Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 Albums

Kitzl – 40 Moons That We Know Of [self-released]

Bombnivours – Metamorphonic [self-released]

Waxlimbs – The Autumn Bell [self-released]

Iamthemorning – The Bell [Kscope]

Mappe Of – The Isle of Ailynn [Paper Bag Records]

MIMICO – Hi-Action [Hand Drawn Dracula]

Devours – Iconoclast [Artoffact Records]

Clara Engel – Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II [self-released]

Most People – Call Me Up [self-released]

A Formal Horse – Here Comes A Man From The Council With A Flamethrower [self-released]

Mark Wylie – Moments [self-released]

Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean [Inside Out Music]

Bleu Nuit – Le jardin des mémoires [Michel Records]

Flore Laurentienne – Vol 1 [Costume Records]

Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle [International Anthem]

Hymns57 – Peyote Road Burn [self-released]

Eric Thorfinnson – Qwag [self-released]

Warez – Warez [self-released]

Organ Mood – Indivisible [Dare To Care Records]

Courtney Swain – Between Blood and Ocean [self-released]

Honourable Mentions: nêhiyawak – nipiy [Arts & Crafts] / Archipelago – Archipelago [s/r] / Eine Kleine China – User Illusion II [Boat Dreams From The Hill] / Sunglaciers – Foreign Bodies [s/r] / The Moon Runners – Wakeless 2096 [s/r] / Sarah Pagé – Dose Curves [Forward Music Group] / Colliding Canyons – Desert Ballads [s/r] / Comedy For Airports – Ambient 1: Comedy for Airports [s/r] / Matmos – Plastic Anniversary [Thrill Jockey] / Darkroom – The Noise Is Unrest [s/r]

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 Singles

Faunts – There Will be Blood

That Joe Payne – End of the Tunnel

Renard Blanc – Feu Sacré


Dog Drive Mantis – Volta

Dévah Quartet – Day Without Dawn

SOMBRA – Casablanka

Bent Knee – Hold Me In

SAGES – Until Now

Iamthemorning – Song of Psyche

Glutton – Pinhole

Isla Den – Navi.6

Devours – Garnet Graves

Waxlimbs – After the Wreak

Bonnie Trash – Shades of You

SICK BOSS – After you

GelaX – Life

JESSA – Simple Little Song

yoo doo right – The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car

Most People – Leavin’ It All Behind

Honourable Mentions: Warez – Stupid / Apollo Suns – Silver Gloves / The Moon Runners – danceboy.exe / Darkroom – Serenade / Bleu Nuit – Le même discours / iskwē – Little Star / Gallus Mag – Drag / Fifth Species – Tub / Midas Fall – Blink / suffer fools – bourgeois death

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 Music Videos


GelaX – Life

MIMICO – Common Tar

Bent Knee – Hold Me In

Most People – Leavin’ It All Behind

Kitzl – Wizard Girls

Iamthemorning – Song of Psyche

Organ Mood – Verde brillante

iskwē – Little Star

Bonnie Trash – Shades of You

Romshii ft. SAGES – All Of My Heart

JOYFULTALK – Peace Fight

Bāsal – A Brief InnerMission

Dog Drive Mantis – Volta

Devours – Garnet Graves

Alex K Redfearn and the Eyesores – Bat Living In My Room

Orville Peak – Hope To Die

JEROBOAM – Myriad Ways

Pick a Piper – Sentience

Steven Wilson – Song of Unborn

Honourable Mentions: The Waverlys – Dark River / Courtney Swain – Sweet Snow / Glass Armour – Wishful / L CON – Believe / Motherhood – #224 / Corridor – Topographe / Devin Townsend – Genesis / SUNDIVER – Cat In A Box / Sarah Pagé – Stasis / Bleu Nuit – Trou Noir

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

“The Infernal Egg” by Ade Hodges and Duke Gray

Bare witness to the variable transient formation and dissolution of progressive ambient soundscapes that spark cosmic yearning. This cross-continental collaborative work by Duke Gray of OddsFiche and Ade Hodgens is fit with of stereoscopic ingenuity and perplexing dynamic sound effects. They explore the intentionality and entanglement of cacophonous noise and symphonic drones, as sound layers chock and breath interstellar life.

