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
    sublime, haunting
  • 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.

Late Entry

  • 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…


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