As the year is drawing to a close, I thought it'd be nice to have a look back on the best albums of 2009. Get ready guys, this is gonna be a lengthy post. Enjoy.
Passion Pit's debut "Manners" is just giddy electropop at its very finest. When I first heard the children's choir singing "higher and higher and higher..." on "Little Secrets" I felt like I was two again and watching Sesame Street for the first time. Throughout it all - from the Magic-Numbers-with-glowsticks opener "Make Light", through the Delphic vibe given off by "Folds In Your Hands", to the Avalanches-esque sampling of "Sleepyhead" - two things remain constant: feelgood factor and utter brilliance. Highly recommended.
Passion Pit - Moths Wings [right click to download]
It seems as if 2009 has been the year of... er... 1981. If only all of the throwbacks were like La Roux's chart-topping self titled debut. Elly Jackson either coos sweetly or passionately bites over Ben Langmaid's intentionally primitive beats and synths. Lyrically fantastic and charmingly rough around the edges, this is the best thing I've heard in the top 40 in ages. Well, apart from Rage Against The Machine. Take that Simon Cowell.
La Roux - Colourless Colour [right click to download]
La Roux - In For The Kill (Jon Kong Remix) [right click to download]
Sheffield's Toddla T delivered possibly my favorite album of the year. Squelching bass, thunderous beats, a gang of his MC mates in tow, and one key ingredient... Lots and lots of fun. Possibly the weirdest concept album in existence, "Skanky Skanky" begins with Toddla meeting his best friend, Mr. V, and ends with the latter being raped in prison after stealing some mangoes. No wait, come back! This is good! I promise!
Toddla T - No Kip [right click to download]
What happens when you cross M.I.A's superproducer with the british don of big basslines? Well, apparently you get a one-armed Jamaican commando who kills zombies and shit with lazers. But you also get an amazing album that treads into all territories of urban and dance music. Major Lazer's "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" covers everything; hip hop, house, reggae, dubstep, surf rock, auto-tuned crunk, B-more, and of course, the genreless club destroyer that is "Pon De Floor".
Major Lazer - Pon De Floor [right click to download]
This album needs no introduction. Just listen for yourself.
Phoenix - Lasso [right click to download]
Hope you enjoyed my top 5. See you in the new year!
Till then, keep it funky,