Mac DeMarco‘s 3rd album reflects back on the ‘Salad Days‘ of his youth. This nostalgia for the past, combined with the experience that came from it, allows the bittersweet nature of being a slacker to be portrayed better than ever whilst also showing off his undeniable talent.
Having been 14 years without an album, D’Angelo was not rushing to get back into the industry unless he really had something to say. Recent developments in Ferguson incensed him to release the album early, with songs about the ingrained racism of a lot of Americas subconscious. Yet ‘Black Messiah‘ explores these tensions not simply by complaining about them but instead with a view to solving these problems through the pursuit of love and it is in this way that D’Angelo is truly prophetic.
Filled with the reverberated and mischievous doo-wop of ‘Wounded Rhymes‘ and the beautifully creative and shy debut ‘Youth Novels‘, ‘I Never Learn‘ is Lykke Li‘s most definitive statement to date. ‘No rest for the wicked’ is simply a perfect ballad.
Having recently become a father, Dan Snaith played a mix of genres to influence the future music tastes of his daughter. Little did he know that the records were also influencing ‘Our Love‘, with its soulful undertones and joyous lyrics, Caribou‘s album has brought IDM to the masses.
‘Down To Earth‘ goes in every direction you can ask it to go in, while still maintaining the same dreamlike playfulness that gives Flight Facilities its significance. Their first full length album finally encompass all of the beautiful singles they’ve released over the last 4 years (“Crave You,” “Claire de Lune“), as well as new tracks fans were waiting impatiently for. Highlights include “Sunshine” with infusions of funk from the likes of Reggie Watts, a healthy dose of 80s vibes on “Hold Me Down,” and the unexpected taste of hip hop on “Why Do You Feel” with a gentle rap line from Bishop Nehru. You definitely will want to take off with Flight Facilities.
It’s hard to believe this is Todd Terje‘s debut given how prolific he has become. ‘It’s Album Time’ combines a unique take on modern dance music, and most importantly, an infectious playfulness that makes this both an entirely unpredictable but joyous album.
I’ve been waiting for a band as good as Jungle for about a decade. A band that’s 1 part concise and avante garde pop and 2 parts pure groove. It could be used as reference to a history of the best and sexiest basslines, whilst being one of the catchiest and slick of all pop packages.
FKA Twigs ‘LP1‘ was probably the most intelligent and tender record of year. A smooth Delivery of avant-garde art as intimate as the recorded sound can get and heartbreakingly vunerable. This is a perfect modern record to which many artists could learn valuable lessons from. ‘Water Me‘ was so soul bearing it hurt.