The new year is here, but we still have some lists to go to keep things interesting here during the winter break. Today’s Top 5 list comes from our Associate Music Director Nick Logan, who tends our electronic/hip hop rotation. -Ed.
1) James Blake – The Colour In Anything
JB blends R&B and RPM in a unique fashion, and, man, can he belt it out. There is not a bad track on this record.
2) BadBadNotGood – IV
This album is a perfect example of what contemporary Jazz should be. The drum work drives me the best kind of crazy, and you know there’s some sexy sax action.
3) Jerry Paper & Easy Feelings Unlimited – Toon Time Raw!
BadBadNotGood worked on a lot of the instrumentals for this album, but Jerry Paper gives us a psychedelic twist to BBNG’s Jazz-leaning sound.
4) Mourn – Ha, Ha, He
I’m not usually the biggest fan of rock albums that lean punk, but Ha, Ha, He is an exceptional record. This young group has a bright future ahead of them.
5) Deakin – Sleep Cycle
A long-anticipated release from Animal Collective member, Deakin, this EP ranges from ethereal and spacey on Just Am to hectic and head-banging on Footy.
Honorable mentions: Sales – Sales LP; MNDSGN – Body Wash; Mild High Club – Skiptracing; The Mystery Lights – The Mystery Lights; Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth