Rolling Favorite Tracks + Albums 2020

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✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:17 (five months ago) link

I decided to use the same playlist link as 2019, it's easier to just update and erase every year than to keep a separate playlist for each year. Everything previous has been added to a dump archive playlist named 2012-202x.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vbt9Rq7Ii3CTwo0yP4Zcb?si=lxMderv1RIeHelXQbCfyag

So far I'm really liking these ones:

Wild Nothing - Foyer
Easy Life feat. Arlo Parks - Sangria
Selena Gomez - Rare
Grimes - Blue Swan Blues

I might get bored of these ones but liking them at the moment:

The Orielles - Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)
Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer
People Taking Pictures - Adventure Shit
of Montreal - You've Had Me Everywhere

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 12 January 2020 18:23 (five months ago) link

“Rare” (the track) is already a shoo-in for my 2020 EOY list.

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Sunday, 12 January 2020 20:09 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

January Standouts; less listening than I'd like because of other obligations, but:

Albums:
Raymond Scott - The Jingle Workshop
Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP
Haruomi Hosono - Hochono House
Roddy Ricch - Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial
Gretchen Parlato - Gretchen Parlato / The Lost and Found / In a Dream
La Chica - Cambio
Cheikh Lo - Babalou
Velmondo - Moon Gazing
Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettal / Mettvolution
Mthunzi - Selimathunzi

Singles:
ILM's Top 77 of 2019
Angelica Garcia - Jicama / It Don't Hinder Me
Billy Woods - Spongebob
Riff Raff Chief Keef - Tip Toe 3
Pop Smoke - Welcome to the Party
03 Greedo Gettin' Ready
Megan Thee Stallion - Big Ole Freak
Saweetie - My Type
Melvoni - No Man's Land
Ice Cream - Peanut Butter / Dove's Cry
Roddy Ricch - The Box / War Baby / Bacc Seat
ONUKA - ZENIT
Rina Sawayama - STFU!
Rafiq Bhatia and Cecile McLorin Salvant - The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Selena Gomez - Rare
Dawn Richard - Die Without You/Buttah
Trippie Redd and DaBaby - Death
Preedy - Yuh Bad
Hayley Williams - Simmer
Diamond Platinumz - Sound
ShooterGang Kony - Charlie
Lil Tecca - Ransom
Caroline Shaw and Bang on a Can - Really Craft When You
Tove Lo - Bikini Porn
Lee Fields - Regenerate
Mike Phillips, Stevie Wonder, Naturally 7 - Flava in Ya Ear Remix (this is eloquently odd)
Oddissee - Guidelines
Kassa Overall and J Hoard - Show Me a Prison
Kodak Black - Harriet Tubman
Carly Pierce - Call Me
Zack Fox - Jesus Is the One
Open Mike Eagle - Whiskey and Pushups
DJ Python - Chalet
Gesaffelstein / Rosalia - A Palé Remix
Your Old Droog - Diamonds
Caroline Rose - Feel the Way I Want
Skales - Oliver Twist
Myrkur - Ella
Jonas Brothers - What A an Gotta Do
Mac Miller - Good News
Four Tet - Baby
Rupa - Aaj Shanibar
J Hus / Koffee - Repeat
Koffee / Gunna - W

Currently Rummaging:
Rafiq Bhatia - Standards v1
The Westerlies - Wherein Lies the Good
Luke James - To Feel Love/d
Squarepusher - Be Up a Hello
Sam Lee - Old Wow
Selena Gomez - Rare
Shordie Shordie - Captain Hook

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 17:12 (five months ago) link

I might have to do a January list as well. It's been an extremely strong start to the year, including a bunch of strong or high potential LPs that only dropped today.

In the meantime, here's my first Spotify playlist for 2020:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2kerrWH99u2xJwPXHJFDj5?si=jH15e2-0QeWA9cmIWLs3yw

Jeff W, Friday, 31 January 2020 19:56 (five months ago) link

Shopping - For Your Pleasure
https://youtu.be/9pBOBhq0DHQ

Dinsdale, Saturday, 1 February 2020 08:19 (five months ago) link

And I never expected it to be so but the new Pearl Jam single 'Dance of the Clairvoyants' is also a favorite of mine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss6mIGfyvXM

Dinsdale, Saturday, 1 February 2020 08:47 (five months ago) link

didn't mean to embed, sorry

Dinsdale, Saturday, 1 February 2020 08:47 (five months ago) link

"Ray Guns" by Georgia is awesome. The heavy percussion, the addition of the chord progression near the end a la "Velvet" by The Big Pink, there's a lot going on.
https://open.spotify.com/track/7liXuCNm0GZyHCV8yHZpHz?si=o54MSPmeRVKRCzHjimpkMg

Mentioned by uly a week ago amongst many others, but "Simmer" by Hayley Williams is prob the first "single" to really pop my ears up this year.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 7 February 2020 00:12 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Noteworthy listens through the month of February:

