The new Kamasi Washington single is Street Fighter themed and the video has fuckin Gootecks and Combo Fiend in it. The world occasionally, *occasionally*, is all fuckin right.
Oceans of Slumber released a new album that I think is pretty great. I enjoyed it at first and enjoyed it more and more with each subsequent listen, which pretty much echoes what happened with their previous album. Here's one of their songs.
In a completely different genre, Covet has also released a new album. I don't think I like it as much as their previous album, but there's a song called "Shibuya" and I could listen to it over and over again.
This one is from 2017 but hey its still great.
Fuck, I think we're getting a new proper Aphex Twin album?
Last time there was this sort of weird advertising we got Syro, so I'm pumped.
Not a lot of hip hop recommendations so far so I figured I’d focus on those.
1. Kids See Ghosts - Best project by either Kanye or Cudi in damn near a decade. I don’t think a better album will be released this year.
2. TA13OO - Denzel Curry really comes into his own on this one. Wonderful melody mixed with head banging aggression. The best part is it still feels like he can do better.
3. Veteran - Jpegmafia is on the cutting edge with this glitch rap gem. His flows are just as awesome and erratic as the multitude of samples and beats.
4. DAYTONA - Pusha over some great Kanye production. They just feel right together.
5. Testing - A$AP Rocky continues to show why he is a master at using beats and flow to create a true vibe album. Not as good as At Long Last A$AP but still worth checking out.
Let me drop some of my fav albums of the year here.
- Kali Uchis - Isolation : female R&B with a psychedelic twist
- Hop Along - Bite Your Head Off, Dog : female vocals, indie, interesting songstructures
- Let's Eat Grandma - I'm All Ears: young synthpop duo,
- SOPHIE -Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides. experimental abrasive synthpop. Faceshopping
- Arctic Monkeys - Tranquilty Base & Hotel Casino : styleful 60's lounge themed indierock.
- The Voidz - Virtue : Very diverse & funky rock album. One song sounds like RHCP - Hump de Bump if Bono was leadsinger.
- Florence & The Machine - High As Hope: Bit more sparse than usual. Her voice not always deep in the red. Nice.
- Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer: Funky R&B / Pop with Prince vibes
- Iceage - Beyondless Wild-eyed Rock. Very loose at times, plays with tempo changes. Warcries.
- Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel : Not as good as her debut, but still has 4 good songs on it (Nameless, Faceless & Need a Little Time are the best ones)
- Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! : Fun garage / punk album. Kept my eyes on the band for a while, this is the first album that is polished enough for me to truly love.
- Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer : Singer / Songwriter. Piano & Guitar based introspective songs. Amazing voice. Elton John vibes.
- Snail Mail - Lush - young adult indiepop. Genuine voice, genuine feelings. Pristine is the stand out song.
- Hatchie - Sugar & Spice Dreampop. Very short & sweet.
- Gorillaz - The Now Now Hiphop / Pop / Synths. Humility has great summer vibes, but the album didn't stick with me. Zurich & Magic City are okay.
- LUMP - LUMP Folk /w female vocals (Laura Marling) backed by electronic soundscapes. Curse of the Contemporary is a jam
- Gruff Rhys - Babelsberg Lush guitar based songs. Backed by orchestra. Instrumentally very beautiful.
- Flasher - Constant Image midtempo rock with some psychedelic influences.
- The Internet - Hive Mind Smooth funk / soul / r&b. Some great bass riffs on here
- Wild Pink - Yolk in the Fur solid countryside rock. Doesn't surprise much though.
- Dirty Projectors - Lamp Lit Prose Indiepop with interesting vocals & rhythms. First album of theirs i like all the way throughout
- Santigold - I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions fun summer mixtape. Everything flows into eachother, great melodies, no stinkers.
- Death Grips - Year Of The Snitch Agressive rap / rock ... Hard to explain. Honestly need to listen more to it.
