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Akkord: Akkord (Houndstooth) If Autechre decided to throw down an album that references trends outwardly instead of plumbing exclusively inward, it might sound something like Akkord. The duo of Liam Blackburn (Indigo) and Joe McBride (Synkro) are responsible for the...

Akkord: Akkord (Houndstooth) If Autechre decided to throw down an album that references trends outwardly instead of plumbing exclusively inward, it might sound something like Akkord. The duo of Liam Blackburn (Indigo) and Joe McBride (Synkro) are responsible for the...

Microfilm: AggroPastels (Fiche) This was a true labor of love of which I’m very proud. And so while I run the risk of egomania by heralding it as my favorite of the year, I’d be lying otherwise. I didn’t listen to anything more, having scrutinized...

Hammock: Oblivion Hymns (Hammock/Bandcamp) First, I can’t believe that Hammock isn’t on a label and is just releasing this gorgeous music on their own via Bandcamp. This was my first exposure to them, despite that they’ve been recording and releasing...

Jon Hopkins: Immunity (Domino) Jon Hopkins has lingered in the outskirts of fame for some time, working with high profile acts as disparate as Imogen Heap, Brian Eno, and Coldplay in the last ten years. His talents as a producer are varied and refined, as anyone who...