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2018 – Top 25 Albums

25. Ellemetue: En pays lointains (Dare To Care Records)

24. Efrim Manuel Menuck: Pissing Stars (Constellation Records)

23. The Gateless Gate: Nothing Is Missing (self-released)

22. Cheer-Accident: Fades (Skin Graft Records)

21. Jean-Michel Blais: Dans ma main (Arts & Crafts)

20. Die Wilde Jagd: Uhrwald Orange (Bureau B)

19. Midas Fall: Evaporate (Monotreme Records)

18. GoGo Penguin: A Humdrum Star (Blue Note Records)

17. Perfect Beings: Vier (InsideOut Music)

16. Riverside: Wasteland (InsideOut Music)

15. Gösta Berlings Saga: ET EX (InsideOut Music)

14. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan: Dirt (Paper Bag Records)

13. Lunatic Soul: Under the Fragmented Sky (Kscope)

12. Dog Drive Mantis: How Did We Get Here? (self-released)

11. Other Families: MOONROCK (self-released)

10. Alec K. Redfearn & The Eyesores: The Opposite (Cuneiform Records)

9. Fifth Species: Life in the Punch Line (self-released)

8. The Slyde: Awakening (self-released)

7. Gleb Kolyadin: Gleb Kolyadin (Kscope)

6. TesseracT: Sonder (Kscope)

5. Sandro Perri: In Another Life (Constellation Records)

4. VERSA: VERSA (self-released)

3. Jeremy Dutcher: Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (self-released)

2. Renard Blanc: Nuit (Sexy Sloth Records)

1. Nosound: Allow Yourself (Kscope)

Honourable Mentions:
akey: drawing (Dewfall Records) | Always a Bad Thing: Always a Bad Thing (Baffled Octopi Records) | AWOOGA: Conduit (Rockosmos) |Baby Labour: Full Legal Stop (self-released)| Blanket: How to Let Go (Music For Nations) | Brad de Roo: Brad de Roo’s Chimeras of Decline (self-released) | ce qui nous traverse: Volume/Incident (Cuchabata Records) | Del Suelo: The Musican’s Compass- A 12 Step Programme (Wrist Shot Records and Books) | envision audio: Emotives (self-released) | Everett Bird: People Person (Royal Mountain Records) | Gazpacho: Soyuz (Kscope) | Gecko: Beautiful Violence (self-released) | Giraffes? Geraffes!: Memory Lame (Topshelf Records) | Haken: Vector (InsideOut Music) | Haolin Munk: Planestasia Suite (self-released) | Iamthemorning: Ocean Sounds (Kscope) | Jason Sharp: Stand Above The Streams (Constellation Records) | Jessica Moss: Entanglement (Constellation Records) | Joshua Van Tassel: Crossworlds (Backward Records) | Kontinuum: No Need to Reason (Season of Mist) | L CON: Insecurities in Being (Wildlife Sanctuary Sound) |The Leaks: Discorporate (self-released) | Luge: Tall Is Just A Feeling (self-released) | Lunar Lemur: You Can Tell Because The Quantum Cat Version Has An Origami Face (Trinket Trance) | Masters of Nothing: Heat Death (self-released) | musicformessier: Protoplanet (self-released) | Nils Frahm: All Melody (Erased Tapes Records) | Ninja Sex Party: Cool Patrol (self-released) | OddsFiche: Can’t Autograph a Snowball (self-released)| Oh.: Metallia (self-released) | Omhouse: Eye To Eye (self-released) | Peripheral Vision: More Songs About Error And Shame (self-released) | The Pineapple Thief: Dissolution (Kscope) | The Purveyors of Free Will: If They Mention My Name in Hell, Just Keep Runnin’… (Baffled Octopi Records) | Qais Essar: The Ghost You Love Most (self-released) | Rhye: Blood (Last Gang Records) | Seth Graham: Gasp (Orange Milk Records) | Shmu: Lead Me To The Glow (GTZ Records) | Silent Island: Stormvalley (self-released) | Stvannyr: Secrets of the runes (self-released) | This Will Destroy You: New Others Part One (Banquet Records) | Twilight Fields: Our Time Is Now (self-released) | U.S. Girls: In a Poem Unlimited (4AD) | Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Sex & Food (Jagjaguwar / Outside Records) | Witch Prophet: The Golden Octave (88 Days of Fortune)

