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Album of the month – June 2017

If your album has “(Deluxe)” in the title on Spotify, that’s a guarantee of mediocrity. I’m going to give you a listen, but it’s not going to end well. Tracks called Intro – that’s another sign. A nine track album yet one of them is 30 seconds of “atmospheric” noise. Yeah, that’s going to be a blast isn’t it… Halfway through the year, and most releases are disappointing. I thought this would be more fun, but listening to new releases 99% of the time is anything but.

There are some delights though. Cody ChesnuTT made my Top Ten in 2012 with Landing On A Hundred, and he’s back with the gorgeously eclectic My Love Divine Degree. Other favourites this month include Celebration, Thea Gilmore and Mi Jardín Secreto.

Plasmalab also appealed. You can listen to Love/Life on BandCamp. Opening track Stalker is a blast:

Once again, though, there are a lot of records I didn’t finish (some barely got started) because I just didn’t like them… Completion rate this month is a mere 6.19%. I’m not impressed…

July’s release schedule is looking promising. That’s something to look forward to! If you want to recommend a record to me then use the contact form. I’m open to all styles as long as they’re good.

Oh well, on with the ratings!

60.72
Cody ChesnuTT – My Love Divine Degree

59.09
Celebration – Wounded Healer

58.34
Millionaire – Sciencing
Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?
Plasmalab – Love/Life
Future Lives – Mansions

57.69
Thea Gilmore – The Counterweight

56.67
Binker and Moses – Journey to the Mountain of Forever

55.00
Chastity Brown – Silhouette of Sirens
Loom – Loom
Benjamin Booker – Witness

54.55
The Como Mamas – Move Upstairs
The Builders and The Butchers – The Spark
Mi Jardín Secreto – Lo Que No Pudimos Cambiar

