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Album Recommendations 2018

stavros

Well-Known Member
I had heard rumours that something might be happening. They've been dribbling out remasters of the studio albums over the last few years, none of which I've bothered with. I think relations between the five of them are cordial so one still has hope of new stuff, although it's coming up to ten years since Dark Days...
 

Fez909

toilet expert
This new (actually, debut) Afrodeutsche album on Skam is great. Saw her live last week too, well worth seeking out. File under retro-ish detroit techno.

Afrodeutsche - Break Before Make - Boomkat
Went to a night last to check out ERP but it was Afrodeutsch who was the star of the line up. Absolutely fucking ace, and all bangers as you said.

Great stuff. She's on again at Soup Kitchen in November and I'm already wanting to go.
 

braindancer

not for long
Anyone else been digging Compro by Skee Mask? Absolutely fucking brilliant ambient-breakbeat-techno.

I listen to music all day long every day, and for much of the time it goes in one ear and out the other but this has completely bowled me over.

Album of the year for me so far without a doubt.

 

Indeliblelink

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Yeah I like that one. His album as SCNTST from this year "Scenes & Sketches From The Lab" is quite decent too.
 
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stavros

Well-Known Member
The new Mudhoney is pretty solid. Not quite a no-filler job on the first listen, but some excellent stuff nonetheless.

 

Spandex

A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound
Frost - Matters

Lovely album of icy motorik synthpop from Johanna Bramli (vocalist for Stereolab offshoot Imitation Electric Piano) and Steve Lewis (synth player for Neu! obsessives Fujiya & Miyagi).

 

Spandex

A crazy bulbous punchbag of sound
Two Niles to Sing a Melody: The Violins and Synths of Sudan

Compilation of Sudanese music from the 70s and 80s. Before the religious government clamped down on music in 1989 there was a thriving music scene in Sudan, popular across north Africa. Much of it was destroyed by the government in Sudan, but this album gathers together recordings that have been collected from the surrounding countries where the music continued to be popular. So far, so worthy - but who cares if the music isn't great? Fortunately, it is. The whole thing is transfixing. Some of it sounds like you'd expect Sudanese music to sound like, but going into the 80s synthesizers gained in popularity and it's the synth tracks on this that I really love.

 

billy_bob

contents may have settled during transit
The new Mudhoney is pretty solid. Not quite a no-filler job on the first listen, but some excellent stuff nonetheless.

I can't decide if I like it or not. Some great riffs, and I still love his vocals. But quite a lot of it sounds like half-arsed prog.
 

billy_bob

contents may have settled during transit
Yeah, and I'm aware I'm probably overly critical now only because that one's in my top ten records of all time :)
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
I mentioned this over on the album of the year 1968 thread, as it's from the latest incarnation of a band being discussed there, but this new Traden album is lush - loooong loose psych jams. You'll love it.

 

TruXta

tired
No, don't get me wrong, the first ten minutes were pretty good. I'm just commenting on the fact that they've kept up the prog thing, which was never such a big thing across the border.

And hating on the Swedes, of course.
 

killer b

Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy
A friend has just been sending me loads of links to classic swedish psych, he reckons they were the best. Much of it is a bit too hairy for me tbh.
 
Talking of Sweden, the latest 'Fire!' album 'The Hands' from earlier in the year is well worth a listen. An alternative power trio led by the prolific Mats Gustafsson on saxophone, backed by bass and drums with occasional electronic noise thrown in. The bass is more upfront than previously and the music is all the better for it. Not quite free jazz as bass and drums are too structured - not a criticism.

 
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