- Amanda Shires - To The Sunset Twangy country/pop/rock blend. Sounds like a female Jack White album at times.
my favorite 3 albums have to be
Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer (God's Favorite Customer , Mr. Tillman, We're Only People (And There's Not Much Anyone Can Do About That) ,
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! (Total Football, Almost Had To Start A Fight/ In And Out Of Patience, Freebird II)
Honorable Mentions to Arctic Monkeys, Gruff Rhys & Santigold
@brunothethird: It’s apparently a 5 track EP, one of which I think is a bonus track, maybe for the Japanese release. So not as meaty as I would have hoped, but it’s getting promoted in a way that Cheetah or the weird acoustic drums EP didn’t which makes me hopeful that every track on it is a banger.
Honestly just wish Richard would come back with a crazy Drukqs style album though. Crazy experimental IDM/Breakbeat mixed with Impressionist style prepared piano.
@brunothethird: Oh nice. Yeah that sounds very Syro/The Tuss esque. I’m not completely feeling it. Production is nice but structurally and melodically it sounds a bit rudimentary.
Maybe I’ll grow to really appreciate it over time since that has happened with a lot of Aphex Twin tracks for me.
Auri - Night 13 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYVmmWNskjs
Ostura - Duality - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzQmgb1fWRk
Amorphis - The Bee - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf_4uvymwRw
Spock's Beard - So This Is Life - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snkYMkjr1AI
Some current favourite songs from 2018.
Not sure if it's been mentioned but the new collaboration album by Makeup & Vanity Set (Brigador, Death Note netflix film, buncha other stuff) and vocalist Jasmin Kaset "You Drive" is over at https://youdrive.bandcamp.com/releases where you can listen to it in full and it's pretty neat. Standout tracks for me are New and Only Fire.
Finally dug into the new Florence + The Machine album and I really dig it. Not going to blow any minds but it's a solid album.
Jean Grae & Quelle Chris - Everything's Fine has been in rotation for me since it came out, definitely up there with my favorite hip-hop of the year. Up there with Pusha T's Daytona, Kid Cudi & Kayne's Kids See Ghosts, and Black Thought's Streams of Thought mixtape.
Rock has been slow for me this year but Jack Whites new album and Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off Dog have been really great listens for me as well.
Other than that I'm Patiently waiting for the new BROCKHAMPTON and to finally give the new Freddie Gibbs a shot.
If you like a little bit of science fiction in your rock check out
3rdegree - Ones and Zeroes vol. 0 (and vol. 1). Lyrics are fantastic.
This song, Connecting, is a tongue in cheek anthem to all the trolls out there fighting their 'wars' in the comment sections of the internet. Classic stuff.
You play this part in fits and starts
Pay no attention to this masquerade
Hell what do they know-it's some name you made
Hopefully you'll find some refuge from yourself
And you know it's too much because you've had that blood rush in your head
And you just want to feel again
The trolls are out tonight-we'll raise hell again tonight-web weaved well again tonight
Why waste time putting up a fight connecting?
You just can't quit tonight-you are the shit tonight
Connecting for real-not projecting the ideal
A scofflaw but what did you steal?
Do you know the way to that place where they still touch and talk and feel and breathe?
Another day-a thought relayed
This is the moment you should not delay
A firewall that maybe should be raised-maybe we can find humanity again
There is no challenge hiding out beneath the fray
Can't feed this ego anymore
It's been a kinda disappointing year so far for me, music wise. Nothing new has been catching on with me so I've been mostly delving deeper into 70s/early 80s funk, RnB, and disco. I will happily geek out over Bernard Edwards, Louis Johnson, and Nate Watts basslines all day so this is fine with me.
