2018 AOTY 10-7
10 - Skee Mask - Compro
I naturally tend to gravitate towards more electronic based music when studying, particularly IDM and ambient. Skee Mask is a group that I had not even heard of until this year, and Compro immediately became one of the most important albums of the year for me. The music is best described as ambient techno, a quiet, slow paced yet melodic musical experience that somehow takes you somewhere otherworldly. The experiences tied to this album are almost indescribable, a sort of calming experience that only an expertly composed piece of music can bring you.
9 - JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
I haven't been this drawn to an album in quite some time, sitting anxiously as I hang on every second, not knowing where it will take me. The production on this, as well as his absurd and dark lyricism, is abrasive and makes for an incredibly challenging listen. Easily one of the most impressive and entertaining Abstract Hip Hop albums in the past couple years. Veteran is incredibly provocative, with rage infused political tracks rapped at an almost uncomfortable level of intensity, this made for one of the most replayable albums of the year.
8 - Palm - Rock Island
On my first listen to this album I was quickly put off by the loud, repetitive instrumentation. The psychedelic math rock approach was not an easy listen, but I was quick to find enjoyment in each tracks melodic undertones. I kept returning to this album on a daily basis, finding similarities to some of my favourite artists such as Animal Collective and even The Beach Boys. Rock Island is by no means an album to be enjoyed by everyone, but if you go into this with patience and let the music speak for itself, I can guarantee you’ll find something special.
7 - Mid-Air Thief - Crumbling
On what is my favourite Bandcamp release of the year, South Korean Mid-Air Thief deliver a transcendent and emotionally dense album, filled to the brim with unconventional melodies. Despite the obvious language barrier, this is proof of the universal aspect of music, allowing everybody to experience the same experience. This album is powerful, an intense atmosphere that is unmatched this year.
What a great album this is. Got it with a stack of vinyl from my brother (he doesn’t care for vinyl much). “Stay Free” is the 1979 album from Ashford & Simpson, an American husband-and-wife songwriting-production team and recording duo.
Their best-known work included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", and "Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)"...but all written for/recorded by others.
His latest but certainly not his best. Don’t get me wrong, some great tunes and good arrangement. But like the cover...missed chance.
Maybe one song “When I fall in love” is at his 2005/07 level.
His voice sounds great, again...great arrangements but overall, not his best. Although for Bublé still above average.