The Wire's albums of the year

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The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Dec 2018, 13:31

1. Sons of Kemet - Your Queen is a Reptile


2. Zuli - Terminal


3. Ben LaMar Gay - Downtown Castles Can Never Block the Sun


4. Guttersnipe - My Mother the Vent


5. Jpegmafia - Veteran


6. Sarah Davachi - Let Night Come On Bells End the Day


7. Senyawa - Sujud


8. Autechre - NTS Sessions 1-4


9. Body/Head - The Switch


10. Low - Double Negative
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby driftin » 05 Dec 2018, 14:15

Woah, I didn't know a former Refuge member and Tori Amos stalker was now making experimental noise rock.

Anyway, I love Veteran and Autechre's overlong opus and I rather like the Sons of Kemet album. I'll give these others a listen this afternoon.

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 05 Dec 2018, 14:27

I have none.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Dec 2018, 14:51

I have none either, though I'm definitely going to get that Sons of Kemet album, it's rather bloody good indeed. I've listened to Jpegmafia's Veteran quite a bit on youtube, too, though that was because one of The Wire's writers recommended him to me on twitter. Currently listening to the number 2 on the list, Zuli's Terminal, but it's not doing an awful lot for me.

Looks like Low are the only band making both the mainstream and alternative magazine's lists.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Darkness_Fish » 05 Dec 2018, 14:54

driftin wrote:Woah, I didn't know a former Refuge member and Tori Amos stalker was now making experimental noise rock.

:lol:
I knew that name was familiar, Guttersnipe! I'd completely forgotten about that bloke though, you've got to wonder what kind of fortitude and determination you need to sit through that many of Tori's piano-warbling sessions.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Toby » 05 Dec 2018, 17:26

Nice to see Sarah Davachi get in there. She came and played at one of our concerts a couple of years ago and is a great talent.

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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 05 Dec 2018, 17:32

Did she bring the umami?
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Stille Baron » 05 Dec 2018, 17:43

Thanks for the links! I’ll check some of that out.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Ghost of Harry Smith » 05 Dec 2018, 21:38

All I’ve heard from that 10 are Sons of Kemet, which I reall dig, and the Low LP which I like but not quite as much as everyone else seems to.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Dayodead » 05 Dec 2018, 21:57

have the Body/Head and Low albums, but have yet to listen to them...checked out bits of the others listed...interesting stuff here and there...

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby slightbreeze » 06 Dec 2018, 00:01

Walk In My Shadow wrote:I have none.

I thought half of them were anagrams

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Robert » 06 Dec 2018, 13:38

Walk In My Shadow wrote:I have none.



I have listened to a minute orso of each and I'd suggest to keep it that way.

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby driftin » 06 Dec 2018, 16:06

Finally listened to all of them.

Sons of Kemet - love it

Zuli - post-trap is becoming a thing, ain’t it? I like this kind of thing generally but this one song in particular needs more structure. I might check the rest of the album out.

Ben LaMar Gay - I like this a lot. This belongs on your “rap that’s a bit different” thread.

Guttersnipe - Rubbish. Other bands do this kind of noise rock with electronics a lot better.

Jpegmafia - one of my albums of the year, especially for “Baby I’m Bleeding” which utterly rules.

Garlands - very pretty but just a single song loses context. That’s usually the case with ambient stuff.

Senyawa - this is pretty good. Weird Asian folk meets psychedelic rock with some tribal vocals. When the drones get going it’s damn cool.

Autechre - this link you provided isn’t the NTS Sessions with 8 hours of Autechre’s own music across 4 albums, it’s some radio DJ mix they did. The actual NTS sessions released on Warp Records is awesome, right up there with Exai as some of the best modern day Ae material. Too damn long though.

Body/Head - this is the Kim Gordon project, right? It’s not very good at all. This kind of droning free-improv has been done countless times and far better by many others.

Low - this is not what I expected from Low. This is some glitchy experimental shit that you’d hear from Roly Porter or someone. I love it. If the rest of the album is more of this I want it in my collection.

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Dec 2018, 16:47

driftin wrote:Autechre - this link you provided isn’t the NTS Sessions with 8 hours of Autechre’s own music across 4 albums, it’s some radio DJ mix they did. The actual NTS sessions released on Warp Records is awesome, right up there with Exai as some of the best modern day Ae material. Too damn long though.

I figured no-one would listen anyway, so I picked something that might've been included. Most of the youtube links were for "NTS Sessions SLOWED DOWN" or "NTS Sessions SPEEDED UP" for some reason.

Btw, have you heard the Christoph De Babalon thing that was in their top 20 reissues? Just gave it a play and it should be rather up your street. Long ambient pieces mixed up with chunky drum n' bass, from 1997.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

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Darkness_Fish wrote:
driftin wrote:Autechre - this link you provided isn’t the NTS Sessions with 8 hours of Autechre’s own music across 4 albums, it’s some radio DJ mix they did. The actual NTS sessions released on Warp Records is awesome, right up there with Exai as some of the best modern day Ae material. Too damn long though.

I figured no-one would listen anyway, so I picked something that might've been included. Most of the youtube links were for "NTS Sessions SLOWED DOWN" or "NTS Sessions SPEEDED UP" for some reason.

Btw, have you heard the Christoph De Babalon thing that was in their top 20 reissues? Just gave it a play and it should be rather up your street. Long ambient pieces mixed up with chunky drum n' bass, from 1997.


I’m no DnB fan but that record is really good.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby driftin » 06 Dec 2018, 16:52

Darkness_Fish wrote:
driftin wrote:Autechre - this link you provided isn’t the NTS Sessions with 8 hours of Autechre’s own music across 4 albums, it’s some radio DJ mix they did. The actual NTS sessions released on Warp Records is awesome, right up there with Exai as some of the best modern day Ae material. Too damn long though.

I figured no-one would listen anyway, so I picked something that might've been included. Most of the youtube links were for "NTS Sessions SLOWED DOWN" or "NTS Sessions SPEEDED UP" for some reason.

Btw, have you heard the Christoph De Babalon thing that was in their top 20 reissues? Just gave it a play and it should be rather up your street. Long ambient pieces mixed up with chunky drum n' bass, from 1997.

If you're talking about If You're Into It, I'm Out of It then I bought that earlier this year and it's great. The ambient bits are my kind of dark and the Amen breaks are nicely aggressive.

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby driftin » 06 Dec 2018, 17:43



Marvellous performance. If I knew about them back then I might've cared a little about the Mercury this year.

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Lord Rother » 06 Dec 2018, 20:26

Walk In My Shadow wrote:I have none.


Low is the only one I’ve even heard of. (Assuming it is the same Low that did The Great Destroyer.)

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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 06 Dec 2018, 20:35

It is.

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Weird how these boring, not-very-famous bands have their little careers kept afloat by the odd review in The Wire or airplay on some college radio station. In an ideal world they'd be employed to clean up the streets or help the elderly.
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Re: The Wire's albums of the year

Postby Darkness_Fish » 06 Dec 2018, 21:54

SWIMMING POOL HARRINGTON wrote:In an ideal world they'd be employed to clean up the streets or help the elderly.

They might do that as well. If you get a band who can afford to do nothing but music, you end up with Coldplay and U2.
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