You are correct. Red with embarrassment under my DOOM mask.
Writing between the lines: this was a slow week for new releases.
To me Lese Majesty is the definition of “more than the sum of its parts.” Put together all these short, eclectic bursts and interludes and you end up with one of the year’s most potent head-trips. Also the definition of a grower – like a lot of great albums, it’s one you just want to get lost in and discover the nuances of.
Also just noticed your inclusion of Familiars – that record is a thing of minimalist beauty.
Love your love for Shabazz Palaces, raptor. That’s one of the most under-discussed albums of this year IMO (and probably hovers around 11 or 12 for me).
Present Tense is too good, I should revisit that.
Can you explain the appeal of How to Dress Well’s album? I gave it a try, but was wincing at the cheesiness the whole time.
Thought this was a pretty stratified year in terms of new releases – not really anything in the way of big, unifying acclaimed albums that anyone could agree on (ie: last year’s “Modern Vampires of the City” or “Yeezus”). But pursuing music without a guiding light has been exciting in its own way, and it makes these lists a lot more varied.
My top 10:
1) Run the Jewels 2, by Run the Jewels
2) Lost in the Dream, by the War on Drugs
3) You’re Dead!, by Flying Lotus
4) St. Vincent, by St. Vincent
5) Pinata, by Freddie Gibbs/Madlib
6) LP1, by FKA twigs
7) To Be Kind, by Swans
8) Syro, by Aphex Twin
9) They Want My Soul, by Spoon
10) Too Bright, by Perfume Genius
DAAAAAAAAAAAAMN. King Push indeed.
What I mean to say is that this, coupled with his selling “i” to the NBA, makes me think that Kendrick’s label is holding the reins tightly and might be holding back his artistic potential as a result. It’s a shame.
That Flying Lotus couldn’t put this on his already great You’re Dead! for “political reasons” underscores exactly why I’m annoyed with Kendrick the phenomenon. He’s SUCH a commodity that he can’t put out one mor? Would the hype-train for this guy would dissolve if music became over-saturated with his verses? No, selling his song to
Killer verse tho.
Where’s the beef, Diplo?