Albums:
Moses Sumney - græ pt 1 (ridiculously ambitious but very enjoyable in small doses)
K Michelle - All Monsters Are Human
Carly Pearce - s/t
Rafiq Bhatia - Standards v1
Denzel Curry - ZUU (2019, listening to this again obsessively, mostly for Carolmart, Automatic and Zuu)
Pongo - UWA
Eris Drew - Fluids of Emotion
Faye Victor's Mutations for Justice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMtqFtpLN-s
Gil Scott Heron and Makaya McCraven - We're New Again (top 10 of the year for sure)
Hayley Williams - Petals for Armor I
Kat Edmonson - Dreamers Do
The Westerlies - Wherein Lies the Good (another top 10 i think)
Aaron Diehl - The Vagabond
Robert Glasper - The Photograph OST
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep (late pass but tbf the singles are basically all the meat you need)
Sam Lee - Old Wow (sadly his least strong album thus far but enough good stuff to include here)
The Hawtplates - Literally anything I can find by them which ain't much: https://soundcloud.com/user-111100546 / https://vimeo.com/168463894
Los Aurora - Aurora (2017)
STEFA* - Sepalina (2018)

Singles:
K Michelle - OMG, Supahood
Dua Lipa - Physical, Future Nostalgia, Don't Start Now (Live mix)
Stormzy/Burna/Stylo G - Own It (Toddla Refix)
HAWA - iPhone
Shabaka Hutchings - Go My Heart to Heaven, The Coming of the Strange Ones
Charlie Wilson - Forever Valentine
Megan Thee Stallion and Phony Ppl - Fkn Around
SF9 - Good Guy
Tennis - Need Your Love
Quelle Chris and Chris Keys - Sudden Death
Bieber and Quavo - Intentions / Beiber and Kehlani - Get Me / Beeber and Summer Walker - Yummy Remix
Duke Deuce with Lil Jon and Juicy and Project Pat-uh - Crunk Aint Dead (Remix)
Hailu Mergia - Abichu Nega Nega
DAOKO - Otogino Machi
Prince Kaybee - Uwrongo
Caribou - Never Come Back
Victoria Monet - Moment
Kiana Ledé - Mad at Me (fresh and clean)
Daniel Avery and Alessandro Cortini - Illusion of Time
Moses Sumney - Cut Me, Conveyor, Neither/Nor
Panjabi MC - Standard
Tassa Reis - Dollar Euro
645AR - 4 Da Trap (lol)
Caoimhín ó Raghallaigh and Dan Trueman - Widdershins
Asa Bantan and Jus Now - Fete is Fete
YG and Kehlani - Konclusions (really can't wait for the next Kehlani album)
Tink - Fuck Around (i should tackle the album)
Machel Montano - Boss Wine
Jason Isbell and 400 Unit - Be Afraid
Pottery - Texas Drums pt 1 and 2
Kabza de Small and DJ Maphorisa - eMcimbini
Erykah Badu and James Poyser - Tempted
Hayley Williams - Leave it Alone
Kat Edmonson - Someone's In the House, Chim Chim Cheree, When You Wish Upon A Star, All I Do Is Dream of You
The Westerlies - Weeping Mary
Aaron Diehl - Piano Etude no. 16
Kizz Daniel - Jaho
Sarkodie and Efya - Saara
De Mogul SA and Natalie Mabaso - Ndiphelele / De Mogul SA and Mdee Mshangane - Na ku Randza
Arlo Parks - Eugene
Preedy - Yuh Bad
Selena Gomez - Fun, Rare, Feel Me (need to go back to this album probably)
Squarepusher - Be Up a Hello (same)
Dawn Richard - Die Without You, Buttah
Trippie Redd and DaBaby - Death (this is the anthem)
Zico - Any Song
Sam Lee - The Garden of England
Pop Smoke and Quavo - Shake the Room
Willie Nelson - First Rose of Spring
Nino Augustine - Mienetete
Thundercat - Dragonball Durag
Omarion and T-Pain - Can You Hear Me (damn, it's the early aughts all over again)
Claudio x Kenza with Mpumi - Yasha Imizi
Soweto's Finest - Tikoloshi
The Scientists DJ - Imphumelelo (original and remix)
Dr Thulz and TNS - Believe in Love
Amadou and Mariam - Bamako (Divolly and Markward remix)
Johnny Bravo and DJ Pzee Boy - O PAM (O PAM, O PAM, O PAM, O PAM, O PAM, O PAM)
Jah9 - Highly
IZ*ONE - FIESTA
Ceml Ergün and JACK Quartet - Sonare & Celare
คณะ รุ่งทวี - แห่สดดนตรีพื้นบ้านหนองโก ชุดที่ 8 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=GaXDhd2-mwM
STEFA* - Sepalina, Negra mas linda

Albums Just Added to the Rummage:
Claudio x Kenza - Circle of Life
Katie Pruitt - Expectations
Function - Existenz
Nicola Cruz - Hybridism
Vic Spencer - Psychological Cheat Sheet
Deniro Farrar - Sole Food
Charles Lloyd - 8
Kassa Overall - I Thin I'm Good
Disclosure - Etran
Angelica Garcia - Cha Cha Palace
Caribou - Suddenly
Pop Smoke - Meet the Woo 2
Elio Vilafranca - Cinque

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 19:00 (four months ago) link

Tink album is much better than I was expecting, well worth checking out.

Starting listening to the Moses Sumney and was enjoying it - but when I realised this just the first half of the LP and there's a shedload more of it due in May, decided I'll tackle it properly then.

Now contemplating whether to listen to TWO Princess Nokia albums lol

Jeff W, Saturday, 29 February 2020 19:03 (four months ago) link

Digging in on the tink a bit more; it's worth exploring i think

You should jump in on the sumney now; i think he'll ultimately have one album of strong material spread out over two so you can start chopping up the current one now and not slog through everything.

