Aggromance AMAZONDOTCOM Ana Roxanne Autechre Books Caterina Barbieri DaBaby DEBIT Features Helm Holly Herndon Kali Malone Kenny Beats Lady Lykez LOFT Logos Matias Aguayo Megan Thee Stallion Melii Palmistry Pi'erre Bourne PTU Quarter Report Regular Citizen Rico Nasty Sisso Sote SVBKVLT Tyler the Creator Young Nudy

The 25 best albums of April to June 2019

25 Best Albums 2019

Each three months, FACT rounds up the most effective albums which have handed via our inboxes and over our desks. With June over and the second quarter of 2019 closed out, we’ve examined the fringes to deliver you probably the most thrilling albums and EPs from the broader digital music panorama.

Because the world limps on with growing problem, crucial factor to concentrate on is human beings. Know-how is quickly changing actuality, however it’s not too late to note or too late to retreat.

Instability and international unease is all the time mirrored in artwork, and the music that’s effervescent up all over the world proper now’s numerous, vibrant and essential. Within the final three months we’ve been handled to musings on id, hybridity and society itself.

We’ve been uncovered to pre-Hispanic industrial techno, Iranian sci-fi noise, algorithmic soothing sounds for child, futuristic British gqom, Chinese language hardcore and noisy, rapid-fire singeli from Tanzania. The humanity on this music is paramount – it’s communication from a large, interconnected group of thinkers united by a name for freedom. That is progress we will consider in.


AGGROMANCE
Turbera
(HiedraH Membership de Baile)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Listening to the deranged synth stabs of Aggromance’s ‘Almadura’ combined into the opening salvo of TAYHANA’s current FACT combine was to bear witness to the newest ripple within the international dance continuum. As a key member and resident DJ of Argentinian queer membership collective HiedraH, Aggromance has been producing for a number of years now, however Turbera is a step up. A celebration document for dystopian occasions, Turbera rearranges the important thing elements of trance, gabber and the sounds of the South American underground into precision-tooled membership constructions that draw out euphoria and catharsis from the chaos and clamor. Relatively than soundtracking collapse, that is the sound of dance music placing itself again collectively. HBJ


25 best albums 2019

AMAZONDOTCOM
Mirror River
(SUBREAL)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Mirror River is an challenge of firsts: it’s the primary solo EP from LA-based DJ/producer AMAZONDOTCOM; it’s the primary launch from SUBREAL, a label she helms with collaborator Siete Catorce; and it’s the primary piece of digital music that made me really feel the local weather disaster with out explicitly making an attempt to channel the local weather disaster. Pure sounds, just like the chirping of birds, are subverted, digitized into and amongst evolving slow-synth concepts. It’s bass music for the contemplative, the sort of factor that reminds you ways a lot political work membership music can do outdoors of the context of the dancefloor. CL


