Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Quietus Albums Of The Year 2016

ONE: Årabrot - The Gospel
TWO: Solange - A Seat At The Table
THREE: Innercity Ensemble - III
FOUR: Jessy Lanza - Oh No No No
FIVE: Shirley Collins - Lodestar
SIX: Fat White Family - Songs For Our Mothers
SEVEN: David Bowie - Blackstar
EIGHT: Ian William Craig - Centres
NINE: D∆WN - Redemption
TEN: Jenny Hval - blood bitch

ELEVEN: Frank Ocean - Blonde
TWELVE: Laura Cannell - Simultaneous Flight Movement
THIRTEEN: Matmos - Ultimate Care II
FOURTEEN: Klara Lewis - Too
FIFTEEN: Skepta - Konnichiwa
SIXTEEN: The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End Of Time
SEVENTEEN: Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä
EIGHTEEN: Shackleton - Devotional Songs
NINETEEN: Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body
TWENTY: Marissa Nadler - Strangers
TWENTY ONE: Sote - Hardcore Sounds From Tehran
TWENTY TWO: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
TWENTY THREE: Katie Gately - Color
TWENTY FOUR: Sex Swing - Sex Swing
TWENTY FIVE: Brian Eno - The Ship
TWENTY SIX: King - We Are King
TWENTY EIGHT: Wolfgang Buttress & Bees - Be One
TWENTY NINE: Jute Gyte - Perdurance
THIRTY: Huerco S - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

THIRTY ONE: Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
THIRTY TWO: The Stargazer’s Assistant - Remoteness Of Light
THIRTY THREE: A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
THIRTY FOUR: Julianna Barwick - Will
THIRTY FIVE: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
THIRTY SIX: Suede - Night Thoughts
THIRTY SEVEN: Jambinai - A Hermitage
THIRTY EIGHT: Convextion - 2845
THIRTY NINE: Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
FORTY: Kemper Norton - Toll

FORTY ONE: Puce Mary - The Spiral
FORTY TWO: Black Merlin - Hipnotik Tradisi
FORTY THREE: Daniel Patrick Quinn - I, Sun
FORTY FOUR: Lord Tang - Butterflies
FORTY FIVE: Underworld - Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
FORTY SIX: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy
FORTY SEVEN: Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - We Be All Africans
FORTY EIGHT: Equiknoxx - Bird Sound Power
FORTY NINE: Anna Meredith - Varmints
FIFTY: Factory Floor - 25 25

FIFTY ONE: Tim Hecker - Love Streams
FIFTY TWO: Bully Fae - Defy A Thing To Be
FIFTY THREE: Beyoncé - Lemonade
FIFTY FOUR: Kano - Made In The Manor
FIFTY FIVE: Bruxa Maria - Human Condition
FIFTY SIX: Grumbling Fur - Furfour
FIFTY SEVEN: Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
FIFTY EIGHT: Skee Mask - Shred
FIFTY NINE: Oren Ambarchi - Hubris
SIXTY: The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits

SIXTY ONE: Babyfather - BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow
SIXTY TWO: The Body - No One Deserves Happiness
SIXTY THREE: G.H. - Housebound Demigod
SIXTY FOUR: Darren Hayman - Thankful Villages Vol. 1
SIXTY FIVE: Laniakea - A Pot Of Powdered Nettles

SIXTY SIX: Waclaw Zimpel - Lines
SIXTY SEVEN: Roly Porter - Third Law
SIXTY EIGHT: Chance The Rapper - Colouring Book
SIXTY NINE: Atlantikwall - Atlantikwall

SEVENTY ONE: Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor
SEVENTY TWO: Pattern Man - Pattern Man
SEVENTY THREE: Julien Marchal - II
SEVENTY FOUR: Billy Bao - The Lagos Sessions
SEVENTY FIVE: Gyda Valtysdottir - Epicycle
SEVENTY SIX: Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina
SEVENTY SEVEN: Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - Remain Calm
SEVENTY EIGHT: Hen Ogledd - Bronze
SEVENTY NINE: Kassem Mosse - Disclosure
EIGHTY: Kristoffer Lo - The Black Meat
EIGHTY ONE: Hannah Peel - Awake But Always Dreaming
EIGHTY TWO: Sam Shalabi - Isis And Osiris
EIGHTY THREE: Pangaea - In Drum Play
EIGHTY FOUR: Ghold - Pyr
EIGHTY FIVE: FIS - From Patterns To Details
EIGHTY SIX: Carla Dal Forno - You Know What It's Like
EIGHTY SEVEN: Swans - Glowing Man
EIGHTY EIGHT: Bon Iver - 22, A Million
EIGHTY NINE: Omar-S - The Best
NINETY: Knifeworld - Bottled Out Of Eden
NINETY ONE: Gnaw Their Tongues - Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent
NINETY TWO: John Cale - M:Fans
NINETY THREE: The Invisible - Patience
NINETY FOUR: Wire - Nocturnal Koreans
NINETY FIVE: Jackie Lynn - Jackie Lynn
NINETY SIX: The Dwarfs Of East Agouza - Bes
NINETY SEVEN: Cat’s Eyes - Treasure House
NINETY EIGHT: Ahrkh Wagner - Ahrkh Wagner
NINETY NINE: Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth
ONE HUNDRED: Stein Urheim - Strandebarm

