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#Bestof2018 : Top 50 Albums

We begin our annual end of the year music review with our favourite albums. In the coming days we will be also checking the Top 100 singles, making a brief analysis of what’s been going on during the last twelve month and will finish with the announcement of our 2018 Rober Awards nominees. Stay tuned!

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Grimes & Janelle Monáe Lead The Last Loop Of 2015

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Two of our favourite female artists, Grimes and Janelle Monáe, join forces in ‘Venus Fly’ and reach the top of the last loop of the year, before we begin our annual best of recap. The track is taken from the young Canadian star’s acclaimed second album ‘Art Angels.’

Post-hardcore Brooklyn quartet Big Ups is the highest entry on an edition that features both a glimpse into some of the next years’ most anticipating releases: Antony’s courting with electronica through his new monkiker, Anohni; Animal Collective; Erykah Badu feat. Andre 3000; Chupa Cabra; dvsn; Chairlift; Aesop Rock with Homeboy Sandman; Lucas DiPasquale with Popcaan; Suede and M. Ward among them.

And also features last minute tracks released by some of the biggest artist of the year, as a reminder to take them in consideration for best of lists, such as Kendrick Lamar; Bjórk; Fetty Wap; Oneohtrix Point Never; plus the return of Phoenix, teaming up with Bill Murray on a version of a Beach Boys track for the Hollywood star’s Netflix Xmas special.

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Janelle Monáe Leads Us To Prime Time

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With the suites IV & V of her musical cybersaga having just seen the light of day Janelle Monáe is riding high again. ‘Electric Lady’ has proven to be another winner with legends such as Prince, Erykah Badu & Big Boi on board. ‘Prime Time’, the Princey-esque ballad she performs with Miguel is the week’s top track at the loop.

The mighty return of Arcade Fire with James Murphy on production duties is predictably the highest entry, followed by new songs by the likes of Helen; Machinedrum or Donna Summer remixed by Chromeo for a forthcoming mixes compilation. The biggest surprise among the debuts, though, goes comes from our favourite mormon trio Low who’s just released a superb cover of Rihanna’s recent smash ‘Stay’.

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#7-JANELLE MONAE-The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy)

Acclaimed as the female heir of Prince for her stylistic eclecticism, the first album of the Kansas City vocalist amazed everyone. A thematic follow-up to her debut EP telling the story of her alter ego Cindy Mayweather, an android living in a future where love is forbidden and revolution looming; Monáe revealed herself as a true renovator of the best soul, a real exception in the stereotyped-filled world of Today’s urban music. Her live shows also confirmed the strength of her talents. P. Diddy welcomed her in his label; Big Boi brought his rhymes to the first single ‘Tightrope’; Saul Williams his radical poetry and even the Prince of Minneappolis gave his seal of approval by inviting her to be the opening act on his latest tour.


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#3-JANELLE MONAE FEAT. BIG BOI-Tightrope (Bad Boy)

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#44-JANELLE MONAE-Cold War (Bad Boy)

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The Month In Streams: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Grafitti; Janelle Monáe; El Guincho…

Online streaming action continued in top shape during the past weeks, with another huge number of new releases being offered to listen in full through different sources. The most interesting among them all was probably the return of lo-fi legend Ariel Pink, with his recent formation Haunted Grafitti. Pink has joined the 4AD stable and his first work for the label – also the first recording on a proper studio -, ‘Before Today’, is being received as one potential candidate for album of the year and hasn’t lost any of the uniquely avant-garde touch of the band. To promote the release they have recording five tracks for one of their record label’s increasingly famous live sessions. Watch it in full here.

The other stunning release of the last few weeks that’s still available to listen –via MySpace- is Janelle Monáe’s first album ‘The ArchAndroid’. The singer continues with suites II and III of an opus that began with her debut mini-album ‘Metropoli’, in which she tells the future misadventures of android Cindy Merriweather. The record is a kaleidoscopic blend of styles in an extraordinary mix that shakes all conventions currently dragging R&B music down. Astonishing

NPR fist listening treats are offering us the fourth album by NY Electronic duo Ratatat,‘LP4’, which keeps on the post-Daft Punk vibe the pair has nurtured through their career without many surprises perhaps, but with another solid effort.
The online radio station is also previewing the new Blitzen Trapper album ‘Destroy The Void’; and the debut work by british Newcomers Villagers ‘Becoming A Jackal’

Long time ago collaborators Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek reunite again under their Reflection Eternal moniker and launch a brand new album, ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ packed with many high profile guests such as Estelle, adding her vocal charms to the first single. It can be streamed at Entertainment Weekly’s website.

