Never too late to review the previous month’s best albums! Apologies to Willow, David Crosby, Emma-Jean Thackray, Lump, Billie Eilish or again Durand Jones & The Indications who all released excellent records as well but did not end up in this selection.
Album of the month: Darkside – “Spiral” – Electro Guitar Rock – Darkside is the musical duet of French-Chilean-American electro dance producer Nicolas Jaar and American guitar player Dave Harrington. They formed in 2013 and quickly released a wonderful first LP with ”Psychic”, one of the best releases of that year. I remember attending an electric and exciting gig at the Paris Pitchfork Festival in 2013 but to me the beauty of it all was that we all knew it were to be a provisory thing. The news that they were to release a new album after all these years came as a shock and a surprise. As for their first LP, this new record is something to slowly digest and its beauties come after repetitive listens. Welcome back gents with one of the most beautiful and challenging piece of music released this year so far.
Runnner-up: Joel Culpepper – “Sgt. Culpepper” – Modern Soul – Although he is already 37 years old, this is actually Joel Culpepper’s first album…and what a great way to discover this amazing artist. I was personally made aware of him through the latest season of the great BBC TV Show ”…later with Jools” and since then I was eagerly waiting to know more about him. There is not one weak track on this album and the least one can say is that the man has a talent to sound simultaneously modern and classic. A real gem of a record.
Rejjie Snow – “Baw Baw Black Sheep” – Hip Hop – 3rd album from the Irish rapper and his best so far.
Tot Taylor – “Frisbee” – Pop Rock – 70’s fresh sounding record from this veteran in the music scene.
Leon Bridges – “Gold-Diggers Sound” – R&B – For those who like their R&B and Soul Music rough and creative! Nice cover as well.
Torres – “Thirstier” – Pop Rock – She’s great; isn’t she?
Prince – “Welcome 2 America” – Prince music – Finally, what would probably have been record of the month if Prince were still with us. Why on earth did not he release this gorgeous opus in 2011 as originally forecasted? To be listened to very loud!
U.F.A of the month! : Foo Fighters – “Dee Gees” – Cover band – Dear Dave Grohl, you are one of the most exciting man in rock music and your taste in music is impeccable but does the world deserve a pub rock album of Bee Gees covers by your band? Not sure…
Lest we forget: album of the previous month – Kings Of Convenience – “Peace Or Love”