ILM's 2020 End of Year Tracks & Albums Poll / VOTING AND CAMPAIGNING THREAD

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The procedure is simple: enter your tracks and album ballots (up to 25 items on each), one item per line, in the appropriate fields. Use the form located here: https://forms.gle/5FEXdcBsXZu2tpLMAM. Please copy each line directly from the nominations list; do not number your ballot.

You can choose one of three ballot types, which determine how points are allocated to each item you vote for:

(1) Weighted: The first item on your ballot receives 50 points, the second receives 48 points, and so on, until the 25th item receives 2 points.

(2) Unweighted: Each item on your ballot receives 26 points.

(3) Mixed: To submit a mixed ballot, you must divide your ballot in two with an extra blank line. The upper portion of the ballot will be treated as weighted, with the first item receiving 50 points, and so on. The lower portion will be treated as unweighted, in that all items will receive the same number of points. The score allocated to items in the unweighted portion is calculated as 26 minus the number of items in the weighted portion (this is so that any weighted, unweighted or mixed ballot consisting of 25 items will allocate a total of exactly 650 points).

TRACK NOMINATIONS
On Google Sheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XAB83zR9T_vM63JWk-BL59MbFaD_l_UIliAhQUuF4T8/

ALBUM NOMINATIONS
On Pastebin: https://pastebin.com/JBkv6jCR
On Google Sheets: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1mBgjDtpVECv9Hvd9B0kgXm_KlQlgx0otkI0OROLQAvk/

PLAYLISTS
Tracks: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3pvB14oQVKaNUwNViZAv00
Albums: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/2bgWh3JqBlruDUwip7zp3S

Voting ends at MIDNIGHT PST on Friday, January 22nd, 2021.

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

(Pastebin wouldn't allow me to add the track noms as a public document because the track titles are too offensive)

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Am I being dense or are you missing the link to the voting form?

emil.y, Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:09 (two weeks ago) link

we vote with our cyber implants now

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:12 (two weeks ago) link

anyway i had to nominate my favorite song of the year (grimes "delete forever") on the last day of nominations, so i'm hoping last year's silent "violence" majority are gonna help carry it through

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:14 (two weeks ago) link

i was also annoyed about having to nominate a great usher single ("bad habits")

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

I felt this way about no nominations for Kesha until yesterday.

tangenttangent, Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:17 (two weeks ago) link

"End of Daze" by Spillage Village is on the nominations list twice.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:19 (two weeks ago) link

I made a thread for Keleketla!, you can check it out.
Rose Rouge is a song that keeps climbing on my ballot, gorgeous cause it's Jorja Smith, full of relaxed vibes because of the jazz bass - horns, grand because of the broad sound and all those flourishes.

Since it was nominated, I'm thinking of claiming year of impact going for Where I'm Coming From instead of I Spy / Stars Align. I might joint the person who said Mango for Sevana. Finally, I nominated 24K because it's a-ma-zing but Shook is clearly the hit. In the songs discovered through the nomination process, I'm tempted most by Damn Daniel, that's how you do a fun novelty pop hit. Spots are expensive but I might have Wizkid up to three times on my tracks ballot.

Still no idea what Jessie Ware or Dua Lipa track I'm voting for, just not Remember where you are (slow and lush and melancholic and crescendos with choirs no thank you).

For albums, I'll just say please include EPs and some jazz in your votes my good people ! And check that Keleketla! thread.

Nabozo, Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:25 (two weeks ago) link

Oops! Can a mod add the voting link to the first post? https://forms.gle/5FEXdcBsXZu2tpLMA

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks emil.y!

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 16:48 (two weeks ago) link

Hope that edit's okay, let me know if you want anything changing.

emil.y, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:03 (two weeks ago) link

lol I missed the entire noms thread, oh well

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

At this point I mostly just want Pharaoh Overlord to make it.

