Knack Focus takes stock of the past year. Our muziekredactie saw no real outlier, but a faint muziekjaar? No, sir!
Now take that number one of Thundercat, or producer-bassist-vocalist Stephen Bruner from LA. Jazz, spacefunk, softrock, hiphop, soul: it runs all together on his solo debut. Hear especially what you want to be in his auditory rorschachtest, we validate an imaginative, challenging, with a sense of humour placed picture of an artist at the top of his can. Power to the imagination, voila!
Bruner drew as a guest musician also present on Moses Sumneys in the twilight zone between satin soul and cosmic folk, bearded antiliefdesplaat, and Damn from Kendrick Lamar, which is one place lower ends are instantklassieker To Pimp a Butterfly two years ago. Penalty successor, but not better.
Amazingly well it went with the garde jazz. The trio De Beren Gieren towers with the dark and introspective Dug Out Skyscrapers above the competition.
Including a motley gang, for it was also a muziekjaar without striking dominant trends. James Holden scored with his shaman, by analog free jazz beademende electronics. Old rocking rot Tim Vanhamel signed with his Millionaire for the comeback of the year. Vince Staples from Long Beach confessed himself to be a fiery rapper with vision who is not afraid of feestkriebels. King Krule rhymes poetry with the nonchalant pseudojazz and indigo gitaargewriemel.
Tamara Lindeman, aka The Weather Station, produced themselves this time her impassioned, compelling folk-rock. Folk without a lot of roll, but with a glowing production of Matthew E. White and the delicate, velvet voice of Azniv Korkejian got you Bedouine, also good for the best cover of the year.
1. Drunk (Thundercat)
Ingenious, and with soul, played, playful and musically versatile: that we found in February and that we find now.
Also read: ‘Oh, wow, man!” At the record store with meesterbassist Thundercat
2. Damn (Kendrick Lamar)
Two years after his magnum opus To Pimp a Butterfly is King Kendrick again in our year end countdown. He is in 2019, welcome again.
Read also: ‘DAMN.’ by Kendrick Lamar: a plate if the life
3. Dug Out Skyscrapers (De Beren Gieren)
Our Belgian record of the year. These bears lubricating rolls, in order firmly to bite into.
- The new of De Beren Gieren: the Belgian jazz album of the year
- Fulco Ottervanger, the jazz pianist who is also Ghent’s belfry does bavaria: ‘Sometimes it just lékker’
4. The Animal Spirits (James Holden & The Animal Spirits)
A steaming electro-analogue concoction with spiritual keys. Bijschenken, that trade!
Also read: James Holden demonstrates how trance is supposed to sound
5. Aromanticism (Moses Sumney)
“I don’t need to go to the doctor, I can be there just a plate about to make,” says Sumney itself. A debut as a prescription.
Also read: Singer Moses Sumney envisioning the tederste areas of your soul: “Come alone to my show’
6. Sciencing (Millionaire)
We saw, we listened, we went flat.
- The large comebackinterview with mister Millionaire, Tim Vanhamel: “And now let me again alone for ten years’
- Tim Vanhamel will guide you through the new Millionaire: “It doesn’t matter to me if no one else ever will’
7. The Weather Station (The Weather Station)
Singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman took for her fourth full-length album, the production itself in the hands and no doubt was also pleasantly surprised.
8. Big Fish Theory (Vince Staples)
Vince Staples compares Kendrick lamar to the crown, with exciting costs for head and legs.
Also read: Vince Staples, the driest rapper of the moment (and also the best)
9. Bedouine (Bedouine)
Joni Mitchell, Bobbie Gentry, Dolly on, Jackson Brown: these are the references where we don’t just sprinkle.
Also read: The American droomplaat of Bedouine
10. The Ooz (King Krule)
Archy Marshall is a romantic at heart with razor blades under the tongue.
Also read:The many writers in King Krule: ‘Kafka has my brain fed’
Schurkten even against the top ten to: LCD Soundsystem, Ty Segall, John Maus, Fever Ray, Joan Shelley, Stuff, Nick Hakim, Dwight Trible, Father John Misty, Mount Eerie, St. Vincent and all that jazz.