I got through about three sample tracks from each P Nokia album and uh i am not likely to go back for more.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 1 March 2020 23:34 (four months ago) link

The band Kiwi Jr. released what is far and away my most played album of 2020 thus far.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 2 March 2020 01:54 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Haven't listened to that many albums this year but I suppose I'll get to it in the following weeks since I'm virtually unemployed until further notice. My parents have a cabin in the woods, I intend to spend a week there, might as well listen to albums recommended on this thread and around ilm.

My favorite 35 songs of the first trimester... these ones might change:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4vbt9Rq7Ii3CTwo0yP4Zcb?si=f_7iiJsSRw6HwZanrNgdNg

Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer
Easy Life - Sangria
Selena Gomez - Rare
Andy Shauf - Living Room
Westerman - Blue Comanche
Mura Masa - Today (with Tirzah)
Skatebård - Volpi Polari
Four Tet - Baby
Chromatics - TOY
BAYNK - DOWN
Khruangbin - Midnight
Against All Logic - If Loving You Is Wrong
070 Shake - Guilty Conscience
TOPS - Witching Hour
Oklou - Entertnmnt
Jess Williamson - Wind on Tin
Phoebe Bridgers - Garden Song
Caribou - Like I Loved You
Bullion - We Had A Good Time
Yansima - Tweede Cans
Jessie Ware - Spotlight
Soko - Being Sad Is Not a Crime
Jitwam - Enchanté
Franc Moody - Skin on Skin
Louis Prince - The Number Thirteen
Perfume Genius - Describe (edit)
Caroline Rose - Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?
Buscabulla - NTE
Gotts Street Park - Favourite Kind Of Girl
Califone - Night Gallery / Projector
Drab City - Devil Doll
Speedometer - We Gave up Too Soon (feat. Vanessa Jamie)
Mac Miller - Right
Yumi Zouma - Cool for a Second
Midwife - Anyone Can Play Guitar

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 23 March 2020 01:28 (three months ago) link

If I had to pick my top favorites of that lot, these 5 are probably the ones I come back to the most:

070 Shake - Guilty Conscience
Caroline Rose - Do You Think We’ll Last Forever?
Mura Masa - Today (with Tirzah)
Bullion - We Had A Good Time
Westerman - Blue Comanche

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 23 March 2020 01:32 (three months ago) link

i had no idea that Tink had a new album. I enjoyed a lot 'voicenotes'. have to check this one out.

Nourry, Monday, 23 March 2020 13:11 (three months ago) link

1/4 through 2020 these are my fav albums:

Boldy James - The Price of Tea in China
Horse Lords - The Common Task
Alabaster DePlume - To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Volume 1
Steve Palmer - Useful Histories
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
Navy Blue - Àdá Irin

ogmor, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:03 (three months ago) link

newish stuff I've listened more than a few times

Saphileaum - Samosi
Delphine Dora - L'inattingible
Bobby Previte, Jamie Saft & Nels Cline - Music From The Early 21st Century
Colin Stetson - Color Out of Space
Ulla - Tumbling Towards a Wall
Jennifer Curtis & Tyshawn Sorey - Invisible Ritual
Carla Bley, Andy Sheppard, Steve Swallow - Life Goes On
Aaron Diehl - The Vagabond

calzino, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 10:15 (three months ago) link

a few songs I can't get enough of:

Dirty Projectors - Overlord
Waxahatchee - Fire
Khruangbin feat. Leon Bridges - Texas Sun
Destroyer - The Raven
Hayley Williams - Simmer (Caroline Polachek Remix)

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 13:37 (three months ago) link

I'm not following new albums super well, but:

Alabaster DePlume - To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Volume 1
Moses Boyd - Dark Matter
Shabaka & the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History
J Hus - Big Conspiracy
Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
Makaya McCraven & Gil Scott Heron - We're New Again
Various Artists / Lord Kitchener - London Is the Place for Me, Vols. 7 & 8

I need to spend a day going through all my "listen more" genre playlists, but in the meantime:

Chronixx - Dela Move
Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion & Ami Faku - Uwrongo
Runtown f. Darkovibes & Bella Shmurda - Body Riddim
Jah 9 - Highly
Chronic Law - Good Name
Mr Eazi - Kpalanga
Govana - Impossible
Ejoya & Buju - Mind Games
Adekunle Gold f. Kizz Daniel - Jore
Jada Kingdom - Heavy!
Kabza de Small & DJ Maphorisa - eMcimbini
J Hus f. Koffee - Repeat
Simmy f. Sino Msolo - Ngihamba Nawe

rob, Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:08 (three months ago) link

March's general terror has cut down the more voracious elements of my erratic listening habits as I search desperately for anything that can calm me down. That something has absolutely been the stunning and sterling Alabaster DePlume - To Cy and Lee: Instrumentals v. 1 which is definitely gonna be among my faves this year. Lots has been said already about influences and connections but I just heard the throughline with Haruomi Hosono so I thought I'd mention that here.

Close seconds in terms of playtime and benefit to my life are the twin lesbian country powerhouses Katie Pruitt - Expectations and Brandy Clark - Your Life is a Record; both are outrageously good and boast amazing moments of peak 2020 songwriting.

Two singles that capture the moment: iMarkkeyz + Cardi B's "Coronavirus" (likely novelty track of the year, seems to have faded more and more into the background as people are dying though) and JACK QUARTET's version of Cenk Ergün's "Sonare" (sounds exactly like the wasps in my mind, it somehow helps to externalize them).

