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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…

Reggae:

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

Metal:

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

Roots:

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

Electronic

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

Hardcore:

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

Indie:

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

Blues:

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

Jazz:

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
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if u havent already it’s prolly worth getting yr Tokyo Dub festival tickets NOW before the second tier ones sell out & yr left having to fork out 30 of your english poonds daaaaawgs.

Tokyo Dub act as evidence that proper soundystem music retains its power to provide exciting, innovative line-ups and draw large, enthusiastic crowds…

Bristol: In Motion, with it’s over-releiance on house and techno for an audience of shit faced disinterested student burners is dead, long live Tokyo: In Dub.

With an unprecedented line up of Dub, Reggae, Dubstep, Jungle and everything between set to be hosted across a number of stages, featuring collaborations with SubDub, System, Dub Optic and Bristol’s most celebrated, Teachings in Dub. Furthermore, with House and Techno kingpins Loefah, Boddika and Jackmaster topping the bill,

Tokyo Dub will be representing the true variety within the UK’s current electronic landscape & as such will be re-asserting Bristol as the UK’s capital for alternative BASS culture.
Burrrrrrrrrrappppppp!!!
See also THIS POST on these pages by Deep Rooted Bristol. Head over to www.tokyodub.com to grab um ticket.

if u havent already it’s prolly worth getting yr Tokyo Dub festival tickets NOW before the second tier ones sell out & yr left having to fork out 30 of your english poonds daaaaawgs.

Tokyo Dub act as evidence that proper soundystem music retains its power to provide exciting, innovative line-ups and draw large, enthusiastic crowds…

Bristol: In Motion, with it’s over-releiance on house and techno for an audience of shit faced disinterested student burners is dead, long live Tokyo: In Dub.

With an unprecedented line up of Dub, Reggae, Dubstep, Jungle and everything between set to be hosted across a number of stages, featuring collaborations with SubDub, System, Dub Optic and Bristol’s most celebrated, Teachings in Dub. Furthermore, with House and Techno kingpins Loefah, Boddika and Jackmaster topping the bill,

Tokyo Dub will be representing the true variety within the UK’s current electronic landscape & as such will be re-asserting Bristol as the UK’s capital for alternative BASS culture.

Burrrrrrrrrrappppppp!!!

See also THIS POST on these pages by Deep Rooted Bristol. Head over to www.tokyodub.com to grab um ticket.

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Posted at 6:53 PM 15 August 2013
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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
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Fucking love Alborosie but what’s with all the advertising shit on this video? Way not good. Class album he’s put out here tho on which he plays every track heself. Seen.

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Posted at 6:48 AM 17 July 2013
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Drum & bass pioneer (‘gorgon’, as Rodders sez) Shy FX returns to his routes with a magnificent slice of old school reggae brought bang up to date with a new school twist. There’s a video of it too but always worth hearing Ramjam toasting a tune yeah?

Track’s the first to drop from the new album by Shy, Cornerstone. Thinking we could be looking at another of the years tip top best albums here.

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Posted at 4:07 AM 21 June 2013
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DUB GABRIEL : RAGGABASS MIXTAPE VOL. 1

Just what this lovely weather’s crying out for, some sick raggabass beats. Stream above or download via this link.

In the world of Electronic Music, genres have become a dime a dozen. But as far back as the early days of Techno, House, and Jungle, Producers have not only explored the foundations that came out of Detroit & Germany, but have also developed an allegiance of followers that have been chasing the roots of Digital Dub, Reggae, & Dancehall by the likes of King Tubby, Jammy, and Steely & Cleevie. Drawing on the foundations by mixing sound system culture with dance music culture they gave rise to productions that for the most part have outlived the genres they were packaged in. So when I thought of the term Raggabass, it was intended to be both a tribute and an evolution of that legacy. Choosing not to be pigeonholed by a BPM, but instead interweaving the stylistic connections of modern roots music, this first volume is a mixture of new tracks and essential selections from the last few years. - PLAY IT LOUD!

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Posted at 11:34 AM 10 May 2013
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onlyjoe - Wicked Land

London based reggae outfit onlyjoe are releasing a new album, Wicked Land in a few weeks. Above is one of the tracks off a it plus a few remixes.

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Posted at 7:51 AM 02 March 2013
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championsounduk:

At the end of last year, one of Bristol’s greatest Reggae bands Black Roots reunited after 20 years to record a fantastic new album entitled ‘On The Ground’.  Now in March they’re set to release ‘On The Ground In Dub’ with fresh Dub versions mixed by Louis Becket.  This is the first taster from the album.

