Friday, December 19, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #8





8.



The Juan MacLean - In a Dream



Even though LCD Soundsystem is over, the party continues for Nancy Whang on this warm and bright disco LP. The splashy beats, bass riffs and shiny synths recall vintage New Order. John MacLean and Whang's vocals drive the album home with a soulful breeziness.








"I don’t think In A Dream is a grandiose house record. I wouldn't call it a house record, grandiose, humble or otherwise; ‘humble house – new micro genre in the making. I would barely categorize it as a dance record, although I do refer to it as such primarily to put it into easy context. There certainly are house music references, but I think the main similarity would be more so that many of the things that impacted the creation and evolution of house music also influence Juan and me." -Nancy Whang











Thursday, December 18, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #9




9.


Trust - Joyland


Toronto artist Robert Alfons' first solo foray (his cohort Maya Postepski left for Austra) hits both melancholy and buoyant strides. Populated with nods to Kon Khan, sound effects (birdsong, bleeps, atonal cries), wintry strings, acidic synths, Alfons' low-register vocals and beaming beats, the album is a glowing electro reverie.






"I write music that has to be emotional, so it starts from there. That's what gets me excited to make music in the first place. I'm not a gear nerd, I'm not somebody who sits around and pours over that. I would rather write melodies and songs and build it from that point." -Alfons (of Trust)









Wednesday, December 17, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #10

Herein lies the beginning of the countdown of my Top 10 albums of the year!




10.

James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical


Recorded in the middle of nowhere in Texas, Irish singer / songwriter McMorrow's sophomore album lays down a warm bed of folk, brass and electronica as his angelic vocals scale gorgeous heights.





“I think surroundings impact everything. I think musicians, artists, respond to aesthetics. If you put yourself in a pretty environment, you’re more inclined to try and do it justice I guess. There’s definitely elements of it that found their way in. It would be impossible for it not to. Every minute you look out the window, you realize where you are. The whole place was so different from anything I've ever experienced before." -McMorrow






Tuesday, December 16, 2014

wild tu(n)esday!



Simon & Garfunkel's "El Candor Pasa (If I Could)" has been going through my head ever since I heard its amazing usage in Wild.  An elevator version by easy listening French maestro Paul Mauriat closes out today's playlist. Also check Luxar's groovy treatment of "Last Christmas."


Sunday, December 14, 2014

libby's top albums of 2014!



OOF, has this been an amazing year of music or what!?  In no particular order, here are my picks of the best albums of 2014.




FKA Twigs - LP1

Once I heard "How's That" from EP2, I was dying for a full album.  She did NOT disappoint and I don't think I'll stop being fascinated by her for a very long time.









Gorgon City - Sirens

These guys did a great job of filling my Disclosure-loving heart.  A distinct bass "thump" in the chorus of each song and great guest vocalists - nobody does 90s house music like the Brits.









SOHN - Tremors

The emotion in each song kills me.  Someone tore him up...








Beck - Morning Phase

Okay, I lied, I have two albums tied for first place.  This is one of them.  I have to admit, I haven't listened to Beck's stuff much outside of the 90s and man, this came out of nowhere!  Haunting and gorgeous.









Caribou - Our Love

This is my other #1 album.  I love each and every song from this album but the standout song, of course, is "Can't Do Without You."  Just those four words building up for 5 minutes...unreal.









Toni Braxton & Babyface - Love, Marriage & Divorce

I know, this came out of nowhere.  Though a little cheesy at times, it took me right back to the mid-90s.









Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Rock is alive and well in these two Brits.  The first song along blows my face off every time I hear it.









Ariana Grande - My Everything

Don't worry, I whip myself every night for loving this album.  Too bad it came from such a terrible little brat.









Sam Smith - In the Lonely Hour

He's an angel.  That is all.









Tinashe - Aquarius

Take note, Rihanna, this is how it's done.









Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband

The minute I heard "Klapp Klapp" I knew we were in for a great album...





-Libby Hostetler

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

chess




My friend Curtis just passed along this amazing track from Petite Noir. Check the super great video below.