Aussie sixties rock revisionists Tame Impala finally delivered their proper first album, ‘Innerspeaker’, which, though mostly well received in the blogosphere, has been generating quite an opinion division so far.

Two high profile Vampire-related soundtracks were also made available for everybody to listen. The Twilight Saga continues with ‘Eclipse‘, its third installment and his soundtrack once again focuses on the indie world with brand new tracks from Battles; Bat For Lashes; Florence + The Machine and, erm, Muse. It’s TV counterpart ‘True Blood’ also got a second volume of its soundtrack ready, featuring tracks by Beck, Jace Everett, Lucinda Williams and other southern rock infused greats.

El Guincho / Piratas de Sudamerica EP by Young Turks

And to end on a high note, El Guincho, the Spanish DJ who was l tastemaker’s sensation with his blend of world rhythms is back with a tribute to Latin America. His new EP ‘Piratas De Sudamerica’ is full of covers of the artist’s favourites across the Hispanic continent, including a duet with Mexican star Julieta Venegas in ‘Mientes’.

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The Week In Videos (02-04-2010)

This has been a week with no headlines, not that many records or remarkable live activity either, but with plenty of new videos instead. Most of them of tracks that have already been hits in our loop, but didn’t get a release until now –Janelle Monae; Titus Andronicus; MGMT or Dum Dum Girls among others.

To begin with, the newest and most notorious: the return of Band Of Horses after ‘The Funeral’ established them among the A league of American alt-rock. ‘Compliments’ is the first taster taken from their new album ‘Infinite Arms’.

But video of the week honors have to go to Erykah Badu, whose years of experience in the industry have taught her a thing or two on how to create anticipation for a record. The second part of ‘Nu Amerykah: Return Of The Ankh’ finally saw the light of day and Miss Badu launched the video for the first single ‘Window Seat’ at the same time. On the promo the singer pay tribute to the idea behind Matt & Kim’s recent ’Daylight’, both shot with the artists in the nude. The controversy has forced most media not to show it, and as today it can only be viewed in a ‘reverse version’ on the artists’ website.

Janelle Monae flaunts her glamourous style and amazing dance steps next to Big Boi in ‘Tightrope’

A More Perfect Union

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Titus Andronicus release ‘A More Perfect Union’, the opening track from their concept opus dedicated to the American Civil war ‘The Monitor’

Popular Brooklyn duo MGMT throw this video extravaganza for their psychedelia-infused new single ‘Flash Delirium’

And Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons use their latest ‘Olympians’ to soundtrack images of an elderly oriental man going karate-crazy.

Catalonian combo Delorean are back with a new distribution deal and ‘Stay Close’, anticipating the arrival of their first international album ‘Subiza’.

All female lo-fi garage band Dum Dum Girls released their debut ‘I Will Be’ last week, at the same time than a video for former single ‘Jail La La’

And veteran electronic wizard Matthew Herbert is back with ‘Leipzig’

And more psychedelia-inspired music from Wooden Shjips.

Cutting edge urban star Kelis survives collaboration with David Guetta and to celebrate it prepares a lavish video for the occasion.

Bonkers R&B singer R. Kelly keeps on pushing the lyrical subjects of the genre with this ode to polygamy ‘Be My Number 2’.

Something like a gay version of Ramones, Hunx & His Punx hilarious video for ‘You Don’t Like Rock & Roll’

And the hottest female rapper of the moment, Nicky Minaj, gets the Hype Williams treatment in the video of new track ‘Massive Attack’.

Finally, the alt-americana supergroup Monsters of Folk put some lovely visuals to one of their album’s highlights.

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