Lobbying for ILM's Top 77 Albums and Tracks: Justify Your Picks

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A place to talk about what you nominated and why.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ILM's Top Tracks of 2017 - Nominations Spotify Playlist
ILM's Top Tracks of 2017 - Nominations Not on Spotify - Youtube Playlist

Nominated Singles Not on Youtube/Spotify:
ANGEL-H0 - Obeisance - https://soundcloud.com/angel-h0/obeisance
Cheer-Accident - "Hymn" - https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/track/hymn
Shaun Dean ft Teresa - Put Up Or Shut Up - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/put-up-or-shut-feat-teresa/1320147954?i=1320148617
Ella Guro - "Lost Woods” - https://ellaguro.bandcamp.com/track/lost-woods
Keyakizaka46 - Fukyōwaon - https://vimeo.com/212113504
Sarah Louise – For the Benefit of Love- https://sarahlouise.bandcamp.com/album/for-the-benefit-of-love
MIIC - Infuse:24 - https://dbergeron.bandcamp.com/releases
Notes of Funk - Type SQL- https://notesoffunk.bandcamp.com/track/type-sql
Jonathan Richman - She's So from Somewhere Else - https://jonathanrichman.bandcamp.com/track/shes-so-from-somewhere-else
Silk Purse - Nowhere I Go - https://tomsmithksv.bandcamp.com/track/c01-silk-purse-nowhere-i-go
Tomberlin - Self-Help - https://tomberlin.bandcamp.com/track/self-help
Trust Fund - Finishing your Dinner - https://artishardrecords.bandcamp.com/track/finishing-your-dinner
Victoria Guitar Trio/Rodney Sharman - Suspended Waltz - https://victoriaguitartrio.bandcamp.com/track/suspended-waltz

Singles not online anywhere as far as I can see:
Cleric - Grey Lodge (album available here: https://clericmimicry.bandcamp.com/)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ILM's Top Albums of 2017 - Nominations Part 1 Spotify Playlist
ILM's Top Albums of 2017 - Nominations Part 2 Spotify Playlist
LM's Top Albums of 2017 - Nominations Not on Spotify - Youtube Playlist