25 best albums 2019

Ana Roxanne
~~~
(Leaving Data)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

After starting life as a purely private venture, Ana Roxanne’s unusually titled debut made itself quietly recognized to the world in 2015. The document was re-released this spring, and has since turn out to be an important expression of id for the Filipino-American producer who got here out publicly as intersex in 2018. As such, this intimate assortment maps out a journey from a personal to a public sphere, splicing snippets of household chatter into the lulling, watery area recordings of hypnagogic school ‘In A Small Valley’, whereas boosting the hypnotic arpeggios of ‘I’m Each Sparkly Lady’ with eponymous lyrical statements. ~~~ is sort of a painstakingly embroidered tableau, knitted along with such finely-tuned element that the larger image solely tells half the story. ACW


25 best albums 2019

Autechre
Warp Tapes 89-93
(Warp)

Bleep

When Autechre dropped two hours of unreleased materials throughout final month’s NTS WXAXRXP present, celebrating 30 years of the legendary label, they knew precisely what they have been doing. They broke their very own specific nook of the web, and techno nerds are nonetheless dissecting the mammoth set weeks later — which is unimaginable, contemplating this music has ostensibly been sitting in a cabinet someplace since earlier than most NTS listeners have been born. Warp Tapes ‘89-’93 is mockingly a few of the greatest music Autechre has put out in years; gone are the extra experimental choices the group have been releasing for the previous decade, the session is constructed upon large beats and layers and layers of dense electronics. Who would have thought that 2019 would see Autechre releasing pure bangers? CC


25 best albums 2019

Caterina Barbieri
Ecstatic Computation
(Editions Mego)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Caterina Barbieri’s Ecstatic Computation wastes no time going for the emotional jugular. On opener ‘Fantas’, a cavernous soundstage is crammed with sugar rush synth melodies that skew nearer to business trance than the trance-inducing minimalism of her final album, Patterns of Consciousness. On the grandiose vocal monitor ‘Arrows of Time’, a harpsichord lends a Baroque contact to her affected person composition. Even nearer ‘Bow of Notion’ – in all probability the closest in tone to Barbieri’s earlier materials – finds new methods to thrill with its climactic salvo of modular bleeps. Barbieri doesn’t lose sight of what make her music nice on Ecstatic Computation – it’s simply greater, bolder and extra assured. SW


25 best albums 2019

DaBaby
Child on Child
(South Coast Music Group and Interscope Data)

SoundCloud / Spotify / Apple Music

The self-proclaimed “Tupac of the brand new shit” performs leering, squint-eyed raconteur on his Interscope debut, his wealthy persona crafted over the previous two years of rapid-fire mixtapes and viral-ready movies. The album title, illustrated with a tiny DaBaby perched on a grinning DaBaby’s cap, is a densely layered pun with at the least three visible and linguistic meanings alone. His reputation has exploded from regional to international buoyed by the success of lead single ‘Suge’. Safe sufficient in his power to play jokester, the rapper previously generally known as Child Jesus continues to show that laughter is one of the best weapon. LC


25 best albums 2019

DEBIT
System
(N.A.A.F.I.)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

FACT fave DEBIT follows up final yr’s assured Animus with the studied System, a self-described “reconstruction” of tribal guarachero influenced by Tzotzil literature. However that is what we love about DEBIT: she will get heady on all sides of the equation, utilizing her deft talents for fusing techno and industrial into her personal magic, whereas additionally investigating her personal mental pursuits. Add visitors like Teklife affiliate DJ Earl, in addition to Monterrey’s Javier Estrada, who shares DEBIT’s curiosity in exploring pre-Hispanic music traditions, and also you’ve acquired one thing that requires all totally different sorts of your consideration. CL


25 best albums 2019

Helm
Chemical Flowers
(PAN)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

On Chemical Flowers, the follow-up to 2015’s Olympic Mess, Helm’s nerve-shredding imaginative and prescient of city decay and psychogeographical disharmony has been fleshed out and widened in scope. That includes string preparations from Foetus, aka JG Thirlwell, cello from Lucinda Chua and saxophone from Karl D’Silva, collaborators add an additional human layer to Luke Youthful’s musical meditations, which dissolve area recordings, drones, metallic bleeps, fizzing noise and industrial snippets right into a shifting pool of ambiguous emotion. The album was recorded in solitude within the Essex countryside, and at occasions Youthful provides his inner-city rhythms recent air and room to breathe, taking his kitchen experimentalism away from the town and including area, angst and well timed techno-paranoia. ACW


