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!

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.

November-December Best Releases

Chilly end of 2013 in terms of new releases, but, among them, one of the best album of the year (i will publish my favourite 2013 LPs in another post).

M.I.A.- Matangi (Alternative Dance)

It’s difficult to categorize M.I.A. music style in one or two categories since she is able to mix electronic, dancehall, with indian influences in a Pandora’s box. That’s why she’s pretty unique. I personally like all the works she published cuz she’s able to have a common style, slightly changing it in every work. Energetic.

Sebastien Tellier – Confection (Ambient Pop)

Talking about music style difficult to categorize, Tellier comes out with his ’80 style melted in a modern expression. His last work is much more melancholic than the previous ones, where you are able to find some electro influence. Still an amazing work but, who like his previous works, probably won’t be completely satisfied by this one. In my opinion he’s a poet (musically speaking). Elegant.

Booka Shade Eve (Club Dance)

Music artists usually go to Germany to improve their skills, this german duo went to the opposite direction and moved to UK many years ago. This work is made of 2 LPs, first one is more like an album, second one more as DJ set. Nocturnal.

The Fall – The Remainderer EP (Punk, Post Punk, Indie Rock)

What to add more to a band that contributed to the british punk history and that published their first album in 1979? Not much. I just recommend this EP if you like their style made of distorsions and apparently non-sense sounds. I am always amazed when a band still having creativity over decades.  Irreverent.

Gap Dream – Shine Your Light (Alternative/Indie Rock, New Wave)

A new discover for me, i confess i was attracted by their cover LP! It’s their second work and in my opinion a very good and solid work. Highly recommended. Exuberant.

 

 

 

October Best Releases

As often happens, after an amazing musically-speaking month, a more queit one comes out.  But, for a music-addicted like me, i always find amazing works to share. Look at them!

Pearl Jam – Lightining Bolt (Alternative Rock, Grunge)

What can i say about PJ? Twenty years of career, amazing works, Eddie Vedder’s voice…They can be old style, but…what a style! Visceral.

Four Tet –Beautiful Rewind (Indie Electronic)

After two years after Hebden version of Fabriclive, a new whole Four Tet work, full, as usual, of amazing atmosphere, interesting collaborations (Thom Yorke) and cool sounds. I truly believe you’ll like it. Suspenseful.

Gesaffelstein – Aleph (Electro, Techno)

No he’s not german, austrian or dutch, just a french guy who play live amazing sets and now published his first (and fantastic) work! Go to see some of his sets, and watch this movie-video, very nice. Scratching.

Daniel Avery – Drone Logic (Indie Electronic, IDM)

You probably don’t know him but if i say Death in Vegas, sounds familiar? Yes he’s one of their brains (musician and voice). This solo work is much faster than DIV works, but still hypnotic in some of his tracks. Kinetic.

Kid606 – Happiness (Electronic, Brackbeat)

We all know the talent (at least i do) of this venezuelan born guy. His electronic influences change in every LP so you don’t know what to expect. Volatile.

Russian Circles – Memorial (Post Rock, Alternative Rock)

Despite the name, this american band just published their 5th work. As the previous ones, very good tracks and amazing vibes even without words. In my opinion one of the best post rock bands at the moment. Tense.

Korn –The Paradigm Shift (Alternative Metal, Post Grunge)

Ok we agree that they are not ‘hard’ like their previous works, but they can still be pleasant. And this LP i think is also better than some recent one. Angst-Ridden.

Lee Ranaldo & The Dust –Last Night On Earth (Indie Rock)

One of many parallel Sonic Youth musicians projects came out, this time with the collaboration between Lee Ranaldo and The Dust (Steve Shelley’s parallel band). Softer than Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving project but very nice and enjoyable (with some intense guitar riffs though). Freewheeling.

Yuck – Glow & Behold (Indie Rock)

Second work for this renovated UK band; some of the musicians left and new ones came in. Result -fortunately- is still a pretty album like their first one. Exuberant.

 

 

April Best Releases

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If March was a very interesting month for amazing releases, i cannot say April was boring. Here they are my tips for the month:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito (alternative rock, garage punk)

They usually wait 3 years to publish a new LP, this time we had to wait 1 year more! We were very impatient to listen this new work! I can say that it’s less ‘noisy’ and involving than their first work (a real masterpiece) but still a YYY album and their talent is intact. Provocative.

The Knife – Shacking the Habitual (Indie Electronic)

I can tell now already: this double LP is in the top 10 of 2013 releases! After (amazing) Fever Ray solo album we were scared that this project was going to end, but fortunately they worked together again to create this amazing chapter. Disc 1 is pure The Knife style, Disc 2 is instrumental and more experimental. Hypnotic.

Miss Kittin – Calling From the Stars (electro-techno, neo-electro)

Four years after her last work with The Hacker, french DJ/composer/producer,  Caroline Herve comes back with a great release! A double LP very intense and captivating. Cerebral.

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oUSECFUZ1A

Bonobo – The North Borders (downbeat, ambient brackbeat)

New work for the english producer Simon Green published on glorious Ninja Tune records.  Erykah Badu is one of the hosts in this LP. One of the best downbeat representative artists. Freewheeling.

Simian Mobile Disco – Live (alternative dance, electro-techno)

Started as rock/electro band (as Simian) this project is definitely more electro but not less interesting. They became famous for many remixes but also for their original works! They remind me of 2manydj’s (they also started as rock/electro band–>Soulwax) and Justice as similar style. This is a live LP, it can be a good start if you don’t know them.  Confident.

ps i’ve chosen this video both for the song and the video itself obviously! 🙂

!!! – Thr!!!er (alternative dance, alternative/indie rock)

Fifth chapter for this very original band (starting from the name, pronounced ‘chk chk chk’) formed in NYC in mid ’90s . It’s difficult to categorize them in one style since they use many instruments plus they like to mix several genres. You have to ‘try’ them and you won’t be disappointed (especially their debut LP). Irreverent.

Telekinesis –Dormarion (alternative, indie rock)

American songwriter Michael Lerner is the founder of this project.  This last LP in particular is produced by Chris Walla (Death Cub For Cutie producer) and Spoon drummer Jim Eno actively collaborated. Soothing.

See you next month!