November Best Releases

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It’s almost the end of the year and time to think about the best LPs of the year (i will make as usual in a different post), but this autumn is being great so better to enjoy it.

Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways (Post Grunge, Indie Rock)

Recalling a TV show with the same, one of the most popular rock bands come back and it’s not a surprise since alla the media announced it since months ago. They are in the mainstream so it’s part of the game.  I personally prefer when the band is not SO popular worldwide because every time it happens, often the result is being more commercial (big record companies want that obviously). Also this work is very good, i like it, but over the years they probably have lost something, even if Dave Grohl’s determination and work dedication are always up. Energy while you drive.

Pink Floyd – The Endless River (Progressive Rock)

What i have to add more for one of the most influent rock bands in the music history? Not much obviously. Roger Waters is not there but still a pleasant and interesting work. When outside is raining.

Fugazi – First Demo (Alternative Rock)

Talking about legends, but surely less famous than previous ones, Fugazi were one of the most influent bands in the late 80’s rock scene. This work is a compilation of their previous demos never published (except one song). For the nostalgic fans of that amazing time. Nostalgic of rough guitars.

Royksopp – The Inevitable End (Electronic, Downtempo)

Lately this amazing norwegian duo is being very active. Lately they made several collaborations with the singer Robyn (last mini LP was published few months ago) and she also appears of this work (her voice fits very good between their notes). Their last official LP was 4 years ago (in between the LateNightTales compilation). Dreaming of other places.

Groove Armada – LateNighTales presents Automatic Soul (Electronica, House-Funk)

Talking about LateNightTales compilations, new chapter cured by this amazing british duo. Compilations of songs running fast for relaxing and very enjoyable listening. Fun in the club.

Mouse on Mars – 21 Again: Collaborations (Electronica, Indie Electronic)

As the title say this new double work is a collection of songs featuring many artists, including Prefuse 73, Junior Boys, Matthew Herbert, Modeselektor, dressed with MoM sauce. Very interesting salad.

Temples – Sun Restructured (Alternative/Indie Rock)

The original work of this amazing british band -Sun Structures- is already a great LP so remixing it could have been tricky. Despite the risk, Erol Alkan and Richard Norris (duo known as Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve) decided to accept the challenge making it even more interesting! Lost in the desert.

Clark – Clark (Electronic, Ambient Techno)

English composer and producer, a column in the Warp records family (7th record published with them), Christopher Clark comes back after 2 years of his last album (he published a good EP in between). Always great quality in his works. Snowing outside, techno inside.

Here it is the playlist!

October Best Releases

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The month of the foliage and Halloween celebration just passed by. Personally a lot of work, musically speaking a lot of interesting new releases. I have decided to create a playlist of the month instead of adding single music videos, better to have the music in one You Tube link.

Mono – Rays of Darkness (Experimental Rock, Instrumental Rock)

Interesting decision to make two short separate albums instead of one double LP work. They probably wanted to separate this one, harder, from the second part (‘The Last Dawn’). I also like the title chosen, nice oxymoron. Uncompromising.

Thurston Moore – The Best Day (Alternative/Indie Rock)

As big fan of Sonic Youth i cannot avoid to mention a legend/poet -in my opinion- of rock. After they have decided to split into different projects, he’s the one more similar to SY’s style (Kim Gordon turned more into experimental and avant guard). Also SY drummer Steve Shelley appears in many songs. Intense.

Lee Ranaldo and The Dust – Acoustic Dust (Indie Rock)

Another SY member, strangely, published in the same month a new work with The Dust band. He’s more ‘quiet’ of his mate Thurston but this doesn’t mean he doesn’t ‘push hard’ on his guitar or that his work is less interesting. Airy.

Ok Go – Hungry Ghosts (Indie Rock)

Following the Halloween theme, the title of this work reflects their styles, volatile. Somebody know them also for their amazing music videos, funny and original at the same time. Being creative in several sides of your work is definitely a must! Playful.

Weezer – Everything Will Be Alright In The End (Alternative Pop/Rock)

Ok, we have to stop to think about them considering only great works as Green or Blue Album. Life requires evolution and we know how it’s important in the music world, the important is to evolve ‘well’ not following the mainstream requests. They did a bit better than their last works, i’m not crazy for them but it’s still enjoyable listening. Freewheeling.

