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Tuesday, 4 December 2018

SubVersion Stop 320: Wire Chart 2018

Okay then, here's my sixth (2018) set of acquisitions, all according to the criterion “buying one record reviewed in The Wire each month” – plus three more to make up a proper Wire 15 chart. For reference, the previous five years’ were: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

The # marks denote the issues in which the records featured.

SubVersion 2018 15

#407 Ariadne - Stabat Mater (Auris Apothecary)
#408 Joan La Barbara - The Early Immersive Music of Joan La Barbara (Mode)
#409 John Cage - The Works for Percussion 4 (Mode)
#410 Susana Santos Silva - All the Rivers: Live at the Panteão Nacional (Clean Feed)
#411 Eva-Maria Houben - Breath for Organ (Second Editions)
#412 Kamaal Williams - The Return (Black Focus)
#413 Pierre Henry - Polyphonies (Radio France / Decca)
#414 Angélique Kidjo - Remain in Light (Kravenworks)
#415 Serena Butler - We Want Neither Clean Hands Nor Beautiful Souls (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
#416 Gazelle Twin - Pastoral (Anti-Ghost Moon Ray)
#417 Puce Mary - The Drought (Pan)
#418 Guttersnipe - My Mother the Vent (Upset the Rhythm)

+#407 Godflesh - Post Self (Avalanche / Hospital Productions)
+#408 Terre Thaemlitz - Deproduction (Comatonse)
+#418 Black Replica - Dreams Versus Reality (Metaphysik)

Compiled by Jonathan Tait, subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk

Of those, Puce Mary (Frederikke Hoffmeier) now has the very great (!) distinction of being the first artist to make into my yearly lists twice (her previous LP The Spiral featured in 2016). But my favourite record of 2018 is Angélique Kidjo's reworking of Talking Heads’ Remain in Light, which in itself is one of my favourite LPs, and yet Kidjo's version makes it sound comparatively tame. Check out The Great Curve, for instance. And notice that lyrics like “the world moves on a woman's hips; the world moves and it bounces and hops”, which sound pretty naff coming from David Byrne, take on a whole new power when sung by Kidjo. I love this record :)

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