Thursday, December 15, 2011

Top-20 countdown - no.06

Jamie Woon - Mirrorwriting

The singles & EPs he released before his first album wet up the appetite for its content from way too early.  His music, a special mix of soul and electronica is particularly seductive. Sometimes rhythmic, sometimes melancholy, he tries to keep the listener's interest irreducible, something he generally manages impeccably. Hopes for a new huge discovery in the future of dub-step were wildly exaggerated. Of course that does not mean he's bad: on the contrary. He just has to try a little more. And he's the more human at that. Which I really really like. If he manages to write more really exceptional songs (like Night Air) to match the level of his soundscapes, we will have something really incredible in our hands. So Jamie, we are counting on you.

(Part of the text above was first published as a review for free-press magazine Screw, issue 29)

So far:

07. Acid House Kings - Music Sounds Better With You
08. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
09. When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie
10. James Blake - James Blake
11. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
12. P.J. Harvey - Let England Shake
13. Scott Matthew - Gallantry's Favorite Son
14. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
15. Patrick Wolf - Lupercalia
16. Gotye - Making Mirrors
17. Austra - Feel It Break
18. Soley - We Sink
19. Cat's Eyes - Cat's Eyes
20. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy

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