Otherwise there was much rejoicing with each of the following:

Albums
Malicorne - Colin (1974, been a long time, now seemed a likely good time to come back. it was)
Lone - Not Seeing is a Flower (2019, another one that resurfaced for calm)
Jeremy Cunningham - The Weather Up There
Tink - Hopeless Romantic
The Secret Sisters - Saturn Return
Selena Gomez - Rare (yeah, "Lose You To Love Me" and the Cudi track aside, this is great more or less all the way through isn't it? Maybe the best straight pop album i've heard this year; let's see if Dua Lipa compares)
Ghetto Maria - Straight from the DEC (1996, hat-tip to Yelploaf on the Random old rap you are loving thread; how have i missed these guys till now?)
McCoy Tyner - Extensions (1970, likely my fave of his albums. RIP)
Katie Pruitt - OurVinyl Live
Edwin Birdsong - s/t (1979, again: going back to things that make me happy and this is bulletproof)

Singles
Simmy and Sino Msolo - Ngihamba Nawe
Ogranya and Efya - Wicked Somebody
Sauti Sol - Suzanna
Christopher Martin (NOT Chris Martin) and Busy Signal - Why
Jason Isbell and 400 Unit - Only Children (really looking forward to this album)
Run the Jewels - Ooh LA LA
Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha
BTS - ON
Body Count - No Remorse, Bum Rush (still got it)
2Baba and Wizkid - Opo
Pabllo Viattar and Thalia - Timida
Rose Royce - Love Don't Live Here Anymore (1978, somehow never heard this before!)
Evan Olson - So Much Better (1999, podcasts suck and this one kinda did too but i skipped to the end and liked the song!)
RAMP - Daylight (1977, repeated listening helps the crazy)
Jada Kingdom - Heavy!
Chronixx - Dela Move
JASSS - Turbo Olé
Hayley Williams - Simmer (Caroline Polachek Remix) (This one grew on me!)
Mr JazziQ - Blue Skies
Zug - Fantasia
Don Toliver, Kaash Paige, Travis Scott - Euphoria
Pantha du Prince - Supernova Space Time Drift
Jusca X Plee, Zing Master(!!?!?) and Mabozza - Empa Nna
Stussko - Spacefunk

On Deck
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Daniel Avery and Alessandro Cortini - Illusion of Time
Nicola Cruz - Fuego Nuevo (two behind now!)
Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha
Irreversible Entanglements - Who Sent You?
Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela - Rejoice
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz is Dead 001
Move D and Benjamin Bruun - Let's Call It a Day
Jah9 - Note To Self
William Tyler - Music from First Cow
Blanck Mass - Calm with Horses OST
Four Tet - Sixteen Oceans
Shabaka and the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here By History
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nuova
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Megan Thee Stallion - Suga
Claudio x Kenza - Circle of Life

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:49 (three months ago) link

My first quarter top ten 2020 albums would likely be:

Gil Scott Heron and Makaya McCraven - We're New Again
The Westerlies - Wherein Lies the Good
Alabaster DePlume - To Cy and Lee: Instrumentals v. 1
Katie Pruitt - Expectations
Brandy Clark - Your Life is a Record
Aaron Diehl - The Vagabond
Selena Gomez - Rare
K Michelle - All Monsters Are Human
Eris Drew - Fluids of Emotion
Kat Edmonson - Dreamers Do

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 31 March 2020 20:01 (three months ago) link

some q1 favs

traxx
phoebe bridgers - garden song
caribou - never come back
plu2o nash - live at the roxy ft. lucki and drego
andy shauf - living room
lil tjay - 20/20
empty country - marian
six organs of admittance - two forms moving
shootergang kony - jungle
lil uzi vert - no auto ft. lil durk
perfume genius - on the floor
skilla baby - carmelo bryant ft. sada baby
sada baby - aktivated
raveena - headaches
frances quinlan - your reply
bonny light horseman - bonny light horseman
yves tumor - kerosene!
king von - took her to the o
kiko dinucci - gaba
bob dylan - murder most foul
jason isbell - only children
blake mills - vanishing twin
bullion - hula

albums
empty country - empty country
r.a.p. ferreira - purple moonlight pages
kassa overall - i think i'm good
ratboys - printer's devil
bluebucksclan - clan way 2
boldy james - the price of tea in china
key glock - yellow tape
chubby and the gang - speed kills
andras - joyful
obangjayar - which way is forward?
destroyer - have we met
j hus - big conspiracy

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:09 (three months ago) link

oh and

pg ra x jetsonmade - keeping time

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:10 (three months ago) link

^^ a track

ooga booga-ing for the bourgeoisie (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 21:10 (three months ago) link

The Garden - Kiss My Super Bowl Ring

o. nate, Friday, 3 April 2020 01:25 (three months ago) link

my ten favourite albums so far, I think:

Bad Bunny • YHLQMDLG
Claudio x Kenza • Circle of Life
De Mogul SA • Lessons
Don Toliver • Heaven or Hell
Dua Lipa • Future Nostalgia
J Hus • Big Conspiracy
Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa • Scorpion Kings Live
Mhaw Keys • The Outcast EP
Mr JazziQ & JazziDisciples • 0303
Shuffle Muzik • Stimela

Honourable mention - from (late) last year, but it just keeps on giving:

