One of the best albums of last year… so unbelievable underrated. p4k really shit the bed on this one.
Chills. and tears. goddamn this is fantastic.
Boards of Canada is my #1 for the year, followed closely by Cut Copy, Arcade Fire, Chvrches, Disclosure, Daft Punk, and Vampire Weekend.
My other favorites not included here are: Sigur Ros (one of their best ever), Darkside, James Blake, DJ Koze, Special Request, Moderat, Mikal Cronin, Machinedrum, Fuck Buttons, After Dark 2, Gold Panda, Classixx, and Bonobo.
A ton of great DJ mixes this year too: Fabric mixes by Sandwell District and Cassy, Sasha’s Involv3r, and the DJ-Kicks series was on fire this year with Maceo-Plex, John Talabot, and Breach
What the fuck does this even mean? Have fun at dinner.
I thought the Hidden Track was supposed to open the album? I have it as track 0 on disc 1… which perfectly flows into Reflektor (if you wish to listen to it) and also bookends the album nicely with the Supersymmetry outro. I think it’s funny when people knock down albums a notch or two for having tracks like these. It’s like, it’s a hidden track and an outro… they’re pretty easily avoidable if you don’t want to hear them, but add a cool atmospheric ‘journey’ feel to the listening experience if you listen to the album in its entirety.
I love Reflektor. Loooooove it. It’s so great. But as great as it is, I think I love Cut Copy even more. It’s like all of the sex all at once. It’s that orgasmic. A psychedelic old-school rave/house album inspired by Screamadelica? Yes please. Yes Yes Yesssssss.
Good fucking lord I can’t even deal with how great this album is.
Garbage – Version 2.0: A Hammering in My Head –> Push It. There’s a pause between Shirley’s purring voice saying “on the bullet train from tokyo, to los angeleese” and the soft crush of ‘Push It’s” opening bar that might the most perfect half-second of silence ever.
This is such an awesome late-in-the-year surprise… I really thought Arcade Fire was going to be the last “big” album release before 2014. Judging from the singles, they are both going to be two of my favorites of the year… I really love the disco direction AF has taken and the psychedelic house vibes of these two Cut Copy jams. Can’t wait!
Hiiiiii. So. I *despise* linkwhoring in the comments sections of popular blogs… so I will refrain from doing so. BUT. If you want to hear my new dj mix, which is two hours of summery disco JAMS, including the Stereogum song of the summer, you could go find it through the link in my profile. I made it specifically for drinking by the pool or on a rooftop. Enjoy! (if you want to, or whatever)
It might be their bright-shiny-newness, but BoC and Disclosure have jumped right to the top of my list so far… Tomorrow’s Harvest is everything I could’ve hoped for; good lord it is a gorgeous and complex album. Haven’t put a whole lot of thought into rankings, but here goes my faves of the year so far:
1. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
2. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
3. Disclosure – Settle
4. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the Weekend
5. Tegan & Sara – Heartthrob
6. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
7. Locked Groove – Heritage EP
8. The National – Trouble Will Find Me
9. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
10. Bonobo – The North Borders
11. James Blake – Overgrown
12. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
I know DJ mixes don’t usually make these lists but there’s been some great ones so far: Maceo Plex’s DJ Kicks, Francois K’s Master Series, and Sandwell District’s Fabric mix are all pretty stellar. Loving After Dark 2 as well.
I still need to hear Dungeonesse and Jon Hopkins, and I’m still getting into the new Bibio , Mount Kimbie, and Baths albums (was kinda put off by Baths on first listen though, and didn’t think it was nearly as good as Cerulean). All in all, its been a pretty great year so far. :)
PS- fb login ain’t workin for me either.