Primus – Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungy Ensemble (Funk Metal)

Tribute to ‘Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory’ movie (album dedicated to Gene Wilder), one of the most original bands on earth (since the 90’s when they started) come back with their irriverent style. Rebellious.

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead (Electronic, Experimental Electronic)

After two years of their last work, this amazing californian band comes back with this work from the irriverent title. 19 songs, not long ones, to listen consecutively, not inside playlists (common nowadays). Cerebral.

Caribou – Our Love (Indie Electronic)

Two years after after his previous work, another very cool LP from this amazing canadian artist. As usual, considering his earlier albums, a very wise mix of faster and slower songs put together. Definitely worth listening. Elegant.

SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land (Electronic, Club/Dance, Dubstep)

After having remixed many songs of Basement Jaxx, M.I.A. and Underworld, second solo work for this creative and talented London artist. Listening to it, you realize that also by his own, he can make amazing songs mixing very different styles! Ethereal.

Here’s the playlist with the main songs of these new releases.

Enjoy!

September Best Releases

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Wake me up when September ends, a famous Green Day song says. Now that we all are woken up from the end of vacations and the beginning of crazy hours at works, let’s see which were the best music releases. Fantastic month!

Aphex Twin – Syro (Ambient Techno, Experimental Electronic)

Difficult to describe such a genius like Aphex Twin, an ‘anti-star’ who doesn’t use social networks to promote his stuff but ALL the best music magazines talked about him when rumors of a new work came out. Of course they were curious after a long waiting (13 years!), but his art (in music, design, videos, some of them flilmed by Chris Cunningham) was and is worldwide recognized. His new work is exactly like his previous ones, classic but original at the same time! Complex.

ALT-J – This is All Yours (Alternative/Indie Rock)

Make a second LP after the debut worldwide success is not easy, but this english band were able to do a very pleasant album, on the false line of the previous work. It will guarantees the same success? In the meanwhile listen to it and tell me what you think about, i personally liked. Refined.

Interpol – El Pintor (New Wave, Post Punk, Indie Rock)

After four years from their previous self-titled album (after the masterpiece Our Love To Admire), they go back with another amazing work. In my opinion not at the same level of their debut album and the one mentioned above, but still a powerful LP. Self-Conscious.

Tricky – Adrian Thaws (Trip Hop, Indie Electronic)

I didn’t expect another work only one year after False Idols. Apparently he is being very creative lately. Anyway, i love him, some work more, some less but i will always recommend something coming out from him (and the wonderful voice of Frnacesca Belmonte). Visceral.

Julian Casablancas + The Voidz – Tyranny (Indie Rock, New Wave)

Second ‘kinda-solo’ work (it’s actually a collaboration with The Voidz band) for the lead singer of The Strokes. It can be an album coming from his most famous band, short songs (except one that is 11 minutes long), straight til the end (you only need 1 hour to listen it all). Bittersweet.

Death From Above 1979 – The Physical World (Alternative/Indie Rock)

Well well when did we see each other before? Something like that happened to this cool canadian duo who reunited again after 10 years from their boom with ‘You’re a woman, i’m a machine’. They went through other projects but -fortunately for us- decided to collaborate again and go back with a very intense (and short) work! Volatile.

Simian Mobile Disco – Whorl (Ambient Techno, Electronic)

A bit different from their usual style, this work is collection of remixes made during their DJing around the world. I like when musicians try new stuff, even if different from their genres and it could possibly make them lose audience. Life without risks is boring! Technical.

Erol Alkan – Fabriclive 77 (Electro-House, House-Tech)

Another chapter of the compilation Fabriclive this time cured by the talented british/turkish DJ. Twenty songs, remixes and collaborations that make this compilation very enjoyable. Energetic.

Karen O – Crush Songs (Indie Rock)

Yeah Yeah Yeah’s singer (for the ones who sadly don’t know her), published her second solo project with a collection of lo-fi songs. They can be normal songs but her voice (one of the most enchanting ones) make them great! Far from YYY’s style, much more relaxed. Intimate.

July-August Best Releases

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In August i have decided to put together these two months because there weren’t SO many good releases. I was supposed to write it early september but work was so busy that i couldn’t make it before!

Plastikman – Ex (Acid Techno, Minimal Techno)

Worldwide known as Richie Hawtin, he came back to his parallel project who gave him a huge audience in the 90’s. And it seems nothing changed much from his last work as Plastikman, however there’s a more modern touch in this amazing work. Trippy.

