Seductively paced drones work their way through a dark and tribal atmosphere. Pang is the album that sounds most like how 2019 has felt: a little hysterical but romantic, against all odds. With minimal hardware, (mostly just one synth and a drum machine) this meditative track is proof that less sometimes equals more. Feelings of joy and longing are present in a piece that is not even three minutes long. Coupled with the experimental-classical stylings of her sound, marrying chamber music songs with modern production (not to mention a feature from decade-defining Atlanta rapper Future), this current era finds FKA twigs further pushing and playing with preconceptions surrounding black women’s artistry. (Brit Dawson). An 18 minute ode to the morning sun, in the form of an electric organ horizon and little rays of echoing acoustic guitars, gleaming brilliantly amid the drones. Field recordings of bird chatter and wind and water telegraph the disposition here; this is music meant to celebrate the natural world. Expertly crafted and unexpected. In each of our best "world music" albums of the year, artists ask their audience to leave behind insular world views and understand new perspectives. But others are helping to move country from near homogeneity to a diverse pastiche. With the imaginary and transcending vocals of Ose and melting, dubby electronics from Pontiac Streator, September is no exception. Of course, we should have expected nothing less from the rapper who led chants of “fuck Theresa May” at his gigs, and brandished Boris Johnson’s ‘severed head’ at the Mercury Prize awards, but slowthai’s debut was particularly special in its determination to recognise the downtrodden population too-often forgotten by Westminster’s ghouls. The songs are great, too – “xanny” was a straight-edge anthem wrapped up in a lovely, Lana-ish ballad, and “bad guy”, the song that finally knocked Lil Nas X off his saddle, was the best bit of pantomime pop villiainy this side of “The Real Slim Shady”. America's myriad hip-hop scenes delivered the goods, and African rap gave us many stellar releases. My most memorable experiences with Oren Ambarchi's music have even his crushing live shows, which are heavy in ways that few other music is. December 5, 2019 9:00AM ET The 50 Best Albums of 2019 From ‘Lover’ to ‘Cuz I Love You,’ ‘Death Race to Love,’ and beyond, here are the records that defined the year Now English fans scream along to the pidgin in “Dangote”, singing the names of Africa’s envied wealthy elite with very little idea of what they’re saying. All of them are patient and otherworldly, but this one just a little more so. Calm, warm tones rise and fall, creating a peaceful and nostalgic atmosphere. Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano, FRKWYS Vol. Somewhere in a place where disturbing ambient and left-field techno live, lies this wicked, pounding track from Japanese artist Lemna. The magic here is in the electric guitar work—played both by Hatakeyama and Tetuzi Akiyama—that wrings totally unfamiliar shapes out of an intimately familiar instrument. Inspired by the traumatic and tenuous aftermath of the birth of his son, Kevin Richard Martin's new record is tense and harrowing. Schray's music is like golden hour lighting in the form of the song, bathing whatever spaces they inhabit in an unearthly glow. Opening with a mysterious and desolate soundscape, this dark ambient piece develops into a solemn dream state where all who listen are lost and don’t want to be found. Écoutez Ambient Beauty Mix Songs: Best 2019 New Age Relaxing Music for Spa, Music for Masasage, Blissful Healing Relaxation, Deep Serenity par Relaxing Music sur Deezer. By. Every time you listen, you can find another tiny melody or textured bit of noise to marvel over. “It’s high time you learned to get by,” she sings on the album’s opener “A Lot’s Gonna Change”. Really nice long-form drone. I stand by it, and IGOR was the moment that Tyler, the Creator completed his full transition from simply a rapper, to Brian Wilson-esque auteur, complete with a compelling new look. Sporting a central theme of the duality of night, Siavash Amini returns with a four-track record often slow in pace but occasionally broken up by nightmarish drone leads and noise samples. FKA twigs’ second album MAGDALENE is cinematic, ambitious, and deeply emotional. With Lil Nas X, the world saw the shift. M. Geddes Gengras, I Am The Last of That Green and Warm-Hued World. This record begins with a meditation on the meaning of happiness, then quickly moves into a narration of the story of the doomed cannibals in the Donner Party, before relating the story of people who fall from great heights and live.