25 best albums 2019

Holly Herndon
Proto
(4AD)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

In a capitalist actuality, copy is conditional based mostly on accumulation and expectation in the direction of enlargement. Within the case of Holly Herndon’s third LP Proto, she positions herself as a vessel for an A.I. child, a creating fact past lived expertise, and dives right into a culturally unspecific science-(para)fiction that presupposes what human copy by way of know-how might imply for the metaphorical evangelical progress of a somewhat small scope of human historical past. What’s a common sound and gesture? Choreographed dances throughout particular person vocal harmonics and computational beats and abstraction pose because the central stand-ins for a metaphor of all individuals collectively producing a common entire that dissolves the human versus know-how dichotomy whereas manifesting a cut up of actuality versus fantasy. Can know-how usurp its capital worth and make our fantasies actual? DBJ


25 best albums 2019

Kali Malone
The Sacrificial Code
(iDEAL)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Final yr’s Organ Dirges 2016-2017 was a revelation, bringing composer and organ tuner Kali Malone’s command of elongated organ drones into sharp focus. The Sacrificial Code continues her story and whereas the homespun high quality of its predecessor has all however disappeared, it’s a privilege to listen to Malone’s sound in widescreen, the place tiny particulars sing loudly from each doomy word. Church music for apostates, the album is a meditation on sound, texture, historical past and Western construction. It’s affected person, hopeful and indescribably lovely, charting the continued rise of a strong pressure in experimental music. JT


25 best albums 2019

Woman Lykez
Muhammad Ali
(Hyperdub)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

North London’s Woman Lykez has been rapping since she was simply 11 years previous and channels that have into the Muhammad Ali EP, her first launch for Hyperdub. Three out of the 4 tracks are produced by veteran bass alchemist Scratchclart (aka Scratcha DVA), who’s been working with Woman Lykez for a decade. His unique model of title monitor ‘Muhammad Ali’ slipped out final yr on his DRMTRK EP II launch, and right here the UK gqom banger is re-tooled with an look from Lioness, who trades bars with Lykez, giving the monitor an much more highly effective push. It’s an important assertion from considered one of London’s most enjoyable rappers, paired with a few of the most progressive manufacturing we’ve heard this yr. JT


25 best albums 2019

LOFT
and departt from mono video games
(Tri Angle)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Described as “an combination of three years of instability,” and departt from mono video games is an explosive assertion from Manchester’s Aya Sinclair, aka LOFT. A meditation on id, the EP untangles Sinclair’s knots in actual time, expressing layers of emotion by means of noise, euphoria and mind-blurring breaks. Fractured concepts and dissolved motifs heave and groan via digital fog, gasping for air, earlier than ‘That Hyde Trakk’ bobs to the floor, shattering expectations with the manic power of 1990s hardcore funneled by means of the Nostromo’s ventillation system. Someway, it couldn’t be extra present – or extra empowering. JT


25 best albums 2019

Logos
Imperial Flood
(Totally different Circles)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

How do you comply with an album like Chilly Mission? 5 years on from its launch, James Parker’s grime-adjacent LP nonetheless holds up as probably the greatest to emerge from the the UK membership continuum over the previous decade. The reply is Imperial Flood, a close to complete reinvention of the Logos sound that trades the eski synths and pirate radio references for summary dub techno influences, gnarly acid strains, alien sound results and an overriding sense of dread impressed partially by the fiction of Jeff VanderMeer and J.G. Ballard. That sense of drifting within the weightless vacuum of the unknown stays although – and in any case these years, it’s nonetheless a spot you need to get misplaced in. SW


25 best albums 2019

Matias Aguayo
Help Alien Invasion
(Crammed)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

