The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
92
2nd psychedelic trip of the day before I relax.

Australian duo The Avalanches' 3rd album We Will Always Love You released in December 2020.
It was recorded throughout 2017 till early 2020 at Sing Sing in Melbourne.

After the group released their predecessor "Wildflower" in 2016, the group went on tour during 2017. However, Robbie Chater (one half of the duo) left to recover from alcohol addiction.
They began to work on this album after the tour ended.

Unlike the duo's last two ... read more

Piotr Kurek - Heat
79
I don't know where to start off with this record; I'm still stuck in the trance it's left me in.

I'm not too familiar with Polish composer Piotr Kurek before this, but I kind of find myself fascinated by the sounds he's crafted here.
This record was composed mostly by himself throughout the winter, spring & autumn of 2011.

There are 8 tracks to be discovered, all of which have a different mood to them; if I'm being honest, they do a great job of capturing the mood sets you'd expect for ... read more

Deadly Guns & Dimitri K - Drunk At The Rave
90
"Ain't no party like an alcoholic party"

Well... as far as Hardcore / Uptempo music goes, this track takes that aggression to another level, and I mean that in the best possible way.

With chant-like vocals mixed with insanely fast disorted kicks and piercing synths, Drunk At The Rave is a perfect track to use for festivals and never shows you any mercy for 3mins straight.

Not for the faint of heart!!

Beach House - Bloom
100
I've been wanting to hear this for so long, finally that day has come!

Beach House's 4th album Bloom was released in May 2012.
It was recorded throughout 2011 at Sonic Ranch in Texas.

It was a huge success for the duo, reaching No. 7 in the Billboard 200 after 41k copies in its first week and is considered one of the best albums in the Dream pop genre.

Written "between countless sound checks and myriad experiences during two years of tour", Bloom is quite a heavenly experience from ... read more

Gorillaz - Demon Days
94
What a trip!

Demon Days was the 2nd album from British virtual band Gorillaz, released in May 2005.
It was recorded at Studio 13 in London and features an ensemble list of producers / singers including Danger Mouse, Shaun Ryder, De La Soul & MF Doom.

Demon Days was a major success critically & commercially, charting at No. 1 in the UK Albums Charts & No. 6 in the US Billboard 200.

Gorillaz' album ventures into a wildly unique journey through various genres like Hip-Hop, Trip Hop, ... read more

Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like A Bell
92
Thanks to @mrmerle for recommending another fantastic record.

I don't understand how a record this gorgeous flies over the radar.

I adore Hundred Waters' sound; it's a mixture of melancholic, atmospheric, elegance and pain.

The atmosphere is haunting and raw, with it's elements of folk music being given a new lease of life as H.W. blend it together with Art Pop, a genre I have lots of admiration for.

Another highlight is the consistency, which this record never lets down the entire ... read more

Ava Max - Cold As Ice
92
Now THIS is what I've been looking to hear from Ava.

Each single from D&D has been pretty enjoyable, but this is easily the most fleshed out one in sound.

The chilly 80s Synthpop rhythms match its title incredibly well with a nice disco touch to it.

You can tell now at this point that I cannot wait to hear Diamonds & Dancefloors on Friday!!!!

Luke Blovad - My Whole Thing Is To Inspire
0
You know you done fucked up when you can make Ronnie Radke sound like John Lennon in comparison.

I didn't know who Luke Blovad was until now, but apparently he's a TikTok creator most-known for his fashion TikToks featuring nostalgic clothing referencing Gen Z signifiers like SpongeBob, Minecraft, LMFAO, Among Us, Call of Duty, Roblox etc....

I'm actually speechless here... it's like a fever dream that I can't wake up from.

I think this actually qualified as the worst EP I've ever listened ... read more

Billy Joel - The Stranger
94
Thanks to @Jc9ers for recommending this to me (8 of 10).

*Consistently impressive, I swear*

The Stranger marked as Billy Joel's 5th album which released in September 1977. It was recorded over the last 2 months prior in A&R Recording, Inc. in New York.

Joel was almost dropped by Columbia Records due to the underperformance of his last album Turnstiles, which prompted him to feature his touring band during the making.
He also got the help of Phil Ramone, whose worked for other artists ... read more

Ott - Fairchildren
88
Thanks to @Hexo for this recommendation.

Even as a major EDM lover, Psybient is a genre that I'm aware of, but never listened to much of it to get a proper opinion until now.

This is a trip, a smooth psychedelic one... the kind that makes you feel like you're wondering through a kaleidoscopic tunnel that has a long winding path down different cultural environments and decades worth of experimental sounds.

Production wise, it's hallucinogenic and occasionally claustrophobic; sometimes you ... read more

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
100
Banger after banger after banger!!!