54.17
Lost Balloons – Hey Summer

53.85
Those Unfortunates – Nothing Isn’t Beautiful

53.34
Noga Erez – Off The Radar

50.00
Jade Jackson – Gilded
Clustersun – Surfacing to Breathe
Colin Stetson – All This I Do For Glory

Nope (a large pile of nopes)
Christopher Willits – Horizon
Loss – Horizonless
Man Forever – Play What They Want
Higher Power – Soul Structure
BMX Bandits – BMX Bandits Forever
Oumou Sangaré – Mogoya
Curved Light – Channelview
DragonForce – Reaching Into Infinity
The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials In Several Earths
Missio – Loner
Waters – Something More!
Coldcut – Outside The Echo Chamber
Khaki Blazer – Didn’t Have To Cut
Rick Weaver – The Secular Arm
Biters – The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be
Flor – come out. you’re hiding
Deeper Kenz – Deeper Kenz
Jesse Stockton – No Hope for Humanity
Emily Barker – Sweet Kind of Blue
Willie The Kid – Deutsche Marks
Deb Talan – Lucky Girl
Little Steven – Soulfire
Stevie Parker – The Cure
Youn Sun Nah – She Moves On
Low Cut Connie – Dirty Pictures (part 1)
Harvestman – Music for Megaliths
Slates – Summery
Employed To Serve – The Warmth of a Dying Sun
David Banner – The God Box
Daddy Issues – Deep Dream
The Mastersons – Transient Lullaby
Rascal Flatts – Back To Us
Last Days – Seafaring
The Lulls in Traffic – Rabbit in the Snare
Jimi Tents – I Can’t Go Home
Ostraca – Faces of the Moving Year
Rincon Sapiência – Galanga Livre
Curumin – Boca
Ezhel – Müptezhel
Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions
Shakira – El Dorado
Gucci Mane – Droptopwop
Bryson Tiller – True to Self
Justin Townes Earle – Kids in the Street
Pet Symmetry – Vision
James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
Heliocentrics – A World of Masks
Thunder Dreamer – Capture
Sam Amidon – The Following Mountain
Football, Etc. – Corner
Sólstafir – Berdreyminn
The Charlatans – Different Days
Peverelist – Tessellations
Cende – #1 Hit Single
Moonchild – Voyager
Gepe – Ciencia Exacta
Zola Blood – Infinite Games
The Amazons – The Amazons
Bola – D.E.G
Oh Susanna – A Girl in Teen City
Free Throw – Bear Your Mind
Andrea Belfi – Ore
Danzig – Black Laden Crown
Inventing Masks – 2nd
Kite Base – Latent Whispers
Hiro Kone – Love Is The Capital
Drew McDowall – Unnatural Channel
Life – Popular Music
In Venus – Ruína
Crescent – Resin Pockets
Cable Ties – Cable Ties
Charlie Coxedge – Cloisters
Swarming Branch – Surreal Number
Roll the Dice – Born to Ruin
Lutto Lento – Dark Secret World
Manos Milonakis – Festen
Weirds – Swarmculture
Girls Rituals – Emergency!
Big French – Stone Fish
Below The Sun – Alien World
Tom Williams – All Change
Robert Hood – Paradygm Shift
Suplington – Repeating Flowers
The Unthanks – Diversions, Vol. 4: The Songs and Poems of Molly Drake
Barrows – Obsidion
Lila Downs – Salón Lágrimas y Deseo
Martin Rev – Demolition 9
Ben Ottewell – A Man Apart
Bobby Bare – Things Change
Wiz Jones, Pete Berryman & Simeon Jones – Come What May
Kafuka – Laws of Nature
Bernard Fanning – Brutal Dawn
Eivør – Slør
Ifriqiyya Electrique – Rûwâhîne
Avatarium – Hurricanes and Halos
Duncan Lloyd – I O U O M E
Siena Root – A Dream of Lasting Peace
Gorilla Zoe – Don’t Feed Da Animals 2
Darren Hayman – Thankful Villages Volume 2
Sea Pinks – Watercourse
Minotaurs – Aum
Dusty Mush – Cheap Entertainment
Sorrow Plagues – Homecoming
Mark McGuire – Vision Upon Purpose
Joey Fourr – Velvet Realness
Noah Carter – Couch Dreams
alt-J – Relaxer
Halsey – hopeless fountain kingdom
Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa
Beach Fossils – Somersault
Marika Hackman – I’m Not Your Man
Amber Coffman – City of No Reply
TOPS – Sugar at the Gate
Bleachers – Gone Now
Chastity Belt – I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone
Dan Auerbach – Waiting on a Song
Saint Etienne – Home Counties
Pixx – The Age of Anxiety
Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
Omar Souleyman – To Syria, With Love
Richard Dawson – Peasant
Ulrika Spacek – Modern English Decoration
Ikonika – Distractions
All Time Low – Last Young Renegade
H. Hawkline – I Romanticize
Janek Schaefer – Glitter in my Tears
Marnie – Strange Words and Weird Wars
’68 – Two Parts Viper
Smidley – Smidley
Kool G Rap – Return of the Don
The Dale Cooper Quartet – Astrild Astrild
Mutoid Man – War Moans
Dauwd – Theory of Colours
Perera Elsewhere – All Of This
Julien Marchal – Insight III
Kacey Johansing – The Hiding
Dispatch – America, Location 12
Hey Colossus – The Guillotine
Ennanga Vision – Ennanga Vision
Jay Prince – Late Summers
Sweet Baboo – Wild Imagination
Talsounds – Love Sick
Eyedress – Manila Ice
Cowbell – Haunted Heart
Camille – OUÏ
Pega Monstro – Case De Cima
AM Static – Rise & Shine