I've already done a big tracks booster post, which you might want to consider: The Pre-Poll Lobby - Tracks You Want People to Consider for ILM's Top 77 of 2020

imago, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

There's a duplicate on the TRACKS spreadsheet
Disclosure - Mali Mali
Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara - Douha (Mali Mali)
are exactly the same and not different versions.

danzig, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:23 (two weeks ago) link

Please dont forget 2020 Metal ’n’ Heavy Rock Poll: NOMINATIONS Thread (open until the 8th of January 2021)

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

Sleeve you haven't missed those nominations.... yet ')

Oor Neechy, Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:38 (two weeks ago) link

There's a duplicate on the TRACKS spreadsheet
Disclosure - Mali Mali
Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara - Douha (Mali Mali)
are exactly the same and not different versions.

fixed

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:41 (two weeks ago) link

^^^ please do call out any duplicates you spot - I've removed all the easy ones but when the titles are different I can't catch them automatically

timber euros (seandalai), Sunday, 3 January 2021 17:41 (two weeks ago) link

Okay, the track playlist is as complete as I can make it and closed. Let me know if there's something available that I missed?

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

1280 tracks seems actually LOW for any given year but maybe we went harder on albums this go round. I'm personally about 1/4 of the way through listening to the whole thing; hoping I can make it at least to the halfway mark before voting ends.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 3 January 2021 18:06 (two weeks ago) link

I was wondering how the numbers stacked up against other years, I kind of assumed they would be lower. I am hoping for some good enthusiastic participation, I need a bit of fun to counteract the bleak hellscape.

emil.y, Sunday, 3 January 2021 18:24 (two weeks ago) link

There were 1,260 track nominations and 1,070 album nominations last year, about the same #'s as this year. I've no doubt those numbers were much higher back when the board was more active though.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

Just like last year, I made two Spotify playlists for all the (*very* broadly defined) African “pop” that has been nominated:

one for all the South African stuff: first the 47+1 nominated tracks and after that the 16 albums that were nominated (I counted the Keleketla! album Nabozo is championing as South African), 273 tracks in total, a lot more than last year. that’s 25 (!) hours of music to get lost in: lots of amapiano, some Limpopo house, a bit of gqom and of course several representatives of the House of Sun-El.

link: ILM 2020 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICAN NOMS

...and one for all the non-SA African stuff, 62 tracks and 18 albums, 279 tracks in total, about 16 hours of music, similar to last year.
I stretched “pop” to include Nyege Nyege, Tony Allen & Masekela (counted this one towards the non-SA side) and “African” to include Afro-Portuguese (by way of the UK and France) batida-makers DJ Danifox and Nídia. Oh, and Moroccan-French band Bab L’Bluz is there as well, because I like ‘em.

link: ILM 2020 EOY🔷AFROPOP NOMS

Please let me know if you think I forgot or overlooked something!

forks, looks like a batch of tracks were added twice on the playlist from CRJ's Stay Away to Kesha's High Road.

Also the entire Canshaker Pi album is on there (but don't know if that's because someone nominated every track)

groovypanda, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:55 (two weeks ago) link

voted

dyl, Sunday, 3 January 2021 21:51 (two weeks ago) link

what good will do all of our campaigning do now?

Albums ballot submitted. I'll get working on tracks later this week.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:39 (two weeks ago) link

I dunno, but I had no idea until I looked at the albums master list that Mimi Goese released a new album this year and decided to vote for it AS I was listening to it for the first time lol

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

xp

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:42 (two weeks ago) link

i pay attention to campaigning and tend to discover numerous things i like thru it but frankly nothing introduced to me this late in the game is likely to displace the songs i've been enjoying for a large portion of the year already from my ballot xp

dyl, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:54 (two weeks ago) link

forks, looks like a batch of tracks were added twice on the playlist from CRJ's Stay Away to Kesha's High Road.

