Favourite EPs of 2016

20 iris temple – duality

19 photay – sadie

18 the strokes – future past present

17 when pandas attack – requiem

16 K.A.A.N. & K-Def – uncommon knowledge

15 com truise – silicon tare

14 gordi – clever disguise

13 appleby – down dance

12 leslie marie – merci

11 island – lights go by

10 inflatable chaise – fruit dove pump child

09 antwon – double ecstasy

08 tunji ige – missed calls

07 AQVOL – short & bittersweet

06 yung skrrt – a feeling

05 – mssingno – fones

04 beach jesus – this time last year

03 jensen sporta – retrosport

02 via rosa – my friend sani, and i

01 max basic – everything’s ok

Favourite LPs of 2014

40 seahawks – paradise freaks

39 raury – indigo child

38 hiss golden messenger – lateness of dancers

37 how to dress well – what is this heart

36 supreme cuts – divine ecstasy

35 vittoria fleet – achtlp

34 childish gambino – STN MTN_Kauai

33 j. mascis – tied to a star

32 the hold steady – teeth dreams

31 antwon – heavy hearted in doldrums

30 taylor mcferrin – early riser

29 young & sick – st.

28 glass ghost – LYFE

27 duett – horizons

26 kevin abstract – mtv1987

25 new dreams ltd. – initiation tape

24 suzanne vega – tales from the realm of…

23 – dntel – human voice

22 alex g – DSU

21 fennesz – bacs

20 real swell – dull dreams

19 owen pallett – in conflict

18 trümmer – st.

17 stephen malkmus & the jicks – wig out at jagbags

16 kere buchanan – goodbye yesterday

15 erlend oye – legao

14 via rosa – songs from a cloud

13 the notwist – close to the glass

12 default genders – magical pessimism

11 zoot woman – star climbing

10 lars danielsson – liberetto ii

09 sun kil moon – benji

08 ryan adams – st.

07 lemonade – minus tide

06 magic fades – push thru

05 tunji ige – the love project

04 d’angelo and the vanguard – black massiah

03 robert plant – lullaby and… the ceaseless roar

02 the war on drugs – lost on the dream

dirty loops – loopified

minternational’s top 50 tracks of 2012

tracks tracks tracks. the mass of good tracks available these days is insane. there’s the tracks you say they are new and different. and there are the tracks which are satisfying the pure need for pop. getting both at one time is likely to be a top scorer. if the sound of 2012 in the view of minternational had to be pinned down to an upcoming genre, i would suggest to call it dreamtrap. then there is a hell lot of pitching, chopping and screwing going on. everybody is throwing his one minute experiments on the cloud. while the idea of cover versions is slightly disapperaring, melodies or whole tracks are getting to be used as instruments itself in a way that makes the word “sample” antiquated. as in 2011 producers like the weeknd seemed to draw the future of r’n'b, in 2012 the future of r’n'b got less bodily, less thick and therefor more abstract in a bedroom’ish and vapourwave’ish way. anyway, r’n'b maybe was the basic feeling of the year, often expressed in a sort of electronic soul. drum’n'bass got back, intellectually quotated and playfully removed from it’s dancefloor functionality. witchy voices got mixed up with mickey mouse, declaring a higher level of fun and (pop-)freedom. retro synthwave and spacedisco branched itself out into many little bloomy niches and…. well, it was a big pleasure. here are minternational’s top 50 tracks, with an exclusive minternational-video made for the number one:

50 LASERS - Amsterdam
49 Abelard - Spotless
48 disasterpeace - flow
47 LAKIM - take your time
46 gold falls - synth pop
45 aluna george - your drums your love
44 box of wolves - kate winslet and the american accent ii
43 mister lies - false astronomy
42 deez - Sunday
41 peter broderick - it starts here
40 Patchwork  - U Were in Ma Dreams
39 Sleep ∞ Over - Romantic Streams CFCF remix)
38 inc. - the place
37 lil ugly mane - breezem out
36 party girl - open your eyes
35 t.i.p. - moon struck
34 real player 7 - i like the way
33 delta x - i want to be with u
32 dreams - don’t care about her
31 arca - manners
30 kuhrye-oo - not feeling the love
29 BASKETBALL CAMP - 80′s doctor
28 blithe field - mom likes the 80′s
27 romare - down the line (it takes a number)
26 metronomy - the look (t.i.p.’s shook shook rework)
25 kindness - house
24 jai paul - jasmine
23 kuhrye-oo - give in (for the fame)
22 cristian vogel - lucky connor
21 mustapha mond - so soon
20 triad god - pok
19 babe rainbow - greed (ft. yung clova) (cfcf rermix)
18 the bank - leona
17 a§ap rocky - purple swag (jim e-stack bootleg)
16 kendrick lamar - the art of peer pressure

15 heavy heads – bowflex

14 alexander spit – facemelter (stacey remix)

13 mister lies – cleam

12 jeremih – fuck u all the time (ft. natasha mosley)

11 young & sick – house of spirits

10 veracom – st()ne

9 egyptian hip hop – yoro diallo

8 niki & the dove – in your eyes

7 telephoned – the vow (last call version)

6 inc. – 5days

5 tropics – popup cinema

4 outer limitz – i kontact

3 shoulda – on my roost

2 stay+ – 1812

1 svengali – slow

minternational’s top albums of 2012

the particular album-long timespan of attention that will grab you without getting you weary, well, sure it’s gotten even more something for “real” music listeners (in contrary to let’s say stream or radio people). but even in the age of track per track following on blogs, soundcloud and fileshops, the ALBUM is still the major category of music listening. the connection between album lenght, technical aspects of music making and selling and social structures (capitalism, individualism, modes of identification and so on), that would be an interesting scientific text to get. (same goes for the possibilities of a pop song to still be a pop song). claimimg subjective and objective reasons, giving “most listened to” the slightly bigger argument, these are minternationals’s top albums of 2012:

50 clams casino – instrumental mixtape 2

with his cloudy, washed-out and lo-fi sounds clams casino leaves his mark in the rap scene

49 james ferrao – sushi

the no1 intellectual recycler of these days. the study character of his tracks makes them a bit cold. but there’s a lot going on to discover

48 grimes – visions

a friend of mine said they are sounding like a modern version of enya. well, it’s not that bad and the album definetely has it’s flow

47 lake radio – hypoxia

a collection of more than three (!) hours of interesting pieces. lake radio is definetely to watch out for. maybe this one should be up much higher in the list

46 jessie ware – devotion

jessie, the hipster lady of the year. this album may not be for eternity, just smooth and elegant enough to enjoy over all the other post-adele singers runnning around

45 v.a. – svengali – vol. 1

for me, the svengali label is the best distilling of the sound of 2012. their label sampler vol.1 is the first prove of that

44 cities aviv – black pleasure

their stuff is exctiting but chaotic and the real pleasure of their outcome is not easy to define right now. for the sake of their otherness placed at this position

43 peter broderick – these walls of mine

peter has released two albums this year experimenting with different forms of music distribution and online presentation. the second one is consisting of old diary notes put together with song fragments


a wonderful compilation by the japanese blog Hi-Hi-Whoopee displaying a wonderful “bandcamp-feeling”. very nicely arranged

41 chairlift – something

at first i found it terrible. than i liked it more and more

40 TEAMS – rarities 2008 – 2012

this collection of old and new tracks just shows how genre -defining and -indepedent TEAMS always have been

39 s u r v i v e – st.

epic analoge space disco or whatever this stuff is

38 sean byrd – always was

electronica in the vein of electronica – serious and straight

37 donald fagen – sunken condo

the master’s new solo lp might be a grower in the future

36 the soundtrack of our lives – thow it to the universe

a typical tsool album, what makes it somehow good

35 memory tapes – grace/confusion

a great undefined plastic prog album

34 deniro farrar & shady blaze – kill or be killed

in good old hip hop tradition not every track is good here. but the rest is monsta space ghetto

33 jshih – interval

slightly more adult than other actual stuff, but still very modern

 32 dose – so this is where we are

the second best groundislava’ish album of the year with a promise to chill

31 vacationer – gone

this year’s best forest chill out

30 dexy’s – one day i’m going to soar

terribly produced comeback of the dexy’s midnight runnners

29 groundislava – feel me

is this trip hop?

