So the 5 of us who do Death Culture Blues each picked our favourite track of the year for this list. We basically just each chose the favourite track that we had played on the show through the year.
Blanck Mass – Rhesus Negative (Layout Sacrad Bones)
Brian: Akin to the earth’s mantle tearing apart like a soggy pizza crust, from which emerges blitzing patterns of blinding, searing, perfect noise.
Lury Lech – Barreras (Cocktail D’Amore)
Eoin: Re-issued this year by Cocktail D’Amore, this is one of the most peaceful, sublime New Age releases ever recorded. It flutters through your chest, wraps you in its arms and carries you right to where you wanted to be.
Cut Worms – Like Going Down Sideways (Jagjaguwar)
Zara: Cut Worms’ songs swell with sentimentality, soothing vocals and timelessness. The warmth throughout ‘Like Going Down Sideways’ is just as alluring after countless listens.
Mary Margaret O’Hara – When You Know You’re Happy (live at Le Guess Who? 2017) (Virgin Records)
She gave one of her only live performances of the last few decades at Le Guess Who? Festival this year, which was one of improvised deconstruction that had little in common with any original recordings. This spine-tingling 12 minute rendition of one of her biggest tunes was the highlight. Deeply personal music, grasping out at those primitive feelings of uncertainty.
Loreana: Shintaro Sakamoto – Another planet (Slowboy Records)
Stevie: Shintaro Sakamoto is a multi disciplined artist who deserves more recognition and thankfully his genius seems to be spreading outside of his cult status in Japan with the release of this split 7” with Devendra Banhart for record store day this year.