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Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Daft Punk has always had a huge influence on us. They’re hard and dance-y, but also heavy at times in their own unique way. We’ve taken cues from their use of low/high-pass filters on a bunch of our own records. Although their new record is a big departure from the rest of their discography, it totally rules in its own disco-fleetwood laid back kinda way. We have much respect for bands that branch out of their comfort zone.
Todd Terje – Strandbar/Spiral 12”s
This guy is a genius when it comes to minimal, spaced-out, uptempo dance music. The two EPs he put out this year are both phenomenal.
I Am the Center Compilation
An amazing compilation of old school “new age” music (for lack of a better term) dug up from probably the most dusty record bins in the world, re-mastered and released by equally-amazing reissue label Light in the Attic. Totally timeless and classic in its own way.
Cave – Threace
These guys are probably one of our favorite currently-active bands around. Love how the band has progressed over the last five years across releases, from their earlier kraut-psych stuff up to this newer more laid back Miles Davis-y stuff. All of it rules. We had the chance to play with them a couple of months ago in Georgia and they are cool dudes to hang out with, too!
Earthless – From the Ages
Completely mind-crushing, face-melting psych rock. After listening to the last track on a late night road trip recently, I felt a sense of awe and inspiration about new music for the first time in a long, long time.
Rob – Maniac OST
Killer synth score to the new slasher film that came out this year. If we’re being honest, the film itself is really just a backdrop to the fantastic music. Very much in the vein of Carpenter, Goblin, etc.
Umberto – Confrontations
Badass synth tunes from one of my favorite solo artists around today. Very prolific guy, too.
My Bloody Valentine – MBV
Let’s face it: this record should have sucked so bad, but is instead completely phenomenal. An instant classic if you ask me. The fact that they were able to keep it a secret until the release date was also quite a treat.
Sensations’ Fix – Music is Painting in the Air [1974-1977]
Cool Italian prog rock stuff recently reissued by the RVNG Intl label. Stylistically it runs the gamut from minimal electronic blips and bleeps to full-band rock jams, but all totally A+ stuff.
Jonas Reinhardt – Mask of the Maker
Maybe, just maybe, my favorite record of new music in 2013. Found out about this “band” many years ago after their self-titled Kranky release blew my mind. To be honest, though, the releases that followed over the last few years hadn’t really lived up to that first one, so I had set my expectations pretty low for this when it came out earlier this year. Wow, though. Just wow. The whole thing is totally stellar.