ds recommends… Chin Yi

You don’t hear of many great Spanish bands (though I’m sure there are plenty), especially in the post punk vein. Chin Yi popped up in the DS inbox and are pretty impressive in their eclecticism, sonic range and embrace of melody and dissonance. The good news is that they have their album Wo available to download for free on Bandcamp.

DS Top 50 LPs of 2011

2011 has been another massive year for music, at least it feels that way. Invariably the availability and access to recorded music is easier and greater than ever with streaming and file sharing available at the click of a button. Each year I seem to increase the size of my list, purely as a result of the volume of stuff I get to hear. The more I hear, the more I like which is a good thing but it makes year end lists a real brow furrowing exercise – painful but fun for a music obsessive such as some of us are.

This year threw up some new albums from favourites of recent years like Girls, Wild Beasts and Wooden Shjips  – all groups that seem to be refining and improving their music with each album they release. I’ve also been listening to a lot more electronic music reflected by appearances from The Field, Robag Wruhme, Gui Boratto and Zomby. Check out our list over at Komputer Music for more great electronic releases. I’ll also be publishing a list in the coming days of some of my favourite songs from 2011. To the list…

Pure X – Pleasure [Review]

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Wild Beasts – Smother

Kurt Vile – Smoke Rings for My Halo

Destroyer – Kaputt [Review]

Wooden Shjips – West [Review]

Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest [Review]

The Felice Brothers – Celebration, Florida [Review]
Wilco – The Whole Love

Royal Headache – Royal Headache [Review]

Leader Cheetah – Lotus Skies [Review]

J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why [Review]

Okkervil River – I Am Very Far

Zomby – Dedication

The Field – Looping State of Mind

The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

The Field – Looping State of Mind

Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

Melodie Nelson – Meditations on the Sun [Review]

Zola Jesus – Conatus [Review]

Tom Waits – Bad As Me

The Black Keys – Camino

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Gui Boratto – III

Dick Diver – New Start Again [Review]

Nils Frahm – Felt

Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Real Estate – Days

The Horrors – Skying

Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts

Neil Young – A Treasure

Robag Wruhme – Thora Vukk

Jack Ladder – Hurtsville [Review]

Step-Panther – Step-Panther [Review]

James Blake – James Blake

Twerps – Twerps [Review]

Austra – Feel It Break [Review]

Eleanor Friedberger- Last Summer

The Bats – Free All The Monsters

Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose [Review]

Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall [Review]

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Black Lips – Arabia Mountain

Tiny Ruins – Some Were Meant For Sea [Review]

Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi [Review]

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

The Necks – Mindset

NEWS: Damon Albarn releases new Congo collaboration album…

Damon Albarn and a bunch of producers (incl. Actress, Dan The Automator, Richard Russell and more) travelled to the Democratic Republic of Congo with the intent of collaborating and recording with local musicians over five days. All profits from Kinshasa One Two will aid Oxfam’s work in the area.

Kinshasa One Two is out digitally now via Warp Records with Deluxe CD and Vinyl versions to follow in November.

Stream the entire LP here:

NEWS: MP3s of new tracks from M83 and Girls…

Anthony Gonzales , the man behind M83 has been crafting the followup to 08’s Saturdays =Youth and the good news is that a double album titled Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is set to emerge blinking into the digital world in October. The first song Midnight City is already doing the rounds and you can hear/download it below – devoid of much of the 80s faded nostalgia angle the last album took with a stronger synth/dance/pop feel…

Girls are also releasing a new album Father, Son, Holy Ghost due out on September 9th via Pod/Inertia here in Australia and the first taster is upon us. It feels m ore soulful, expansive and less naive than the band’s exceptional debut. If this is what we are to expect from the album then it promises to be another gem.