Nominated Albums Not on Youtube/Spotify:
9T Antiope - Isthmus - https://eileanrec.bandcamp.com/album/isthmus
Rez Abbasi - Unfiltered Universe - http://music.whirlwindrecordings.com/album/unfiltered-universe
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Simultonality -https://eremiterecords.bandcamp.com/album/simultonality
Adzalaan – VT-XVI - https://vrasubatlat.bandcamp.com/album/vt-xvi-adzalaan
Gonçalo Almeida / Rodrigo Amado / Marco Franco - The Attic - https://rodrigoamado.bandcamp.com/album/the-attic
Amnesia Scanner - AS Truth (Mixtape) - https://soundcloud.com/amnesia-scanner/as-truth-mixtape
Sarah Angliss - Ealing Feeder - https://sarahangliss.bandcamp.com/album/ealing-feeder
Dennis Gonzalez's Ataraxia - Ts'iibil Chaaltun - https://dennisgonzalez.bandcamp.com/album/tsiibil-chaaltun
Babyface - Dirty South Pacific - https://growroomakl.bandcamp.com/album/dirty-south-pacific
Bitchin Bajas - Bajas Fresh - https://bitchinbajas.bandcamp.com/album/bajas-fresh
The Caretaker – Everywhere At The End Of Time (Stage 3) - https://thecaretaker.bandcamp.com/album/everywhere-at-the-end-of-time
Alexa Casino - CHEER UP TRY HARD TEAR UP CRY HARD - https://alexacasino.bandcamp.com/album/cheer-up-try-hard-tear-up-cry-hard
Cheer-Accident - Putting Off Death - https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/putting-off-death
Circuit Des Yeux - Reaching for Indigo - https://circuitdesyeux.bandcamp.com/album/reaching-for-indigo
The Cosmic Dead - Psych is Dead -https://thecosmicdead.bandcamp.com/album/psych-is-dead
Courtesy Caller - A Pleasant Climb For Some - https://courtesycaller.bandcamp.com/releases
Days Fade, Nights Grow - Amelioration - https://nervousenergyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/days-fade-nights-grow-amelioration
Dhidalah - No Water - https://gurugurubrain.bandcamp.com/album/no-water
Divide Replace - Warp Wrap - https://dlpforever.bandcamp.com/album/warp-wrap
DJ Nigga Fox - 15 Barras - https://principediscos.bandcamp.com/album/15-barras
DJ OBOE - DJ OBOE - https://rikgooch.bandcamp.com/album/dj-oboe
DoNormaal - The Third Daughter - https://soundcloud.com/donormaal/sets/third-daughter
Ella Guro - LP ZERO - https://ellaguro.bandcamp.com/album/lp-zero
Elodie - Balayes de la main du hasard - https://boomkat.com/products/balayes-de-la-main-du-hasard
Eiyn Sof - Meadow Thrum - https://arachnidiscs.bandcamp.com/album/meadow-thrum
The Gamelan of the Walking Warriors : Gamelan Beleganjur and the Music of the Ngaben Funerary Ritual in Bali - https://akuphone.bandcamp.com/album/gamelan-beleganjur-and-the-music-of-the-ngaben-funerary-ritual-in-bali
John T. Gast - Inna Babalon - https://5gatetemple.bandcamp.com/album/25-john-t-gast-inna-babalon
Mary Halvorson - Paimon - http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=8356 (sample tracks on youtube)
Harriet Tubman - Araminta - http://sunnysidezone.com/album/araminta (sample tracks on spotify)
Emmanuel Holterbach - Aurora - https://emmanuelholterbach.bandcamp.com/album/aurora
Michael Hurley - Redbirds At Folk City - http://feedingtuberecords.com/releases/redbirds-at-folk-city/
i.e. crazy - Non Compos Mentis - https://muzai.bandcamp.com/album/non-compos-mentis
Imajinary Friends - The Imajinary Friends - https://theimajinaryfriends.bandcamp.com/
Japan Blues - Sells His Record Collection - https://japanblues.bandcamp.com/album/sells-his-record-collection
Eyvind Kang - Plainlight - https://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/kang-eyvind-plainlight-lp/ABDT.060LP.html
Killjoy - The Firewalk LP - https://killjoyuk.bandcamp.com/album/the-firewalk-lp
The Lady Blacktronika - The Lonely Space Program - https://soundcloud.com/hardrockstriker/sets/lady-blacktronika-a-lonely
Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Find Me Finding You - https://laetitiasadier.bandcamp.com/album/find-me-finding-you
Male Gaze - Miss Taken - https://www.castlefacerecords.com/products/male-gaze-miss-taken
MXLX - Kicking Away at the Decrepit Walls til the Beautiful Sunshine Blisters Thru the Cracks - https://kindarad.bandcamp.com/album/kicking-away-at-the-decrepit-walls-til-the-beautiful-sunshine-blisters-thru-the-cracks
The New Year – Snow - https://thenewyear.bandcamp.com/album/snow
NKISI - Kill - https://soundcloud.com/nkisi/sets/kill
Aine O'Dwyer - Gallarais - https://boomkat.com/products/gallarais
Sean O'Hagan - Here's To The Life Of A Library - https://www.musicityglobal.com/cities/london/
Emily Pinkerton & Patrick Burke / NOW Ensemble - Rounder Songs - https://nowensemble.bandcamp.com/album/rounder-songs
Benoît Pioulard - Lignin Poise - https://pioulard.bandcamp.com/album/lignin-poise

