Yeah, so as you might have gleaned from my reissue round-up, been unusually blocked in the writing department and not going to force it since I’m not feeling what I’ve been writing. All good, it all flows. Funny enough, albums are where I felt my intake lagging considerably compared to all the twelves and reissues I was jamming all year. Reviewing different pubs’ ‘best of’ listicles, I still genuinely felt that there emerged a certain canon born of the collective (and not very) critical braintrust, one that overlooks comparable records that are not even a degree removed. So while this is more of a list proper, and not a heavily blurbed listicle, it seems like others might find the below list of use, so I’m publishing it! And then hopefully this week things will start to return to normal (whatever that means) here…or something. Also, I’ve reviewed a lot of these inclusions already, so have linked to the original, typo-filled write-ups as well. Enjoy!Read More
The darkseid of “Pop That:” the mournful beat underpinning Culture II disc two highlight “Open It Up” is hearing the cosmoMolly comedown morph into an endlessly rural Fentanyl dependency. Over the type of N64-packaged horn section that sounds like an organgrinder leading a homeless orchestra, Quavo, Offset, and Takedown wheeze and exhaustedly detune post-aspirational fantasies in one of my fave pseudo-bangers of the year. Old money never dies.
All accordions everything.