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!

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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.

 

 

September Best Realeases

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As i told you in advance few weeks ago, September was an amazing month (musically speaking), one of the best since i’ve started this blog. Hope you will enjoy!

Arctic Monkeys – AM (Indie Rock)

Fifth work for this british band always on Domino Records like the previous ones. They try to improve the quality of their last -less fortunate- works like Suck It and See and Humbug, but we all know that the quality level of their first work is unreachable. In my opinion this LP is better than the last one. Freewheeling.

MGMT – MGMT (Indie Pop, Indie Electronic, New Psychedelia)

Third work for this amazing NYC band. Probably a little bit less intense than the previous -amazing- work but still very enjoyable. When you listen to them it seems you are in another dimension (one of the best things about music and about the artists creativity). Atmospheric.

TrentemØller – Lost (Electronic, Downbeat)

New interesting work for this talented danish electronic performer. His last work LP was full of remixes, this time he mixed new songs but also with some interesting collaborations (Kazu Makino from Blonde Redhead, like in this video below). Cerebral.

Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks (Alternative Rock, Industrial Rock)

I didn’t really believe Nine Inch Nails were going to retire (even if i went to watch them live for their ‘last’ tour, just in case). After his parallel project involving his wife (How To Destroy Angels), Trent Reznor came back with the original band and this amazing LP.  Intense.

Placebo –Loud Like Love (Alternative Rock, Neo Glam, Punk Pop)

After 4 years from their previous work, Placebo come back with an intense work. They try to go back to their beginning style, but still with an electric (glam) touch, characteristic of their music evolution. Confident.

Goldfrapp – Tales of Us (Alternative/Indie Rock, Electronica)

What to expect from one of the most changeable contemporary artists ? An intense, unique and amazing work. It just depends on which Goldfrapp style do you like more (personally, all of them). Elegant.

Nightmares On Wax –Feelin’ Good (Electronic, Downtempo)

Published on Warp Records, this new work from is very enjoyable. It’s difficult to categorize it in a single style, since they like to mix different ones. Energetic.

Glasvegas – When Tv Turns To Static (Indie Rock)

Third work from this scottish (no they are not from US) band, two years from the previous one. Don’t expect something sophisticated, but easy listening and simple rock songs. Raucous.

Mùm – Smilewound (Indie Electronic, Electronica)

We are getting used of talented artists coming from the little island in the middle of nowhere called Iceland. Somebody would probably dislike their mellow style (perfect for a rainy day, but can be depressing also), but in this new work they also pump up the beat (like in this song i’ve chosen). Reflective.

Clark – Feast/Beast (Electronic)

Published (again) on Warp Records, this double LP of remixes is great. First because he chooses great songs to remix (from Amon Tobin to Nathan Fake), second because of his high quality touch. Quirky.

The Stepkids – Troubadour (Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo Soul)

Coming from Connecticut this interesting band just published their second album that i would define as a nice psychedelic funk work. Trippy.

Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe (Synth Pop, Indie Electronic)

Debut LP for this scottish band that started their career supporting Passion Pit’s 2012 UK tour. Now they started to ‘walk alone’ and i think they can have a good career.  Exuberant.

See you next month!

 

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!