28 voices from the lake – st.

dub techno in the tradition of gas and plasticman

27 foxy shazam – the church of rock and roll

finally, finally a reason to once listen to any sort of rock gospel backround vocals

26 v.a. – warm#1

very nice dream pop compilation from lumenous

25 boy friend – egyptian wrinkle

wish i would have listened to this one more often

24 horrid red – celestial joy lp

quite authentic cold wave

23 gonzales – solo piano ii

a surprisingly modest chilly gonzales album

22 kendrick lamar – good kid – m.a.a.d city

we all decided this to be the best classic conscious rap album of the year (ok…, this one or kendrick lamar)

21 d’eon – lp

an entertaining round dance of two or three basic elements

20 antwon – end of earth

a short, diversified and impudent pleasure

19 vektroid – color ocean road

a really really good one of it’s kind

18 nils frahm – screws

pulled this short meditation from the eps to the lps (he should work with bon iver one day)


17 suicideyear – st.

a fantastic hip hop producers showcase

16 surgeons in heat – st.

plain and sympathic indie

15 triad god – nxb

a thoughtful version of the streets in mandarin

14 japandroids – celebration rock

celebration rock means fun and action

13 rosie thomas – with love

a kitsch award we dare to give

12 human don’t be angry – st.

humble hyms of malcolm middleton

11 dom kennedy – yellow album

just my personal favourite hip hop album this year, without rhyme or reason

10 bobby womack – the bravest man in the universe

an unvoluntary balancing act between beeing modern and embarrasing, the braveness makes it the first

9 v.a. – svengali vol.2

recent developements brought together and beyound in some sorts of trap-r’n'b

8 selva oscura – refractides

there for you if you want a heartful and uncomplicated headphone dance. nothing to be ashamed about

7 egyptian hip hop – good don’t sleep

a deep hidden level of emotionality

6 john talabot – ƒin

a very unmodern enjoyment of straight and melancholy cosmic house

5 memoryhouse – the sideshow effect

takes time and gives it back elegant and slow. absolutely beautiful

4 rufus wainwright – out of the game

one of those yearly albums i just don’t know why they worked so good in the everyday

3 supreme cuts – whispers in the dark

an album you trust to be a good choice even if you don’t remember the content exactly. like a dinner lp on a planet of music lovers

2 eyeliner – high fashion mood music

nerdiness that outreaches nerdiness through unwavering playfulness

1 lemonade – diver

pop from the other heart of pop: homogeniously, compact and floating – artificial but transporting – solipsistic and participating at the same time

minternational’s top eps of 2012

time to open the list mania. eps. too much of one interpret if you want to check through your latest favourite tracks, too short if you have feel the need to fall deep into a special mood for a longer time. but still, eps are a great format for artists to showcase their makings. here are mi’s top eps of 2012:

25 freddie joachim – waiting

24 rhye – open

23 mmoths – ep1

22 tropics – popup cinema

21 gold falls – frost

20 dreams – flyte

19 dj paypal – why

18 ryan hemsworth – last words

17 mustapha mond – blood red moon

16 haleek maul – oxyconteen

15 expensive looks – besides

14 mister lies & different sleep – mass

13 dress – dress

12 dream continuum – reworkz

11 sun glitters – high

10 mathbonus – languid

9 cfcf – exercises

8 romare – meditations on afrocentrism

7 solange – true

06 wundercastle – straight up leisure time

05 mustapha mond – graves

04 HAIM – forever

03 mister lies – hidden neighbors

02 beaumont – never love me

01 mirror kisses – roman candles