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate - Thunderbolt of Flaming Wisdom - https://cful.bandcamp.com/album/plastic-crimewave-syndicate-thunderbolt-of-flaming-wisdom
Powerdance - The Lost Art Of Getting Down - https://powerdance.bandcamp.com/album/the-lost-art-of-getting-down-single-vinyl-lp
Preditah - Fabriclive 92 - https://boomkat.com/products/fabric-worldwidelive-92-preditah
Putas Bêbadas – Orgulho de Ex-Buds - https://cafetrarecords.bandcamp.com/album/orgulho-de-ex-buds
PWR BTTM - Pageant - https://bsmrocks.bandcamp.com/album/pageant
Quality Impressions - Quality Impressions - https://qualityimpressions.bandcamp.com/album/quality-impressions
Razen - The xvoto reels - https://wearethreefour.bandcamp.com/album/the-xvoto-reels
The Remote Viewer – Us In Happier Times - https://boomkat.com/products/us-in-happier-times
Riddlore - Afromutations- https://nyegenyegetapes.bandcamp.com/album/afromutations
Rings Around Saturn - UNTHANK 011 - https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/unthank011
Rubedo Nocturno - O grande pai: Abismo incriado -https://soundcloud.com/blackgangrene/rubedo-nocturno
Schnellertollermeier - Rights - https://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/rights
Six Organs of Admittance - Burning the Threshold - https://sixorgansofadmittance.bandcamp.com/album/burning-the-threshold
Tyshawn Sorey - Verisimilitude - https://tyshawn-sorey.bandcamp.com/album/verisimilitude
Sterile Garden - Drift - https://sterilegarden.bandcamp.com/album/drift
Strange Stains - Bogan Atmosphere - https://dubbedtapes.bandcamp.com/album/bogan-atmosphere
Teen Judge - s/t -https://teenjudge.com/store
Terreke - Plant Age - https://liesrecords.bandcamp.com/album/plant-age
Pat Thomas - The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari - https://boomkat.com/products/the-elephant-clock-of-al-jazari
Tochipi Canopy - Collecting Things - https://tochigicanopy.bandcamp.com/
Tomberlin – At Weddings - https://tomberlin.bandcamp.com/album/at-weddings-2
TSA a.k.a Robyn Nice - Home Of The Green Wave - https://rojvi.blogspot.com/
Tweedle - the Tweedle Demos - https://nervousenergyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/tweedle-the-tweedle-demos
Vangelis Katsoulis - If Not Now When - https://utopiarecordsinc.bandcamp.com/album/vangelis-katsoulis-if-not-now-when
Le Vanneau Huppé - Le Vanneau Huppé - https://collectifspatule.bandcamp.com/album/le-vanneau-hupp
Various Artists - Allergy Season & Discwoman present Physically Sick - https://allergyseason.bandcamp.com/album/physically-sick
Various Artists - Approach to Fear: Regeneration - https://tomsmithksv.bandcamp.com/album/ksv-415-approach-to-fear-regeneration
Various Artists - Emotion, No - https://sweatyandcramped.bandcamp.com/album/emotion-no
Various Artists - Return of the Son of Gutbucket - https://returnofthesonofgutbucket.bandcamp.com/
Various Artists - Typical Girls Volume 2 - https://emotional-response-recs.bandcamp.com/album/typical-girls-volume-2
Vic Mars - The Consumer Programme - https://vicmars.bandcamp.com/album/the-consumer-programme
Victoria Guitar Trio – Concentric Rings - https://redshiftmusicsociety.bandcamp.com/album/concentric-rings
WWWINGS - A+G - https://worldwidewings.bandcamp.com/album/a-g
Zaimph - Transverse Presence - https://norentrecords.bandcamp.com/album/transverse-presence-nrr52
THE 尺口MP - 愛 - https://theromp.bandcamp.com/album/-

Albums not online anywhere as far as I can see:
Denki Groove - Tropical Love (title track and UFOholic on YouTube Album playlist)
Gabi Losoncy - Six Crises
Shardik - Shardik - (sample tracks on YouTube Album playlist, available for purchase here: http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=7816 )
Towa Tei - EMO
Wadada Leo Smith - Najwa (title track on YouTube Album playlist, available for purchase here: http://www.tumrecords.com/049-najwa)
Даша Шульц - Балерина (title track on YouTube Album playlist)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That's everything nominated for your listening pleasure. What are you responsible for?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 05:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

(and, it goes without saying, if your stuff is missing here, please let me know so I can add)

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 06:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm a poor salesman, but I'd just like to make a pitch that people at least sample the Les Amazones d'Afrique album. It may be a little too "NPR" or whatever for this crowd, but I'd love to see it place in the top 77 because it fucking gives me a charge of life every time I spin it.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 6 January 2018 06:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

what I wrote about the Eyvind Kang record:

Kinda pathetic that my #1 is a record only 400 people will hear on hard copy, but this ain’t on streaming (yet) and is (supposedly) a 1-time vinyl pressing on the Abduction label. Riveting, immersive, meditative followup to Kang’s all time classic “Live Low To The Earth” disc, adopting classical form and technique to a unique personal vision. U snooze u lose on the vinyl.

sleeve, Saturday, 6 January 2018 07:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Not so much lobbying as flagging up things that i didn't post about or would have been buried in rolling threads:

YUKO - Masha there was a brief trend for combining club music and elements of Ukrainian folk circa about 2005 but it faded fairly quickly. It has come back strongly this year - most obviously with ONUKA and Jamala's brilliant performances at Eurovision but also in Masha by YUKO which starts as Ivan-Dorn-style contemporary Ukr-pop before spinning off into skyscraping trad yodeling.

Lana Jurcevic - Kim Kardashian Gleefully silly, totally addictive Croatian summer jam about how her man is "the white Kanye" and she'll be his Kim.

Ultimate Rejects - Full Extreme 2017's Road March -played eight times more than anything else at Carnival, deservedly so.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 6 January 2018 07:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

AIGEL - Tatarin Breathless spoken-word / rap from Tatarstan which riffs on the Russian chanson tradition of songs about waiting for your boyfriend to get out of prison.