A brand new Matias Aguayo album is all the time a cause to rejoice. One of the surprisingly eclectic digital producers round, Aguayo has launched every part from deep home to world-inspired storage rock throughout numerous tasks. Help Alien Invasion, his fourth official studio album, continues his legacy of mind-blowing musical breadth — massive beats and body-shaking polyrhythms sit on the median of his Chilean-German heritage. That is Aguayo’s first completely instrumental album, and it doesn’t lose a single ounce of immediacy or dancefloor attraction. It’s yet one more chapter in a profession that continues to defy borders, genres, and expectations. CC


25 best albums 2019

Megan Thee Stallion
Fever
(300)

Spotify / Apple Music

They barely make ’em like Megan Thee Stallion. A real Houston sweetheart with a pocket filled with punchlines and mountain of manic metaphors — does she examine her hoo-ha to a sawed-off shotgun on ‘Pimpin’? I feel so! — Meg is the right determine for rap proper now. She’s an outspoken environmentalist who organizes seashore clean-ups together with her Hotties fanbase and lately hosted a magnificence pageant the place the award was assist with school tuition and she will rap her ass off in a approach that sounds recent and absolutely 2019 whereas nonetheless interesting to those that prioritize bars over the whole lot. If final yr’s Tina Snow was a warning, then Fever is rap’s first rites. That is Megan’s recreation now. CL


25 best albums 2019

Melii
Phases
(Interscope Data)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Greatest recognized for final yr’s single ‘Icey’, Harlem-bred Dominican rapper Melii flexes her versatility on her debut album. She will spit an insult like Cardi, rhyme in Spanish like J. Balvin, even spin sultry twilight right into a melody like Rihanna. Ms. Fenty’s even a fan, tapping the younger singer for a magnificence marketing campaign. Her confidence cracks when she hints on the struggles with suicidal ideation and trauma she’s endured since a real-life incident the place an in depth pal was paralyzed after she by chance fired a gun. Her nascent profession exhibits unimaginable promise as she continues to develop and heal. LC


25 best albums 2019

Palmistry
Afterlife
(Mixpak)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

On Afterlife, Palmistry graduates from the sparse dancehall minimalism he perfected on 2016’s Pagan to the transcendent, druggy pop he was all the time destined to make. The album effortlessly glides from gauzy celebration anthems to tender reflections on romance and the reminiscence of his late father, with Benjy Keating’s lilting voice making phrases like “chopping heads and placing them in fridges” and “an enormous bump of Okay” sound simply as candy as “real love” and “uncommon flowers”. It’s this dissonance that makes his otherworldly tunes so irresistible, subtly rendering grace and debauchery as unrecognisable from each other. HBJ


25 best albums 2019

PTU
Am I Who I Am
(трип)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

If there’s a phrase that sums up Russian duo PTU’s ramshackle patchwork of oddball samples, pummeling kicks and twitchy synth strains, it’s in all probability ‘techno concrète’. Though their debut album I Am Who I Am comes by way of Nina Kraviz’s rave-loving трип label and treads roughly the identical propulsive musical floor because the label’s different artists, one thing about PTU’s melting pot of garbled vocals, warbling digital textures and collapsing rhythms might simply as simply have come from a misplaced tape music venture from the 1960s. In case you assume meaning there’s no bangers on this album, you’d be mistaken – ‘Over’ and ‘Skyscript’ are exhausting and bizarre sufficient to fill any dancefloor. SW


25 best albums 2019

Common Citizen
Sleeping Distinctive
(Presto?!)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

“Hey Lorenzo! Examine your e-mail!”, was the unassuming Instagram DM that impressed Lorenzo Senni to signal Common Citizen to his regularly sensible Presto!? Data on the power of a single demo. The Russian-born producer defined that he was caught in a small Vietnamese village dreaming up music he calls “virginal emo grooves” and that Presto!? was his ticket to a greater life. Should you assume that sounds fairly out-there, Sleeping Distinctive is much more so, bringing collectively a collection of musical motifs that ricochet from whimsy to melancholy, typically within the area of some seconds. It’s straightforward to get misplaced within the temporary, looping motifs, however that’s type of the purpose within the unusual, somnambulist world of Common Citizen. HBJ


25 best albums 2019

Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats
Anger Administration
(Atlantic Data)

Spotify / Apple Music