Flogging Molly – Life Is Good
Emil Amos – Filmmusik
Mikko Joensuu – Amen 3
Gensu Dean – Game of Death
Mux Mool – Implied Lines
Kozmodrum – Gravity
Gyyps – Killafornia
A.CHAL – ON GAZ
Sleep Party People – Lingering
Stevie Stone – Level Up
Two Inch Astronaut – Can You Please Not Help
Husky – Punchbuzz
Mali Music – The Transition of Mali
Luke Combs – This One’s for You
Travis Bretzer – Bubble Gum
MoStack Kid – High Street Kid
Kondi Band – Salone
Mozzy & Gunplay – Dreadlocks & Headshots
School Damage – School Damage
Korey Dane – Chamber Girls
ShitKid – Fish
Völur – Ancestors
Obey The Brave – Mad Season
Phobia – Lifeless God
Mark McGuire – Ideas of Beginnings
Vallenfyre – Fear Those Who Fear Him
North Mississippi Allstars – Prayer for Peace
Aivovuoto – Dötöx
Bobby Osborne – Original
Isobel Anderson – Chalk / Flint
Session Victim – Listen To Your Heart
Digital Anger – Untitled
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers – Shanti’s Shadow
SikTh – The Future in Whose Eyes?
Pete Murray – Camacho
The One Hundred – Chaos & Bliss
Hiatus – All The Troubled Hearts
Verneri Pohjola – Pekka
Chuck Johnson – Balsams
Konrad Sprenger – Stack Music
Eighteen Visions – XVIII
Big Black Delta – whoRU812
Steady Sun – Indifferent World
Billy Woods – Known Unknowns
SZA – Ctrl
Big Thief – Capacity
Brockhampton – Saturation
Phoenix – Ti Amo
Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
London Grammar – Truth Is a Beautiful Thing
Allie X – CollXtion II
Kirin J Callinan – Bravado
Anathema – The Optimist
The Secret Sisters – You Don’t Own Me Anymore
Rise Against – Wolves
Dave Depper – Emotional Freedom Technique
Gov’t Mule – Revolution Come…Revolution Go
Ani DiFranco – Binary
Prairie Cat – Is Cary Pratt
Boogarins – Lá Vem a Morte
Kronos Quartet – Folk Songs
All We Are – Sunny Hills
Nick Höppner – Work
Slow Dancer – In A Mood
The Ruby Suns – Sprite Fountain
Walrus – Family Hangover
Gunplay – The Plug
Junior Astronomers – Body Language
Philippe Hallais – An American Hero
Panda Riot – Infinity Maps
Profusion – Where Do I Begin
Agent blå – Agent blå
Shannon McNally – Black Irish
Bokanté – Strange Circles
Fyfe – The Space Between
Healy – Subluxe
INVSN – The Beautiful Stories
Sleepy Sun – Private Tales
Ahmad Jamal – Marseille
Dion Lunadon – Dion Lunadon
Volumes – Different Animals
Mars Today – Bits & Pieces
Gaby Hernandez – Spirit Reflection
The Fallen Leaves – If Only We’d Known
Anthesis – The Age of Self
Tunabunny – PCP Presents Alice In Wonderland Jr.
Abrams – Morning
Sweeping Exits – Glitter & Blood
Sarah Jane Scouten – When the Bloom Falls From the Rose
Lady Antebellum – Heart Break
Kamikaze Girls – Seafoam
Tora – Take a Rest
Disiz La Peste – Pacifique
Christina Grimmie – All Is Vanity
Bridal Shower – Negatives
Taylor Knox – Love
Deerful – Peach
Frankie Oliver – Here I Am
The Parson Red Heads – Blurred Harmony
KOOL A.D – Sky Ladder
The Hundred In The Hands – Love In The Black Stack
Lorde – Melodrama
Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up
Kevin Morby – City Music
Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls
Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?
Portugal. The Man – Woodstock
2 Chainz – Pretty Girls Like Trap Music
Ride – Weather Diaries
Big Boi – Boomiverse
The Drums – Abysmal Thoughts
Com Truise – Iteration
Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar
Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – On the Echoing Green
Umfang – Symbolic Use Of Light
Palehound – At Night I’m Alright with You
Hey Violet – From The Outside
Siavash Amini – TAR
Terror Jr – Bop City 2: TerroRising
Signor Benedick the Moor – Toybox
Michael Nau – Some Twist
Hundredth – RARE
Denai Moore – We Used To Bloom
Arve Henriksen – Towards Language
Matthew Sweet – Tomorrow Forever
Ekoplekz – Bioprodukt
Wet Hair – The Floating World
Fhloston Paradigm – After…
Joyner Lucas – 508-507-2209
Alison Moyet – Other
Styx – The Mission
Iced Earth – Incorruptible
Cheap Trick – We’re All Alright!
Steve Earle & The Dukes – So You Wannabe An Outlaw
Color Film – Living Arrangements
Rips – Rips
B Boys – Dada
Bruno Pronsato – US Drag
Chon – Homey
CKY – The Phoenix
Goldie – The Journey Man
Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid
Jake Miller – 2:00am in LA
Hidden Orchestra – Dawn Chorus
Joanne Pollock – Stranger
Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us
LCC – Bastet
White Suns – Psychic Drift
Showtime Goma – Smiley Face
Songhoy Blues – Résistance
Deltawerk – Passages
Abram Shook – Love at Low Speed
Sterac Electronics – Things to Think About
Emilía – Down to the Sadness River
Shit And Shine – Total Shit!
Gothic Tropic – Fast or Feast




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