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Posted at 5:23 AM 14 January 2013
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This answers that question people sometimes as me - why I do so much work for Louder Than War totally unpaid. Yesterday I opened my inbox to find links from Bristol’s Mr Reggae, Mike Darby, that led to a download page for the new Dubkasm album.
Dubkasm are Bristol’s best band. No one can argue with that can they? Maybe, but they’d be arguing from a very wrong POV. I mean, these guys are even better than Zun Zun Egui, Big Joan, OLO Worms, Rachael Dadd & Big Naturals would be if they were all put together on the same record / bill! Seriously. (Oh ok, mebe I’m slightly exaggerating now butcha get me drift what?)
This album’s been a long time coming. They eked out all they could from their last album, I Transform, with a couple of (frankly unbelievably brilliant) remix albums so this is their first proper album of new material for aaages.
First time I listened to it I was taking the air yesterday, in the pouring rain, nipping down the shop for a bunch of green. A 10 minute walk turned into a 50 minute walk as I couldn’t bear the thought of going back into my flat where I’d inevitably wind up taking my sennheisers off BEFORE THE ALBUM HAD FINISHED! Sacrilegious crimes don’t come more sacriligeous or crimey than that.
Here’s a track off it anyway. Dont think I’ve upped this on here before. (Unlike this one).

Oh, & don’t forget they’re playing a launch gig for the album. Details here. Album drops on 8th Oct.

This answers that question people sometimes as me - why I do so much work for Louder Than War totally unpaid. Yesterday I opened my inbox to find links from Bristol’s Mr Reggae, Mike Darby, that led to a download page for the new Dubkasm album.

Dubkasm are Bristol’s best band. No one can argue with that can they? Maybe, but they’d be arguing from a very wrong POV. I mean, these guys are even better than Zun Zun Egui, Big Joan, OLO Worms, Rachael Dadd & Big Naturals would be if they were all put together on the same record / bill! Seriously. (Oh ok, mebe I’m slightly exaggerating now butcha get me drift what?)

This album’s been a long time coming. They eked out all they could from their last album, I Transform, with a couple of (frankly unbelievably brilliant) remix albums so this is their first proper album of new material for aaages.

First time I listened to it I was taking the air yesterday, in the pouring rain, nipping down the shop for a bunch of green. A 10 minute walk turned into a 50 minute walk as I couldn’t bear the thought of going back into my flat where I’d inevitably wind up taking my sennheisers off BEFORE THE ALBUM HAD FINISHED! Sacrilegious crimes don’t come more sacriligeous or crimey than that.

Here’s a track off it anyway. Dont think I’ve upped this on here before. (Unlike this one).

Oh, & don’t forget they’re playing a launch gig for the album. Details here. Album drops on 8th Oct.

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Posted at 4:06 AM 24 September 2012
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DUBKASM LP Launch Party “Brixton Rec” w/ ABA SHANTI-I & ROOTS RADICAL SOUNDYSTEM.
5th October 2012
The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft, Bristol.
Can. Not. Wait. For. This. One.
VP Productions & Peng Sound Present a night of STRICTLY 90’s Vinyl and Acetate ONLY. Brixton Rec is the new album by Dubkasm. 
Spiel:

Leading lights in the 21st century UK digi dub/roots scene Dubkasm have built themselves a worldwide following for their brand of reggae since launching their own Sufferah’s Choice label in 2003. What many fans may not realise is that even before that first Sufferah’s Choice release, Dubkasm had nearly a decade’s worth of recordings behind them. Unfortunately, other than a track on the 1996 “Dub Out West Volume Two” compilation album, those early recordings were the preserve of leading UK sound systems such as Aba Shanti and Jah Shaka and could only be heard played off dub plates at dances.
Dubkasm have finally decided that the time is right to share the story of those early years and make a selection of those formerly exclusive tracks available for everyone to enjoy. Being proud of their Bristolian roots, Dubkasm found the perfect partner for the project in Bristol Archive Records and the label’s ongoing programme to document and make available Bristol’s reggae heritage. As if a selection of previously unreleased tracks from Dubkasm wasn’t enough, these particular tracks were all played by leading sound system operator Aba Shanti and the versions were all personally mixed by him to achieve the ideal sound balance on his sound system. Once Dubkasm’s Digistep had finished initial mixes of the tracks, he would deliver the multi track master to Aba Shanti who would then mix down his own exclusive versions.
It’s the Aba Shanti connection that inspired the album’s title, for it was at Aba’s legendary sessions at the Brixton Rec that these tracks could be heard to full effect. The album is named in tribute to those great sessions and hopefully the music captures a bit of that magic as well as bringing back some great memories for those who were there, or even those who were only there in spirit through the medium of sound tapes.

