Top 20 albums of 2005..?


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It's about this time of year that I like to start doing that man-thing where you compile a list of your favourites of the year.

This year, instead of busting a blood vessel deciding what makes the shortlist, I thought I'd just look at the playcount in iTunes. And it seems that my Top 20 Albums of 2005 looks a little like this:

Jamie Lidell - Multiply
Gonzales - Solo Piano
Isolée - We Are Monster
Gorillaz - Demon Days
The Soft Pink Truth - Do You Want New Wave, or Do You Want...
Sleater-Kinney - The Woods
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Róisín Murphy - Ruby Blue
MIA - Arular
Kate Bush - Aerial (disc 2)
Tussle - Kling Klang
Jackson & His Computer Band - Smash!
Coco Rosie - Noah's Ark
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Whitey - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train - deffo my fave title of the year :)
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
Richie Hawtin - DE9: Transitions
Fourtet - Everything Ecstatic
Marc Leclair - Musique Pour 3 Femmes
DJ Koze - Kosi Comes Around

A few surprises for me: I had no idea how hard I'd caned Gonzales, Tussle and The Soft Pink Truth; I would have thought Goldfrapp and Fourtet were higher (tho maybe that's cos other people keep playing them too); and I'd have put Mugison's "Mugimama, Is This Monkey Music?" LP in there; ditto the Dandy Jack - massive thanks to <a href="">Vache</a> for turning me on to that one.

Anyway, forget what you think you know - surrender yourself to the irrefutible logic of the machine. What's your Top 20 list look like?


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Right - how does this work? Cos I am absolutely sure Soft Pink Truth was 2004, and I think Solo Piano may have been as well.

I am a sucker for rules on these things, and would apologise for being such but...


Yeah, SPT was last year, but very late last year, so we might as well bend the rules of time a bit

I like the Go Team album, I know some people despise it, but it sounds like a load of truants pretending to be Blaggers ITA, great stuff!

Marco Passarani's 'Sullen Look' was brilliant in places, and MIA's "Arular" is still a hoot. Only recently picked up 'Suckfish' by Audion, but that's shaping up to be miles ahead of a lot of other electronic records I've heard this year. The Jessica Rylan album's probably ace judging by her live performance at the SJ gig, but I haven't heard it.

Only 15 short, not bad.


shot by both sides
3underscore said:
Right - how does this work? Cos I am absolutely sure Soft Pink Truth was 2004, and I think Solo Piano may have been as well.
Oh dear, you're absoutely right. I stand corrected.

Hopefully this is self-explanatory: albums should have been released in the year AD2005. But as thread starter, I am giving awarding myself a special dispensation. Mistakes made by others will not be tolerated ;)


Trumpet Police
I’m fearful that if I went away and compiled this, it would read like the best of Dissensus 2005 (step forward Ariel Pink, Ghostbox, Bun B, Mike Jones, Wooden Wand…).

I’ve mercilessly stolen everyone’s tips without having the other sources to repay with my own…


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total sucker for lists...
bold = top picks:

4G - Cloud (Erstwhile)
Alvarius B - Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset (Abduction)
Birchville Cat Motel - Chi Vampires (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
Broadcast - Tender Buttons (Warp)
Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood - Run From Your Honey Mind (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
BxC - Very Heart of the World (Thin Wrist)
Joe Colley- Psychic Stress Soundtracks (Antifrost)
Dandy Jack - Los Siete Cstigos (Perlon)
Rhodri Davies/Ingar Zach - Ieirll (Qbico)
Double Leopards - Out of One, through One and to One (Eclipse)
Endless Boogie - Black/White (Mound Duel)
Es - Sateenkaarisuudelma (Kraak)
Gang Gang Dance - God's Money (Social Registry)
Graveyards - Monument Centers (American Tapes)
Grouper - Way Their Crept (Free Porcupine Society)
Isolee - We Are Monster (Playhouse)
Kelley Polar - Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens (Environ)
Lau Nau - Kuutarha (Locust)
Teotihuacán (New Age Cassettes)
Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - Buck Dharma (Time Lag)


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va - dubstep allstars vol.2
dkd - future rage
ciara - goodies
vex'd - degenerate
audion - suckfish
ladytron - witching hour
lil wayne - the carter II
deadbeat - new world observer
deep blue - metropolitain chic
shuttle 358 - chessa (officially late 2004 I think but wtf)
deaf center - pale ravine
marc le clair - musique pour 3 femmes
vince watson - sublimina
vladislav delay - the four quarters
matias aguayo - are you really lost
anthony rother - art is a technology
the remote viewer - let your heart draw a line
kelley polar quartet - love songs
bohren & der club of gore - geisterfaust

+ a triple cd comp of random hiphop picks

Gruelling putting that together... :)
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Change the game
Hmmm Top 20's a bit too tedious to compile. Heres my top 5:

No.1 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
2. Kano - Home Sweet Home
3. Test - Icicles - For screening purposes only
4. Kanye West - Late Registration
5. The Rakes - Capture/release


Minerva Estassi
goddamm, apart from Ariel Pink I have only bought reissues this year: lot of different music from everywhere but only reissues, and thinking about it, Ariel Pink are reissues too..... ah, some new cd from Merzbow, but is not that they differer too much years from years!

