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With so much going on in music for the year, it shouldn’t come as no surprise that some albums may have slipped under your radar -especially when you were flipping Harry’s House for the nineteenth time. So in good spirit before they come “timeless classics”, catch these polarising offerings before this years’ chapter is drawn to a close… #albumpurge
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Danger Mouse, Black Thought – Cheat Codes
Danger Mouse is someone who is considered to be a producing powerhouse. His contact book, hard-worn from A-Z, is an audiophile’s Christmas wish list. The pre-Gnarls effort The Mouse and the Mask and 2022’s Cheat Codes, rap-duo albums made respectively with MF Doom and Black Thought, both feature a blend of lo-fidelity hip-hop jukebox sounds and split-trap beats.
Backxwash – HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING
To describe the final LP in the trilogy as “a study of mercy”, would be about half way there. Her work is best vocalised in the sphere of horror-core, in the underbelly of industrial metal/hip-hop, as her poetic narrative is unleashed. Poignantly beautiful at times – abhorrently scary most – it is a cathartic fistful of the traumatic.
Santino Le Saint – NO MORE ICONS?
For Santino, his contemporary canvas is not just one mood. Citing discographies from ’90s trap-rock to ’60s psychedelia, the Brixton-based vocalist is a riff of alternative and a whiff of everything new. Hendrix-inspired guitar gutturals are smothered in a cloud of RnB from Goodbye Paris right to Somewhere Between Heaven & Hell.
Los Bitchos – Let The Festivities Begin
They say that partying binds Los Bitchos together – aswell as being superb musicians, that is. An exotic fiesta of Technicolour, their debut album is as playful as it is fun. An instrumental Cumbia-groove voyage, they have the frightful spirit – and the Tequila – to keep you right where you need to be. vamos!