Rico Nasty principally spent all of 2018 proving herself to be an plain new drive in hop-hop; her sixth mixtape, Nasty, took equal cues from Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, DMX, and Three 6 Mafia to ship probably the most brutally entertaining rap data in current reminiscence. On Anger Administration, she groups up with trap-producer-to-the-stars Kenny Beats to up the ante even additional, with 18 minutes and 45 seconds of pure jovial rage. All rappers spit bars, however on a monitor like ‘Cheat Code’, you’ll be able to virtually hear Rico’s spittle hitting the mic. It’s a match made in exhausting rap heaven, and with such an aptly-titled document, pray for whoever Rico directs her anger in the direction of subsequent. CC


25 best albums 2019

Sisso
Mateso
(Nyege Nyege Tapes)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Sisso’s newest compilation of sounds for Nyege Nyege Tapes is a gathering of recordings from his eponymous Sisso studios, an off-the-cuff studio area on the coronary heart of the Tanzania’s singeli dance scene. The sensation of a regionally crafted and natural “scenius” sound fills Mateso in a method that’s vibrant and incomparable. The high-octane lilt of every monitor mixed with staccato melodic loops “mirror the thought of protecting a cool head in frenetic conditions.” In a time the place music is caught up within the shortly depleting international commerce of social developments and clout, producers like Sisso and scene cohorts like Jay Mitta and DJ Longo supply a spicy, infectious, and collective power in response to a persistently delinquent norm. DBJ


25 best albums 2019

Sote
Parallel Persia
(Diagonal)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

Iranian sound artist and veteran digital composer Sote’s debut on Diagonal data is actually one thing to behold: a culturally intact exploration of the surface by way of the mixing of localized modalities and personalised methods. Ear pricking soundscapes swirl into natural conventional Iranian instrumentation in the direction of a sonic language describing the boundaries of common views. The pre-album monitor ‘Synthetic Neutrality’ interrogates a false sense of consolation that runs via modern society, whereas Parallel Persia lays out intuitive, culturally rooted options to a deceitful complicity in a fascist impartiality. Greater than something, Sote’s current output is about studying, rising and persisting superbly via distinction and pressure. DBJ


25 best albums 2019

Tyler, The Creator
IGOR
(Columbia)

Spotify / Apple Music

On his newest album, the obscurist auteur paints with a palette of heat analog tones: synths vibrate with an electrical hum, soul vocals wind by means of songs like golden gossamer, and samples of Nigerian disco and boogie snuggle towards intimate (and uncredited) appearances from Solange, Kanye West and extra. Reveling within the complexity denied him as a one-dimensional icon of teenage transgression, Tyler cloaks his vulnerability — the story of an unbalanced love triangle — in layers of sound and poetry. True to his identify, it’s extra creation than confessional. LC


25 best albums 2019

Numerous Artists
Cache 01
(SVBKVLT)

Bandcamp / Spotify / Apple Music

With ties to Shanghai’s legendary ALL Membership, Shanghai label SVBKVLT takes the temperature of China’s experimental membership scene, bursting open with the cyber-horror dread of Yen Tech’s ‘Acceleratus’. Nevertheless, throughout 13 sky-high noisescapes, the compilation additionally reps its boundary-busting community of worldwide associates. Supported by Kode9 and Aphex Twin (SVBKVLT artist 33EMYBW is acting at an Aphex-curated warehouse social gathering in Manchester later this yr), there are nods to the UK within the machine-gun electronics of ‘Electrolytes’ — a collaboration between scene visionary Tzusing and Bristol producer Hodge — and Prettybwoy’s twisted grime nightmare, ‘Second Nightmare’. Elsewhere, Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi fuse nosebleed kicks with gamelan on ‘Sangkala II’. The longer term is right here. ACW


25 best albums 2019

Younger Nudy & Pi’erre Bourne
Sli’merre
(Self-released)

Spotify / Apple Music

The immense manufacturing expertise of Pi’erre ‘You Wanna Come Out Right here’ Bourne received the most important increase from his work with Playboi Carti, however Younger Nudy stays the producer’s oldest and most constant collaborator. Sli’merre finds the duo at their most synergistic, with Bourne fortifying Nudy’s laconic flexes with bat-shit beats, lending sunny woodwind and brass to ‘Mister’, acidic synth stabs to ‘Scorching Wings’ and eerie strings to ‘Extendo’. Nudy ambles by way of the strangeness with a smile on his face, proving himself but once more to be certainly one of Atlanta’s most important artists. HBJ


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