Heard 14 I think, and half of the Loop one but I turned that off because it was dull. Would have thought the Dhidalah and Shelley Parker records might have made their list but it’s hard to pick fault when (as this thread is proving) they cast a wider net than most.
Would recommend the Batu and Nik Colk Void records to anyone who hasn’t heard them.
Listened to at least some of 47 of these. It’s a good list and I’ll be checking out what I don’t know, though the ordering seems pretty arbitrary - didn’t really rate the number one, but Kendrick, Nik Colk Void, Saba and 700 Bliss are reasonable shouts for the top 20.
I’ll add Siete Catorce (45) as one I enjoyed of the more obscure options.
Listened to 32 and heard of a number of others but not yet got round to listening to them. Absolutely love trawling through these Quietus lists as there are always a number of hidden gems in there that I’d never discover otherwise.
Can strongly recommend Real Lies (#23) for late-night atmospheric downtempo electronica, Messa (#55) for doom metal infused with jazz and Arabic folk music, and Tanya Tagaq (#76) for a post-industrial take on Inuit throat singing.
Heard 40-odd of them, I think. Some good uns amongst the ones I’ve listened to.
Tanya Tagaq’s is one of my favourite albums of the year so far. An absolutely fearsome political howl of a record.
Carmel Smickersgill’s EP is really good - a bit of an Anna Meredith vibe.
Black Pearl by 50 Foot Wave, Kristin Hersh’s heavier band, is great.
And there seem to have been quite a few birdsong-inspired albums this year. I thought Laura Cannell’s birdsong-inspired ambient recorder album was a beautiful thing and about the best of this sub-sub-genre.
Carmen Villain - really beautiful but a bit forgettable
Rosalia - 70% of it is absolutely great, the rest not for me. Good album.
Kelly Lee Owens - really like it. Don’t know why it got a bit ignored elsewhere.
Loop - good comeback record. Not ground-breaking.
Saba - really good if not in the class of his previous record
FKA Twigs - really like it. My favourite of her records since the first singles
Kendrick Lamar - a work of towering genius.
There’s probably about twenty others that I’m aware of. A mix of things I really don’t like (Warmduscher), things I used to like but have lost track of (Sea Power), things I’ve never quite got round to (Felicia Atkinson) things I admire but don’t actually want to listen to (Derek Bailey) and acts I like with records I’ve not listened to yet (One More Grain).
Like Wire I’m glad Quietus exists to give a different angle on things.