Ten Walls – Lights For The Dreams

At the beginning it totally starts like some Brandt Brauer Frick record, having all those acoustic instruments, drums, guitars, strings, brass instruments, making all those little noises mixed up with the electronics. Then from the third track it goes fully electronic and creates this wonderful, cinematic journey with pulsing techno, ambient soundscapes, and broken beats. It all creates this great flow even though stylistically it’s not the most coherent album. I’m not afraid to say that it could well deserve a spot on my year-end toplist, even if it doesn’t make the Top 10 it could easily sit within the twenty.

Riton + Kah-Lo – Foreign Ororo

I recently got a batch of suggestions spread along the interesting-weird axis, and this one stuck with me. British dance beats (mostly house) with Nigerian hiphop female vocals. I have this strong feeling that I’m totally late to this party and hits like Fake ID and Ginger must have spinned their fair share in certain parties and radio shows that I totally missed apparently.

Oliver Schories – Paradigm

Mostly straight up uptempo house with a few tracks having tech-house flavors, the latter ones are definitely more for me. The closing track (Kato) is probably the biggest smasher. Most tracks are totally dancefloor material, but it’s also a great pushing-pumping motivator record for work.

6th Circle – The Third Estate

Actually there’s nothing too special about this album, good old sounding EBM and aggrotech. Still somehow it managed to gain quite a few plays recently. It just has everything ideally put together that I want from a hellectro record, and well, nowadays I don’t really remember to dig up old Hocico albums. (Maybe I should.)

Wargasm – Spit.

Probably my most replayed single track recently. I love the energy of the raw industrial punk. Funny that Kittie comes to mind when listening to this, who also had a track called Spit, although their song that comes to mind is Brackish.

Katatonia ‎- City Burials

This album got parked on my Play Later list for a while, then I gave up on it because I was never in the mood to give it a go. And today I restumbled upon it and I’m so happy I did. Ah, it got to me just perfectly today. There are these moments when a music hits me just in the right spot and that’s everything I want. It has that perfect balance of depressing and motivating that it could take me from that first mood to the latter.

What I like best about it is in part a few great melodic hooks, but much more importantly the vocals and lyrics. Jonas Renkse’s voice is the most wonderful rediscovery of today. Also, there are some songs (like Behind the Blood, The Winter of Our Passing, and Flicker) that sound like classics that I’ve heard a hundred times. I’m listening to the album the thrid time today right now, and I just don’t feel like changing to anything else. It is an amazing piece of progressive rock.

nthng – Hypnotherapy

Subsea trip with thumping, soft dub techno and ethereal ambient. Good for chilling, brilliant for work.

On a sidenote: when will this album cover trend stop, I wonder… Photos of parts of stuff so that it looks disturbing. It may have started around Dumb Flesh, but I wouldn’t mind if it stopped.