if you’re the slightest fan of soul or rock music, I recommend you give this short EP a moment of your time.
Fave Track: “Rank and File”
Instrumentally varied, always exciting if occasionally overwrought.
Fave Tracks: “Pink Moon” “Blackbird”
A beautiful, uplifting, and surprisingly eclectic collection of country/folk tunes.
Fave Tracks: “Haircut Song” “Your Window Seat”
|2||Big Red Machine|
Big Red Machine
“Strange, aching, and downright gorgeous.” 
Fave Tracks: “Deep Forest” “Gratitude”
Nearer My God
Some of the coolest goddamn rock music I’ve heard in a while.
Fave Tracks: “Gameshark” “Five Sharks”