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 by Hawaii-born, Eugene-based musician and singer-songwriter Jameson Williams aka Lostodyssey.
Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
I saw young fathers live in 2014 when lostodyssey was just getting off the ground and they completely shook my entire perception of live performance. The energy and unforgiving nature of their music really motivated me to adopt the same kind of mindset. This album has been the number one piece of music this year pushing me to constantly explore my boundaries and strive to produce past my limits. They never cease to amaze me both musically and visually.
Quickly, Quickly – Over Skies
Beat music has always been my roots. This guy out of Portland, Oregon put out, in my opinion, one of the best produced and overall impressive EP’s this year. The title “beat music” on its own does not properly convey the sheer amount of genres and styles this artist combines into one but if you appreciate easy listening, expert production and a new, exciting twist on a well treaded genre this album is worth a listen.
Muta – Loopsoup EP
Muta is an underground artist from soundcloud that I’ve been following for a long time. His music in an insane blend of classic breaks and glitched out madness. Think Flying Lotus with brief, mind bending moments of Aphex Twin sprinkled in between. This EP is musician’s music.
Mac Miller – Swimming
I’ve never been a fan mac miller or hip hop in general but after significant pressure from the people in my life and the news of his untimely passing I gave this album a listen and immediately fell in love. Above all else, this album really showed me that hip hop can be beautiful and delicate in ways I never anticipated. I particularly enjoyed his collaborative efforts with Jon Brion, composer of my favorite OST of all time (eternal sunshine of the spotless mind). Even if you don’t like hip hop this album, conceptually, is incredibly emotional and nuanced. I don’t think I would be in the creative space with my productions that I am right now without this album. I recommend the song “Dunno”.
dorian concept – the nature of imitation
Since it’s release in August this album has been on repeat in my studio. dorian concept is a master of detail in ways I can only begin to fathom. Parts jazz, parts experimental electronic, parts soul, parts funk. If any artist could most accurately embody the entirety of my influences in both childhood and adulthood it is dorian concept. His productions are playful yet at the same tome so insanely intricate that I find myself listening to the same tracks over and over just to try to decipher exactly how he achieved a certain sound or effect. I recommend the song “pedestrians”.