Bunji Garlin Close between 1995 and Big Bad Soca for the best Bunji single of the year but the former shades it for transporting me back to summers of wearing out my dad's C90 mix cassettes. It's a hugely effective recreation of golden era soca.

Voice - Far From Finished Affecting mix of groovy soca and afro-pop that took the Soca Monarch competition last year.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Saturday, 6 January 2018 07:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Obligatory link to It Is Happening Again: Tim writes about songs from 2017 and the contents thereof.

Not lobbying, but justifying some nominations for NZ/CN stuff that I'll likely be the only vote for:

Re-TROS - Red Rum Aviv B-52s meet the Boredoms in the catchiest track off Nanjing/Beijing post-punks' new album.

Disasteradio - Sweatshop A Devo/Thomas Dolby-esque suburban synthpop type detours into an effervescent jock jam about Foxconn factories, like a funhouse mirror of Chelsea Wolfe's "Iron Moon".

Polyester - Different For A Boy Laconic trans* anthem from disco-yearning indiepop types. One for Maura?

Chinese Football - 电动少女 Anthemic yearning from Wuhan twinkle daddies. One for Brad?

etc, Saturday, 6 January 2018 09:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Oh dear - you've just stolen my Re-TROS thunder! Exceeeept - and this is awkward - I am a RIVAL FACTION. While of course deeply charmed by the junkyard-Macarena charms of Red Rum Aviv, my jam of choice has been the preceding track, Hailing Drums, nine minutes of soaring and impossibly infectious dance-rock, a sort of Atlas for 2017 (except better than Atlas IMO).

I guess ILM will have to decide if it's on #TeamAviv or #TeamHailing. Everyone must choose

imago, Saturday, 6 January 2018 10:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'Charmed by the charms' omg kill me

imago, Saturday, 6 January 2018 10:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anyway, I'd also like ILM's intrepid to give ear to that Cheer-Accident song linked on Bandcamp up there^^^ because it's just too beautiful for words...

...along with the usual fare

#TeamHailing (imago), Saturday, 6 January 2018 10:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I would lobby for Akrakabo, which had the best musical moment of the year for me, the moment at around 2:00 when it shred the layers of modern electronic sounds and became an accordion/guitar afro-pop song for a bit. That was the one song that kept seeming unreal and inexplicable throughout the whole year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgQ1CXd0sQc

Frederik B, Saturday, 6 January 2018 12:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Fuuuuck, I didn't want that to embed. Sorry.

Frederik B, Saturday, 6 January 2018 12:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i don't have any issue with embedded youtubes; sometimes you gotta share

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Saturday, 6 January 2018 13:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

its also such a good song too :)

nxd, Saturday, 6 January 2018 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

peter gordon & love of life orchestra - condominium

condo was a long out of print early 80s obscurity and the most popular youtube video was being played at a deliciously heady too-slow 33rpm which lent its steady chug a more reflective air, PG was sufficiently smitten to include a slowed down version when he rereleased it this year. I started a thread that only michael b read & I've been living inside it ever since. far & away my favourite track of the year (also missing from the spotify tracks playlist)

karen gwyer - why does your father look so nervous?

an eerie, panicked swirling surrounds this as it builds before you feel the axis shift underneath you and it opens up in a way that reminds me a little of open eye signal by jon hopkins but more frantic, wild-eyed and unsettling

yves tumor - e. eternal

sees something in a tender little track by Woo and throws it against a sacred polyphonic chant to create the sort of gorgeousness to which i'm v susceptible

ogmor, Sunday, 7 January 2018 14:02 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Anyone who has ever had any interest in Jpop should really check out the Keyakizaka46 track. It's an absolute banger, w/ intense rave synths and girl gang vocals, and also for an idol band K46 have a real cool social conscience.

emil.y, Sunday, 7 January 2018 15:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Some of the lesser known of my noms:

Bill & Joel Plaskett - Solidarity (Canadian rock semi-star teams up with folk singer father for a classic-sounding protest anthem.)

Desperate Journalist - Why Are You So Boring? (defiant girl-led British pop-punk)

Worriers - Future Me (miss the Weakerthans? Me too. Here's what they'd sound like with a female vocalist.)

Guided by Voices - Overloaded (you know who GbV are, and you know that they have way too many songs. This is one of the good ones.)

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Sunday, 7 January 2018 18:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hurray for the Riff Raff, both the album THE NAVIGATOR and the track PA'LANTE. especially after this year, both are inspiring and both will place high.

