Been a shit year, hasn’t it. At least there have been some cool records to listen to. Like these.
Lucid Dream – Compulsion Songs
Krautrock from Cumbria. Absolutely knock-out stuff.
Future Of The Left – The Peace And Truth Of…
Christian Fitness – This Taco Is Not Complete
This Becomes Us
These three can come as one. First you have a Future Of The Left album which is always to be savoured. Then comes the third instalment of Andy Falkous’s side-project before Julia Ruzicka – Mrs Falkous – sees some of her ideas for bass materialise into an LP. All different, all wonderful.
Solar Bears – Advancement
Their last, sadly. They will be missed.
Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere
Excellent collaboration between British-Pakistano Riz MC and Indo-American Heems. Politically and culturally aware, lyrically intelligent.
CTMF – SQ1
A Billy Childish record. Never not good.
Recordiau Prin – Iechyd Da
A wonderful compilation of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci covers from a bewildering array of DIY artists. Lovingly crafted and well put together.
De La Soul – …And The Anonymous Nobody
A series of collaborations hallmark the latest from the hip-hop veterans.
Dementio13 – Broxen
This time last year, it seemed like Paul Foster was done with making music, but he couldn’t keep away. Good for us all.
Mr Sterile Assembly – It’s All Over Now
Totally off-the-wall. A bit challenging, but worth putting in the time.
Nat Lyon – Random Walk Theory
One of his best. Dope Bike Man is a highlight of the year.
The Baggios – Brutown
Brazilian bluesmiths return with a blockbuster.
Scott Walker – The Childhood Of A Leader
The score to a film about a 9-year old who would go on to be a dictator. Absolutely astonishing.
Second LP from the Leeds punks. Knowing and clever.
Andrew Weatherall – Convenanza
The remix maestro teased this at the end of 2015 and released it early this year. Still sounds great after multiple spins.
Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
One of a number of top hip-hop records this year. Very clever.
David Bowie – Blackstar
It was a great album anyway before it took on several new dimensions when Bowie died in January, just a couple of days after the launch. An absolute masterpiece that covers everything from jazz to drum n bass.
Wave Pictures – Bamboo Diner In The Rain
The prolific trio with another record packed with great tunes.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid
It does what a BJM record ought to do and does it well.
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Almost worth the 16-year wait.
LA Salami – Dancing With Bad Grammar
Astonishing. This guy needs to be the next big thing.
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…
Maybe the most important album of these strange times in which we live.
And that’ll probably do. What are there; 23? I know I’ve left a couple out so I may come back and add stuff, but that’s a fair cross-section of what’s been flicking my dials this year.