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Favorite Albums/Tracks of the Year

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These types of threads are a staple on other forums I visit but don't recall ever seeing one here. I'm curious what people here are listening to when they aren't busy patching elaborate fart noises on their modulars. I personally haven't listened to a lot of new music this year, but maybe this thread will help change that? Here's a few to get the thread started:





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My two favs of the year.

Not sure how to classify Kiln. Love their saturated sounds.



An unlikely number two is some Russian Deep Techno. 51 tracks and plenty of bangers!

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Spectra wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:17 pm My two favs of the year.

Not sure how to classify Kiln. Love their saturated sounds.



An unlikely number two is some Russian Deep Techno. 51 tracks and plenty of bangers!

Huge fan of KILN, beauty tunes.


I can't stop evangelizing this band, and on a synth enthusiast forum I'm assuming the hardcore pop-punk genre doesn't resonate super hard...

But my GOODNESS do I love it:



But that album came out in 2019, so we'll go with the new EP:




Edit: realized I should recommend tunes rather than dropping albums. Off the album "Fake Blood" check out the tunes "Out of Blood", "Fake Blood", "Moths in a Lampshade". That will give you a good feel of the places they go, but every track is a bop.

For the Thoughtz and Prayerz EP, "Pitch Black" and "Thoughtz and Prayerz" are two beauties. But again, it's bop central with these guys. I can't stop listening.
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In no particular order:

Abul Mogard - In Immobile Air
Exactly like his other albums!

Tomaga - Intimate Immensity
Space jams!

Nala Sinephro - Space 1.8
Space jazz!

Floating Points and Pharoah Sanders - Promises
Unlikely modular orchestral free jazz!

Vijay Iyer - Uneasy
ECM jazz!

Nik Bärtsch - Entendre
ECMinimal!

Les Filles de Illighadad - At Pioneer Works
Tuareg bangers (mmm…bangers…)

Low - HEY WHAT
Oops I bit crushed your recordings, Mr Sparhawk

Chad VanGaalen - World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener
Chunes

John Luther Adams - Arctic Dreams
The sound of being frozen in a melting icecap

black midi - Cavalcade
The kings unite—Pere Ubu Roi and King Crimson

Black Country, New Road - For the first time
Klezmercore meets Mumblecore
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Great thread idea!!
In no particular order:

Abul Mogard - In immobile air
Blank Gloss - Melt
KMRU - Logue
MNDSGN - Rare Pleasures
Alessandro Cortini - Scuro Chiaro
Valentino Mora - Underwater
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Jletra wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 4:07 am Alessandro Cortini - Scuro Chiaro
This is one reason I like these threads. I didn’t even know he had a new one!
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oldenjon wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 1:08 pm These types of threads are a staple on other forums I visit but don't recall ever seeing one here.
Definitely have such threads here before with some people even being generous enough to Spotify their lists.
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Some of my favorites that were released in 2021:











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GuyaGuy wrote: Tue Dec 14, 2021 2:10 am Low - HEY WHAT
Oops I bit crushed your recordings, Mr Sparhawk
I love Low, but for whatever reason just wasn't vibing with this new one. It's like an album long extension of the last track on Double Negative (maybe favorite album of the last decade). Probably need to give it some time and listen again.

Thanks all for the lists, will check em out in the coming weeks.
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Physics House Band just released a great album:


GuyaGuy wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 4:54 am
Jletra wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 4:07 am Alessandro Cortini - Scuro Chiaro
This is one reason I like these threads. I didn’t even know he had a new one!
Just finished listening to this one for the first time, when I saw the topic. Liked it.
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oldenjon wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 11:24 pm
GuyaGuy wrote: Tue Dec 14, 2021 2:10 am Low - HEY WHAT
Oops I bit crushed your recordings, Mr Sparhawk
I love Low, but for whatever reason just wasn't vibing with this new one. It's like an album long extension of the last track on Double Negative (maybe favorite album of the last decade). Probably need to give it some time and listen again.

Thanks all for the lists, will check em out in the coming weeks.
I'll still be more likely to put on Songs for a Dead Pilot or the Transmission EP than either one. But it's great to see them explore different approaches. Strangely, this new stuff is less surprising to me than when they came out with some rockin' tunes in the early 00s.
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2021 LP & EP faves
Xen Chron - Deleted Vapor
BUG - Fire
VA-fabric_presents_SHERELLE
Pauline Anna Strom - Angel Tears In Sunlight
WULFFLUW XCIV - Ngoma Injection
Blawan - Woke Up Right Handed
Blawan - Soft waahls
Regis - Let the Night Return
rey sapienz & the congo techno ensemble: na zala zala
µ-Ziq - Scurlage
sons of kemet - black to the future
Amyl & the sniffers - Comfort to me
Scotch_Rolex--Tewari
Umwelt-Fear_On_The_Dark_Planet
Nhạc Gãy - Nhạc Gãy Tổng Hợp Số 1
UNiiQU3 - BITCHES_IS_OUTSIDE_VOL_1
Das Booty - HYPER REALITY 2
West_Norwood_Cassette_Library--Out_Of_My_Head_EP
Dalibor Cruz - Riddled With Absence
Arca Kick II - IIIII
VA - future bounce club series vol 1
Fjaak - WH_T EP
Catarina Barbieri - Fantas Variations
Ceephax Acid crew - Box Steady
G36 & JK Flesh - Disintegration Dubs
Katatonic Silentio - Tabula Rasa
Fjaak--SYS02 EP
LSDXOXO--Dedicated_2_Disrespect
[DJ Stingray 313] - Molecular level solutions
Thee O Sees - Levitation Sessions II
Various Artists - Super Rhythm Trax (LP)
Yen Tech - Assembler
Broken English Club - White Rats III
Giant Swan - Do not be afraid of tenderness
Jeff_Mills-The_Clairvoyant
Pink Abduction Ray - Close Encounters of the Infinite Kind
Rian Treanor - Obstacle Scattering
Samurai Breaks & Origin - Extensiv Hype
Maoupa Mazzocchetti - Uxy dosing
zuli - all caps
Hooversound Presents_ Private Caller & Mani Festo
Laurine Frost - Nimfa
VA -ANSIA005
LSDXOXO - Body Mods
booker stardrum -2021
Air Max ’97 - Psyllium - Eat the rich
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I am so bad at following what's going on with the music (and I am one of those who like current music... and the one that is on the radio :eek: ).

Two albums did get a lot of playtime this year though:

John Mayer - Sob Rock (so goooooooooood - I put it on and play along with the guitar, so fun)
Danny Wolfers (Legowelt) - Songs of Moss (great album to listen to when you are working - find it here )

Otherwise, this was a year when I started to listen to the blues. Some great albums in particular:

J.J. Cale - Troubadour, Really, Naturally, Okie & 5. I love this guy.
B.B. King - Live at the Regal. Fantastic album. Great singing, great playing.
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Sometimes I feel like I'm the last man on earth who still has an emusic subscription. But here's some great albums from last year I found on this store:

Shifted - Constant Blue Light
Toitoitoi - Vaganten
Eleh - Snoweight
VC-118A - Spiritual Machines
Polocorp - Gnawa EP
John Carroll Kirby - Septet

I'm one of those who really enjoyed Low's last album; similar textures as the previous album with more emphasis on the beautiful vocal arrangements.
However, I found the last Floating Point to not be as great as most critics say.
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