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Big Crux Albums of the Year

Oh yeah, it’s time I posted a list of some of my albums of last year. Wouldn’t do this normally as these things are fucking ridiculous (for obvious reasons) but I had to do my top 50 (ish) albums for Louder Than War (on account of it being good SEO) so thought I may as well bung them on here.

My main personal incentive for doing this def aint SEO related, it’s to try to make every other website / blog who does similar to think about their policy of only really selecting white guitar band / electronic artists in their lists of top albums of the year. Coz that fucking sucks. Anyone who can’t think of one great reggae album of the last year doesn’t deserve to call themselves a music fan imo. Same with metal, African music, folk etc. etc. etc. (Yeah, I know that’s a bit harsh and will probably alienate EVERYONE reading this coz you probably none of you have listened to a reggae album since that lame Nirvana covers album a couple of years ago, but fuckit). That accusation rings double true to those of you who ever listened to Peel.

As I have my natural proclivities regarding music giving the below a meaningful order isn’t something that I’d be able to do, so lets just leave them clumped into their general categories … segregated as it were, the irony of which aint escaping me! Knock down those barriers yo! Or just stay confined in your sorry little niches.

Of course if you’re desperate to listify the below I recommend you cross reference with the 3 sections of the Louder Than War #aoty list:

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 150 -101

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 100 - 51

Louder Than War’s Albums of the Year 2013: 50 - 1

BOOM! And we’re off…


1. Gorgon Sound vs Dubkasm - The Versions E.P.
2. Alborosie - Sound The System
3. Black Roots - On The Ground In Dub
4. Cornell Campbell - New Scroll


5. Full Of Hell - Rudiments of Mutilation
6. Malevolence - Reign Of Suffering
7. Watain - The wild Hunt
8. Altar Of Plagues – Teethed Glory And Injury


9. Tamikrest - Chatma
10. Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko
11. Mulatu Astatke Sketches Of Ethiopia Jazz Village
12. The Full English - The Full English
13. Southern Tenant Folk Union - Hello Cold Goodbye Sun


14. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
15. Prurient - Through The Window
16. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
17. Young Echo - Nexus
18. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven
19. Dan Friel - total folklore
20. Hacker Farm - The Outer Church

Hip Hip:

21. Kanye West - Yeezus
22. Death Grips - Government Plates
23. clipping - midcity
24. MIA - Matangi
25. Buggsy - The Great Escape Season 2

Noise / Rock

26. Melt Banana - Fetch
27. The Pirate Ship Quintet - Rope for No-Hopers
28. Thought Forms - Ghost Mountain
29. Pissed Jeans - Honeys
30. Black Pus - All My Relations
31. Foot Village - Make Memories
32. The Body - Christs, Redeemers
33. Gnod - Chaudelande
34. Pharmakon - Abandon


35. Touche Amore - Is Survived By
36. RVIVR - The Beauty Between
37. Rival Mob - Mob Justice
38. Paramore - Paramore
39. Wolf x Down - Stray From The Path
40. Self Defense Family - Try Me
41. Nails - Abandon All Life
42. Weekend Nachos - Still
43. Power Trip - Manifest Decimation


44. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister
45. Talulah Gosh - Was It Just A Dream?
46. Oliver Wilde - A Brief Introduction to Unnatural Lightyears
47. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister


48. Blind Lemon Jefferson - The Rough Guide To Blues Legends: Blind Lemon Jefferson


49. Melt Yourself Down - Melt Yourself Down
50. The Ex And Brass Unbound - Enormous Door

There were many near misses, a few of the more notable are below:

War Wolf - Riding With Demons

Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat

DJ Rashad - Double Cup

Satelliti - Transister

Dean Blunt - The Redeemer

Annette Berlin - The Playground 2013

A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP

Wolf Down - Stray From The Path

Cult Of Luna – Vertikal

Incendiary - Cost of Living

Terror - Live By the Code

The END.

An thoughts gratefully received, esp if those thoughts include stuff I missed / haven’t  heard yet.

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Posted at 7:45 AM 05 January 2014

This phenomenal band are playing colston hall on 23rd Oct. Seriously, if you don’t come down you’re fucking weird twat.

Their new album’s plum mind blowing. An absolute top 10 year ender for sure. They’re basically doing what Tinariwen were doing before they got all wrapped up with Kyp “TV on the Radio” Malone & became (GAAAAAH - WHY DID YOU DO THAT0 Americanised. 

Still, Tuareg’s FTW every time.

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Posted at 7:44 PM 13 September 2013

I’m right in thinking that everyone digs a bit of reggae / dub esp when the sun’s out? Not to mention African music? Well then, step on down Zion Dirty Sound!!!

Their work is an amalgamation of different styles and is the result of the different cultures they represent. The african roots blend with the arab / indian / latino culture. Add a touch of dub and you got magic going through your ears! Their album “Fils d’ Abraham” will be released for free download on the 28th of July.

That’s like next fucking week muthafuckers! You just need to remember to browse to THIS URL next week now.

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Posted at 5:39 AM 24 July 2013

Ah, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba - “Jama ko” (2013). Tremendous.

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Posted at 11:01 AM 27 February 2013

Jim Moray - Hind Etin

Jim Moray’s Skulk was one of my favourite album’s of last year. A total peach. Trad folk is really strong atm. For years the fRoots winners poll was dominated by African bands but over the last 3 / 4 years British folk has reasserted itself as the go to “roots music” genre. 

It was only when I was compiling a list of albums released by Bristol artists at the end of the year that I realised Jim lives in Bristol too. So there we go. 

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Posted at 5:29 AM 18 January 2013

You cant beat a bit of African music every so often & it doesn’t come better than this. (unless it’s just about any of those zimbabwean bands that Peel used to play).

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Posted at 3:28 AM 21 September 2012

So I’ve now got this much music tagged “African” in my iTunes collection but Apple’s ‘genius mixes’ aint having it. Sheesh.

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Posted at 5:55 AM 20 July 2012

Fucking love the undyingly joyous African/European fussion of The Very Best. They’re about to release their new album MTMTMK, and have just shared “We Ok,” a collaboration with the Somalian-Canadian rapper K’naan (who we’ve been listening to for years since Andy Kershaw discovered him right?). Knaan was in that film I just saw recently - Cosmopolis (which I must write about on here when Louder Than War stuff eases off). He floats around in a coffin.

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Posted at 4:39 AM 29 June 2012

It’s only a new single from the fabulous Staff Benda Bilili. Dudes rock. 

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Posted at 6:57 PM 09 May 2012

Two Man Ting

Hoping for some new Two Man Ting some time soon. This was one of my favourite singles of last year. Yes even more the Lana Del Rey. (Insert sarc mark here).

Two Man Ting are Jon Lewis and Jah-man Aggrey, one from England t’other Sierra Leone. They combine that wonderfully bouncy euphoric guitar licking you used to get back in the day when john peel was going bonkers for ‘jit’ & more contemporary, more chilled djembe beats. They also live loop the sounds to create a very impressive, very ‘full’ band sound. Or, indeed, ‘full band’ sound.

They have a website where you can find out more, buy stuff (like their ace ‘Legacy’ album), listen to stuff, watch stuff & do all that other stuff you do on a bands website Go now.

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Posted at 8:06 PM 12 March 2012