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RJD2 – Deadringer

I’ve been into RJD2 a lot in the last couple of months. He’s a hip-hop producer and I definitely recommend that you start from Deadringer, his debut album. To me his music is quite upbeat, going between trip-hop, old school hip-hop similar to DJ Shadow’s and more quite mixes of lonely piano and soul, but a friend of mine commented on it as “the music they play after a murder in the movies”, so go figure. But Ghostwriter can get me dancing in the street at any time.



A Place To Bury Strangers – Exploding Head

There are many bands today that get compared to My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain, yet few actually have the sound that could have a similar impact today like those bands had in their day. A noise that is not an occasional motive, but constantly present and striking, layered above a foundation of good songs and power chords. Well, A Place To Bury Strangers have that. Exploding Head is an album that is beautiful. And heavy – it takes me an effort to listen to it from start to finish. I wouldn’t expect it after years of listening to all kinds of stuff: my ears hurt a bit. But man, it is good. Sometimes it’s even danceable, sometimes it’s new wave going evil. But mostly it is interstellar overdrive.


2009 favorites

Bear in Heaven’s album deserves a special mention – I’m pretty sure it would be in the list if it came earlier. Happy new year!

HEALTH – Get Color

To me, HEALTH are a beautiful, wild pulse. Hear Die Slow, then proceed as you wish.


The Raveonettes – In and out of control

There’s a new album from Raveonettes, and it’s somewhere between great and awesome. It’s less noisy than Lust Lust Lust, but it’s somehow even prettier and sinister (just glance over the titles). Still catchy as hell. Go get it.


Bear In Heaven – Beast Rest Forth Mouth

I am not sure how to describe Bear In Heaven. See the tags below. They don’t mean much together. Yet they’re all true. When I heard them for the first time I was genuinely excited, like I was when I heard, say, Pink Floyd or Mogwai for the first time. Perhaps their music goes well with winter. This album definitely needs more time than a couple of listens to be judged. I’ll just keep listening. I’d love to hear your opinions.


Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind

Following Merriweather Post Pavillion, Animal Collective give us another treat this year in a form of a new EP. In their possibly most accessible record, Graze starts with the usually beautiful Noah Lennox’s singing and Indian folk dance in between. What Would I Want? Sky has been in my head for days, while On A Highway could be a perfect companion to… walking slightly lost on a highway. Perhaps that could be said about the Collective in general – being slightly lost, just enough for us to join and enjoy with them.