Lots of good stuff this year. Lots of big names.
## Late entries!!! These would have been in my personal favorites, had I heard them prior to the time of publication.
Holy crap this album is a banger. El-P and Killer Mike mesmerizingly wind around each other like two halves of a double helix, spitting bars of the illest order; each word delivering the duo to new heights. Producer gave me a beat / said it’s the beat of the year / I said El-P didn’t do it / so get the fuck outta here!
This album offers some pretty subtle beats. Driving, quiet beats are followed by beautiful interludes and quite moments. The loud moments aren’t loud in the same way, but it reminds me of an electronic Explosions in the Sky which is a very good thing.
No need to Get Lucky; they crushed it.
While a little overly long in spots (okay, pretty much every track), this album is still a fantastic listen and somehow leaves you wanting to hear that song again even though it went on forever.
Fantastic from start to finish. Listen to it.
Admittedly, this took a few spins to get in to and there are a number of cringe worthy lyrics (I’m In It). The beats and raps on this album have a sort of beautiful, powerful anger that you can really rock out to.
I don’t know what this guy was on when he made this record but it is fabulously out there. You will embark on quite the trip. Completely different from the gorgeous serenity Year of Hibernation.
These are some EPs that really rock from mostly new artists.
This guy’s voice is magical.
Really fun, poppy album.
The name of this album says it all. This takes heavy inspiration from pretty much every band of every style in the 60s and 70s and completely nails it.
Patterns is a band from Costa Rica sounds like they’re right out of the 80s and they too nail it completely. You will dance.
I really loved their EP last year and had high hopes for this album and, while they maintain the same sound, it’s just not as emotionally gripping for me. Where the first one grabbed your attention and crushed you, this one kind of just passes by, never leaving a mark.
Within and Without was so good and this doesn’t capture any of that magic or spirit.