A Quiet Farwell is an inventive and consistently stimulating collage of underground hip hop and various strands of abstract music.
Just a month following the sad but deliberate closure of Graham Lambkin's Kye record label, the sound and visual artist has embraced digital distribution by joining Bandcamp. His five, long out of print solo albums are now on the platform, as is a new compilation of previously unreleased material. The recording of this collection spans from the first of those albums in 2001, all the way through last year; with the project effectively serving as an alternate history of the man's post-Shadow Ring career up to this point. The sprawling opening track, for instance, could be another world's Salmon Run.
Consequently, I recommend listening to the actual albums first if you're not familiar with them – given their aforementioned OOP status, that's a distinct possibility. Salmon Run is my favorite sound collage / musique concrète work of all time, Amateur Doubles is one of this decade's greatest ambient works, and Community was one of my 2016 faves, so it's hard to go wrong with any of those. But if you'd prefer a baptism by fire with this comp, fucking go for it.
A second volume of unreleased material is due out later in the year; not to mention a collaborative double album with Áine O'Dwyer on the way via Erstwhile. Suffice it to say Graham's making big plays in 2018.
Veteran is sure to be one of the most in-your-face, off-the-wall and creative rap projects of 2018.
With GFOTYBUCKS, PC Music's GFOTY has created a disorienting collage of absurdly hedonistic electropop.
Pharma is Nmesh's most hard-hitting and ambitious project to date.
Clarence Clarity's latest EP is comprised of what seems to be five instances of the same song (any changes between tracks are pretty much negligible). It's probably some sort of pop art experiment, but it's also just convenient because this song is worth hearing five times in a row anyway.
Dean Blunt's Babyfather delivers an abstract, conceptual hip hop album that explores the struggle of a fictional UK DJ.