Fireboy DML • Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 3 April 2020 20:15 (three months ago) link

Chronixx - Dela Move
Prince Kaybee, Shimza, Black Motion & Ami Faku - Uwrongo

This two are sounding great and going straight into my favorite songs of the year. Thanks for the recommendations.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 6 April 2020 06:41 (three months ago) link

These*

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 6 April 2020 06:41 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Top 10 albums as of now

Gezan
SLIFT
Stabscotch
Mamaleek
Yves Tumor
Sexores
Aktor
Melt Yourself Down
Heliocentrics
Stephen Malkmus

doktor forstus (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 26 April 2020 01:54 (two months ago) link

I posted my metal and classical favourites to their respective threads. Here are the stragglers:

Gallery S – Gallery S
LEYA – Flood Dream
Lina & Raül Refree – Lina & Raül Refree
Nicolas Jaar – Cenizas

pomenitul, Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:42 (two months ago) link

Not a good month for listening for me but two fave singles this month that should last me to the end of the year:

Worlasi "Skreentime"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEI0U55rM-I

Victoria Monet "Dive"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2r5_J0Y69M

April Albums
Leebada - The Ocean (2019)
PG RA - Blowing Candles (2019)
Sepehr - Shaytoon
Hame DJ - Sandtrax
Selena Gomez - Rare Deluxe (extra tracks all excellent!)
Matthew Halsall - Oneness
Clarice Jensen - the experience of repetition as death (a little too on the nose to really enjoy but it's of the moment)
Hodge - Shadows in Blue
Ilana Bryne - Low Earth Orbit
Soela - Genuine Silk
Gabriel Garzon-Montano - Bishouné: Alma del Huila Instrumentals
Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha

April Singles
Rayvanny and Dulla Makabila - Miss Buza
PG RA - Made It, Keeping Time, Little Stepper
DONGKIZ - LUPIN
Leebada - Empty Room, This Game, Night Dream
Celeste - Stop This Flame
Caylee Hammack - Small Time Hypocrite
BENEE with "Gus Dapperton" (fucking hell) - Supalonely
Mobi Dixon, NaakMusiQ, Nichume, Blomzit Avenue - Camagu
ITZY - WANNABE
Park Woo Jin and AB6IX - COLOR EYE
Princess Nokia - Green Eggs and Ham
Lianne La Havas - Bittersweet
Ebenezer - Flaws and All (i categorically hate the Negging / Drakeification of R&B but this is pretty good nonetheless)
Cookie Kawaii - Vibe 1, 2, 3 (late to the party but this is dope)
EARL and MAXO - Whole World
Jason Isbell - What've I Done to Help
Ilana Bryne - Dub Box Medicine
Kelly Rowland - Coffee
Oxlade - AWAY

way too much on deck to even list. Gotta get better at being open to it, maybe sunlight and bleach will clear up the passageways.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 30 April 2020 19:36 (two months ago) link

My fave albums this quarter would prob rank as

1. WESTSIDE GUNN - Pray For Paris
2. CS & KREME - Snoopy
3. JULIEN BEILLARD - Dream In Leather
4. PRINCE NIFTY - We're Not In Kansas Any More
5. OCRILIM - Plvence Abrost R Msitloun

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Thursday, 30 April 2020 20:07 (two months ago) link

Here's where I'm at for albums so far:

Birth - Almost Never
Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
Moses Sumney - grae pt I (and presumably part II)
Alabaster dePlume - To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals vol. 1
Dane Law - Algorithmic Music for Synthesized Strings
DJ Delish - KV5: Stearn Learn EP
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
The Necks - Three
K-Lone - Cape Cira
Blake Mills - Mutable Set

With separate categories for, like, best compilations and vault dumps released due to pandemic. And ton of electronic bangers (mostly from comps) that I haven't really been keeping track of.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 13 May 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

Lido Pimienta - Miss Colombia
Andrea - Ritorno
Christine and the Queens - La Vita Nouva
Lyra Pramuk - Fountain
Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
Laurine Frost - LENA
Rejoicer - Spiritual Sleeze
Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes - What Kinda Music
I Break Horses - Warnings
Shaytoon - Sepehr

Here's 10 records that have really captivated me this year so far in rough order. Omitted some others that I'm still digesting and have already received a lot of attention here. The Lido Pimienta is probably my favorite pop record of the year so far - possibly my favorite record. Ritorno is the best electronic record of the year so far, though Lyra and Nico are really right behind it if not tied.

octobeard, Wednesday, 13 May 2020 21:00 (one month ago) link

I went with these.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 16 May 2020 17:15 (one month ago) link

Oranssi Pazuzu - Mestarin kynsi deserves some love

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 16 May 2020 17:30 (one month ago) link

Best singles imo

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 22 May 2020 01:47 (one month ago) link

Updating this continues to give me some sense of forward motion and control but my god, it's tenuous.
Asterisks note best of the month/year material of which there was a lot. Good May for music and a bad May for simply being.

