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Ten In Twenty

As the new releases dry up in favour of stocking-filler “Best Of”‘s and Christmas compilations, here is the last Ten In Twenty of 2011. Ten albums that have been on the Foam Hands playlist this week, in no particular order, described in 20 words (or thereabouts):

1. AIDS Wolf Ma Vie Banale Avant Garde (Lovepump United) – Canadian extreme noise trio’s latest will test the limits of even the most open-minded listener, but it’s an exhilarating ride. Listen: “Please Hold The Line”

2. U.S. Girls On Kraak (Kraak) – Warped,exploded pop fragments from Chicago’s Meghan Remy; includes a cover of Brandy & Monica’s “The Boy Is Mine”. Which is nice. Listen: “Island Song”

3. Kate Bush 50 Words For Snow (Fish People/ Anti) – First new material in six years from the legendary Ms Bush is as delicate and graceful as the title suggests. Listen: “Wild Man”

4. Speedwolf Ride With Death (Hell’s Headbangers) – Awesome, fast and hard punk rock ‘n’ roll with a black metal edge; like Motorhead on even more speed. Listen: “Up All Night”

5. Escort Escort (Tirk/ Escort) – Strings, horns, diva vocals… disco revivalists Eugene Cho and Dan Balis’ homage to the floor-fillers of the 1970s works a treat. Listen: “Cameleon Chameleon”  

6. Pterodactyl Spills Out (Jagjaguwar) – Brooklyn-via-Ohio outfit with links to Oneida and Parts & Labor inject their rhythmic psych with a little pop fizz. Listen: “Nerds”

7. Yelawolf Radioactive (Interscope/ Shady) – Nice zeitgeist-hugging beats, party pop hooks and some clever “white trash”/ emo wordplay on Eminem protégé’s debut studio album. Listen: “Animal”

8. Bosco Delrey Everybody Wah (Mad Decent) – Diplo-endorsed genre-magpie’s debut album splices rockabilly, doo-wop, garage punk and electro; think Jamie Lidell jamming with the Black Keys. Listen: “Baby’s Got A Blue Flame”

9. Ruins Alone Ruins Alone (Skin Graft/ Bird’s Robe) – Ruins founder/ drummer Yoshida Tatsuya carries on solo; resulting drums/ voice/ synth prog-metal-noise avalanche is – unsurprisingly – completely mental. Listen: Ruins Alone

10. Robert Lippok – Redsuperstructure (Raster-Norton) – To Rococo Rot man’s hypnotic digital minimalism pushed through a post-rock filter. One of the year’s loveliest electronic releases. Listen: Album preview


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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