Not much easy listening here. It was a hard year and some hard tunes got me through.
The anguish of loss synthesized into an album-long song made up of astonishing movements and devastating shifts.
Jlin’s masterpiece of twisting synths is built on a complex architecture of twirling and intersecting beats. The effect is disorienting and all-encompassing. This is intelligent dance music with heart. Godflesh
Sinister industrial psychedelia that mines the depths of the modern human soul. Kendrick Lamar
The top MC in the game looks inward while still challenging the powers that be.
Easily the best album the band has ever made is the diary of a man assessing his place in modern music and realizing he’ll never escape himself.
Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light
Experimental, harsh and bleak–the second team up between the sludgelords of The Body and the grindcore upstarts of Full of Hell bends and contorts industrial music into something far more raw and personal than most works in the genre ever achieve. Couch Slut
Megan Osztrosits hurls herself screaming about drug addiction and pain into compositions that sound like the work of Steve Albini and the darkest of black metal bands. Contempt is a journey of emotional complexity and personal struggle. Run The Jewels
Killer Mike and and El-P dropped their latest joint at the start of the year and yet it still remains fresh in my mind as one of the most playful, addictive and bombastic works of hip hop this year.
Planning for Burial
Below the House
Thom Wasluck’s is a one-man experimental metal band and now Below the House he utilizes the best elements of shoegaze, black metal, goth and doom to tell a story of addiction and isolation. It’s a truly haunting work of art.
Creative, sensual and revealing. SZA has made it know that she’s an artist to reckon with.