Also the entire Canshaker Pi album is on there (but don't know if that's because someone nominated every track)

― groovypanda, Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:55 (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

idk they sound like some pretty good duplicates to me

tangenttangent, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:54 (two weeks ago) link

like, there's already an entire ballot-sized collection of songs that i thought would be shoo-ins that i'm sad about having to exclude b/c 25 songs is not a lot, it's highly doubtful something i learned about after new year's day is making its way in

dyl, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:56 (two weeks ago) link

albums would be another story b/c i'm not sure if i've even enjoyed as many albums as a lot of ppl here nominate every single year and consequently tend to leave my albums ballot blank, as i did again this year

dyl, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:57 (two weeks ago) link

I'm also about a 1/4 through listening to the playlist (phenomenal work as always, forks) and wanted to mention that silverfish's noms have been a high point so far. I saved like four tracks of those I didn't know (which was most).

tangenttangent, Sunday, 3 January 2021 22:59 (two weeks ago) link

silverfish is an Established Ally

imago, Sunday, 3 January 2021 23:02 (two weeks ago) link

Voting now.

Wow - no one was into that Jeff Tweedy record, huh?

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Sunday, 3 January 2021 23:59 (two weeks ago) link

There were 1,260 track nominations and 1,070 album nominations last year, about the same #'s as this year. I've no doubt those numbers were much higher back when the board was more active though.

― justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Sunday, 3 January 2021 19:35 (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

Looking back, the nomination counts are pretty stable over time. Even in "big" years like 2013 - where the number of voters was (conservatively) 50% more than we'll get this year - the number of nominations wasn't that much higher (1510 tracks, 1060 albums). Though in 2013 the limit per person was 30, the "surprise" extra 10 towards the end of nominating was introduced by JF the following year.

timber euros (seandalai), Monday, 4 January 2021 00:27 (one week ago) link

Ballot submitted!

Everything's Blue In This Whorl (Raymond Cummings), Monday, 4 January 2021 00:29 (one week ago) link

wow am I glad I have 2+ weeks for this, I haven't even started to engage w/the ILX noms after putting my own list together (40 new, 20 archival/reissue)

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Monday, 4 January 2021 00:33 (one week ago) link

I can't believe "Delete Forever" wasn't nominated until the final day. There goes my prediction that it would win the poll.

I'll cross-reference my post in the Aya Nakamura / French rap thread and encourage people to listen to and vote for Lous and the Yakuza - Gore, which is the debut album by the Belgian-Congolese rapper, produced by El Guincho (known for his own work, as well as that with Rosalía). Dour and heavy, but inventive and thrilling at the same time, and the accompanying videos are wonderful.

Also on the album front, Carla J Easton - WEIRDO is more or less Carly Rae Jepsen (even the names have a similar cadence!) x CHVRCHES with the faintest traces of the Charly Bliss debut, so I'm surprised there isn't a 1000 page thread for it on here. A delightful record.

Without getting carried away and posting my whole ballot, I'll also gently encourage users to vote for:

Princesa Alba - Ya No Quieres Querereme, which is fabulous Chilean discopop that wouldn't have sounded out of place on Future Nostalgia;

Javiera Mena - Corazón astral, which, well, speaking of fabulous Chilean discopop...;

Pauline Chagne - Orange Sanguine, which is frothy fun in a Vendredi Sur Mer-vein;

NIKI - Switchblade, which is poised R&B from Indonesia;

RAYE - Love Of Your Life, which is, in a long string of singles from her over several years, perhaps the most faultless; and

Jayda G - Both Of Us, which I could see as a surprise winner in the vein of "Itgehane", so if that happens I just want to be on the record as being in the "it's a fucking banger" camp.

monotony, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:46 (one week ago) link

I can't believe "Delete Forever" wasn't nominated until the final day. There goes my prediction that it would win the poll.

It's safe to say I no longer have my finger on the ilm pulse, but does the larger ilm populace even fuck with Grimes anymore?

