Like every year this is my selection of the best music i have heard from last year. Spotify says i have heard 1542 songs, 10222 minutes of music (26% more than last year), i don’t know if it’s a lot though, but, who cares!
In my opinion 2017 was better in terms of excellent works, but obviously also this past year had some amazing albums out.
9. Interpol – Marauder
After Our Love to Admire i think they didn’t go to the next step, but they are always pleasant and raw.
8. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage
After their first album with the amazing collaboration of Tame Impala’s singer, they are back with a great work, still on the notes of ‘ethereal’ rock.
7. Mogwai – Kin Soundtrack
Mogwai are Mogwai whatever they do, it can be an album, EP or soundtrack.
6. Jack White – Boarding House Reach
Rock poet, pure talent, always great works.
5. The Good, The Bad & the Queen – Merrie Land
Side Damon Albarn’s project is back after several years of their previous -and only- LP.
4. Muse – Simulation Theory
It’s true, they evolved a lot over the years but it’s incredible their ability to create hits on every work they do. Always more ‘futuristic’ rock.
3. The Breeders – All Nerve
Probably the only female rock bands coming from the amazing 90’s. Elegant as usual.
2. Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino
Quiet album comparing to their previous works but Alex Turner’s voice seems to be even more confident on these notes, for sure more remarkable.
1. Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
I would never think in my life of putting them as my favorite album of the year but after having seen their concert, i appreciate them much more. Their style is always the same, simple, direct and easy to enjoy.
Here is the playlist.
12. Yves Tumor – Safe in the Hands of Love
New discover for me, but easily to appreciate like everything published on Warp Records.
11. Autechre – NTS Session 2
Do we have Acid Electronic still? yes and thanks to them that over the years they keep their style.
10. Helena Hauff – Qualm
German, electronic performer, she doesn’t need any other reference i think.
9. The Prodigy – No Tourists
Finally back to their energy that characterized the beginning of their career.
8. Maya Jane Coles – Waves & Whirlwinds EP
Her talent came out few years ago and never stopped. It can be a DJ set (i still remember her set in 2013 at Sonar Festival) or EP like this.
7. Thievery Corporation – Treasures from the Temple
Finally becoming more productive in the last years, their mix of styles and genres are always amazing.
6. Siriusmo – Zeit EP
He published this cool EP at the very end of the year just to be sure he could get in the chart!
5. Soulwax – Essential
What can be more essential that calling all the songs with numbers from 1 to 12?
4. Against All Logic – 2012-2017
Side project for Nicolas Jaar, one of the greatest talent nowadays.
3. Aphex Twin – Collapse EP
Still making masterpieces, great artwork and having a low profile.
2. Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch
Kind of EP (6 songs) but fantastic work despite some critics for the small format.
1. Daniel Avery – Song for Alpha
Fantastic work, perfect sequence of songs starting from lower vibe then increasing til the fantastic Diminuendo, then slowing down again til the end with the great hits Slow Fade and Glitter.
Hope you will enjoy these songs or that you will discover some new artist you didn’t know before. Happy 2019 (always with headset)!