In Moll

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gang gang dance - god's money
scritti politti - early
markus guentner - 1981
ariel pink's haunted grafitti - worn copy
sun ra - sleeping beauty
sun ra - disco 3000
sun ra - on jupiter
the orb - okie dokie its the orb on komp
midaircondo - shopping for images
arthur russell - world of echo 2LP reissue
konono no. 1
as mercenarias - the beginning...
lightning bolt - hypermagic mountain
animal collective - feels

half of those are reissues


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1) Focus Group: Hey Let Loose Your Love
2) Jackson and his Computer Band: Smash
3) Ariel Pink: Worn Copy
4) Target presents Aim High Volume 2
5) The Books: Lost and Safe
6) Zeus: The Original Edit
7) RVNG Mix: Selzer/Simonetti
8) Isolee: We Are Monster
9) Kraftwerk: Minimum Maximum
10) VA: Archives GRM
11) DJ/Rupture: Low Income Tomorrowland

At least those are the LPs that defined my year. Will prolly catch up on loads of stuff over the next six months.

simon silverdollar

isolee- we are monster
roll deep- in at the deep end
roll deep- Creeper mixtape
target- aim high vol. 2
dominik eulberg- kreucht and fleut or whatever it's called.
vashti bunyan- look aftering
audion- suckfish
kid606- resilience
get physical 2nd anniversary comp.
kompakt total 6.
ellen allien- thrills
vegetables- trompettes de la mort.
polmo polpo- like hearts swelling
half man half biscuit- achtung bono.
dj koze- kosi comes around.

that'll do.


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It's hard to disentangle this year's releases from all the other stuff I've been listening to, but here goes with my top 16 anyway.

Supersilent - 7
Rhythm & Sound - See-Mi-Yah
Kraftwerk - Minimum Maximum
Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow
Jon Hassell - Maarifa Street (Magic Realism 2)
David Sylvian - The Good Son Vs The Only Daughter
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - Insen
Autechre - Untilted
Sinistri - Free Pulse
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
José González - Veneer
Kate Bush - Aerial
Vashti Bunyan - Lookaftering
John Zorn - Filmworks Anthology
Icarus - Carnivalesque
Andrey Kiritchenko - True Delusion

henry s

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some of these came out last year, but were issued in the States in '05:

in no order:

1) The Shortwave Set - The Debt Collection
2) Ariel Pink - Worn Copy
3) Jackson - Smash
4) Jimmy Webb - The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
5) Julian Priester, Pepe Mtoto - Love, Love
6) Frida Hyvonen - Until Death Comes
7) One Kiss Can Lead To Another box set
8) Hot Chip - Coming On Strong
9) Hauschka - The Prepared Piano
10) Alan Braxe & Friends - The Upper Cuts
11) Mahjongg - RaYDONcong 2005
12) Jean Claude Vannier - L' Enfant Assasin des Mouches
13) The Chap - Ham
14) Adam Green - Gemstones
15) LCD Soundsystem
16) Judee Sill - Dreams Come True
17) UR presents Galaxy 2 Galaxy - A Hi-Tech Jazz Compliation
18) Alog - Miniatures
19) The Howling Hex - All-Night Fox
20) Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase

Lifetime Achievement Award: Stereolab - Oscillons From The Anti-Sun

bubbling under: The Juan Maclean, Richard Hawley, Go Kart Mozart

Chef Napalm

Lost in the Supermarket
When I read this yesterday, I was startled to realize that I haven't bought a single CD all year. Not one. All vinyl, all singles. Kinda makes me proud.

Anyway, here's a list of my favourite SINGLES for 2005:

Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis (Vulture)
Lethal Bizzle - Fire! (V2)
Rachael Starr - Till There Was You (Gabriel & Dresden's 12 Step Program) (Positiva)
Soul Mekanik - Never Touch That Switch (RIP)
Mark Rae - Reach Out To Me (Grand Central)
A Skillz - Simple Things (2005 Re-Rub) (Finger Lickin')
Missy Elliott - Lose Control (Jacques Lu Cont Mix) (Atlantic)
Bart Van Wissen - Dry Run (Extrema)
K-OS - Man I Used To Be (Virgin)
Daft Punk - Human After All (Virgin)
Kraak en Smaak - Money in The Bag (Sharam Jey Remix) (Jalapeno)
Paranoid Jack - The World Must Change (Fifth Sun)
Baxendale - I Built This City (Michael Mayer Mix) (Kompakt Pop)
Taste T - Time To Shake (Gorge's Shake Your Ass Mix) (Amused)
Stanton Warriors - Pop Ya Cork! (Punks)
Studio B - I See Girls (Tom Neville's Crazy Legs Mix) (Boss)
LCD Soundsystem - Tribulations (Tiga's Out of the Trance Closet Mix) (DFA)
Goldfrapp - Number 1 (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Club Remix) (Mute)
Basement Jaxx - Oh My Gosh (XL)
Silver City - Shiver (Ewan Pearson's Bari Girl Remix) (20:20 Vision)


What, you get 20?!

As a newbie, I thought this would give everyone an idea of where I'm coming from musically. In no particular order...

Dangerdoom - The Mouse & The Mask
Khanate - Capture & Release
SunnO))) - Black One
LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour (reissue)
Cassetteboy - Dead Horse
Lurker Of Chalice - Lurker Of Chalice
Corrupted - El Mundo Frio
Sugababes - Push The Button (I know its a single, but its a great one, and I don't have the album)
Madonna - Hung Up (ditto!)
Scritti Politti - Early
Arcade Fire - Funeral
Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain
Dooley-O - I Gotcha
Deathprod - Deathprod Boxset
Animal Collective - Feels
My Morning Jacket - Z
Gorillaz - Demon Days
Boards Of Canada - The Campfire Headphase
Edan - Beauty & The Beat

Bubbling Under - Bright Eyes, Deathspell Omega, M.I.A., Dungen, Antony & The Johnson's

simon silverdollar

shit, i forgot to put this in my original list-

my best friend record's 'flashback' compilation- a mix of singles from triple r's new electro-y techno label. really, really, amazing stuff.