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Ambrose Akinmusire – The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint (2014)

Ambrose Akinmusire - The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint

This Oakland jazz trumpeter has outdone himself this year. A quietly refined and confident album resonating with a kind of moral obligation to the craft, thoughtful and engaging through every moment of its hour-plus playtime. Interspersed with masterful guest instrumentalists and sparingly-used vocal tracks, this is an understated but soaring triumph that I can’t recommend highly enough.

BADBADNOTGOOD – III (2014)

BADBADNOTGOOD - III

And the kids said jazz was dead. One of the best releases of the year so far and it’s been in constant rotation.

 

Mark de Clive-Lowe – Church (2014)

Mark de Clive-Lowe - ChurchOne of the best albums of the year. Sorely lacking representation on Youtube with full-length tracks but you’ll get the gist. Some instrumental, some vocal tracks, some raps, all fresh beats and nujazz tones. Don’t sleep.

 

Roots Manuva – Dub Come Save Me (2002)

Roots Manuva - Dub Come Save Me

Funky and freaky, a dub reworking of a hip-hop album by the artist himself. Deep grooves and revolution, my friends.

 

The blog is back in business, just like old times.

 

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new rumblings

new rumblings

Does anyone still come to this blog? If anyone would like this to all begin again, let me know.

Artist Submission: Sonnets of Solipsism

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“The four tracks follow the thoughts and trials of a man finding himself trapped and alone in a mysterious room laden with symbols of his own making. Exploring themes of solipsism, quantum physicality and metafictional post-modernist philosophy, the E.P. sees the warped thoughts of a man alone manifest. Whether there is anything within remains in the hands of the listener and their depth of thought.”

This is how the artists describe this work in progress…these four tracks are the first part of a larger concept album to be released later this year. Dark trip-hop beats which evoke (to me) an expansive urban landscape occupied by none else but yourself and the haunting voices riding these beats…I’m a sucker for this shit. Check it out, free streaming and download available.

http://soundcloud.com/rough-drafts/sets/sonnets-of-solipsism-brandall/

Qwazaar – Walk Thru Walls (2001)

It hurts for me to have to tell you the truth / it’s really not about who’s better than who / it’s really all about the truth, bein’ better than you

Twenty Minutes of Your Time.

Top 50 Albums of 2011

No words, this time. If you want words, there are plenty elsewhere.

Music speaks for itself.

Pharoahe Monch - WAR

50. Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
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Ufesas - Ufesas

49. Ufesas – Ufesas
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Red Nightfall - Red Nightfall

48. Red Nightfall – Red Nightfall
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Caretaker, The - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

47. The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond this World
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Battle of Britain Memorial - The Aftermath of Your Bright Beings

46. Battle of Britain Memorial – The Aftermath of Your Bright Beings
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By Surprise - Mountain Smashers

45. By Surprise – Mountain Smashers
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Radiohead - The King of Limbs

44. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
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Chelsea Wolfe - Ἀποκάλυψις

43. Chelsea Wolfe – Ἀποκάλυψις
[Preview] [Preview]

Cyne - Wasteland Vol 1

42. Cyne – Wasteland Volume One
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Psychic Paramount, The - II

41. The Psychic Paramount – II
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Lupe Fiasco - Lasers

40. Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
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Other Lives - Tamer Animals

39. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
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Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip

38. Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip
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K-Def - Night Shift

37. K-Def – Night Shift
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Rustie - Glass Swords

36. Rustie – Glass Swords
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People Under the Stairs - Highlighter

35. People Under the Stairs – Highlighter
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Algernon Cadwallader - Parrot Flies

34. Algernon Cadwallader – Parrot Flies
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PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

33. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
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DJ Cosm - Time and Space

32. DJ Cosm – Time and Space
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Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math

31. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
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Defeater - Empty Days and Sleepless Nights

30. Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
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Joy Formidable, The - The Big Roar

29. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
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Midnight Eez, The - The Midnight Eez

28. The Midnight Eez – The Midnight Eez
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Swarms - Old Raves End

27. Swarms – Old Raves End
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Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones

26. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
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Saul Williams - Volcanic Sunlight

25. Saul Williams – Volcanic Sunlight
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Yakuza Heart Attack - Yakuza Heart Attack II

24. Yakuza Heart Attack – Yakuza Heart Attack II
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Sims - Bad Time Zoo

23. Sims – Bad Time Zoo
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Pollyn - Living in Patterns

22. Pollyn – Living in Patterns
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Shoppers - Silver Year

21. Shoppers – Silver Year
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Touche Amore - Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me

20. Touché Amoré – Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me
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Cut Off Your Hands - Hollow

19. Cut Off Your Hands – Hollow
[Preview] [Preview]

Qwazaar & Batsauce - Bat Meets Blaine

18. Qwazaar & Batsauce – Bat Meets Blaine
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Rural Alberta Advantage, The - Departing

17. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
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Giles Corey - Giles Corey

16. Giles Corey – Giles Corey
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Weeknd, The - House of Balloons

15. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
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Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

14. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
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Awol One & Factor - The Landmark

13. Awol One & Factor – The Landmark
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World Inferno Friendship Society, The - The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

12. The World/Inferno Friendship Society – The Anarchy and the Ecstasy
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Ampere - Like Shadows

11. Ampere – Like Shadows
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CunninLynguists - Oneirology

10. CunninLynguists – Oneirology
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No UFO's - Soft Coast

9. No UFO’s – Soft Coast
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Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws - Innerquake

8. Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws – Innerquake
[Preview] [Preview]

Roots, The - Undun

7. The Roots – Undun
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KWJAZ - Kwjaz

6. KWJAZ – KWJAZ
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GDP - Useless Eaters

5. GDP – Useless Eaters
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La Dispute - Wildlife

4. La Dispute – Wildlife
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Doomtree - No Kings

3. Doomtree – No Kings
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Kendrick Lamar - Section 80

2. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80
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Kay the Aquanaut - Waterloo

1. Kay the Aquanaut – Waterloo
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the skills to pay the bills

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