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:12 (one week ago) link

"violence" placed in the top twenty last year and a few of us liked her record this year yeah

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 January 2021 04:18 (one week ago) link

i don't really check for her but i didn't know she put anything out this year

don't worry i'm sure she'll place, i had no idea about her music last year either

dyl, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:18 (one week ago) link

"violence" did quite well last year despite being a complete nothing of a song and there was still some decent enthusiasm for miss anthropocene as an album despite all her antics overshadowing it, though nowhere near that for art angels and visions. i was one of the ones who was very disappointed by it

the album will surely place but probably like in the 20s?

ufo, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:22 (one week ago) link

I was totally out of the loop this year, and it will be the first time in as long as I've been around here that I have no idea what anyone likes, where anything will place, and how many people are likely to vote and who they are. lol

Johnny Fever, Monday, 4 January 2021 04:29 (one week ago) link

she sucks but the record is good

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 January 2021 04:47 (one week ago) link

I don’t fuck with Grimes anymore. I think Elon Musk is disgusting and she has become unpalatable by association.

Even if I separate art from artist I don’t hear too much I like in this album in particular. The mixing sounds off for me. Delete Forever is probably my favorite of the album but I just can’t get into it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 4 January 2021 05:02 (one week ago) link

ok let's not repeat the grims discourse in the campaign thread, some ppl do not like it when their records sound like the inside of a vacuum cleaner, i get it, however i do

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 4 January 2021 05:06 (one week ago) link

lol that really does sum it up

ufo, Monday, 4 January 2021 05:16 (one week ago) link

Aww <3

emil.y, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:15 (five days ago) link

Yeah I quite like that Hen Ogledd track too. Had just assumed they were some Welsh band in the mould of Melys so was surprised to find out Richard Dawson is a member. Haven't heard anything else by them though xps

I really like the Slum of Legs track on the playlist and will probably be making room for it on my ballot

groovypanda, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 17:32 (five days ago) link

SOL gonna be on my tracks ballot for sure

That Hen Ogledd track is a clear highlight of their album too yes

imago, Tuesday, 12 January 2021 23:51 (five days ago) link

it's very difficult for me to pay attention to any of this but I will try to vote.

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:27 (four days ago) link

“Problem Child” by Hen Ogledd from their previous album was also #2 or 3 on my ballot a couple years ago.

Chris L, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 02:40 (four days ago) link

lol ok so somebody added some christian audio book track to the Spotify playlist, "our healthily body conditions" from abraham's teachings - an introduction

brimstead, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 05:08 (four days ago) link

lol, okay i am leaving that

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 05:12 (four days ago) link

that is nothing like what i expected hen ogledd to sound

Specific Ocean Blue (dog latin), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:28 (four days ago) link

Beatrice Dillon was not slept on by ILX but I want to put a good word in for "Workaround" anyway, in case anyone missed it: https://beatricedillon.bandcamp.com/album/workaround

davey, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:12 (four days ago) link

Another lesson learned to pay more attention to nominations: how did one Kate NV track get in and not be Sayonara, Marafon 15 or Plans?

or something, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:02 (four days ago) link

I reckon most people will just vote for the album instead

kites aren't fun (NickB), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:05 (four days ago) link

ballot submitted i think, computer glitch halfway thru' so fingers crossed it worked

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:50 (four days ago) link

cheers to silverfish for Jockstrap tip, not just that track but the whole record is great

early-Woolf semantic prosody (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 17:59 (four days ago) link

I never actually got around to listening to the album, I guess I'll do that now

silverfish, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:06 (four days ago) link

it is dead good

nxd, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:08 (four days ago) link

cuz the whole album ruuuules !

Wish i had nominated some though. I probably won't even vote in tracks unless i get to spend most of the weekend going through noms. Here's hoping.