Hurray for the Riff Raff - Pa'lante

omar little, Sunday, 7 January 2018 18:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

And I hope we're all leaving our doors unlocked at home.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Testerossa - it reminds me of the old dodgems days on the Wirral and that is my reason

saer, Sunday, 7 January 2018 20:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

might as well lobby for my two favorite albums of '17, both of which are Political Rock Albums so feel free to skip if that's not yr bag

Aligers' Underside of Power has a dedicated thread and is a minor ILM favorite but hasn't gotten a ton of recognition elsewhere. Algiers blend post-punk, goth, industrial, and gospel influences in a way that is, as far as I can tell, completely unique. Stated influences run from Swans and Throbbing Gristle to Ornette Coleman and classic soul. A Fred Hampton sample opens the album and the names of police victims are recited. Listen to the title track, "Cleveland" or "Walk Like a Panther" and you'll figure out pretty quick if it's your thing.

Propagandhi's appropriately titled Victory Lap is the best album of their thirty-year existence. Having long evolved from sneering skatepunk to self-described "progressive thrash", Canada's best working rock band has also evolved in its lyrical approach. Chris Hannah (one of punk's greatest vocalists) of course rails against capitalism, heteronormativity, exploitation, and colonialism (neo- and historical) as per usual, but there are new layers of knowing humor, doubt, and self-implication that were never really allowed in before. New guitarist/backing vocalist Sulynn Hago seems to have supplied Hannah and co-vocalist Todd Kowalski with fresh vigor and inspiration, and many of the songs are the best they've ever written, knotty and dense and heavy as hell but also packed with actual hooks (a quality missing from their much more prog-leaning last album). Every song works as a thesis statement in miniature, culminating in the incredible "Adventures in Zoochosis", which samples Trump to nauseating effect and ponders the weakening resolve that can accompany age as well as the hope for the future that new generations can provide:

I suspect if I slink back to my enclosure, safe and warm and adequately lit, sufficiently plumbed and ventilated...
Well, let's just say I would not shake a stick

And if pressed, I'll admit I'm ecstatic about the enrichment programs implemented to extend our captive lifespans.
I'm excited to see what our keepers have planned.

Perhaps a bigger cage? Longer chains? Some compelling, novel reasons to remain?
"Dad, are we gonna die?" Yes son, both you and I.
But maybe not today.

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 13:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I nominated this (and voted it #1 on my Pazz/Jop tracks), so I'll lobby for it too. The shorter version in the video is great, but I really love the 6-minute version on bandcamp. Apocalyptic motorik swamp-punk, just what 2017 needed.

Gary Wrong Group, "Floods of Fire"

https://youtu.be/lzomC9diNDw
https://garywronggroup.bandcamp.com/track/floods-of-fire

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

posted this track on the rap thread a few months back, but i'm definitely voting for it and i would be remiss if y'all don't take a listen.

Pardison Fontaine - "Food Stamps": https://youtu.be/_MIvI_5oQJk

East coast tough talk, but with uncommon energy and charisma, a variety of flows, and some great, great one-liners

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*i would be remiss if I don't ask y'all to take a listen.

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Food Stamps" made my tracks ballot

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 16:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

nice

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 17:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Well The Norwegian Girls Choir's Folketoner is my niche-y niche pick of the year. It's an elite choir, I guess, a competition choir, girls aged 6 - 26, with various sub choirs for younger singers and recruitment. They're musically adventurous and work a lot with contemporary classical composers who write for them. Worked several times with Maja Ratkje, Frøy Aagre, etcetera. This album is simply performances of old Norwegian folk songs, but a pretty essential contribution to that genre in my opinion. Their signature sound is super sharp and precise, leaning towards minimalist but playful, and this is an ominous, sometimes supernatural-sounding album, an approach that fits well with the melancholy quality of these old songs.

abcfsk, Monday, 8 January 2018 18:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't want to sound like an asshole, but the reason girls choirs work so much with contemporary composers is not because they're more musically adventurous, but because there's no established repertoire for girls choir...

Frederik B, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:17 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'd love to see one of the vapowave tapes make the cut. My current favorite from the list is the Nmesh one, but I get the feeling that death's dynamic shroud is the popular choice. What say you all?

Moodles, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 03:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i might vote for the NMESH.

"IT'S A RANGE!" "ooooooooh!"

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 05:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

death's dynamic shroud are probably going to make my ballot. the closest anything since has gotten to Rival Dealer for me & surprisingly cathartic.

ufo, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 06:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I don't want to sound like an asshole, but the reason girls choirs work so much with contemporary composers is not because they're more musically adventurous, but because there's no established repertoire for girls choir...

