Back in mid-November, I published a post in Music Chat called ‘The Annual Rundown’. This was a comprehensive list of my personal top 100 records of the year.
However, December still rolls on (at the time of writing) and amongst the baltic windswept journeys to and from my places of interest, I’ve discovered yet more glorious and tragic music. They’re filling the remaining time void before 2018 slits down as a bookmark on January the 1st.
So, here’s a quick last minute catch-up. Consider this a disclaimer: ones that slipped the net, and ones that were released since my original post, but all late but worthwhile discoveries.
Here’s 10 in no particular order…
Björk - 'Utopia'
Late last month brought the triumphant return of Björk, the unofficial Queen of Iceland. This record was co-produced by Arca, who appeared himself in the original rundown with his self-titled second record.
Oxbow - 'Thin Black Duke'
Think Shellac, fronted by Nick Cave, with an orchestra being conducted behind htem. That's what this record sprang to me in comparison; a very hard-hitting record.
Lee Gamble - 'Mnestic Pressure'
A cold and complex dive into the warped electronic sounds of one of Hyperdub's best signings. Find this right on the fringes of experimental dance music.
Bargou 08 - 'Targ'
Near the Tunisian / Algerian border, one man has forged synthesis into his local folklore sound. Nidhal Yahyaoui is that man, making an interesting form of Arabic, North African folk-rock.
Colleen - 'A flame my love, a frequency'
Dreamy experimental art pop, concocted from a plethora of lo-fi loops, samples, and strange instruments. France's Cécile Schott has crafted a beautiful record for late-night cycle rides in the city.
Mount Eerie - 'A Crow Looked At Me'
A beautiful testament to his late wife, Phil Elverum of The Microphones has used his solo moniker to create another delicate set of songs. Genuinely beautiful.
Bicep - 'Bicep'
Ninja Tune signees Bicep have released a dancefloor-pleasing debut this year. The Irish duo have taken the best of Chicago house, Detroit techno, and analog synthesis to develop a sound best suited to the underground late-night discos of post-millenium Europe.
Blessed - 'ii'
I discovered Blessed here on the Community thanks to a fellow poster; the Canadian's EP listens like Ought or Krill, but with a math-rock peppering. Montreal's chucking out some damn decent bands right now...
Godflesh - 'Post Self'
More industrial bruising from Justin Broadrick, here. The angry and mechanised sound of Godflesh is always welcomed; 'Post Self' was another album that beat hard.
Bad Breeding - 'Divide'
The pure fury coming out of Stevenage is evident on Bad Breeding's second full-length. Only a year or less after the debut, the sheer anger is still seeping out of them by the bucketload.
And that's (hopefully) it for catching up in 2017! Time to start looking toward 2018 and the wealth of new music that's expected. Playlists at the ready, people.