1. The Knife- Shaking The Habitual
The Knife rarely lets me down. Great, mind-melting companion listening with Tropic of Cancer and DVA Damas.
2. Darkside – Psychic
Futuristic blues with an electronic backbone from the coolest kids on the block, Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington.
3. Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest
Breathtaking. Ahhsome. Beautiful. Lovely. Demands repeated listens in the dark, during a long drive, in the kitchen, in the living room...you get the idea!
4. The Asphodells - Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust
The Asphodells is Weatherall’s collab with Timothy J. Fairplay and it’s not that far off from those heyday 80s mixes; New Order-esque, melodic funk, fuzzy guitars and dubby disco. So good.
5. DVA Damas - Nightshade
Dark Cramps-vibe and minimal electronic beats make-up this much-welcomed debut from this LA duo. Listen to it loud.
6. Tropic of Cancer - Restless Idylls
Post-punk, captivating shoegaze and gorgeous dark hymns on Camella Lobo’s first proper album.
7. ERAAS - Initiation
Hints of Tropic of Cancer and early Tricky. This album makes wallowing in the darkness incredibly appealing.
8. Soft Metals - Lenses
Like Human League? Try some Soft Metals.
9. Espectrostatic - Espectrostatic
Soundtracky album in the spirit of John Carpenter.
10. Miles - Faint Hearted
Miles Whittaker is one-half of Demdike Stare but also known for his work with Andy Stott in Millie and Andrea.
The Special Request (aka Paul Woolford) record is fantastic for those of you who would like a nostalgic slice of jungle revivalism. The album is called "Soul Music" and it's released under the Rob-Booth curated, Fabric in-house label called HoundsTooth which made XLR8R's Label of the Year list.
BEST SONG on the Special Request album: