A varied bag during June with some new artists, some bringing back styles of days gone by and the reemergence of some old stalwarts.
First to Mike Shinoda. The Linkin Park rapper has put on tape what is essentially his grieving process following the suicide of former bandmate Chester Bennington. It’s raw to listen to at times but the emotion gives it a real depth that is often missing in this genre.
Floex and Tom Hodge‘s mix of orchestral beauty and electronica would be the top album of fused styles this month, if it wasn’t for the release of the third album from my favourite gospel/death metal crossover act Zeal & Ardor. Stranger Fruit perhaps doesn’t reach the heights of it’s predecessor but is still a mighty impressive set of songs.
Here Lies Man’s second album once again revives the afrobeat-meets-Black-Sabbath vibe to great effect while Sink Ya Teeth draw heavily on 80’s synth-pop on their debut album.
My top album of the month though is one of my perennial favourites. The Orb was the act that got me into electronic music in the first place. Alex Patterson has, in the past, tended to drift into meandering prog-style twiddling interspersed with dub-electronica. Fortunately No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds is a tight collection of house-dub that would be at home in a club – or at least during the late night opening of a micro-brewery.
Top 10 June 2018
1: The Orb – No Sounds Are Out Of Bounds
Standout track: Other Blue Worlds
2: Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit
Standout track: You Ain’t Coming Back
3: Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead
Standout track: The Duffler
4: Johnny Marr – Call the Comet
Standout track: The Tracers
5: Here Lies Man – You Will Know Nothing
Standout track: Animal Noises
6: Sink Ya Teeth – Sink Ya Teeth
Standout track: Control
7 : Warmduscher – Whale City
Standout track: I Got Friends
8: Floex and Tom Hodge – A Portrait of John Doe
Standout track: Wednesday (Is The New Friday)
9: Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic
Standout track: Over Again
10: Martyn – Voids
Standout track: World Gate