Couple stipulations: 1) I try to avoid including bands I directly release material for just to be unbiased (so samplers are excluded), 2) I try to only use material that was posted on here, but sometimes there is stuff that is too good to not include, 3) Some really good albums may not make the list just due to time constraints and I am not familiar enough with them. Consequentially, 4) there will be far less material represented than last year, seeing that there are about half as many albums featured this year compared to last.
5. Koda Vista by Joywave
|That's a dad if I ever saw one.|
Badbadnotgood surfaced in 2011 with really smart music, and some great throwbacks to the music that influenced them. Jamming out popular music from a different perspective connected people with their album, and it made our best of list for that year. They continued with a similar approach on their latest album from this year; they remodeled popular material but had enough original material to confirm how legit they were. In a lot of ways, this release is the complete opposite of the Joywave release. Instead of a simple approach, these guys have so much technical skill and thrive off intricate compositions.
There is so much to like about the airy and smooth attitude that FlyLo has in each of his albums. After watching the short video for "Putty Boy Strut", I was hooked.
My love for Benn Jordan and all of his musical endeavors is pretty well-documented, so it should come as no surprise that his latest made it up here. The only thing holding this one back for me is the length and amount of ambiance that could be argued is just "filler". Other than that, this one is a trip.
1. Keys to the Kuffs by JJ Doom