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What’s The Sound Of…February 2018!?

Damn 2018, what’s going on? After the really quiet December 2017, January was already packed to the brim with great releases, small and big ones, and February felt nothing short of impressive with so much great music as well. If that level of quality continues, we’ll have a lot to listen to during the year. Some really fascinating recommendations are collected in my little feature this month. As always, enjoy!

 

 

Artist: Don Broco

Album: Technology

Genre: Alternative Rock

Release date: February 2

Personal rating: 8/10

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Usually not my cup of tea, but I couldn’t resist those ultra catchy tracks. If you are searching for great modern rock tunes, look no further and check this album.

 

 

 

Artist: Anna Burch

Album: Quit The Curse

Genre: Indie/Folk

Release date: February 2

Personal rating: 8/10

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This will not revolutionize the musical world, but it’s a good album with sweet, strong, and catchy songs. And sometimes, this is everything it needs.

 

 

 

Artist: Steve Reich

Genre: Pulse / Quartet

Genre: Modern Classical

Release date: February 2

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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81 years old and not a bit quieter. This two parter – in which Pulse was recorded by The International Contemporary Ensemble, and its counterpart, Quartet, by the Colin Currie Group – showcases again the sheer brilliance of Steve Reich, and we all should bow down before his genius.

 

 

 

Artist: Wet Leather

Album: Present Lives EP

Genre: Synth Pop/Indie

Release date: February 2

Personal rating: 8/10

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It’s all about writing good tunes. And trust me, these guys are pretty great at writing good tunes.

 

 

 

Artist: Storm{O}

Album: Ere

Genre: Crust/Hardcore/Screamo

Release date: February 2

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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I jammed their debut EP 10 years ago and I’m still loving them today. One of Italy’s best underground bands.

 

 

 

Artist: Gliss

Album: Strange Heaven

Genre: Indie/Shoegaze/Post Punk

Release date: February 3

Personal rating: 8/10

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I have this penchant for post punk lately, and this Berlin-based outfit fits exactly in what I’m searching for. Dreamy, dense, and intriguing.

 

 

Artist: Xenoblight

Album: Procreation

Genre: Technical Death Metal/Thrash Metal

Release date: February 8

Personal rating: 8/10

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Some of the best metal riffs I’ve heard this year so far. If you are looking for a more energetic and thrashy version of The Black Dahlia Murder, look no further and check this stuff out.

 

 

 

Artist: The Death Particle

Album: Atoms & Bone

Genre: Jazz Rock/Fusion

Release date: February 8

Personal rating: 7.5/10

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From sweet to strange, and sometimes both. A really special album.

 

 

 

Artist: Fu Manchu

Album: Clone Of The Universe

Genre: Stoner Rock

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8/10

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Come on, they have an 18 minutes track with Alex Lifeson. How fucking cool is that?

 

 

 

Artist: Black Neon District

Album: Standing Waves

Genre: Progressive Rock

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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We get a lot of shitty submissions, but there is also the 1% of great bands which find their way into our inbox. I’m doing what I’m doing because of bands like Black Neon District.

 

 

 

Artist: MGMT

Album: Little Dark Age

Genre: Psychedelic Pop/Indie

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8/10

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Never really checked them out before despite being an interesting pop act in the past, but this album is surprisingly refreshing and intriguing.

 

 

 

Artist: Palm

Album: Rock Island

Genre: Art/Psychedelic Rock

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Weirdness, eccentricity, and songwriting skills are an interesting mixture.

 

 

 

Artist: Son Lux

Album: Brighter Wounds

Genre: Downtempo/Electronic/Experimental/Soul

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 9/10

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This band is beyond every classification, that’s why me trying to classify it so felt wrong. Just listen to it, it’s brilliant.

 

 

 

Artist: The Third Eye Foundation

Album: Wake The Dead

Genre: Post Rock/Experimental/Electronic

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Close your yes and enjoy. Don’t be scared, it’s just music.

 

 

 

Artist: Joan As Police Woman

Album: Damned Devotion

Genre: Indie

Release date: February 9

Personal rating: 8/10

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Dancy and funky indie pop, super catchy tunes. Great album.

 

 

 

Artist: Ling Tosite Sigure

Album: #5

Genre: Math Rock

Release date: February 14

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Japanese math rock and Inter is a better love story than…any actual good love story.

 

 

 

Artist: VLMV

Album: Stranded, Not Lost

Genre: Ambient/Pop

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 9.5/10

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This album was already one of my highlights of 2018, but experiencing these songs live elevated it even more. This is fragile, but also incredibly strong and powerful.

 

 

 

Artist: Yndi Halda

Album: A Sun-Coloured Shaker

Genre: Post Rock

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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It’s just a nearly 12 minutes song, but it will wow the shit out of you because of yndi halda reasons.