May Albums
*Soela – Genuine Silk
*Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor (Complete)
*Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions
*Owen Pallett – Island
*Steve Earle – Ghosts of West Virginia
*Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Ryuichi Sakamoto – My TYRANO OST
Robert Glasper – Fuck Yo Feelings
Kehani – It Was Good Until It Wasn’t
serpentwithfeet – Apparation EP
Moses Boyd – Dark Matter
Bored Lord – Cybernetic Romance EP / Transexual Rave Hymns (2019)
E-40 – Curb Commentator Channel 1 EP
Ikonika – Bodies
Magnetic Fields – Quickies
Young MA – Red Flu
Psyflo (Intyce and Dawn Richard) – Risque
Jim White and Marisa Anderson – The Quickening
Emily Bate – The Fever in the Feats (2008) <- This is real good!
Böhm – Beach Life EP
Freddie Gibbs / Alchemist – Alfredo
Ilana Bryne – Strange Adventure EP
Owen Pallett – Spaceship Earth OST
Ahmad Jamal – Jamal at the Penthouse

May Singles
*Megan Thee Stallion / Beyonce – Savage Remix
*Vybz Kartel / Teejay – Uptop Gaza
*Stella Jang – Villain
*Orquestra Akokan – 4 de Octubre (can’t wait for the new album)
*Hayley Williams – Taken
*E-40 / B-Legit – Smellin Like a Brick
*Azana – Your Love
*Phoebe Bridgers – I See You
*HAIM – Don’t Wanna, I Know Alone – This is gonna be a great album
MAX and Hayley Kiyoko – Missed Calls
Living in a Ghost Town – Rolling Stones
YG – Laugh Now Kry Later
Yelle – Je t’aime encore
DaBaby – Find My Way
Brandy / Chance - Baby Mama
serpentwithfeet – A Comma
Noun (Daniel Avery/Roman Flügel) – Meeting of the Minds / Team Silent
Crystal Tea – There There
Asquith – Rave Til Dawn
Terri – Ojoro
Kehlani – F&MU, Toxic
Teejay – Guard Ring
Bored Lord – Girl U Could Be Down 4
Rhye – Beautiful
NSG – Porsche
Reniss – Commando
BIBI – KAZINO
Ro James/Miguel – Too Much
Juls / Aymos – Tembisa
Ikonika – Your Body
Magnetic Fields – Castles of America, The Day the Politicians Died
Jason Isbell – It Gets Easier, Running with Our Eyes Closed, Overseas
Canzoniere Grecanico – We’re All in the Same Dance
Lee Fields – Thinking About You
100 gecs – Stupid Horse Remix
Samora Pinderhughes – Kill War
The Natives / BJ The Chicago Kid – 1 Step
Azealia Banks – 1-800-Nu-Checks
HAAi - 6666
Daniel Caesar – Made to Fall in Love
Neue Grafik – Organic Food
MND - Revolution
Patrick Holland – Reality Picture
Adekunle Gold - Jore
Sithelo / Skyewanda – Forever
Yutie Lee / Oceanic – Flower Protocol (Oceanic Remix)
Disclosure – ENERGY
Mary J Blige – Can’t Be Life
Shy Girls – Drain
Ilana Bryne – I Used to Love THEM
Ewan Jansen – Twinpole
Little Big Town – Wine, Beer, Whiskey (this is as close as I have to a guilty pleasure listen)
Migos – Taco Tuesday (well, this one too)
Cina Soul - Adukwei
Sun-El and Msaki – Ubomi Abumanga
Ne Yo / Jeremih – U 2 Luv
One More Time – New Cool Collective with Tony Allen
Gabriel Garzon Montano – Someone
Run the Jewels – ooh la la
Ab Soul – Dangerookipawaa Freestyle
Pavy/SPKR/Rolodex/Vic Spencer – 96 Kemp
Cina Soul – Adukwie
Afirquoi – Acid Attack
Project Pablo – Night Shift, It’s Not the Dream
Dua Lipa – Break My Heart, Hallucinate, Cool, Don’t Start Now, Future Nostalgia
Reedale Risse – Barbary Coast
Elisapie – Arnaq
Busy Signal – Baby Dance
Bicep – Atlas
Mihai Pol - Wassup

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 1 June 2020 21:02 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Mac Miller- circles
Owen Pallet- Island
A Girl Called Eddy- Been Around

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Wednesday, 24 June 2020 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

Fuck is it July already? What a trainwreck.

Here's June, with *'d material for shortlisting:

Albums
* Run the Jewels - RTJ4
* Osunlade - Basic Sketches for Beginners
* Soccer 96 with Alabaster dePlume - Tactics
* Paddy Steer - Tango Western March
* Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile - Not Our First Goat Rodeo
* Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
* Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
Clubroot - Surface Tension: II
DJ Maphorisa - Scorpion Kings Live
Dolly Parton - Release Me (compilation of her early teenage sides; she was really something right out the gate)
Sepultura - Roots (1996)
TP Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Echos Hypnotiques II (2009 reissue)
Karenn - Grapefruit Regret
New Cool Collective with Tony Allen - Trippin' Redux
Penny Penny - Shaka Bundu (2013)
Patrick Holland - Reality Picture
Super Diamond - Jigeenu Ndakaru (2009)
Ewan Jansen - IILE 03
Kamasi Washington - Becoming OST
Colin Stetson - Barkskins OST
Són Tùng M-TP - Sky Tour OST
Roy Ayers, Adrian Younge, Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Jazz Is Dead 002

