Immunity – Jon Hopkins (2013)

Immunity - Jon Hopkins (2013)

There’s a certain beauty in listening to ambient music.  While I love my bangers, sometimes it is just nice to relax. Immunity does a perfect job at being that music to relax to. It’s soothing, and calming, and all the technical mastery is there to go along with it. There’s a feeling that Jon Hopkins could produce some killer songs to party to, but he chooses not to. Jon Hopkins has produced this beautiful electronic ambient album instead, and there isn’t a reason to complain about his choice to do so.

Choice Cut: Breathe This Air

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

Since I Left You – The Avalanches (2000)

Since I Left You - The Avalanches (2000)

An impressive album – the best I discovered in 2014. I want to gush. I’m really tempted to gush. Made from around 3500 samples from vinyl records, this is a veritable epic of a record. Since I Left You boasts an extremely diverse palette of sounds that somehow fraternize into a single, cohesive unit. I’d argue it’s magic. A common, and somewhat warranted, criticism of electronic music is that it doesn’t sound “alive” or that it sounds “sterile.” This album is my rebuttal. It feels not just alive, but young and healthy. It’s genuine and familiar, and yet simultaneously exotic.

Choice Cut: Live at Dominoes

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

Our Love – Caribou (2014)

Our Love - Caribou (2014)

You know those science fiction movies where people walk into the bar, and everyone is dancing really slow to slow music? That’s what One Love reminds me of.  The music slowly builds up and becomes more complex, just like a slow club dance style would. On top of this relaxing music, there’s also some nice smooth vocals to top it all off. If I could, I’d let these vocals take me home from the club  When these vocals and I got home, these vocals would make passionate love to me, just like it does on this album.

Choice Cut: Can’t Do Without

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

Autobahn – Kraftwerk (1974)

Autobahn - Kraftwerk (1974)

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Season’s Greetings! For many of our readers, today is a very, very special day. Today, my gift to you is an album I really like, and you can listen to it regardless of whether or why you’re celebrating today.

Autobahn calmed me down in a time of great stress when nothing else could. I have a sentimental attachment to the album. Beautiful, clean, smooth, forward-thinking melodies. The bright, tinkling quality of the music seems more “Christmas” to me than hymns and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” or “Jingle Bell Rock”. Yet it’s so warm, too.

So, call your friends and family and tell them how much you appreciate them. Then go cuddle up with someone you love, grab some hot chocolate, and put on this album. And to all a good night!

Choice Cut: Kometenmelodie 2

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus (2014)

You’re Dead! - Flying Lotus (2014)

I’ve already covered how Flying Lotus is the grand nephew of jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane, so when I say that this album is a jazz album, that shouldn’t come as a surprise. You’re Dead! is primarily about death, which usually comes with connotations of darkness and heaviness. This album isn’t really dark or heavy though. Sure, this album can get a little slower at times, but I would never say it’s depressing like a lot of music about death is. This album is jazzy, full of life, and experimentation. Kind of an interesting paradox really.

Choice Cut: Dead Man’s Tetris

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

Singles – Future Islands (2014)

Singles - Future Islands (2014)

Singles is an appropriate name for this album, because that’s what this album sounds like: a collection of singles. Singles kind of acts like a greatest hits album for songs that were never released by Future Islands, and because of that there isn’t a bad song on this album. Not only does this album not have a bad song, the vocals from Samuel T. Herring are pretty amazing. If I had to make a list of strongest singers of 2014, Samuel T. Herring would be the entire top five because of the set of vocal chords that guy has.

Choice Cut: Seasons (Waiting On You)

Support the Artist & T4B
Buy Album
: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Share Button

Trans-Europe Express – Kraftwerk (1977)

Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk (1977)

Although Autobahn was undoubtedly their most important work to the outside world, Trans-Europe Express was a massive album for Kraftwerk themselves. After the ill-received Radio-Activity, Kraftwerk must have known that their next album needed to be brilliant, lest the band become curious one-hit wonders.  So they went and made a brilliant album. Revisiting the transportation theme of Autobahn, Trans-Europe Express bridged the conceptualism of their earlier work with a new outlook – futuristic, robotic pop. With the delivery on every song so stiff and sharply angled and the only organic sounds being human voices with as little inflection as possible, it sounds like it was actually made by robots.

Choice Cut: Europe Endless
Buy Album: Amazon (MP3 · CD · Vinyl) · iTunes MP3

Brandon’s Post Note: I’m partial to Hall of Mirrors.

Share Button