Right, now it’s my (Jeffrey) time. The first three of these nine ‘essentials were very easy for me, partly for the impression they made on me when they were released, but also because of what they ‘do to me’ everytime I listen to it. Funny thing is, some of the records that I now call essentials didn’t even made it in my yearlists. I think Maartje and I have loud music and hiphop in common and there might be a few that didn’t made the list that we share.
So here it is, not in any particular order (except from the first three maybe):
65daysofstatic – Silent Running
So this happens when you ask post/math/techno-rock juggernauts to re-score the soundtrack of Douglas Trumbull’s 1972 classic ‘Silent Running’. This record saw 65dos experiment with more synths then ever, play with silence and loudness, but also evolve as a band. It might not even be their best record, but in terms of atmosphere it’s so so good. Oh, and it’s even better on vinyl.
Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
The glorious return of Boards of Canada after eight years was one of epic proportions. The cryptic marketing campaign sure made the anticipation rise to huge levels, but in no way ‘Harvest’ was a downer for me. It has a slightly more song-based approach, but the duo kept the flow that was there on the first two records. It might be less occult, but it has some of their best tracks to date.
Deafheaven – Sunbather
Jumped very late on the Deafheaven-bandwagon and Sunbather didn’t even made it in my yearlist of 2013. Funny thing is, it was the record I listened the most to a year later. The vinyl edition with cut-out sleeve and hot pink/piss yellow LP’s is insane and the somewhat ‘positive black metal’ on the record is even more. The record grew on me while listening when riding the bike, but one of the most impressive ‘listening sessions’ was just me, Sunbather and some candles lit.
Touché Amoré – Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me
At first I ignored TA. At second I ignored TA. But that changed when some one let me hear the first track of Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me. HOLY. SHIT.
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
The best show of Deftones I ever saw was when Chi Cheng was still with us. And when news broke that he passed away I happened to listen to this record, wich partly gives Koi No Yokan something extra to me.
Cult Of Luna – Vertikal
I have a love/hate relationship with Eternal Kingdom, but oh boy do I love Vertikal. Inspired by Fritz Lang’s classic ‘Metropolis’ this record is one of epic proportions, one wich sounds very haunted, like hell could break loose any moment. The band dared to experiment on this record: they included more synthesizers on Vertikal and played with climaxes.
Kendrick Lamar – GOOD Kid M.A.A.D. City
Kendrick’s first ‘big album’ is more than “hiphop for people who don’t really like hiphop”, it’s a record with such focus. Every piece of the puzzle fitted on the modern classic.
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Tao Of the Dead
Arguably one of the worst bandnames in modern-history, but this record is insane. I mean, it’s predecessor was great, but Tao is something else. The band stripped down from six members to four for this record, with more focus going towards guitar-driven melodies. Throw in some of the ‘post-hardcore’ influences of their earlier records, this is their best album for me.
Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy
Could’ve easily thrown in Watch the Throne or Run the Jewels 2, but for me this record is more a record than a collection of songs. But even on this proper record everything is spot on: from Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon in the album-opener to the samples of Gil Scot Heron in the very last seconds of the record.