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On 25/11/2017 at 03:57, Nequests said:

Chui Wan have a new record. Probably my favourite Chinese band.

 

Cheers for mentioning these! There new album is alright, but I'm really taken by their previous self titled album. Lots of really nice psychedelic nods and I like the fast rhythmic post-punk songs.

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This has been out a couple of months and is stunning, slow, futuristic R&B - the production is just incredible and the songs are amazing. Try “LMK” and “Enough”.

 

 

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Oddly, it appears my two favourite albums this year are soundtrack albums. The Steven Universe Soundtrack is awesome but not something I can wholeheartedly recommend before the cartoon itself, which is the greatest thing in the world.

 

The second one I might not have heard of without rllmuk. The Cuphead soundtrack is a trove of eccentric old timely magic. ITS HUGE. Every track played with unfaltering gusto. 

 

 

 

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Just picking a few out of my top list to talk about, that I didn't see mentioned:

 

Shintaro Sakamoto - Love If Possible

 

 

I absolutely adore this album - its like a Japanese-on-holiday album, specifically Hawaii. The music is effortless and warm and always feels a lot of fun. A lot is down to Sakamoto singing style and the little bits hes built up over the years - the slide guitar, the high-pitched voices, the harmonies, the simple kick and snare drumset. Can get a little jazzy and folky at times too, but everything flows nicely and is unlike anything else you will listen to.

 

Kelly Lee Owens - Kelly Lee Owens

 

 

Very organic electronica structured still as pop. It's songs aren't afraid to breaking out at times to go places to keep the rhythms interesting, as the vocals are layered to acheive the exact same function. Great dark evenings listening.

 

Nite Jewel - Real High

 

 

Suprisngly absent from a huge raft of best-of lists I've seen, this is probably the best album Nite Jewel has ever released. It's most enduring feel is that it is very 80s/90s Janet Jackson - at all times. There are parts where I vocally cannot tell the difference! Catchy throughout and very listenable.


Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts - MILANO

 

 

This is meant to be a high-concept album (in the same vein as Daniele Luppi & Danger Mouse - ROME), but I listened without really paying any attention to it. For me, this was a chance to hear Karen O vocal ticks playing around with Parquet Courts. Short. Soild.

 

Jessie Ware - Glasshouse

 

 

This album is probably the one that feels as old as I actually am. Supremely middle of the road affair which is definitely one for the Radio 2 crowd. But the songwriting is just classy and timeless throughout and almost american diva-ised.

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Good stuff @MW_Jimmy - couple of questions..

1. Is Shintaro Sakamoto available on cd/mp3 or to stream?

2. Where do you hear of this stuff? I saw KLO on a Resident Advisor email but never heard of the Nite Jewel or Jessie Ware releases.

3. Do you post anywhere I can follow you?

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 @acidbearboy

 

1) This album and his previous two are available on Spotify. I've picked all three fairly easily on Vinyl:

2) Kelly Lee Owens I only read about a month ago from Piccadilly Records Best Of List but seeing as it's on Smalltown Supersound I expected I'd enjoy. The rest come from browsing record shops and listening, Google Now on my phone telling me an album is out, and that's about it these days!

3) Unfortunately not. I'd let you know if I had! These two posts are the limits of my time these days and listening has been a discovery-rush mostly at the end of the year.

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Thanks very much to everyone in the thread who has voted in the favourite albums of 2017 poll, and just a quick reminder to those who haven't got round to it yet - the poll closes on December 31! You don't have to choose a top 10 - some people have voted for just one album.

 

 

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6 hours ago, shirubagan said:

 

Members of metal bands Soilwork and Arch Enemy make the most 80s 80s music you've heard. 

 

@Zorg Rhombus Drunk In Hell is ace – thanks for the heads up!

This is awesome. You can almost smell the hairspray, sweat and talcum powder. 

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On 06/12/2017 at 18:11, G a r n e t s B a r n e t said:

The second one I might not have heard of without rllmuk. The Cuphead soundtrack is a trove of eccentric old timely magic. ITS HUGE. Every track played with unfaltering gusto. 

 

 

 

It's been an ace year for VGM - looking forward to the inevitable "favourite music in 2017" thread in Discussion. :) 

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It's not all new for this year but a lot of it is and all that is,  is utterly magical it's the Rez Infinite soundtrack. Gonna be one of the greatest for a long time irrespective of this year. 

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On 21/12/2017 at 20:47, The Hierophant said:

I think 2017 has been great for music. I'm going to struggle to do my top 10. 

 

I find that every year is great for (new) music. There is always someone, somewhere, making something exceptional and these days it is easier than ever to find it, listen to it, and buy it..

 

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Thanks again to everyone in the thread who has voted in the favourite albums of 2017 poll, and just a final, teeny, tiny reminder to those who haven't got round to it yet - the poll closes tomorrow evening, at midnight on December 31! You don't have to choose a top 10 - some people have voted for just one album. 

 

 

 

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Phew! Just got the rest of my ten in! So much good stuff this year, it feels like a classic. The deadline is way too early but I guess we're capturing a moment while it's happening.

 

Btw Happy New Year Rllmuk! 

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2017 was genuinely one of the worst years for music I can remember.

 

I heard 3 good albums: The National, Brand New, St. Vincent.

 

Disappointments: Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, New Pornographers, Los Camp!, Spoon, Phoenix...

 

Modern rock/indie is twee shite. Ed Sheeran, Rag'n'Bone Man and Sam Smith ruining the radio. Awful, awful rap shite with Kendrick Lamar winning loads of AOTY accolades.

 

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