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:16 (four days ago) link

it is good, it is weird

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:17 (four days ago) link

if anyone else is interested in hearing some intricate & elegiac fringe indie that almost nobody has heard of, i am obsessing over this today, the incredible spin-off sequel to a merely decent record that came out to greater notice earlier in the year

https://surfacetoairmissive.bandcamp.com/album/shellys-secret

imago, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:21 (four days ago) link

i meant Kate NV. but i got to check more of these albums getting talked up

maf you one two (maffew12), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:21 (four days ago) link

gonna vote soon, but first i wanted to rep for some rap songs i'm putting on my ballot

king von - "took her to the o": one of my fav story raps in a long while. it's hard not to hang on every word--von had a kind of controlled intensity on the mic not seen since dmx. it's harder to listen to now, since von's murder, but it's a remarkably well-crafted narrative, and chopsquad dj's whirling dervish of a beat gives the song a sense of paranoid intensity. and the story pays off, ending on a bleak bit of gallows humor.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzt31eJTGxo

sada baby - "aktivated": effective, propulsive sample with a bug-eyed vocal. an anthem.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q_a6gCou0E

rio da yung og & louie ray - "movie": quintessential michigan rap, two guys competing with one another to see who can be the most disrespectful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jm1ToRW0ip8

los & nutty - "i'm jus fuckin around": more tag-team michigan rap, this time both guys take an instrumental funky enough for '90s dj quik and fight so hard against the beat they prob got calls from vince mcmahon.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtmK4owlW3Q

pg ra & jetsonmade - "keeping time": beautiful, subdued, street wisdom with booming 808s.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PxRBDsCejU

42 dugg - "one of one" ft. babyface ray: sensing a theme here, another detroit duo. helluva is one of the smoothest producers around, combining detroit's propulsiveness with high-def west coast sheen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd5Qe5eW12s

brian brown - "runnin" ft. reaux marquez: soulful southern rap in the isaiah rashad mold with an understated earworm hook.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05AxIXk1GCY

yg teck - "what you know": lyrics are poignant and reflective, but what i really love about this song is the bouncy piano and teck's prominent baltimore accent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLEPAI2-yFc

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:32 (four days ago) link

sorry didn't mean to embed, used to be that posting the short code would post as a url, not an embed

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:32 (four days ago) link

Another lesson learned to pay more attention to nominations: how did one Kate NV track get in and not be Sayonara, Marafon 15 or Plans?

― or something.

Would’ve voted for those. The one nommed isn’t a highlight for me.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 13 January 2021 18:40 (four days ago) link

sometimes you just need a song to get louder as it goes on. this just hits all my pleasure spots. apology if this is the wrong thread to campaign.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE7vLPSfw6Q

Bee OK, Thursday, 14 January 2021 04:24 (three days ago) link

2020 was obviously a great year for disco/post-disco and whilst ilx heavyweights Jessie, Dua, Roisin et al will be getting lots of love, the Horse Meat Disco album is also worthy of your attention, with this track featuring legend Kathy Sledge being one of the many highlights

Horse Meat Disco feat Kathy Sledge - Falling Deep In Love

groovypanda, Thursday, 14 January 2021 07:17 (three days ago) link

just got to a slew of rob nominations on the playlist, all new to me, an excellent run. especially like govana,aidonia 'yeah man'.

*i only vote for stuff i heard pre nom period so i can't help these trax but they all seem like keepers to me.

(*I made an exception for the Slum of Legs album.)

oscar bravo, Thursday, 14 January 2021 15:33 (three days ago) link

cheers, oscar!
I basically follow the same not-new-to-me policy, as much to make ballot finalizing less of a nightmare as to reflect what *my* 2020 was actually like. tbh: with regret, I just couldn't muster the energy to comb the playlist this year

rob, Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:16 (three days ago) link

same tbh, I'll be doing well if I even get a ballot in

Überschadenfreude (sleeve), Thursday, 14 January 2021 16:30 (three days ago) link

holy shit that Pet Shop Boys was 2020? god damn this year went slow

frogbs, Thursday, 14 January 2021 17:56 (three days ago) link

I voted. note to self: nominate more tracks next year!!!!!

stylish but illegal (Simon H.), Thursday, 14 January 2021 18:06 (three days ago) link

Horse Meat Disco

holy shit

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 15 January 2021 00:56 (two days ago) link

I really didn't spend any time here all year and am debating whether or not I will submit a ballot, but I hope Komplicerad by Miss Li gets some attention. To my ears it is basically 2020 Call Me Maybe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbsKcqVUd8w

fffv, Friday, 15 January 2021 02:49 (two days ago) link

I'm now on the good side of those who have voted ! Join us !

