Top 5 Albums of the week: 2-7-17

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1:  Jilted Lover  - Prescriptions (Self Released)

New Yorkers Connie Lin and Dylan Stillwell disbanded in 2015, but reunited to release their debut album Prescriptions.  An album that almost wasn't with new songs evocative of the late 80's Alt music scene.

2:  Justice - Fire (Because Music)

French duo Justice release their 3rd album.  is it from 2017, or 1977?  Disco, slap bass and synths take us through a timewarp...

3:  Ryme - Voices (Self Released)

Seattle based artist Ryme delivers an EP showcasing his grunge influenced Hip Hop effort, Voices.

4: Leatherette - Where have all the people gone?  (Ninja Tune)

Electronic duo from Wolverhampton release their latest: Where have all the people gone? Available as digital download, or Cassette.

5:  Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society - Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society (Six Degrees)

The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society is comprised of electronic music pioneers Garry Hughes and Harvey Jones who have come together in tribute to the early pioneer of the genre, Delia Derbyshire (composer of the original Dr. Who theme).  Ambient and spacey.  Ambient heroin without the warmth.

Top 5 Albums of the Week: 1-30-17

1:  Kid Koala :  Music to Draw to: Satellite (Arts and Crafts)

Title says it.  Kid Koala teams with Icelandic singer/songwriter Emeliana Torrini in a departure from the Turntabilism that brought him to notoriety.  Ambient, mellow, and highly listenable.

2: STFU :  What We Want (Bandcamp)

Texas based dystopian "Bleak-Pop" duo STFU released their effort: What We Want in July of 2016.  If you are a fan of the shoe gaze genre, you might appreciate this album, though you may have to gaze a little harder, as the lights have been dimmed.  No YouTube videos were found, but you can find them on Bandcamp, Facebook, and Soundcloud...

 

3: Barclay Crenshaw:  Barclay Crenshaw (Dirtybird)

Barclay Crenshaw, better known as Claude VonStroke, releases this birth named project as a collection of tracks that didn't quite fit the house style that he is known for.  Synths, strings, keyboard, and some nice album art.

4: Baloji: 64 Bits and Malachite (Bella Union - PIAS)

Belgian raised Baloji ("man of occult sciences and sorcery") stands at the crossroads of traditional African, Afro-American, and Electronic music. The 5 track remix EP features Saul Williams, Russo, Youssoupha, and others.

5: Ron Gallo:  Heavy Meta (New West)

Ex Toy Soldiers frontman Ron Gallo releases his first solo effort, Heavy Meta. Dark, edgy, and loaded with reverb heavy guitar riffs. Undomesticated Punk?

Top 5 Albums for the week of January 16th, 2017

1: The Flaming Lips - Oczy Mlody (Warner Bros. Records)

The Flaming Lips newest release, Oczy Mlody (Polish for "Eyes of the Young") was released last week.    There are sounds here to enjoy in the tradition of the Flaming Lips we know, with new sounds to discover.  Not just a collection of singles to throw at the charts, but an album to listen to as a whole.

2:  Mickey Hart - Planet Drum (Verve)

This is the 25th anniversary re-release of the Grateful Dead Drummer's side project from 1991.  This  timeless global percussion project (which won the first ever World Music Grammy) includes three new tracks.

 

3: Hard Proof - Stinger (Modern Outsider)

This Austin based 10 piece band has been around since 2008, but sound like they could have been playing with Fela Kuti in the 1970's.  Brassy, Funky, Groovy.

 

4: The xx - I See You (Young Turks)

Critics are calling I See You the best album yet from the London group that formed in 2005.  Vulnerable voices in a competent musical effort.

5: ACID ARAB - Mucique De France (Crammed Discs)

The music does the name justice:  is it World Music? Psychedelic? Middle Eastern? Electronic? Yes.