― Frederik B

May be true, but close relationships with noise musicians, for example, is not a default mode. Plenty of girls choirs out there doing less interesting and adventurous. I didn't say they were adventurous simply for working with contemporary composers.

abcfsk, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 07:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xps
death's dynamic shroud will be my top choice of the bunch i think
have a few in there but my original list had pharma just outside my 25

nxd, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Please don't sleep on Self Esteem's 'Your Wife', it really is a stunning bit of sultry electro-pop, the kind that fits easily into the shambhala thread but somehow stands apart from it too

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

death's dynamic shroud made my long list, will re-listen!

sleeve, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'll be voting for it for sure. Not getting Rare Emoji Collection into the 2015 traxpoll was a crime that will hopefully be rectified now

#TeamHailing (imago), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"Your Wife" very nearly made my list, always rooting for Slow Club folks

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xps shudda voted album then ;)

nxd, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Thought Classroom Sexxtape was decent with one massive highlight - this album is much better all the way through

#TeamHailing (imago), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ha was just kidding about
if anything i'm the opposite :/

nxd, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Algiers are gonna make the albums poll I hope. I would love it if the title track made the 77 too as it's stunning

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They were the only act I put in both ballots

Simon H., Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Got a good feeling about Akrakabo too! :-) I agree with what Frederik said about it upthread. It's such a sensual onslaught, it takes a few listens to catch your breath and get a grip on what's going on, but the part when it all falls away for a few minutes is like glimpsing a moment of raw beauty in among chaos

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

We had a thread for SACRED PAWS and it's great to hear some UK guitar music that is for once original and joyous and really well-played. Think classic 90s Matador indie with a high-life vibe. The track 'Strike a Match' is the pick.

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

^^ voting highly for sacred paws

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 15:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Feel duty-bound to observe that Cleric - Retrocausal is now on Spotify and would make a nice if slightly terrifying addition to the second albums playlist

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 08:16 (one week ago) Permalink

it wasn't nominated! but the single "grey lodge" was and has been added... that was the only single that I couldn't find anywhere, so thanks!

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

it certainly was nominated ffs

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

so salty
it's on the Youtube playlist yes? fine.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:56 (one week ago) Permalink

sorry. long day

#TeamHailing (imago), Friday, 12 January 2018 19:59 (one week ago) Permalink

it was a another extremely year for women in country music. For starters --

Sunny Sweeney
Angaleena Presley
Nicole Atkins
Nikki Lane
Whitney Rose
Natalie Hemby
Lee Ann Womack

not sure if I'll find a place for all of them but their albums are all outstanding, some even classic.

omar little, Friday, 12 January 2018 20:27 (one week ago) Permalink

right on

brimstead, Friday, 12 January 2018 22:25 (one week ago) Permalink

all right, i'm prob not going to do this v well bc i'm tired and hate writing about music atm but here are some things i really want to rep for (some of these might seem obvious but i can't tell what anyone's aware of anymore):

1. any and all dua lipa singles

2. goldlink's "crew," the first time i've cared about a goldlink song (it might simultaneously be the first time for a ton of ppl tbh), the hook is so gorgeous

3. k-pop was improbably rich this year, it's hard to figure out what to include in my ballot, but, in addition to red velvet's "red flavor" (not their best single ever but extremely worthy, it's all technicolor pops), i would like to draw ppl's attention to the non-stop glitterings of iu's "palette" and the asymmetrical synth longing of yves' "new" (k-pop mvps of the year are loona, the greater mothership group from which yves' "new" descends; check out odd eye circle's "girl front" as well)

4. mama, "unmask me," particularly the ashley beedle vocal mix, a song i forgot about until tim nominated it, perfect, glowing, vulnerable house

5. little big town, "lost in california," see tim's comments here: "It Is Happening Again": Tim writes about songs from 2017

6. sasha feat. poliça, "out of time," which at the moment i feel like i'm the only person who really *loves* this song, it's sort of an "everything in exactly the right place" house jam for me: the vocal, the groove, the synth washes, everything interlocking precisely so as to convey you toward an unspecified destination, driving toward a sun-melted horizon that you never seem to actually approach etc. etc.

7. h/t to d-40 for pointing my way toward distruction boyz' gqom is the future and particularly the track "omunye", the synths feel like they're divebombing

8. radio slave, "another club," house needs almost nothing to work

9. another h/t to d-40 for 03 greedo, whose catalogue is overwhelming and hard to isolate a single song from, but regardless the one that resonated most with me was "never bend", i think of all the songs of his i've heard this is the most cinematic union between production + greedo's constant invention and revision of his own hooks

10. heavy-k feat. bucie and nokwazi, "inde," bc it is the best music in the whole world

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:01 (one week ago) Permalink

the extremely syncopated synth blinking in "girl front" reminds me of mary jane girls "candy man," i only just picked up on that

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:04 (one week ago) Permalink

oh i forgot about jacquees "at the club", star of the 2017 r&b thread

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:06 (one week ago) Permalink

dropping by to say that the nominated L'Rain track is kind of incredible, cheers to whoever put that on

#TeamHailing (imago), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:09 (one week ago) Permalink

as is the album it's from :o

#TeamHailing (imago), Saturday, 13 January 2018 21:18 (one week ago) Permalink

That Octo Octa album is really good.

