We asked to different musicians, producers, bloggers, journalists, label owners to make a short list of their best albums of this year. This is the list curated byBologna Violenta.


Godflesh – Post Self

I remember the exact moment I first listened to Godflesh. It was an epiphany for me (as well as a source of inspiration). There’s nothing in particular to say about this album and it is better as good I hoped. I listened to it over and over. It’s always good to listen to it.

Igorrr – Savage Sinusoid 

When I listened to it for the first time I just thought it was the “outright album”, a sort of trademark of what are the Igorrr sound and imaginary. A gigantic work, a magnificent performance, in some way “upsetting”.

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines / Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star

The Seattle-based duo defined the two albums “twins” and they were released every few months via Sub Pop. I discovered accidentally the two albums (thanks to Audioglobe), I thought that the sound was something with stoner connections o however something similar to psych-grunge music, considering the artworks. The big surprise was to listen to terrific hip-hop, slow, persistent, almost doom (at least in my head). It’s difficult remove them from the car stereo without listening to them at least once.

Torso Virile Colossale – Vol. 1 – Che Gli Dei Ti Proteggano

In this case I’m biased because I recorded violins on different tracks. There is to say that meanwhile I was recording tracks, these ones weren’t completed and they had parts missing. I was amazed when I listened to them. Music from 60s, the one of the Peplum cinema, that sounds like the soundtrack of those movies but with noisy guitars and a disorienting approach. Very reccomended.

Zu – Jhator

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this album and when I listened to it I was relevied. A sort of catharsis, a trip in distant lands but with strong and recognizable echoes of a certain kind of past, in which the life experience is heavily interwined with the sound output.