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With the year coming to a close and hindsight coming into 20/20 view, most everyone is reflecting on the tracks and albums that defined their year. Porter Robinson is no exception to this tendency, and following his shoutouts to his favorite tracks of the year on his birthday, it’s only natural he’d take the next step and shout out his favorite full albums released in 2018.
Robinson has been spinning fluid and loving sound since he walked through the door and these personal shout-outs from musician to musicians hold an intrinsic value. Twitter may have its shortcomings but a door into the-minds-ear of a producer like Robinson in a blessing. Robinson with just a few links and the words “i love” is able to connect worlds of music, influence, and sonic innovation.
Kero Kero Bonito’s Time ‘n’ Place is a sweet, psychedelic, sweeping collection of tracks soft on the ear and penetrating towards to soul. Harmonious and experimental, the trio from London seamlessly brings raw acoustic and instrumental sound together with contemporary electronic noise. The album has bass (both guitar and beats), synths, breakdowns, build-ups, subtle poetic freestyling, jovial sing-alongs, eastern and western influence — making it a mosaic of an album. The juxtaposition between the tracks “Only Acting” and “Sometimes” truly show how versatile these three are. Robinson really did everyone a favor with this glance.
G Jones didn’t really need any looks, having had DJ Shadow call him “the most gifted Ableton beatmaker I’ve ever seen.” Still, The Ineffable Truth‘s unprecedented standing is not to be overlooked. Released October 26, the traction on this work is simply exponential. Sometimes a solid record reveals itself right off the bat. Within seven seconds of the first track, “222 / Unknowable,” G Jones does just that. A wise voice simply states, “I want to feed off of this feeling which seems to be coming from everything,” after the briefest pause, in big-bang fashion G Jones rips the world apart for just a moment. He knows how to break down space and resemble it and has an understanding of sound and technology that combined create an organic experience. Making this form of music that organic is what will continue to propel these beats into the future.
Swardy‘s Here on My Own is a beautiful collection of one half of The M Machine‘s essence. Light, fun, and mystical, this five-track release causes a desire for introspection that Robinson himself has a talent of bringing forth. The tracks are flush with groove, melody, and steady beats that allow the listener to close their eyes and explore their minds and their hearts. These tracks don’t get stale and supply a timeless opportunity to explore the infinite space that is the self. Appropriately, Here on My Own is out through Mat Zo‘s Mad Zoo label.