Nabozo, Friday, 15 January 2021 10:26 (two days ago) link

Voted last week but have since fallen heavily for the Mary Halvorson album: please give this love! It has a brace of impossibly cosy Robert Wyatt contributions! Top 10 in my heart.

Regrettably didn't get around to the Bug+Dis Fig or CS+Kreme albums until now either but both are really satisfying gloom.

Would love to see Echos by Beatriz Ferreyra place in the tracks list - no idea whether it got much attention here but it is crushing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0b-u69xdws

technopolis, Friday, 15 January 2021 11:34 (two days ago) link

Voted! I have a feeling my tracks ballot is going to look deranged when I look at it after the rollout—what a year...

rob, Friday, 15 January 2021 19:53 (two days ago) link

Voted... and have just realised I made a mistake on my albums ballot (put the wrong album by an artist with more than one on the noms list).

Gavin, Leeds, Friday, 15 January 2021 21:15 (two days ago) link

When's the deadline again?

The return of our beloved potatoes (the table is the table), Friday, 15 January 2021 22:40 (two days ago) link

Week today

groovypanda, Friday, 15 January 2021 22:50 (two days ago) link

just voted!

boz conspiracy by toby hus (voodoo chili), Saturday, 16 January 2021 18:21 (yesterday) link

I hope Komplicerad by Miss Li gets some attention

There won't be space on my ballot, but I found this on the nominations playlist and saved it! Kind of reminds me of Every Night by Hannah Diamond.

tangenttangent, Saturday, 16 January 2021 22:34 (yesterday) link

37 ballots in, good job everyone, keep voting!

timber euros (seandalai), Saturday, 16 January 2021 23:12 (yesterday) link

Voted last night! Felt less stressful than other years for some reason.

kitchen person, Sunday, 17 January 2021 00:17 (twenty-two hours ago) link

I Voted™

one of the only artist who is genuine (morrisp), Sunday, 17 January 2021 07:59 (fourteen hours ago) link

c+p from the earlier lobbying thread:
I am listening through to as many of the track nominations as I can until voting, organized alphabetically by song name. Lots of good stuff but here's the key new discoveries I'm loving

