NICOLA | HVOB | HER VOICE OVER BOYS
The debut album from the fantastic HVOB was out earlier this year and I’ve been listening to it ever since. Their sound is so distinct and they write really great tracks. Beautiful, feel good sounds. We were so happy to get an exclusive mini mix from them just the other day with tracks from their brand new EP.
Honorable mentions: CLOSE – CLOSE, Joseph Capriati – Self Portrait
LEIGH | KÖLSCH | 1977
From the opening track (Goldfisch), I was hooked on this album. It’s been my most listened album of 2013 despite only hearing it for the first time in June. What makes this album stand out for me is that it’s a well balanced collection of feel good & emotive electronica (just listen to Der Alte below to see what I mean!). I urge anybody who has even the slightest interest in electronic music to give this album a listen – you won’t be disappointed. You can still stream it via the Kompakt website too.
CASSIDY | BOARDS OF CANADA | TOMORROW’S HARVEST
After eight years of silence, Marcus and Michael Sandison released Tomorrow’s Harvest. There were many albums in consideration for the title of the year, but there are a couple of reasons this hit home for me. First the sound design of the records is phenomenal, the textures are warm with a bit of grit and distortion sprinkled on top. Secondly, the sci-fi “post-human earth” theme of the album fits nicely in the context of boards of Canada’s tool palette. The album does like the soundtrack for a future-classic science fiction film. All in All, the most complete package created on vinyl this year.
Honorable mentions: Blondes – Swisher; Kyle Hall – Boat Party
B-me | AUTECHRE | EXAL
To my mind, a good album should equal more than the sum of its parts, it should be a musical journey that is not complete unless fully appreciated from beginning to end. More over, it should have depth of complexity and emotion so that repeated listens embellish rather than deaden the impact of the music. Autechure’s ‘Exal’ does both these things. At their worst Autechre can be repetitive and emotionally disengaged, at their best their music is like a living ecosystem, built on pared down minimalist structures that give rise to beautiful complexity that drips with life and energy; Exal is the latter. There have been some commendable releases this year but this is my favourite by a long way.
Honorable mentions: L.B. Dub Corp – Unknown Origin, Special Request – Soul Music, Zomby – With Love
TOBY | ΔKKORD
Δkkord’s self titled album released a couple of months ago on Fabric’s Houndstooth label is one of the most interesting and forward thinking releases I’ve heard in a long time. Incredible production and attention to detail. If you haven’t listened to anything from these two yet, what the hell have you been doing!