It’s that time of year: it’s the beginning of January, a time when I take to some Internet something to exhaustively share music musings related to the past year. It’s a reflection on works behind us that I’ve obsessed over in a vacuum and is an opportunity to share what people were and weren’t listening to. This is purely objective and from a very specific point of view. Unlike last year, I realized that this list isn’t very vanilla: it’s fucking weird. It’s not intended to be but, hey, the music that gets me off is typically oddball electronic, ambient, and experimental in nature. That’s kind of a warning: this list may not be for everybody. It’s also a long ride: hold on to your butts.
Chromeo is very 2007 to me, but this new track/album might change my opinion. The smooth duo of P Thugg and Dave 1 have a new album, tastefully titled White Women, and I’m guessing this is the first single off of said album. It sounds like Chromeo has made one of the best new bangers of 2014, and adding Toro y Moi for some accompanying vocals was a stroke of genius. If this doesn’t make you move you might be dead.
These days, there are few musical artists that I find more interesting than Burial. There’s something so intense, dark, and sprawling about the electronic music he creates that differs from anything else I’ve ever heard. His newest release is a three song EP titled Rival Dealer, which continues his dark, musical journey.
You can listen to all three tracks below, but I highly suggest purchasing the album from Hyperdub and supporting artists who are truly shaping the landscape of music.
Not sure where this came from but I’m loving this Erlend Oye cover of Wham’s X-mas classic “Last Christmas”. It’s already my favorite X-mas time song, but hearing Erlend do his Kings of Convenience-esque version is kind of a dream. Definitely brings the song a much more somber tone, perfect for the winter.