DUBKASM LP Launch Party “Brixton Rec” w/ ABA SHANTI-I & ROOTS RADICAL SOUNDYSTEM.

5th October 2012

The Attic Bar, Stokes Croft, Bristol.

Can. Not. Wait. For. This. One.

VP Productions & Peng Sound Present a night of STRICTLY 90’s Vinyl and Acetate ONLY. Brixton Rec is the new album by Dubkasm. 

Spiel:

Leading lights in the 21st century UK digi dub/roots scene Dubkasm have built themselves a worldwide following for their brand of reggae since launching their own Sufferah’s Choice label in 2003. What many fans may not realise is that even before that first Sufferah’s Choice release, Dubkasm had nearly a decade’s worth of recordings behind them. Unfortunately, other than a track on the 1996 “Dub Out West Volume Two” compilation album, those early recordings were the preserve of leading UK sound systems such as Aba Shanti and Jah Shaka and could only be heard played off dub plates at dances.
Dubkasm have finally decided that the time is right to share the story of those early years and make a selection of those formerly exclusive tracks available for everyone to enjoy. Being proud of their Bristolian roots, Dubkasm found the perfect partner for the project in Bristol Archive Records and the label’s ongoing programme to document and make available Bristol’s reggae heritage. As if a selection of previously unreleased tracks from Dubkasm wasn’t enough, these particular tracks were all played by leading sound system operator Aba Shanti and the versions were all personally mixed by him to achieve the ideal sound balance on his sound system. Once Dubkasm’s Digistep had finished initial mixes of the tracks, he would deliver the multi track master to Aba Shanti who would then mix down his own exclusive versions.
It’s the Aba Shanti connection that inspired the album’s title, for it was at Aba’s legendary sessions at the Brixton Rec that these tracks could be heard to full effect. The album is named in tribute to those great sessions and hopefully the music captures a bit of that magic as well as bringing back some great memories for those who were there, or even those who were only there in spirit through the medium of sound tapes.
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Top Bristol band Dubkasm have a new album set for release some time very very soon. It’s gonna be unbelievably massive.

Pre-order / Stream form Bandcamp here

They also have a launch party on 5th October that’s gonna be class. Tell them you’re “Going” on Facebook here.

Big up the Bristol digi dub massive. Braap!!!

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Really looking forward to this one. Was a bit gutted it clashes with Dark Dark Dark but this’ll be a once in a lifetime chance to see these bands together so a no brainer really. 
I also love that they’re brewing up traditional roots reggae with contemporary grime in the form of Buggsy. Forward thinking, backward acknowledging. 
I also also love that the next day is the dead punk all-dayer. Reggae & Punk have always gone hand in hand although how many people will be double festi gigging I dunno.
The Bristol Reggae Explosion was a compilation series which included Black Roots who arent playing on this bill. I reviewed BR’s soon to be released next album (first new one for 30 years) on LTW here & concluded that “it’s a doozy”. I still stand by that.

Really looking forward to this one. Was a bit gutted it clashes with Dark Dark Dark but this’ll be a once in a lifetime chance to see these bands together so a no brainer really. 

I also love that they’re brewing up traditional roots reggae with contemporary grime in the form of Buggsy. Forward thinking, backward acknowledging. 

I also also love that the next day is the dead punk all-dayer. Reggae & Punk have always gone hand in hand although how many people will be double festi gigging I dunno.

The Bristol Reggae Explosion was a compilation series which included Black Roots who arent playing on this bill. I reviewed BR’s soon to be released next album (first new one for 30 years) on LTW here & concluded that “it’s a doozy”. I still stand by that.

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Posted at 3:22 AM 17 August 2012
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Posted at 7:00 AM 15 August 2012
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Last week DJ Stryda (one half of the peerless Bristol Digidub band Dubkasm) had Yellow P from São Paulo on his show. It was one of the best Sufferah’s Choice shows for some time & they included this brilliant track: Afrikan Simba vs Yellow P: Ancient Woman Dub. 

If you wanna hear the whole  hour show download or stream it from here.

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Posted at 6:44 AM 15 August 2012
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Pupajim - Dancehall Scientist.

Without a question of doubt a “tuuuuuuuuune” to the max.

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Posted at 10:23 AM 02 August 2012
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