“What Shall I Listen To!?” barked Luke 0
Japandroids album is good, but it’s a bit shallow. Like cheap chewing gum, had a great initial taste, but now it’s a bit dull in flavour.
TEED‘s album‘s good, but as he’s already released so many singles from it, you can’t help feeling that there’s a lot of filler on there and the best songs you’re already familiar with. Never known an artist so well before hearing their debut album so think this is a pretty unique situation, but I agree that it hasn’t had all that many plays despite it containing quite a few great songs.
I heard that Alt-J album for the first time last week and liked it. A bit different, looking forward to repeat playing the poop out of it!
So onto new business of dancey and kinda-dancey and then not-dancey at all:
John Talabot – Fin
Lushness I’m telling you. More of a late afternoon man than a late night smash, but I thoroughly approve. EXCELSIOR!
Scuba – Personality
I’m not gonna have many outright dance recommendations because I just don’t, alright dad? Good. However this is one, so be happy with that or I’ll dedicate the rest of my life to revealing plot twists to you for films you’ve never seen. Bruce Wills is people.
Poliça – Give You The Ghost
Another band who wouldn’t be out of place on an extended Drive soundtrack, but quite “song” based. Elements of the XX almost in their structures.
Chairlift – Something
A bit vacuous like The Handsome Furs, and most definitely 80s to the point that their favourite Fleetwood Mac album isn’t the same as everyone elses, but then again, does that matter?
Chromatics – Kill For Love
See above about Drive comment, this album is a soundtrack for a film that doesn’t exist. Is that like some modern way of saying it’s a concept album? Yes. However there is no Phil Collins to be seen. Make of that what you will.
Aucan – Black Rainbow
You remember that band who sounded a bit like Portishead with dubstep (not brostep) elements from a few years ago? They were good, but I forget their name, they had a pixelated eagle on the front cover of the album. Anyway, this is a bit like that. Half time lady vocals.
Liars – WIXIW
Sounds very little like their old stuff, no guitars anymore, just synths. Give it a whirl, see what you think.
NZCA/Lines – NZCA/Lines
A lil bit TEED but not as dancey, a bit more spaced out. I liked it enough to buy the album though, particularly the tracks Atoms & Axes and Nazca.
Aeroc – R+B=?
A little bit early 2000s “CHILL OUT” album type affair on the surface, but don’t run miles, it’s far more involved and interesting than that horrific genre. Won’t tear your scrotum though.
Trailer Trash Tracys – Ester
More Alabama 3 than dancey, think of some sort of David Lynch film soundtrack thing, but do find myself going back to this one despite it’s simplicity. In fact, maybe it IS the simplicity! I am a simple man, after all.
Elaquent – The Scenic Route
More like some sort of Ninja Tunes / Anticon thing than something you’re actually going to dance to, but pretend you’re in a hoodie and nodding your head to this and you’ll be happy. Promise.
Dave Aju – Heirlooms
Similar domain to Elaquent. IDM I think the kids once called it. Now they call it bum-wave.
Lower Dens – Nootropics
This is a fairly ambient affair on the whole, but as you like Wild Beasts, I would think you may appreciate this delicate little beauty. And beauty it is Luke, it is indeed.
Perfume Genius – Put Ur Back In2 It
I don’t care about your dance prejudice anymore. This in fact is borderline singer songwriter, but put that apple right up your urethra, this album is SO good and the man should be applauded for making a genre I have reflex hatred for into something I want to spoodge over.
Kindness – World, You Need A Change Of Mind
Yeah, it’s a bit hit & miss & shallow, but some greats in there (not including the Eastenders theme cover wtf). Seod, Swinging Party & Cyan are alright by me.
The Men – Open Your Heart
Not dancey at all. WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM? Seriously though, big distorted guitars, thrashy punk epics that span minutes, it’s like post-rock in a bad mood.
DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams
Again, not at all dancey. Undecided on this one, maybe you can help. On the one hand like a cross between DFA 1979 and Test Icicles, but on the other hand like a cross between DFA 1979 and Test Icicles. Depending on mood, I like / hate this.
El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
I know you’re not keen on hip-hop, but you mentioned that you enjoyed Shabazz Palaces, so give this one a try.
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
See El-P comment.
THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
See Killer Mike comment. Shabazz Palaces even guest on this one. Jazzy.
Pinkunoizu – Free Time!
I don’t know what you’ll make of this. Probably hate it. Do I care? No, I don’t. Your words can’t hurt me anymore. Yes there’s some Animal Collective, yes there’s a bit of Beta Band, yes there’s no Yes, but no no no no no no no no no no no no there’s no limit.
Grimes – Visions
There are good tracks on here, maybe you can look beyond the vocals (they do my head in), but I can’t deny that it’s a damn good album despite this.
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