Best new music of the year so far

been a while to get going but had a good run of purchases in the last month or so. Hopefully there are a few things here others might enjoy. Share your best new music here too!

American Football (LP3)
Sort of ‘grown-up emo’ from a band I had not heard before-and as good as this is I have also discovered the first two very fine (and also eponymous) abums. Best track is probably the clip below. Great final line; ‘I’ll make new friends…in the ambulance’

Big Thief: U.F.O.F.

A folk album which feels entirely modern with curious and surreal touches that make it always interesting Good review at pitchforkmedia.

Vampire Weekend: Father Of The Bride. Double album with various excursions and samples and ideas not all of which work but still a whole bunch of energetic, toe tapping tracks that hark back to the fun and freshness of their first album

If anyone out there has bought Aldous Harding Designer can they let me know what she is on about by the way. Lyrics too impenetrable for me to really embrace it.


sorry, should be in Music Room, will get it moved

Moved for you.

Like the last 3 but the Vampire album is marred by being far too long and containing a string of tracks that would otherwise be described as b sides from track 10 onward through 12.

Love the Aldous album. Also no idea what she’s on about but I’m still listening to Murmur by R.E.M. 36 years later and I’m none the wiser there either.

I have to add in the Better Oblivion Community Center album.

Fair point re Aldous Harding; my collection certainly contains many favourite albums I cannot understand. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan for example!

Thanks for the recommendation, will check it out.

It’s Conor Oberst in his best form for years duetting with Phoebe Bridgers. A real grower.


Kelela - Aquaphoria

A very mellow ambient mix, featuring Kelela singing over many of Warp’s finest, including Aphex, OPN, Autechre, Biosphere, Leila’s Underwaters (such a great track), and even Jaco Pastorius from a 1977 Joni concert.

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One more (the forum software’s admonishing me for too many posts), Faye Webster’s Atlanta Millionaires Club:

Pre-ordered after seeing a couple of the quirky promos…

….and it doesn’t disappoint. Kind of forlorn love songs in a mostly folk / country style, with some great lines… And get over how my dog is my best friend, And he doesn’t even know what my name is.


Woozy dub house / techno from NYC’s finest, Anthony Naples…

Over the course of 61 minutes Naples trades in his most hypnagogic styles in a stealthily deliquescent manner that melts from the fuller bodied silhouette of ‘A.I.R.’ into deliciously illusive, psychedelic swing by the end of the album with ‘Aftermath FM’. What happens in between is a sweetly dazed dream sequence taking in the Shinichi Atobe-esque dub-house thizz of ‘Fog FM’ and pulsating, sexy techno on ‘Purple Iris’, along with desiccated but sublime ambient pockets in ‘Channel 2’ and ‘Channel 3’, as the album begin to gently wilt into its final state with the serotonin-infused bath of ‘I’ll Follow You’.

(Gotta love Boomkat reviews.)

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For me its still this. Amazing return and makes me smile.


A combination that maybe shouldn’t work, but as with Piñata from 2014, each pushes the other out of their comfort zone to great effect…

Super-inventive beats / crate-digging samples from Madlib; Freddie’s flow as good as anyone around. With guest slots from Pusha T, Killer Mike, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def, ofc), Anderson.Paak…


It’s already dead
I know you have the dove
I’m not getting wet
Looks like a date is set
Show the ferret to the egg…

Pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it? : )

I think I much prefer Party, tbh, but thanks for the reminder to play this album again. ‘Fixture Picture’ is ace - as above, strong hat game for the video.

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Really enjoying the song and the video. Oh yes, and the hat, the shimmy, and the shoes…

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Billie Eilish for me, really like this album and gets played a lot. Always helps that the kids like it. It does put your speakers through it a bit though …

Mixing it up with a Spanish Inquisition vibe there, which I wasn’t expecting.

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Almost an overwhelming listen at times, in a good way…

It’s this one for me so far…


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Some nice sounds on this:

RIYL Raime, JG Ballard, JASSS, Rian Treanor, Burial, Norah Jones, Kit Kats…

A psychedelic soul / funk / hip hop / modern RnB / cosmic jazz record to get lost in…

I might lazily describe Solange’s A Seat at the Table as a sequel to The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This is on some other level.

Is this out on cd? Never been able to locate it.