This is not always as simple an endeavor as it may first seem. The perfect best vinyl record list is as elusive an idea yet we love chasing after it…somewhere in the pursuit is a spirit of curation that we think leads to a better relationship with music overall. This list is by no means exhaustive. We hope that it will create a discussion and you, the reader, will tell us your own picks by tweeting us vinylmeplease. To listen to Animal Collective is an experience. Q: Why is Revolver the best Beatles album to own on vinyl? The artistic and technical innovation that occurred during the hours of studio time for the Fab Four is as astonishing as it is unmatched, taking place while the band was truly in its prime. After producer George Martin created his own label, the group then had time to develop the album at their own pace without anxious record execs breathing down their necks.
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Rather than grand statements, was a year of quiet revolutions and insurgent messages that realigned the status quo. And as many countries took alarming turns towards nationalism in , music continued to become increasingly global. All fifty here also represent what we believe to be the basis for any record collection, capturing the diversity of the last twelve months in music. Musically, this is maximalist stuff, produced in a way that makes even the quieter passages feel thick with intent — the gospel choirs, soaring solos and clattering percussion built for vast cathedrals rather than cavernous jazz clubs. From his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar to Street Fighter references, few musicians have done as much as Kamasi in destroying arcane definitions of high and low culture, capturing instead the universality of experience across an album of audacious breadth and confidence. Rooted in her geological work, and how anticlines reveal the inner workings of the earth, her sonic approach to this phenomena is through a distinct and highly cadenced vocal delivery, giving space for layers of modular synth and subtle rhythm to emerge with deeper listening. Though DJ and producer Electric Indigo aka Susanne Kirchmayr has been releasing music for the better part of 25 years, and founded female:pressure, which champions women and non binary musicians, marks her full length debut. A deconstructed delve into club music, across she takes you into the beginnings of a tune just long enough to hook you in, before whipping out of the stone cold jam into more abstractions. A record that keenly defied definitions, Irisiri placed Andrea Drewchin as a sonic renegade who can traverse a defiant sound with a three octave, shape-shifting voice. Fans of Bokeh Versions and Equiknoxx take note.
All of these are available for pre-order or fully confirmed — lining up much needed heat for the cold days ahead. Alongside these albums — if the hype is to be believed — expect awaited new records from Solange, Childish Gambino and Carly Rae Jepsen as well. Another debut album, this time from NON Worldwide co-founder Nkisi, which interrogates, disrupts and realigns the rhythmic norms of Western dance music.