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dorothea Paas - No Loose Ends - 2016

Pulco - Chrome Toe - 2016

Noise music is the music of anticipation. Today's noise will be the music of tomorrow. 
Noise music has a sense of being out of control, of being near to collapse, using the failure of machinery pushed too far 

Chrome Toe is a confusing mix of broken synth, found sound, glitch guitar and dark uncomfortable rants 
Random, dis functional and unhinged

indoor/indoor - suburban lakes - 2016

Most excellent release, chalked full of pop sentiments and a true DIY aesthetic.

Winter 2016 - Z Tapes Sampler

2016 was the best year of Z Tapes and we are very thankful for it. For every fan, every supporter, every artist, everyone around us. Here is a small presentation of our second half of 2016. 

The songs were selected by Jordan aka moving in. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Best of 2016… Pete Astor - Spilt Milk

As one of the unsung heroes of that era, Creation Records mainstay Pete Astor fronted cult favourites The Loft and The Weather Prophets and released a string of solo albums in the Nineties, before becoming a lecturer at the University of Westminster. After dallying with more experimental, electronic music, he re-emerged a few years back with Songbox (2012) and, with help of Veronica Falls man James Hoare, now fully finds his voice again on new album Spilt Milk. DiS

"The Master of less is more." - The Guardian

" great as anything he's ever turned his hand to." - Uncut (8/10)

"...his songwriting... remains well turned" - Q (4/5)

"Astor still sounds like the coolest purveyor of Velvets-esque pop on the block."  - Record Collector (4/5)

"simple but literate guitar songs, stripped to the bone and resembling the tight forward propulsion of the Velvet Underground's fourth album, Loaded." The Times 4*s

Best of 2016… Ings - "Afterthought"

The simplicity of this song along with that bass line made this song one I went back to many times in 2016. Excellent writing!

 I will not be your afterthought, I will not 
You gotta go, you gotta go now 

A tiny little part of it 
You're not the thing, the thing you're not 

I will not be your afterthought, I will not 
You gotta go, you gotta go now 

Acoustic focus on this moment 
You were cool but I was lonesome 

You will not be mine after all, you will not 
You gotta go, you gotta go now 

I've gotta go, I've gotta go now 
(I don't see you round my doorway) 

Medieval romance like you're supposed to 
It's the tightest way to lie 

But I will not be your afterthought, I will not 
You gotta go, you gotta go now

Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats – A Little Something More From [EP] - 2016

The Denver Post proclaims, "...Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats have supplied another ear-pleasing dose of their agreeable soul sounds..." The set, a companion to the band's critically acclaimed debut, features new studio recordings of live favorites including "Parlor," "Out On The Weekend," and "I Did It," original album B-sides including the soulful ballad "What I Need," "How To Make Friends" and a live version of "Wasting Time" recorded at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. BWW

Monday, December 5, 2016

Best of 2016… Plastic Mermaids - Everything is Yellow and Yellow is my Least Favourite Colour

Such a great EP from 2016. Psychedelic Surf Pop at it's very best… 
Beyond the Cosmos After Death is by far my fav track on the record...

Hailing from the Isle of Wight, Plastic Mermaids are a timely example of a young British guitar band that sound both fresh and exciting without losing that crucial appetite for melody. With an expansive palette for progressive sounds, they conjure up the chug and groove of a Three EPs era Beta Band, the leftfield, warped pop hooks of Clinic, and the colour and joy of fellow Brits, Glass Animals. Ultimately, it hints at a modern day Brian Wilson with a band all on the same sonic page, and it's as exquisite as that suggests.

All Our Pretty Songs, Nevermind Revisited - 2016

Another great bunch of covers, this time in memory of Nirvana