As it’s only natural, a new year can only mean new music encounters have started to take place throughout the collective. While January cruised by effortlessly, or so it seemed, we would like to kick off this new section simply titled music worth sharing. The concept is quite straightforward: we’ll share some links, playlists, and videos of our favorite music heard during the past month; no long winded reviews, no clutter, we’ll simply let the music do the talking.
January 2013 Playlist
To get you all warmed up and fuzzy about it, below is a playlist with a few cuts that either came out at the end of 2012 or during the past month. There’s also a couple of old tracks that we’ve just recently discovered (who said it’s all about the new?). Standouts from the pack are the new cut by Thom Yorke’s side project Atoms For Peace, our favorite track from an excellent album by Australian newcomers Hiatus Kaiyote, and a new single by one of our favorite artists in recent times Bonobo. Check out the full playlist via spotify below:
January 2013 Favorite Albums
In terms of albums it wasn’t an entirely bad month to get the year off and running. Our favorite album and to be honest biggest surprise came courtesy of the self-release album by Hiatus Kaiyote, which although officially released via their bandcamp in April last year, we never really became acquainted with until we heard their tracks on Gilles Peterson’s BBC 6 show. Aside from that, there was the eeeeeeagerly anticipated “official” debut from A$AP Rocky; alongside a trio of standout electronic albums by Toro Y Moi, Nosaj Thing, and FaltyDL. The month was rounded out by a couple of extremely pleasant surprises by Foxygen and Matthew E. White. Click on the images below to stream the albums or follow the links to purchase them.
Nosaj Thing – Home [Innovative Leisure] | LP + Poster + Sticker
January 2013 Favorite Mixtapes
As it’s now common ground across the music industry, although perhaps more so in the hip-hop related genre, free mixtapes continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Every month, sees countless free releases by new artists, as well as semi-established ones who are trying to build a name for themselves among the most savvy music fans. This month was certainly no different. Interestingly enough two of our favorite mixtapes aren’t exactly related to hip-hop, but can be closer associated with jazz and nu-soul; both Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave and Chris Turner have released outstanding albums that should be in everyone’s digital collections. Click on the images to download.
January 2013 Music Videos
On the subject of music videos, it’s fair to say that 2013 has had quite a strong start. With highly elaborate and outstanding videos for singles by Bonobo, Grizzly Bear, and Shugo Tokumaru setting the tone for what looks to be a very creative and exciting year in the field.
A Timeless Album Worth Revisiting
We’ll use this last section of our post to revisit a classic album each month. This time we want to turn your attention to an absolute gem from Nas. Released back in 1994, ‘Illmatic’ features production work from a few true hip-hop luminaries including Q-Tip, Large Professor, Pete Rock, and DJ Premier. Set for a special reissue in both vinyl and CD later this year, this album is full of classic beats & rhymes that still sound fresh as hell almost 20 years from its original release date.