Basement Jaxx – Junto (Club/Dance, Progressive House)

It’s really difficult to include them in some categories. Since their beginning they mixed different kind of music together in an explosive pandora’s box. Their talent is still there, but their previous LPs were unique. Anyway very enjoyable work. Hedonistic.

Chicks on Speed – Artstravaganza (Electro-Clash, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic)

One of the most influent electro-clash bands in the late 90’s came back with a new work. The style of this feminine duo is more or less the same, when you listen their songs you have the feeling of freedom, fun and happiness! Yoko Ono and Juliane Assange also appears in this work. Detached.

Spoon – They Want My Soul (Alternative/Indie Rock)

After 4 years and other side projects (like the amazing project Divine Fits), the band from Texas come back together with a very interesting work! In my opinion they are one of the best Indie Rock bands ever. Every work have a very nice touch dressed with the amazing Britt Daniel’s voice. Ironic.

The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi (Indie Rock)

Another good work for this famous danish duo. In this LP sounds seems to be darker, the only limit in my opinion is their voices that seems always in the same tone. Sounds make the difference in their case. Visceral.

See you in few weeks with the amazing September releases!

June Best Releases

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In the best month of the year (because it’s my birthday) very interesting works came out.

JACK WHITE – Lazaretto (Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Blues)

Second solo work for one of the best rock artists nowadays! After The White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather projects, he seems to continue by himself (and in an amazing way like everything he has done). The style is pretty much the same, but always pleasant to listen. Confident.

DEADMAU5 – While (1<2) (Electronic, House, EDM)

Very cool double LP for the canadian author/producer Joel Thomas Zimmermann (more appeal as deadmau5, right?). Comparing to official works, he remixes songs from other artists like, for example, Nine Inch Nails or How to Destroy Angels. Definitely a different and interesting way to love more the mouse (who i highly recommend to see live). Freewheeling.

KLAXONSLove Frequency (Alternative/Indie Rock)

Four years after ‘Surfing the Void’ that personally didn’t…

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June Best Releases

In the best month of the year (because it’s my birthday) very interesting works came out.

JACK WHITE – Lazaretto (Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Blues)

Second solo work for one of the best rock artists nowadays! After The White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather projects, he seems to continue by himself (and in an amazing way like everything he has done). The style is pretty much the same, but always pleasant to listen. Confident.

DEADMAU5 – While (1<2) (Electronic, House, EDM)

Very cool double LP for the canadian author/producer Joel Thomas Zimmermann (more appeal as deadmau5, right?). Comparing to official works, he remixes songs from other artists like, for example, Nine Inch Nails or How to Destroy Angels. Definitely a different and interesting way to love more the mouse (who i highly recommend to see live). Freewheeling.

KLAXONS Love Frequency (Alternative/Indie Rock)

Four years after ‘Surfing the Void’ that personally didn’t rnjoy much, UK band Klaxons came back with an interesting LP, mixed also with some electronic. It seems that they didn’t want to reply ‘Myths of the Near Future’ like the following work, but they want to go forward and, in my opinion, is a good choice. Playful.

THE KNIFE –Shaken Up Versions (Indie Electronic, IDM)

Following the masterpiece Shaking the Habitual, they made an album with remixes of songs from the last work but also from previous ones. Sparkling.

RADIO MOSCOW – Magical Dirt (Blues Rock, Indie Rock)

Coming from Iowa, this interesting trio come back after 2 years with this very enjoyable work. Their style didn’t change much over the years so you won’t be shocked listening this last release. But they always make good works. Boisterous.

 

May Best Releases

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I was going to put together May and June but so many good releases were published in May that i have decided to make one dedicated. Sorry for the delay, but it’s never too late to listen good music, right?

 The Horrors – Luminous (Indie Rock, Garage Rock)

Fourth work for this band coming from UK. Their style didn’t change much since their previous -fantastic- album (Strange House) but they became less ‘dark’ in my opinion. I personally enjoyed all their works, just Skying didn’t impress me much. Anyway, still a very nice work! Trippy.

Archie Bronson Outfit – Wild Crush (Garage Punk, Indie Rock)

In my opinion they are one of the greatest bands nowadays. It’s also their 4th work and i can say that making a following work after masterpiece ‘Coconut’ was not easy. But they bravely continued on the false line of it, making a…

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