My top 10, 2004
In no particular order.
- Arve Henriksen – Chiaroscuro
heartfelt like nobody else
- Tim Wright – Thirst
big, dirty, energising fuck-off techno/UKG hybrid
- Triosk – Moment Returns
electronica/jazz hybrid, leaning towards the former
- Wibutee – Playmachine
electronica/jazz hybrid, leaning towards the latter
- Hu Vibrational – Beautiful
sublime acoustic rhythm tricknology
- Audun Kleive/Generator X – Ωagoddabl
electric jazz clatters into new life
- Beans – Shock City Maverick
rap for tomorrow, today
- Akira Rabelais – Spellewauerynsherde
- Recon – White Label
grime techno that gets grimier and more impressive with every listen
- Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd – In What Language?
brilliant musical collage approach to racial injustice
- Scorch Trio – Luggumt
build up of wax? You need Scorch Trio
- Bernd Schurer – Vexations
Satie’s original reflected in myriad pieces of broken glass
- Thomas Koner – Daikan
Deeper and deeper. And then deeper still.
- Skyphone – Fabula
rewarding debut from a Danish Tortoise, languidly lovely.
- Harold Budd – Avalon Sutra
Bittersweet (with an emphasis upon the former) meditation and apparent closing of a chapter.
- Bjork – Medulla
Bought for Is’s Chrissie present, but I’ve been really taken by this the four times I’ve listened to it in the car, amazing menagerie of sounds, genuinely original so far.
And yep, I know that’s sixteen…