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Ten In Twenty

Ten albums that have been on the Foam Hands playlist this week, in no particular order, described in 20 words (or thereabouts):

1. Fred Falke Part IV (Work It Baby) – Twelve years into his career, German-born French house mainstay finally releases his debut solo album of glittery, euphoric disco pop. Listen: “Love Theme2  http://soundcloud.com/fredfalke/fred-falke-love-theme

2. G-Side Island (Slow Motion Soundz) – Second sublime album of the year from Huntsville, Alabama rap duo; emotive and tirelessly creative, with soulful, bumping Block Beattaz production. Listen: Island (full album)   http://g-side.bandcamp.com/album/island-2

3. Julia Holter Tragedy (Leaving) – Epic, theatrical sound collages from L.A. conceptual artist, reimagining Euripides’ Greek tragedy Hippolytus for neo-classical strings and buzzing electronics. Listen: “Goddess Eyes”  http://soundcloud.com/frontpsych/julia-holter-goddess-eyes

4. Woodsman Mystic Places (Fire Talk) – Album-length EP of New Age psych from ultra-prolific Denver outfit, whose double drummer set-up compliments their propulsive new Kraut-beat direction perfectly. Listen: Mystic Places (full EP)  http://woodsmanman.bandcamp.com/releases

5. Container LP (Spectrum Spools) – More brutal acid house and disorienting synth noise from label whose remit seems to be making dancing as uncomfortable as possible. Listen: “Protrusion”  http://soundcloud.com/memorybomb/container-protrusion

6. Feist Metals (Interscope) – Four years after her Apple-assisted mainstream breakthrough, the Canadian songstress returns with a subdued but seductive collection of late-night torch songs. Listen: Metals (full album)  http://soundcloud.com/igamusic/sets/feist-metals  

7. Elite Gymnastics Ruin {Parts 1 & 2} (Acephale) – Minneapolis duo pay homage to hip hop, electro pop and 90s rave, complete with “chopped and screwed” remixes on Part 2. Listen: “Omamori”  http://soundcloud.com/elite-gymnastics/o-m-a-m-o-r-i

8. Rhys Chatham Outdoor Spell (Northern Spy) – Thirty year veteran of New York’s punk/ improv scene puts down his guitar for an album of droning compositions for voice and trumpet. Listen: “Corn Maiden’s Rite”  http://soundcloud.com/northernspyrecs/02-crossing-the-sword-bridge

9. Bry Webb Provider (Idee Fixe) – Former front-man of the much missed Constantines breaks six year silence, taking a turn towards dark – and surprisingly tender – minimalist folk. Listen: “Rivers Of Gold”/ ”Undertaker”  http://soundcloud.com/ideefixerecords/sets/if004

10. Drake Take Care (Young Money/ Cash Money) – Love or hate him, the ambitious sophomore album from Lil’ Wayne’s precocious former protégé is undeniably one of the year’s best. Listen: “Take Care ft. Rihanna”  http://soundcloud.com/gwsm3/drake-take-care-ft-rihanna-2

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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