We go over June’s ten best albums according to PlayGround: the list also includes reissues and compilations, the cream of the crop. Come in and take a look at our chart.
Like every month, we have organised the material reviewed over the last few weeks to create a countdown of the best albums in our opinion. June is over, and it’s time to take stock. These are the ten LPs (including reissues and compilations) that stand out from the rest.
10. Fiona Apple: “The Idler Wheel…” (Epic)
The typical waiting for years that Fiona Apple subjects her fans to has finished (for now) with “The Idler Wheel”, which shows the composer continuing on in the same vein as always, firm in a way of writing songs that should raise her up to the status of a classic.
9. Peaking Lights: “Lucifer” (Weird World)
Songs still led by the weight of dub bass, but with more clarity, transparency and an air of easy listening: that’s what the evolution of Peaking Lights sounds like, one of 2011’s outstanding bands, continuing their popular progress with the notable “Lucifer”.
8. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs: “Trouble” (Polydor)
His name is that of an extinct animal and he makes an unorthodox take on house music bathed in warm melodies. The project might have been too strange for the clubbing and pop circuit, but that is his strength: occupying a memorable space between those two worlds.
7. Big K.R.I.T.: “Live From The Underground” (Def Jam)
After two very high-quality mixtapes, expectations about Big K.R.I.T.’s official debut were sky-high. The album is excellent, although it lacks the surprise factor of his street albums; this is the most important major-label rap album of 2012.
6. DIIV: “Oshin” (Captured Tracks)
Zachary Cole Smith, Beach Fossils’ tour guitarist, does his own thing in DIIV, a project that shares the same jangle pop urges, with a major –and mind-blowing– starring role for the guitars. Captured Tracks is back.
5. Can: “The Lost Tapes” (Mute Records)
Finally, the anticipated re-mastering and issue of all of the material discovered in the old Can studio, presented now by Mute in a luxurious box set. The three albums contain discards, krautrock improvisation and rarities that magnify the legend of the Cologne band.
4. Iamamiwhoami: “Kin” (Cooperative Music)
With the mystery of iamamiwhoami solved a few months ago, the project led by Jonna Lee assembles its latest creations on a first LP, that once again gives meaning to synth-pop made in Sweden.
3. Fennesz: “AUN – The Beginning And The End Of All Things” (Ash International)
“AUN” brings together the fragments composed by Fennesz for Edgar Hontschläger’s latest documentary film, which reflects on progress and nature and the divine part of the human being. The music, of course, is floating and evocative.
2. Liars: “Wixiw” (Mute)
Liars has shed its skin like a snake once again: the trio has broken a two-year silence with “Wixiw”, an album produced by Daniel Miller (the founder of Mute) where they give a twist to electronica.
1. Drexciya: “Journey Of The Deep Sea Dweller II” (Clone)
The second part of the tremendous Drexciya anthology that the Clone label is carrying out, divided into four volumes documenting the Detroit duo’s early years. The maximum expression of 90s electro, a historic legacy.