How do I feel a complaint? (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:24 (one week ago) Permalink

I'm listening to this a lot right now - Leif - July V - Sort of like Steve Reich makes downtempo acid techno.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Lost in California is incredible, can't believe I didn't get to it before voting

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I've got to say, some of the late entries, which I'm just getting around to sifting through, are pretty high quality. I liked Kelly Moran's Bloodroot, which I guess is prepared harp or something like that? (Not curious enough to search right now.)

How do I feel a complaint? (_Rudipherous_), Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:31 (one week ago) Permalink

xp, I agree, that Octo Octa album is great!

I also really love the Sasha/Poliça track that Brad recommended above.

Dan S, Saturday, 13 January 2018 22:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Some things that nobody mentioned:

(3) Trio of synth-pop
Perfume - Houseki no Ame (it's Perfume, it's great obv)
Johan Agebjörn and Mikael Ögren ft. Sally Shapiro and Tommy '86 - Aurora Over Odega (Remix) (Relive the glory days of ILX)
Charlotte Adigéry - 1,618 (the older sister, bit more hip and experimental)

(2) Two new age albums ft. cosmic enlightenment
The Swan And The Lake - Clouds (new)
Pauline Anna Strom - Trans-Millenia Music (old)

(1) One album with "One" in the title
https://penelopetrappes.bandcamp.com/album/penelope-one (very Poliça, bit of Kelly Lee Owens, bit of Low is my super lazy comparison)

(0) ???
Mariam the Believer - Crust (art-pop odyssey to soundtrack progressive romcoms and picnics)

Choco Blavatsky (seandalai), Sunday, 14 January 2018 02:22 (one week ago) Permalink

keep meaning to post my picks but would like to give due deference to LOONA Girl Front, that is a jam

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Sunday, 14 January 2018 18:57 (one week ago) Permalink

gonna repeat myself but with a little elaboration

L'Rain

the most astonishing debut in a while. psychedelic art-soul from the heavens. only 26 minutes long. whatever your taste you need to hear this. whoever nominated it, you are an angel

#TeamHailing (imago), Monday, 15 January 2018 20:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I know ILX doesn't have a Bollywood massive, the way we have k-pop and afro-pop groups, but I'd still want to mention my favorite this year: Guru Randhawa - Suit Suit. Probably won't make the list - and that's probably not that unfair - but still one of the only times of year where people will listen to Bollywood tracks.

Frederik B, Monday, 15 January 2018 21:02 (one week ago) Permalink

yeh found l'rain after the bandcamp eoy list
its a real joy

nxd, Monday, 15 January 2018 21:29 (one week ago) Permalink

been digging around the noms list and I just want to shout about this track 'Volumes' by Minor Science which is this wonderful slow-pulse techno track with these cool little vocal snippets that grows and grows into an absolute BANGER of a tune.
thanks to whoever nominated that

Badgers (dog latin), Monday, 15 January 2018 22:26 (one week ago) Permalink

billy woods' album Known Unknowns is fantastic and well worth a listen.

Also the Buddy track Find Me was great: https://youtu.be/NWTNbDkalAQ

Other tracks I am campaigning for:
Blanck Mass - Please
Four Tet - Two Thousand and Seventeen

octobeard, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:36 (one week ago) Permalink

been digging around the noms list and I just want to shout about this track 'Volumes' by Minor Science which is this wonderful slow-pulse techno track with these cool little vocal snippets that grows and grows into an absolute BANGER of a tune.
thanks to whoever nominated that

― Badgers (dog latin), Monday, January 15, 2018 3:26 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah this track rules

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:44 (one week ago) Permalink

Gene on Earth's Pulse Mode is the sound of riding of a bmx on the top deck of one of the trams at Blackpool pleasure beach while finishing off a can of brexit half-inched from the budget astral plane

saer, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:18 (one week ago) Permalink

actually thats a different record which I forgot to nominate but this one is good just a little more reflective not one of the brash lads

saer, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:20 (one week ago) Permalink

tess roby - ballad #5

beautiful slow sad synth-pop song (if you choose to listen, be patient bc a truly genius hook comes in 2/3 of the way thru)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1vAY8zF3Gc

flopson, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:24 (one week ago) Permalink

randomer - smokin

crazy techno song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9cWhfJ8NJw

flopson, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:26 (one week ago) Permalink

sorority noise - you're not as _____ as you think you are (album)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tZauks6QnI

if you care to trust someone who just got into emo this year, this was the best emo album of the year (besides another one that will not be mentioned or voted for because the singer did sex crimes)

flopson, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Jen Cloher's self-titled album is definitely worth hearing! She's Courtney Barnett's partner, and the album features much rumination as to the notion of being a seasoned musician and watching the career someone you love (and who also happens to be much younger than you) take off really fast, as well as the way touring can affect personal relationships. Fans of Courtney or PJ Harvey might find something to enjoy.

monotony, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:47 (one week ago) Permalink

Can I also suggest Kah-Lo's "Fasta". Kah-Lo previously featured on Riton's "Rinse & Repeat", which placed #55 in last year's poll. Her disaffected, bored vocal works well with the song's sleek verses - the chorus provides levity as contrast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI5G09Z-lXY

monotony, Tuesday, 16 January 2018 23:53 (one week ago) Permalink

last chance for me on this track and i didn't even nominate but everyone in the world should toss a vote for akanamali in your singles ballot imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKxFS8L6AlQ

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 02:24 (six days ago) Permalink

or at least play that one song once. i don't ask much.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 02:24 (six days ago) Permalink

I love that Sun-EL Musician track!

Dan S, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:34 (six days ago) Permalink

if there's still people who haven't voted, let me once again talk up Aussie power-pop goddess Alex Lahey, who released I Love You Like a Brother, the hookiest rock record of 2017:

"i haven't been taking care of myself" - the mission statement, the track I nominated: https://youtu.be/d9TqFgWAWiU
"lotto in reverse" - angry break-up, inventive chord progression: https://youtu.be/qBYR_jFwrmo
"there's no money" - power ballad, she sings the hell out of it: https://youtu.be/mVTkDRC-08E

vote for the album, please

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 05:02 (six days ago) Permalink

xp aw i think akanamali made my longlist but got cut for the 25 :(

nxd, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:25 (six days ago) Permalink

last chance for me on this track and i didn't even nominate but everyone in the world should toss a vote for akanamali in your singles ballot imo

OK I'm sold

i know kore-eda (or something), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 11:46 (six days ago) Permalink

A bell end writes: where do I go to vote? (Asking for a friend, obvs.)

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:03 (six days ago) Permalink

Christ - just found it. Ignore me.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:05 (six days ago) Permalink

Shuffling through the tracks nominations and most are straight dog poop.

Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Nerve Damage Lawyer (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:58 (six days ago) Permalink

subaquatic/subterranean deeeeeep ambient tech:

Money Morning - Corporate Karma

http://clone.nl/item47474.html

brimstead, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:04 (six days ago) Permalink

Shuffling through the tracks nominations and most are straight dog poop.

― Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Nerve Damage Lawyer (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:58 AM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

there's a thread for this, jack

brimstead, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:10 (six days ago) Permalink

DJ Swagger - "Lost"

great lofi house with a sweet looped sample

brimstead, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 18:14 (six days ago) Permalink

This year I started paying attention to Afropop for the first time and discovered so many great songs that I hardly listen to anything else lately. Out of the tracks I nominated, this one is my favorite:

Sauti Sol feat. Patoranking - Melanin

I think I like how combines some elements that sound very traditional (like the acoustic guitars on the intro, the "na na..." chants) with stuff that sounds decidedly more modern (the bassline, some synth pads) in a way that just works. Also, all vocals are flawless.

daavid, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Wish I'd heard Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings 'The Doctrines Of Swedenborg' before voting!

nashwan, Wednesday, 17 January 2018 22:58 (six days ago) Permalink

Shuffling through the tracks nominations and most are straight dog poop.

― Salt Lake City Motorcycle Accident Nerve Damage Lawyer (_Rudipherous_), Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:58 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Check mine. Mine are great

Badgers (dog latin), Thursday, 18 January 2018 10:08 (five days ago) Permalink

xp melanin is awesome!

nxd, Thursday, 18 January 2018 13:11 (five days ago) Permalink

Wish I'd heard Hieroglyphic Being, Sarathy Korwar & Shabaka Hutchings 'The Doctrines Of Swedenborg' before voting!

― nashwan, Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:58 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I nominated this! It's amazing and everybody should vote for it

silverfish, Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:16 (three days ago) Permalink

Thank you or something for nomming Skee Mask, which has led me to discover (a) Skee Mask; and (b) Stenny.

Tim F, Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:23 (three days ago) Permalink


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