 

 

 

Artist: Tigran Hamasyan

Album: For Gyumri

Genre: Jazz

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This EP works as an addition for An Ancient Observer, and that’s good, because I can’t get enough of that anyway.

 

 

 

Artist: Thornhill

Album: Butterfly

Genre: Metalcore/Post Hardcore

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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I’m usually not into this kind of stuff, but these are just cool songs.

 

 

 

Artist: U.S. Girls

Album: A Poem Unlimited

Genre: Indie/Garage Rock

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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The symbiosis of the sweet pop melodies and the harsh lyrics is fantastic.

 

 

 

Artist: Rejjie Snow

Album: Dear Annie

Genre: Hip Hop

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Easily the best hip hop record I’ve heard this year, next to Jpegmafia.

 

 

 

Artist: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Album: Landfall

Genre: Jazz/Experimental

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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I thank to all meta entities that this collaboration exists.

 

 

 

Artist: Everything Is Recorded

Album: Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell

Genre: Electronic/Soul/Hip Hop/R’n’B

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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A project which features Sampha, Kamasi Washington, Ibeyi, Syd, Warren Ellis, Peter Gabriel. Go check it.

 

 

 

Artist: Straya

Album: Sobereyed

Genre: Post Rock/Experimental

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Fascinating soundscapes and compelling songwriting. Don’t miss this record.

 

 

 

Artist: Horizon Ablaze

Album: The Weight Of A Thousand Suns

Genre: Progressive/Black Metal

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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If you wanna listen to one metal album in February, check this out.

 

 

 

Artist: Triathalon

Album: Online

Genre: R’n’B/Soul/Lofi

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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This is so damn smooth and sweet. Great record for relaxing and/or dreaming.

 

 

 

Artist: American Pleasure Club

Album: A Whole Fucking Lifetime Of This

Genre: Indie

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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The new incarnation of teen suicide, which means it has Sam Ray (Julia Brown, Ricky Eat Acid). And this is usual a great thing.

 

 

 

Artist: dreamweapon

Album: SOL

Genre: Experimental/Kraut Rock

Release date: February 16

Personal rating: 8/10

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I love the bandname and the kraut rock vibe.

 

 

 

Artist: Kero Kero Bonito

Album: Totep

Genre: Indie Pop

Release date: February 20

Personal rating: 8/10

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Not as sugery as previous stuff, but still super catchy.

 

 

 

Artist: Vexes

Album: Ancient Geometry

Genre: Progressive/Alternative Metal/Post Hardcore

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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Sure they sound super close to Deftones, but damn, those songs are sooo good.

 

 

 

Artist: Wake

Album: Misery Rites

Genre: Black/Death Metal/Grindcore

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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Heavy, gritty, relentless. Metal as fuck.

 

 

 

Artist: The New Age

Album: Placebo

Genre: Alternative Rock/Post Hardcore

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 9/10

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Finally! Catchy hooks, outstanding vocals, stellar melody work and an overall fantastic sense of songwriting. The New Age should be way bigger.

 

 

 

Artist: Keiji Haino & Sumac

Album: American Dollar Bill – Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On

Genre: Sludge/Ambient/Noise

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 9/10

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A match made in heaven. Simple as that.

 

 

 

Artist: Mint Field

Album: Pasar de las Luces

Genre: Ambient/Pop

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 9/10

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A breathtakingly beautiful album, incredibly dense and rich.

 

 

 

Artist: Jason Sharp

Album: Stand Above The Streams

Genre: Ambient/Experimental

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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Droney, heavy, but also absolutely mesmerizing.

 

 

 

Artist: Charlotte Day Wilson

Album: Stone Woman

Genre: R’n’B/Soul

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: February 23

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Dark, romantic, noir, but soulful and warm. Great.

 

 

 

Artist: Bea Miller

Album: Aurora

Genre: Soul/Pop

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 8/10

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Good pop songs.

 

 

 

Artist: Turnstile

Album: Time & Space

Genre: Hardcore

Release date: February 23

Personal rating: 8.5/10

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No idea why, but I like thia album a lot.

 

 

 

Artist: 明日の叙景(Asunojokei)

Album: わたしと私だったもの

Genre: Blackgaze/Post Hardcore

Release date: February 24

Personal rating: 8/10

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Super charming.

 

 

 

Artist: This Heals Nothing

Album: Part Of The Routine

Genre: Post Hardcore

Release date: February 25

Personal rating: 8/10

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Strong songwriting, lots of energy. A nice little gem!

 

 

 

Artist: Omar

Album: Omar *3

Genre: Jazz/Fusion

Release date: February 26

Personal rating: 8/10

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One of the nicest jazz records I’ve heard so far this year.

Thanks for scrolling. I’m tired now.

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