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Best Of lists are very unnatural for a being IN perpetual LIMBO.

Nevertheless, what follows is a small, free-associative selection of music that mattered in 2018 (and beyond), be it either played in non-stop, loopy, mantric manner, or savoured in small amounts.

Albums, tracks, clips, labels, reissues in NO particular order.

To happy organised future chaos!

 

Lucretia Dalt – Tar + Atmospheres Touch (album Anticlines) – RVGN Intl

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+ Jan Jelinek remix

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Dr. C. Stein – La Bombe Plastique – Artificial Dance Records

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SHXCXCHCXSH – SHULULULU –  Avian Records

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Sarah Davachi – Evensong (album Gave in Rest) – Ba Da Bing Records

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Franz Zwartjes – Tapes 1 – Trunk Records

At first I found this one highly irritating, to say the least. But then, because I-don’t-know-what obscure mechanisms in body and brain, it morphed into my soothing mantra of the year. Must be the record I’ve put on the most in 2018.

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Paper Dollhouse – The Sky Looks Different Here – MoonDome Records

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Pablo’s Eye – Bardo For Pablo – Stroom

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Ursula K. Le Guin and Todd Barton – Music and Poetry of the Kesh – RVGN Intl

Came to this record through an introductory lecture of her writings. Amazingly intriguing and visionary sonic document of the Kesh people, not in the least because they are fictional, and so even the language of the songs is an imaginary and invented one.

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Kelly Moran – Helix (album Ultraviolet) – Warp

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Tomaga – Music For Visual Disorders – Meakusma Records

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Mika Vainio + Ryoji Ikeda + Alva Noto – Movement 2 (+ album Live 2002) – Noton

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Cucina Povera – Hilja – Night School Records

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The Other People Place – Eyecontact  (repress album Lifestyles Of The Laptop Café) – Warp

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Vakula – Metaphors LP – Leleka Records

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Kale Plankieren – Dutch Cassette Rarities 1981 – 1987 Vol​.​2 – Knekelhuis Records

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Azura – Paraiso ’89 – World Building

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J. Mascis – I Went Dust (album Elastic Days) – Sub Pop

Will I walk
Will I drift
Will I stop

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A.E. Bizottság – Szerelem, Szerelem (album Kalandra Fel!!) – Start Recording

Happiest 2nd hand find of the year: the vinyl version of this song, in a sympathetic shop in Budapest. Most beautiful song about love and how it’s basically every time the same shit over and over again. Totally hooked to this one. And, with a bit of practice, a big sing-along song too (SCREAM it out)!

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Labels: Knekelhuis, Stroom, RVGN Intl, Music From Memory, ……….

 

Clip: Randall Dunn – Something About That Night – Figureight Records

 

Clip: LCD Soundsystem – oh baby – DFA Records

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