24 key records played in the Uncut office this week…

Possibly not alone in this, but I’ve been very much sucked into Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” these past few days; the sort of album that’s so dense and consuming that it can be hard to think about much other music in its vicinity.

It’s a record that appears specifically designed to repel glib capsule reviewing and snap responses. But I will say that if, for whatever reason, you’ve become disenfranchised from hip hop these past few years, or if you love the righteous, complex, politically-charged funk and soul of the early ’70s, it’s definitely worth investigating “To Pimp A Butterfly”; let me know what you think. It’s also led me to the lovely Boris Gardiner track below, among other things.

On standby here, meanwhile, for the imminent arrival of the new Uncut. More news on that very soon. In the nine months, or whatever it’s been, since I became editor, I’ve received more requests to put one artist on the cover than any other. This month, I’m very happy to have made that happen…

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1 The Weather Station – What Am I Going To Do With Everything I Know (You’ve Changed)

2 The Weather Station – All Of It Was Mine (You’ve Changed)

3 Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Loin Des Hommes: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Goliath Enterprises)

4 Gov’t Mule – Stoned Side Of The Mule Vol 1&2 (Provogue)

5 Ata Kak – Obaa Sima (Awesome Tapes From Africa)

6 Tal National – Zoy Zoy (FatCat)

7 Holly Herndon – Platform (4AD)

8 Giant Sand – Heartbreak Pass (New West)

9 William Tyler – Deseret Canyon (Merge)

10 Bitchin Bonnie Billy Bajas – Pretty Saro (Earth)

11 Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (Polydor)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AhXSoKa8xw

12 The Fall – Sub-Lingual Tablet (Cherry Red)

13 Mac McCaughan – Non-Believers (Merge)

14 Joanna Gruesome – Peanut Butter (Fortuna Pop)

15 Matthew E White – Fresh Blood (Live on Letterman)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrDO5jEefcI&feature=youtu.be

16 Rob St John – Surface Tension (Surface Tension)

17 Colleen – Captain Of None (Thrill Jockey)

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19 Super Furry Animals – Mwng (Domino)

20 Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)

21 Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)

22 Lapalux – Lustmore (Brainfeeder)

23 [REDACTED]

24 Todd Rundgren/ Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrøm – Runddans. (Smalltown Supersound.)

25 Boris Gardiner – Every Nigger Is A Star (Jazzman)