The Low End Theory is the 2nd album from the American Hip-Hop group that released in September 1991.

It was produced primarily by Q-Tip (one of the members of the group) with a minimalist sound consisting of bass, drum breaks & jazz samples.

The album was initially doubted by critics due to the moderate success of Check the Rhime, but the releases of Jazz (We've Got) and Scenario brought the group further popularity.

Nowadays, The Low End Theory is ... read more

Yo La Tengo - Fade
61
A decent listen, albeit one that feels a little too safe.

Fade is the 13th album from American indie rock band Yo La Tengo, released in January 2013.
It was recorded in Soma Electronic Music Studios in Illinois during summer 2012.

It marked as the band's first time hitting the Top 40 in the US Billboard 200 (No. 26)

I love the straightforward indie sound; it's peaceful, restrained and stripped back, feeling like something you'd hear during a live jazz session at a local venue.

Ira Kaplan's ... read more

*teeth - Lost Memories
88
71mins of breakcore / dark ambient? Yes please!

If there's one thing I got to start off with, its the memories of playing Silent Hill 3 as a teen and those were the scariest gaming moments I've had during some nights; nothing's really topped that still.
The level of anxiety that game provides to you due to the heavy reliance on psychological horror, dark tone and dimly lit gruesome layered environments with monsters that make the sounds of worn out rust being scraped against or distorted ... read more

Incubus - Make Yourself
88
3rd Album Swap with DREscapePlan, thanks for recommending this to me.

Make Yourself is Incubus' 3rd album, released on October 26th, 1999 (the day I was born, lol).
It was recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles throughout May and June of that year.

It was a modest critical & commercial success in the US, peaking in the Billboard 200 at No. 47

The electronic-infused riffs on this album are fuckin' unreal and offer a nice splice of classic punk-rock edge with some Hip-Hop elements.

I love ... read more

Deftones - White Pony
96
Album Swap No. 2 with @ImpalaLT, thanks for introducing me to Deftones.

COME GET YOUR KNIIIIFE!!!

Honestly, where to start....?

The 3rd album from American alternative metal band Deftones, White Pony was released in June 2000.
It was recorded over the span of 4 months between August to December 1999 in Larrabee Sound Studios in West Hollywood & The Plant Recording Studios in California.

The band are known for their alternative metal sound, so White Pony marked a significant step in ... read more

Dinosaur Jr. - You're Living All Over Me
98
Thanks to @ImpalaLT for recommending this to me a while back.

Quite a fine example of Noise Rock with a gorgeous Lo-fi aesthetic.

Being the 2nd album from Dinosaur Jr. released in December 1987, You're Living All Over Me was a refinement of the formula they introduced on their self-titled debut album from 2 years before.

The album was originally to be released under the name Dinosaur before a lawsuit forced them to change it to Dimosaur Jr.

It is regarded as being a high point of American ... read more

Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
90
Near pop-perfection right here!!!

We all know Carly Rae Jepsen since she propelled into stardom in 2012 with Call Me Maybe (and yes, I do like that song), and she has over time become a well known name, especially in the US.

E•MO•TION was released in August 2015. Carly was looking to distance herself from the Bubblegum-Pop sound of her 2012 album Kiss.
She took inspiration for her this album with 80s music and alternative styles, getting a variety of names to collab in making ... read more

D'Angelo - Voodoo
94
Mmmm... smooth, sensual & funky!!

The 2nd album from American singer-songwriter & instrumentalist D'Angelo was released in January 2000 and served as a conventional departure from his predecessor Brown Sugar (1995).

It was recorded throughout 1998-1999 at Electric Lady Studios in New York with a line-up of musicians who were associated with Soulquarians (a collective of experimental Black music artists that D'Angelo was a part of along with the likes of Questlove, J Dilla, Q-Tip and ... read more

Lemon Demon - Spirit Phone
76
Synthpop Saturday!!

Lemon Demon is a musical project created by American comedian, musician, YouTuber and animator Neil Cicierega, whose is also known for creating mashup albums under his own name as well as a popular puppet show web series called Potter Puppet Pals.

Normally I don't hold much faith when it comes to YouTubers making music since it often tends to have a certain kind of quality that feels novelty, but this is actually quite solid and has a ton of charm to it.

I love the ... read more

Joni Mitchell - Blue
99
As far as Folk / Singer-Songwriter music goes, this is some of the finest writing ever!

Blue is Joni Mitchell's 4th album which was released in June 1971.
Written and produced entirely by Mitchell herself, it was recorded at A&M Studios in California.

Created just after her breakup with Graham Nash and during an intense relationship with James Taylor, Blue explores different aspects of relationships ranging from love to insecurity.

Blue was a commercial success, ... read more

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