  • 10K - Obongjayar (stompin')
  • 12 Problems - Rapsody (missed this coming out, great track!)
  • 150 - Porij (does the rest of their music sound like this? feels like it's in the Rhye/Bibio camp which is up my alley)
  • 4 American Dollars - US Girls (first thing I've heard from her that won me over)
  • 8 Melodies - Arthur (messy and nerdy)
  • Ain't Nice - Viagra Boys (this is an anthem! might make my ballot!)
  • Aktivated - Sada Baby (very effective sample)
  • April Fools Day and Bugged - CS+ Kreme (i need to check this album out)
  • Avaa hiukset, Medusa - Tienhaara (i'm always a sucker for folks playing in the diamanda galas kiddie pool)
  • Avalanche - Aimee Mann (dang, so good)
  • Back to It - Josie Dunne (total Meghan Trainor novelty vibes and yet this is really enjoyable)
  • Bad Boy Tenor - Kiko Bun (never heard of this guy, very nice)
  • Best Of - Hyroglifics (twitchy twitchy)
  • Betty - Pa Salieu (i think i tried this once before some time ago but damn it landed now)
  • Black Dog - Arlo Park (i think i heard 'Eugene' earlier this year and liked the sadgirl vibe; this follows suit)
  • Body Bag - Ivorian Doll (slaps)
  • Boris Johnson is a Fucking Cunt - The Kunts (does what it says on the label and doesn't overstay its welcome)
  • Boss Trick - Real Lies (i've been obsessively replaying this and am more than a little embarrassed how much this got me in the >*f33lz*<)
  • Box in My Head - Blue Oyster Cult (lol, very fun)
  • Brand New Drop (Thys Remix) - Addison Groove (my beat, she is broken)
  • Can't Hang - Suzanne (complex, full-bodied, spicy like a shiraz)
  • Can You Do - The Aces (second song I fell for off this album in the past week; these guys deserve HAIM attention)
  • Care - beabadoobee (i kinda hate her whole thing based on everything i've ever heard but this has a very Liz Phair vibe to it and afforded surprising access)
  • Chaila - Denise Chaila (a fresh and enjoyable approach to the question of naming but i still wish she told me how to say hers!)
  • Chambers Secrets - Julian Winding (orbital-esque, specifically "The Saint")
  • Chicken with Waffles - Boof (woulda liked to have had this on deck over the summer but i imagine it will keep)
  • Citations - Mildlife (i'll admit that I audibly groaned when the vocals started, but it was okay after all)
  • The City - Jockstrap (hated this on my first two listens and then did a complete u-turn)
  • Comme des Garcons - Rina Sawayama (never quite cracked this album but this is dope... indicative of the whole LP?)
  • Concrete - Poppy (my gf stopped by and told me to turn this shit off and then it dropped into a different mode and she said 'well this part is okay' and then it switched back again and she just seemed confused)
  • Confusion - Ellen Allien (you can put Madonna's Vogue over this, which is fun)
  • Crash Pad - George Clanton and Nick Hexum (i had avoided this guy because of his terrible terrible name but this is a pleasant little trip down deep mood lane)
  • Crazy - Kelly Rowland (damn, in full-on Beyonce voice huh)
  • Dance II - Discovery Zone (don't mind me, I'm just gonna put on my reeboks and a pair of new jams and skip down this light-up sidewalk)
  • Dawn Patol - Brothertiger (another one for the mellower days of that lost summer)
  • Debbie Take Control of the Stereo - Helen Love (this is absolutely terrible, i love it)
  • Decades - Wilma Archer (i keep wobbling about whether this is good or not which means it probably is)
  • Dicked Down in Dallas - Trey Lewis (objectively terrible but I can't help but be impressed by which it says the quiet part loud; feels like I have THEY LIVE hearing aids in)
  • Disco Man - Remi Wolf (this is ALSO absolutely terrible and i love it)
  • Doves - Facta (burble, wurble, gurble, gerbil)
  • Dreams of U and Me Above the Mezcal Moon - DJ Seinfeld (i had avoided this guy because of his terrible terrible name but this is a pleasant little trip into a patrick nagel painting)
  • Drunk or Lonely - Maddie and Tae (i prefer Die from a Broken Heart, but this is solid)
  • Dumelang - Malome Vector and Blaq Diamond (pretty sure I played once at one point in this year and then mislaid it stupidly, this is fire)
And here's E through I:

