Speakers Push Air

Albums Of The Year: 20-16

20. Boards Of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest (Warp)

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Keener ears than mine picked up on sonic shifts and new production styles on this. To me, it just sounded like another Boards Of Canada album – perhaps more Geogaddi than Campfire Headphase – but unlike with the My Bloody Valentine album, more of the same suited me just fine here.

19. CTMF – All Our Forts Are With You (Damaged Goods)

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Another year, another outfit, and CTMF is Wild Billy Chyldish’s best since The Buff Medways. It’s business as usual, I guess, but with more snap and some great organ.

And those up-to-the-minute references. Standard

“the musical rogues and the Kylie Minogues, the musical knaves and the Nicholas Caves”

18. Los Campesinos – No Blues (Turnstile)


Continuing a process started with Romance Is Boring,  No Blues has even less rough edges than before. The scrappy kids of Hold On Now Youngster have largely gone (along with half the original members) and the sound is now kinda HUGE, but this time out the songs are pretty huge too. Not their best but marvelous anyhow

17. Hacker Farm – UHF (Exotic Pylon)


“They were preceded by a stunning performance from Yeovil agridustrialists Hacker Farm – the sound of 8bit milkchurns and military-industrial carboot tech in a crippled rave style.” – my Narc review of their Tusk Festival performance

Wonky, off kilter, twisted and glorious, the west country warlocks ended up on the mighty Exotic Pylon, which is perfect.

Instead of a youtube link to an album track with just a picture, have this instead – some of the visuals used at Tusk

16. Forest Swords – Engravings (Tri Angle)

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The first ‘proper’ album apparently, mixed in the wilds of the Wirral, this is a wonderful record, with one foot in the Ghostbox / Caretaker world and the other in the haunted dubstep / post rave scene. Careful, detailed, textured, brilliant

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