The new Chromeo album was pretty disappointing. It's a watered down version of their last album, and I was hoping for more given how long it has been since they have released an album. I got the feeling while listening to the album that they've sacrificed a lot of their funkiness in a play for more mainstream appeal and it has ended up making the album dull. Their song "Play The Fool" off their previous album is funkier than the entirety of their new album, not to mention "Come Alive" and "Jealous", two other insanely good songs off that album. There are maybe two songs off the new album I would want to listen to again.
I mentioned The Fearless Flyers before, and they have since put out more songs. All of it is pretty good!
Kalmah put out a new album that is definitely a Kalmah album. It's not anything groundbreaking but it's okay.
I've been really digging the new Daughters song. Really excited to see where the new album goes.
Hey, thanks for sharing this because I had totally missed that Daughters had a new record coming out. This is exciting, albeit also really surprising to see them doing a 7 minute long track.
Because I've not been keeping up with this thread, lemme just dump a bunch of names of cool shit I've heard from this year and a short description.
Abstracter - Cinereous Incarnate - Some belting blackened doom metal
The Atlas Moth - Coma Noir - Some sludgey posty kind of metal with some post-hardcore touches.
Aura Noir - Aura Noire - Classic Aura Noir, one of the very finest purveyors of blackened thrash.
The Breeders - All Nerve - Indie rock from the Deal sisters, real return to form.
Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love - Really really special post-black metal. Which I realise is a term that means little to most people but eh, that's the vocabulary I have.
Gnaw Their Tongues - Genocidal Majesty - It's uhhhhh? A bit black metal, a bit noise, a bit electronic weirdness. Has to be heard to be believed and I imagine most people would find it verging on unlistenable but if you "get" it, it's amazing imo.
Panopticon - The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness - A double album which was my most anticipated record going into 2018, a one man black metal band, only it's black metal with bluegrass & other Appalachian folk influences. Austin Lunn is a fucking genius, and I don't use that word lightly. But really, his songwriting is excellent and so is his performances on this album, well, double album, it clocks in at just shy of 2 hours.
Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! - I liked their last album but the first time I heard Total Football played on the radio I genuinely thought it was a song from '78/'79's punk scene I'd never heard before and got really excited. It's great.
Sleep - The Sciences - It's Sleep doing what Sleep do, heavy heavy riffs. That sort of stoner doom thing isn't for all but it's probably the 2nd most approachable record of all I've listed so far.
Slugdge - Esoteric Malacology - It's slug themed death metal and it's the best new death metal I've heard in a long fucking time. The gimmick is a bit silly but honestly no more so than Cannibal Corpse or every goregrind band.
Uada - Cult of a Dying Sun - I turned into a bit of an evangelist for this earlier in the year, it's pretty straight forward black metal but by Christ it's perfect at that. Can't stress strongly enough how much any metal fan should give this a spin.
@meierthered: Hey, thanks a lot for re-posting this! I should've done it long ago. I suppose most people would just skip to the latest page, so I guess you can't blame them.
Not sure why, but not until the past couple of weeks, I haven't been able to get into any new music. For instance, I really liked Snail Mail's previous outings, but I couldn't get through her debut album from start to finish more than once, even though it's arguably the best collection of songs she's released.
Lately, I've been listening to Tomberlin's At Weddings. There's a rambling quality to it that I quite like. And the vocals are mostly subdued, which makes the few moments of profundity all the more potent. It might be your typical melancholic indie record, but the songs are well-written in my opinion. Listen to Any Other Way and Self-Help.
Thom Yorke is apparently scoring the new Luca Guadagnino film, Suspiria, and he released a song from the soundtrack a few days ago. I expected it to sound like Burn the Witch considering Suspiria is a horror film, but it's a simple, piano-driven song. I love the flute in the back half and the song as a whole.
After listening to the new DeafHeaven album a few times ( around 10 times) i can tell ya it's the worst one yet. Deafheaven kind of got a Eminem streak going on. Hope they pick them selfs up and get back to there roots. Still can't believe Pitchfork give it that high of a score, I know crying about scores is dumb, but still did they even listen to the album :D?
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