  • Earth Note - Kush Jones (zip zop zip zop)
  • Echos - Beatriz Ferreyra (gauzy mindfuck soundscape romp through the subconscious)
  • Emcees - MC Yallah (frenetic old school throwback quadruple-tongued flow)-*
  • End of Days - Spillage Village (shades of Stankonia and Trinity; i am now officially old enough where the throwback rap i dug in my twenties is getting thrownback to)
  • End of the Nite - Elles (praise the DJ and pass the OJ)
  • Essence and Eve Bounce (Remix) - Wizkid (never finished the album and this certainly makes me think i should have)
  • Exist On - FIT Siegel (MORTAL KOMBAT dunnuhduhnuhduhnuhDUH)
  • Exo, Get Outta Ma House - HENGE (Reminds me a bit of Adebisi Shank, all proggy and compressed and nerdy. lovely)
  • Fall Again - Duval Timothy with Lil Silva and Melanie Faye (I got heavy into Duval this year after hearing Ball but the album I listened to was Brown Loop and not Help so this was a very pleasant surprise.
  • Falling Deep in Love ("12 extended) - Horse Meat Disco with Kathy Sledge (a worthwhile addition to the avalanche of this year's disco revival tracks)
  • Fantasy Baseball at the End of the World - John K Samson (good sad white guy music)
  • Feel Right - Biig Piig (more disco joy, possibly the most outrageous "best song to worst band name ratio" on this list)
  • Firefly - Hey String (one for the percussion noise nerds)
  • Firewood - Saronde and Idd Aziz (perhaps a little mannered and "whirled music" for my taste but proof is very much in the pudding and this is good pudding)
  • Flood - Material Girl (other tracks from the album left me cold but I like the dense vaporwave via Dilla vibe of this one a lot)
  • Floodgates: Minimal Dub - Gage (better than a metronome in a pinch)
  • Forgive Me - Scuba (lush retro neon dance)
  • For Props - Yves Jarvis (like fennel this adds meaningful and unique flavor in measured dosage to a mix, the extended weird backmasky outro is a vibe)
  • Fortune Teller - J Hus (have not cracked the album, clearly should)
  • For Want of Gelt - Minor Science (SCIENCE!)
  • For You - India Jordan (good call and response in one handy package)
  • Fresh Laundry - Allie X (amazing shambala paean to simpler domesticity, definitely a major find!)
  • Future Power Sourcers - Marlowe et al (great flow, great production)
  • Going Down to Sing in Texas and How Long - Iris DeMent (good sad white lady music)
  • Guinnevere - Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (dude's prolificity means I can't keep up with all the good music he makes so it's nice to bump into it in the wild)
  • Hard to Forget - Sam Hunt (i wrote off Sam Hunt after "Body Like a Back Road" but this is absolutely demanding painful repeat listening right now and might make my ballot. Shane Mcanally is a god)
  • Harvest Time - Charlotte Dos Santos (this is great, did I miss discussion of it on ILX in the past? Is the rest of the EP as good?)
  • Highlander - TeeZandos (great flow, effective production)
  • The Hive - Erik Griswold (buzzy buzzy)
  • Hoes at Trader Joe's - Chris Crack (i appreciate its inclination to aim for pleasant)
  • how will i rest in peace if i'm buried by a highway?// - KennyHoopla (interesting mix of modern sadboi and 80's sadboi)

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 January 2021 19:36 (three hours ago) link

i'm about 500 tracks into the list and getting a 57% hit rate. Will likely drift away in the next week or two but I'd like to do at least another 250 or so.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 January 2021 19:38 (three hours ago) link

Essence and Eve Bounce (Remix) - Wizkid (never finished the album and this certainly makes me think i should have)

Fortune Teller - J Hus (have not cracked the album, clearly should)


no biggie, just missing out on two of the year’s best albums there

Got about halfway into the wizkid before i got pulled a different direction and the J Hus is in the long term listen pile. i know it may not seem like it but i'm only human.

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:05 (two hours ago) link

just do it and be a legend, forks!

lol, i'll get there

the serious avant-garde universalist right now (forksclovetofu), Sunday, 17 January 2021 20:32 (two hours ago) link

seandalai, can I re-submit my albums ballot? No worries if that causes too much hassle - just want to swap out an album near the bottom of my list for the one I meant to put down.

Gavin, Leeds, Sunday, 17 January 2021 21:12 (one hour ago) link

great discovery today: nauticult/signor benedick the moor - TOE T@G, a really fucked rap banger

also this talabot remix of pye corner audio bangs so hard, i swear if all bobbins banged this hard i would be a bobbins guy

imago, Sunday, 17 January 2021 21:58 (one hour ago) link


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