Tracks
* Johnniqua Charles, iMarkkeys, Suede the Remix God - Lose Yo Job
* Osunlade - Auto Machine, Landfill
* Thee Sacred Souls - Give Us Justice, Weak for Your Love
* Azana - Uthando Lwangempela, Ngize Ngifike w/Sun-El (this album is gonna fucking rule)
* Semi Tee, Kammu Dee, Njelic - Stayla
* Christine and the Queens - I Disappear in Your Arms
* Soccer 96 with Alabaster DePlume - I Was Gonna Fight Fascism
* Lil Baby - The Bigger Picture
* Dixie Chicks - March March, Gaslighter, Julianna Calm Down
* Jessie Ware - Spotlight, Ooh La La, Soul Control
* Ayanis and Queen Naija - Lil Boi (Big Talk)
Yung L and Wizkid - Eve Bounce Remix
Toots and the Maytals - Got to Be Tough (the god endures)
Adekunle Gold - Something Different
SUZANNE - Do Not Fear Heartbreak
Public Enemy with DJ Premier - State of the Union STFU
Anderson .Paak - Lock Down
Clifford Hurvich, Brandee Younger et al - Cure the World
Alkaline and Black Shadow - Gladdest Night
Busy Signal - Jamaica Jamaica
E-40 - Give Me 6
Charli XCX - c2.0, forever
Marc Rebillet - I'm a Flamingo Live ("but FIRST YOUR SISTER")
AJ Tracey with Mostack - Dinner Guest
Tion Wayne, Dutchavelli, Stormzy - I Dunno
Willie Nelson - We Are the Cowboys
HER - I Can't Breathe
THEY - Count Me In
Jorja Smith - Rose Rouge
Sky Joose - Garage Bunnies
DJ Big Sky - Khushukhushu
Mahalia - Plastic Plants
Rema - Ginger Me
Owen Pallett - River Man
Llusion - When You Feel Like a Savage Playing Animal Crossing
Meyhem Lauren - Root of Evil
Robyn - Honey (Avalon Emerson's Deep Current Remix)
Armand Hammer, Pink Siifu - Bitter Cassava
Deem Spencer and SkitzoLuvHartD - No Good
Karenn - Crush the Mushrooms
Carly Pearce - Cowboy Take Me Away
Ceraadi - Secure the Bag
Popcaan - Buzz
Ewa Justka - Mindless Cycles
Bibio - Oakmoss (gotta listen to this album)
Vybz Kartel - About Us
Fatoumata Diawara - Nterini, Sparrow and Barbossa Remix
Chronixx and Kabaka Pyramid - Same Prayer
J Cole - Snow on tha Bluff
Ryu Su Jeong - Tiger Eyes
Manny Norté, 6LACK, Rema, Tion Wayne, Love Renaissance - 4AM
Teyana Taylor and Iman - Wake Up Love
Wande Coal - Again
Annie - American Cars
Clap! Clap! - Liquid Portraits
Bad Boy Timz - MJ
Philkeys, The Gifted - Rhythm nd Bass
Skip Marley and HER - Slow Down
Orbital - Mystical Raver
Kaygee DaKing, Bizizi - Sendi Location
Yameen and Georgia Anne Muldrow - Blue Skies
Jyoti and Georgia Anne Muldrow - Cowrie Waltz
Pting - Boo
Nathan Micay - Blue Spring (2019)
Arthur - Kaffir, Maestro Mix (1995)
Momoland - Tiki Taka
Patrick Holland - Soaked, Reality Picture
REDSQUARE - ColorFull
Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile - Scarcely Cricket, Voila!, 757 ml
DJ Maphorisa and everyone - Play Your Part (Africa Unite)
Shamir - On My Own
Koreatown Oddity - Weed in LA
Jamael Dean - People of the Moon
Ewan Jansen - The Blackhawks
Phoebe Bridgers - ICU, Halloween, Moon Song, I Know the End
Iron Wigs - Problematic, Bally Animals and Rugbys

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

Q2 top albums would be:
* Run the Jewels - RTJ4
* Osunlade - Basic Sketches for Beginners
* Soccer 96 with Alabaster dePlume - Tactics
* Paddy Steer - Tango Western March
* Yo Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile - Not Our First Goat Rodeo
* Phoebe Bridgers - Punisher
* Jessie Ware - What's Your Pleasure?
* Soela – Genuine Silk
* Hayley Williams – Petals for Armor (Complete)
* Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Reunions
* Owen Pallett – Island
* Steve Earle – Ghosts of West Virginia
* Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
* Hailu Mergia - Yene Mircha

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:33 (one week ago) link

Despite everything, this is turning into an amazing year for records. These are probably my top faves rn, leaving out some things that I listened to a ton for a short period (like Blake Mills, Four Tet, etc)

Jeff Parker - Suite for Max Brown
Moses Sumney - Grae I & II
Dane Law - Algorithmic Music for Synthesized Strings
Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
DJ Delish - KV5: Stearn Learn EP
The Necks - Three
K-Lone - Cape Cira
Cocktail Party Effect - s/t
Cleo Sol - Rose in the Dark
Sault - Untitled (Black Is)
John Zorn - Virtue
Shabaka & the Ancestors - We Are Sent Here by History

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 29 June 2020 19:04 (one week ago) link

Sault, Shabaka and Moses are in my "need more time" pile; will check the rest of yer list out

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 29 June 2020 19:12 (one week ago) link

Cool! I'm checking out that Osunlade now (and then diving into the new Arca).

