Posted on December 05 2017
December is upon us and its time to think about our records of the year, so here goes. This is David's list of his personal favourites and the ones he has played the most throughout the year.
10. New Jackson – From Night To Night (All City Records)
Dublin's David Kitt continues to bring out gorgeous deep house music with thought and melody aplenty, top drawer.
9.Session Victim - Listen To Your Heart (Delusions of Grandeur)
Infectious, joyous house music, soundtracked Summer at Nightfly.
8. Lusine - Sensorimotor (Ghostly International)
Seattle producer Jeff McIlwain delivers an electronic pop gem. An aural delight.
7. Superpitcher - The Golden Ravedays (Hippie Dance)
Twelve individual 12" single releases from the Kompakt maestro, one per month to make up an ambitious and extraordinary long player. Not everything hits but when it does it's stretched out pieces produce trance of the highest order and in the truest sense.
6. Toro Y Moi - Boo Boo (Carpark Records)
Just fantastic positive pop music, what's not too like, it makes you feel great and reminds you of Scritti Politti, no higher praise.
5. Kamasi Washington - Harmony of Difference (Young Turks)
Spiritual jazz EP that truly soars, life affirming and essential. A great place to discover Kamasi and easier to digest than the gargantuan 'The Epic'.
4. Lindstrom - It's Alright Between Us As It Is (Smalltown Supersound)
Shimmering house music for 2017, ecstatic and uplifting as only the Norwegians can.
3. Carsten Jost - Perishable Tactics (Dial)
Masterclass of deep, deep, deep house/techno from the Dial boss, don your dive helmet and go 20,000 leagues with this beauty. Not for the squeamish with its' dense atmosphere but it is ultimately a deeply rewarding listen.
2. Loscil - First Narrows (Kranky)
Suffocating, dense electronica from Loscil on this re-issue from 2004. Headphone music of the highest order with it shuffling beat and oscillating sounds. Layers upon layers of rich textural sound that you want to just wade through.
1. Max Richter - Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works (Deutche Grammophon)
Music from the Wayne McGregor ballet, three pieces based on works from Virgina Woolf. This is just an astonishing record that mesmirises, enriches and calms the soul, truly transcendent neo-classical music from Max Richter who is surely the master of the genre. The most outstanding record of the year by some distance and one that will continue to haunt you for many more.