As we're all drowning in new music at the moment, wouldn't it be useful to have a list of recommendations to help guide you through the incessant tide? Ok, here goes:
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
A band that can pretty much do no wrong, their new album, just annouced last night, sounds good so far.
Mark Pritchard – Under The Sun
The Global Commiunication man with an album of mostly beatless electronic music and guest vocals, including Radiohead's Thom Yorke.
Borderland – Transport
I reviewed this album last week; a sublime-sounding album of Dub Techno, a towering testament to the combined experience of two heavyweight Techno producers: Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald.
Asok – A Mind Forever Voyaging
If labels sway your listening decisions, then the debut album from British producer Stu Robinson (aka Asok) on Crème Organization will be worth checking out. Combines melody and banging Techno rhythms.
KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
Another album packed with collaborations, but don't be put off by that, after a couple of cursory listens on Spotify, this one sounds like it's gonna be good.
In Æternam Vale – Pink Flamingos
Laurent Prot has been making music since 1983, and Pink Flamingos is a kind of retrospective, perfectly capturing his "techno, post-punk rhythmic elements and drone soundscapes". Review coming soon.
Julianna Barwick – Will
Last album Nepenthe really grabbed me with its blend of piano and ghostly vocals. On new album Will, we've got more of the same but with some additional electronic influences.
James Blake – The Colour In Anything
A new album from an artist whose music you love is always an exciting yet nerve-wracking time. You want more of the same, you want them to succeed and you hope they haven't sold out (i.e. gone too commecial). The good news is that after as couple of listens: so far, so good.
KILLEKILL – MEGAHITS II
A superb collection of tracks for KILLEKILL's second label compilation. Includes stellar contributions from Umwelt, Eomac, Bintus, Detroit Grand Pubahs and Cassegrain & Tin Man. Highly recommended.
Kyle Hall – From Joy
It's lightweight House but perfectly satisfying nonetheless.
Matt Karmil – ++++
If you can see past the somewhat annoying repetitve sample on the opening track Perfect World, this is Matt Karmil returning to the extraordinary heights of his debut album ----.
The Lost Tapes 1 – Various
Another label comp, this time from CODE IS LAW: eight tracks of "fresh electro, broken beat techno and experimental composer stuff". Most of this compilation is great but the opening brace from WYAD and Marnyc has kept it on repeat.
Occeur – Reversed
Beautiful ambient music with lots of piano, perfect for falling asleep to.