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2018 – Top 25 EPs

25. Abandoned Life.BC: Abandoned Life (self-released)

24. Fractal Cypher: Prelude To An Impending Outcome (self-released)

23. General Gruff X The Purveyors of Free Will: General Purv (Baffled Octopi Records)

22. Guitar PK: Closing Credits (GPK Recordings)

21. Night Verses: Copper Wasp (self-released)

20. BIRMANI: EP2 (Cuchabata Records)

19. Bastila: Genera (self-released)

18. BLVD NOIR: Ombres (self-released)

17. Shapes by HIGHPARK (Copper Sound Studio)

16. GURTH: Autophage (self-released)

15. Milhouse: Greatest Hits Vol II (self-released)

14. Kerrowood: The Colour Mood (self-released)

13. nehiyawak: Starlight (Arts & Crafts Productions)

12. Sweet Toothe: Sweet Toothe Debut EP (self-released)

11. Piines: The White Side (self-released)

10. Wangled Teb: Earth (Robot Hunter Records)

9. Too Attached: Angry (self-released)

8. Clara Engel: A Shore For From Any Prison (self-released)

7. That Joe Payne: What Is The World Coming To (self-released)

6. Darkroom: paradise yard (self-released)

5. Dru Jacey: There it was; where it goes – DEMO (self-released)

4. Edelveiss: Skull | Jaw | Hook (self-released)

3. Future Peers: I’m Sorry (Garment District Records)

2. Devouring Saturn: Of Light | Of Dark (self-released)

1. Ostrich Bouquet: Perennial (self-released)

Honourable Mentions:
Dead Tooth: Still Beats (Five Kill Records) | Fog Lake: carousel (self-released) | Fusilier: Duty (Brassland) | Jarouse: My Aggression (self-released) | Jaunt: Cue (self-released) | Mythless: Patience Hell (Joyful Noise Recordings) | Pantomime: Cosmic Joke (self-released)

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2018 – Top 50 Songs

50. “Not to Scale or Painted” by Cloudkicker

49. “Sign Of The Times” by Cloudy Head

48. “Chemicals” by Forest Pilots

47. “Goat Lore” by The World Next Door

46. “Vestibule of Hell” by Voices From The Fuselage

45. “The Adulthood Lie (Edit)” by The Tangent

44. “Féminin Masculin” by B LE U N U IT

43. “Soyuz One” by Gazpacho

42. “Under the Eye of the Sun” by Steve Hackett

41. “Origin” by Hold My Hand Spaceman

40. “時(Toki)” by SweetSleep

39. “Insane!” by Sweet Toothe

38. “Nocturne” by OneOverZero

37. “Nova” by Bastila

36. “Grey Shapes on Concrete Fields” by Kino

35. “Far Below” by The Pineapple Thief

34. “ZERO” by Red Cain

33. “Leave This Place” by Bilateral

32. “The Best of Days (ft. Steve Hogarth)” by Gleb Kolyadin

31. “How Big The Space” by Steven Wilson

30. “Summon” by VANCORVID

29. “Something In The Trees” by cecs
Exclusively Premiered on The Sentinel’s Marvellous Kaleidoscope at CFRU 93.3 FM – Show 74: That Jazzerfied Intonation (Hour 1) –,%202018%20at%2015:00%20-%20CFRU%2093.3.mp3 (Skip to 27:20)

28. “alt to unending conquest (dreams version)” by Luyos MC / Anthony Donovan

27. “LuvBytes” by Dusts of Binary

26. “Vale of Tears” by Riverside

25. “Oubliette” by Raphael Weinroth-Browne

24. “Wilderness Chant” by Stvannyr

23. “War” by Subterranea

22. “Eclipse” by OVILOR

21. “Waterhole” by AWOOGA

20. “Cocaine Kangaroo” by Moths & Locusts

19. “The Colour Pink” by Bodhi Jar

18. “Are All Fish the Same Shape If You Stretch Them?” by Lunar Lemur

17. “Finna Skedaddle” by ART the Band

16. “Là où les veines rétrécissent” by Renard Blanc

15. “Poisonous Kiss” by Archipelago

14. “City Apart (Single Edit)” by Fifth Species

13. “Diamond Duller” by Dizzy Mystics

12. “Anunnaki – Patterns of Light” by Perfect Beings

11. “Untamed” by Lunatic Soul

10. “Landslide” by Arcane Roots

9. “The Weight of History” by Brian Eno & Kevin Shields

8. “Golden Prayers” by Leprous

7. “Danny Don’t You Know” by Ninja Sex Party

6. “Puzzle Box” by Haken

5. “King” by TesseracT

4. “Don’t You Dare” by Nosound

3. “Fukue’s Theme Part I (from the Finding Fukue Soundtrack)” by Jessica Stuart

2. “Wasteland” by Andy Wiseman

1. “I Need A Change” by That Joe Payne