Oh and obviously the Alabaster dePlume album is on my list, I need to check out that Soccer96 one too.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 29 June 2020 20:15 (one week ago) link

Big big fan of all the releases Nídia has out on the Príncipe label this year, but especially her full-length, Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Monday, 29 June 2020 21:18 (one week ago) link

hey forks, good to see some of my choices resonate :-) will investigate your list further.

what’s the deal with the Son Tùng M-TP album? I love some of his songs (“Lac Trôi”!!!) Is he especially good live? Did you see the movie?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 11:46 (one week ago) link

Wow that Soccer96 EP is really fun, didn't expect it to go full post-punk/DFA.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:45 (one week ago) link

yeah, "i was gonna fight fascism" is a single of the year contender for me i think

Breastcrawl, you are among my fave DJs for sure. RE: Son Tung, I'm at a point where I listen to anything he releases; he and his production is consistently strong (Lac Troi is a bombshell but Chay Ngay Di and Chung Ta Khong Thuoc Ve Nhau are also bangers). Sky Tour is just a live set from his concert film but it's pretty strong throughout. Don't remember if I found him on ILX or not...?

[apologies for lack of proper accent marks for ST M-TP]

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 15:06 (one week ago) link

forks, you don't dig the Lila Iké EP? no hard feelings if so, just seemed like something you might like

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:04 (one week ago) link

i didn't get to it yet! will report back.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:08 (one week ago) link

current on deck playlist is Jessie Ware (maybe four more plays and I can shelf this), select Pure Moods tracks, new K-Pop/Afro thread recommends, Lila Ike (now), HAIM, David Lang, Bibio, IDK, Hum, Pottery, last week's Discovery recommends

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:10 (one week ago) link

The Lila Iké is awesome. I might yet start a thread for her.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:14 (one week ago) link

Despite everything, this is turning into an amazing year for records.

Maybe a dumb observation, but being stuck at home i think gives you more time to explore and see what's available.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:17 (one week ago) link

true and yet I am like a month behind on the afropop thread yet again :/

rob, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:29 (one week ago) link

xp to ulysses: what David Lang you listening to? he's had a couple recent releases I've been meaning to check out

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:40 (one week ago) link

words fail me

xp

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 16:51 (one week ago) link

xp to snowy: his take on Fidelio, Prisoner of the State... though i have interest in the women's choir version of Love Fail.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:02 (one week ago) link

Yeah what I heard of that sounded really intriguing. I'm also curious about his opera based on The Loser (Thomas Bernhard novel) but have been waiting for a time when my availability, energy, attention, mood, etc are all in alignment

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 17:09 (one week ago) link

forks, maybe you found out about ST M-K here: Vietnamese Music/Music in Vietnam. Then again, TSJ covered him a few times over the years as well, I think. Anyways, the songs you mentioned are some of my faves as well. I even like his collabo with Snoop Dogg.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:09 (one week ago) link

(and thanx!)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:11 (one week ago) link

Prob TSJ now that you mention it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:48 (one week ago) link

“ST M-K”??? Vietnamese abbreviations, how do they work?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

Jordan that K-Lone album is lovely isn’t it?

Tim F, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:38 (one week ago) link

It is! I like the follow-up EP too. Good for the present moment.

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 20:38 (one week ago) link

Q1+Q2 favourite LPs and EPs. These are in roughly chronological order of release.

LPs
Poppy - I Disagree
Katie Gately - Loom
Keith Seatman - Time To Dream But Never Seen
The Emperor Machine - Music Not Safari
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Brandy Clark - Your Life Is A Record
Plone - Puzzlewood
Dempagumi.Inc - Aiga Chikyu Sukuunsa! Datte Dempagumi.Inc Ha Family Desho
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Various - Intermission (Ghost Box)
Various - The Isolation Tapes (Castles in Space)
Cavern of Anti-Matter - In Fabric
Melodien - Apeiron
SAULT - Untitled (Black Is)
Jessie Ware - What’s Your Pleasure?

EPs
Various - The Sunday Experience EP (Polytechnic Youth)
Flamingo Pier - Indigo
Gilroy Mere - Over the Tracks
Fear-E - Grey Skies In A Dear Green Place
Apta - Home
Intyce & Dawn Richard - Psyflo | Risqué
Hayley Williams - Petals For Armor III
Maps - EP2.Colours.Remixed.Time.Loss

Jeff W, Sunday, 5 July 2020 13:04 (four days ago) link

And I've started a new Spotify playlist for the second half of 2020:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1qrVPKXlZwbRmJp9IQskiu?si=vazzt-9uT-GfZoR15fEkRw

Jeff W, Sunday, 5 July 2020 13:05 (four days ago) link

I shamefully forgot for a while that the Meredith Monk / Bang on a Can album Memory Game is totally amazing.

Tim F, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 05:29 (yesterday) link

Rough top 10 albums would be:

Jessie Ware
Dua Lipa
Charli XCX
Parisalexa
HAIM
Chloe x Halle
Magdalena Bay
Laura Marling
Moses Sumney
Okay Kaya

Songs? Chris' "La vita nuova", Róisín's "Murphy's Law", "Experience" by Victoria Monet & ors, Ngaiire's "BOOM" and Coy's "Promises", plus various tracks from the albums listed above. My rolling playlist is here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/186l1llI0xtBi8jbtz6478

monotony, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 06:58 (yesterday) link

monotony you should be on the janet thread

Tim F, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 08:22 (yesterday) link

I’ve been following along loosely and intend to vote! Don’t have much to say yet other than “I hope people don’t forget to vote for “Go Deep””, but more may come to me when I give everything a full re-listen

monotony, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 08:32 (yesterday) link


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