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The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2012
John Mulvey

I’ve not always had much time for the cult of Brian Eno, and for a lot of the music he’s been involved with in the last 20 or 30 years (I used this piece about Blues Control & Laraaji’s wonderful record to take a few swipes).

As I type this morning, though, I’m once again deep into “Lux”, a straight-up ambient jam that lasts for 75 minutes and is the first Eno record I’ve really engaged with in a long time. This week’s playlist bears witness, too, to the fact I’ve revisited “Neroli” for the first time in ages: Eno cites it as a “Thinking Music” precursor of “Lux”, though the former sounds a good deal more sinister to me. Longish review coming in the next issue of Uncut (one excuse for why I haven’t blogged yet this week).

Other notable arrivals here, anyhow: the Arbouretum, and the first Fontanelle album in about a decade, which is basically a bunch of Sunn O))) outriders doing an uncanny homage to early ‘70s Miles Davis. Oh, and this week’s new Hiss Golden Messenger thing, of course.

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1 Brian Eno – Lux (Warp)

2 Arbouretum – Coming Out Of The Fog (Thrill Jockey)

3 Fontanelle – Vitamin F (Southern Lord)

4 Allah-Las – Busman’s Holiday (Innovative Leisure)

5 Bee Mask – Vaporware/Scanops (Room 40)

6 Hiss Golden Messenger – Lord I Love The Rain (Jellyfant)

7 Matthew E White – Big Inner (Hometapes)

8 Aztec Camera – High Land Hard Rain: Expanded Edition (Edsel)

9 Brian Eno – Neroli (All Saints)

10 Zombie Zombie – Rituels D’Un Nouveau Monde (Versatile)

11 The Cairo Gang – The Corner Man (Empty Cellar)

12 Pelt – Effigy (MIE)

13 Stonewall – Outer Spaced (www.noisey.vice.com)

14 Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist (Software)


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