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|04.13.21 ||tec's 2021 Q1 - Top 15||04.07.21 ||tec’s KING CRIMSON, Ranked ♦|
|03.31.21 ||tec’s GODFLESH, Ranked||03.22.21 ||tec’s THE SMITHS, Ranked|
|03.11.21 ||tec’s RADIOHEAD, Ranked ♦||03.01.21 ||tec’s THE NATIONAL, Ranked ♦|
|02.22.21 ||tec’s BJORK, Ranked ♦||02.18.21 ||Breakfast Cereal Tier List|
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|01.05.21 ||MUSIC: tec's Top 50 of 2020 ♦||11.23.20 ||2020 // 25 UNDER 25|
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|2020 // 25 UNDER 25|
Here are 25 albums for 2020 that have under 25 sputnik ratings - meaning they are being overlooked and you should check them out! Ranked according to preference.
So soft-spoken that it almost becomes background noise at a few junctures - but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The Sharecropper’s Daughter
A little long and drawn out but still really, really solid hip hop. Great to hear more females coming to light in the genre, too.
Eclectic pop records always hit harder in foreign languages, don't they?
Aggressive pseudo-black metal with some avant-electronic thrown in the mix and a scathing vocal performance. Unique, if nothing else.
A Day At The Beach
Not a prog rock guy at all, but this isn't so reliant on the machinations and over-production that plagues the genre's weightiest releases. This is, like, lowkey prog at best. But it's good.
Attack of the Future Shocked, Flesh Covered, Meatb
Stupid name and album cover aside, this is surprisingly competent and well-delivered hip hop with an often unconventional delivery.
|19||Boldy James and Sterling Toles|
Manger On Mcnichols
Detroit represent. Great flow on most tracks and some really tight beats. Overlooked hip hop album.
Like a scrapbook of lots of little things I love. Messy at times, but that's at least *partially* the point.
Elicits a great ambiance; calm, warm, trancelike.
Like a modern-day Can, but more spaced out and psychedelic.
|15||Guitar Fight from Fooly Cooly|
An emulation of early Midwest emo (think Cap'n Jazz or The Brave Little Abacus) with more harmony and less disharmonious vocals (which, for me, is a good thing).
Hypnotic and laid back quasi-pop; at a succinct twenty-four minutes, this is a super easy listen and massages the brain quite nicely.
Sputcore - literally! Subdued dream pop, cloudy and sexy and tranquil in all the right ways.
Surprised this album has so few ratings given Sput's tendency toward metal releases. In fact, I think MSW and Hell are totally under-represented for a site so heavily entrenched in the genre(s). Anyway, good
If any album this year were to rip your head off and shit down your neck, it'd be this one. I mean that in a good way, of course.
|10||Black Market Brass|
Super chill aftobeat; blast this guy on max volume, zone out, and just let the funk flow through you.
|9||Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty|
Unctuous avant-jazz-fusion, what more do you need to know?
Very raw, pulsating with an urgency that a lot of modern post-hardcore and noise rock bands are lacking. I should theoretically be more annoyed by the vocals here (if history means anything), but for some reason, they work.
One of the most energetic records of the year, full stop.
An endurance test, for sure, but an incredibly sprawling and rewarding journey filled with so many different genres, influences, and random shit that trying to explain it with words would be futile.
I Must Be Living Twice
Lovely little EP of minimal synthpop; could almost be categorized as coldwave. Repetitive and chilly but also strangely uplifting in a weird, inexplicable way.
One of Zorn's less spastic records, showing that the man still has incredible jazz chops when he wants to. (Did anybody ever question that, though?)
No frills post-hardcore, bordering on noise rock but less chaotic. Really, really well done.
Been championing this bitch since Q1 and y'all still ain't on board? Spacey jazz-influenced rock with a side of neo-psychedelia. More structured than their previous release, but also much tighter and more focused as a result.
Dead Kids R.I.P. City
Wonderfully atmospheric gothic post-punk with a dash of pop - for fans of The Cure and Motorama. This album is going to be woefully overlooked, I already know it.
|Guys and gals - hop on these great and currently overlooked / under-appreciated albums!|
|7 rips, will try to check 4 at some point - haven't nu-Zorn'd in ages|
|yay for 9 and 13|
|17 and 13 are a couple of my favs this year, will check some others for sure|
|YES for 23, will peep 1|
|25 is aoty|
|9 and 22 are aces|
Will sample something immediately
|nice list, i love 18. |
gonna check a few others on here for sure
|God bless. And by coincidence, "Dead Kids R.I.P. City" gets a fresh review minutes after I post this list. Awesome (it absolutely deserved one).|
|New Cabaret Voltaire is really nice, too, but it doesn’t have so many rates because it hasn’t been out for long. (Consider it, though!!)|
|i guess it's fate then, i'll check Soft Kill|
|$ilkmoney was top 3 hip hop albums of 2020 for me. Surprisingly good, with great lyrics and flow. |
|the dollar sign makes me skeptical about that|
|checking 23, 22, 20, 10, 7, 6, |
|god bless 🙏🏼 |
|and yes - awful name, good album|
btw good luck with #6 - i love it but it is definitely an exhausting experience.
|18 is really good, keen to revisit that one|
2 didn't match up to One Eye Sees Red but as you're so steadfast in your championing I'll have another stab
|Both ONE EYE SEES RED and HAMZE are 4/5 for me; love them both immensely, though if your preference tends toward a more sprawling and wide-open aesthetic, OESR will definitely scratch that itch more readily. I've heard a few detractors say that they don't like the neo-psych tracks on HAMZA because it disrupts the heavier space/jazz rock flow, and I can see that, too. I think there's a delicate balance to it, though.|