Darkside - 2013
Listening to Darkside, the downtempo electronica duo consisting of super producer Nicholas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, you get the feeling this is what James Blake would sound like if he was never classically trained in the piano and decided to do a collaboration with the xx. It's the most stripped-down "electronic" music heard all year, the bare essentials, sometimes just an infectious drum beat and a soft synthesizer paired with one guitar. In a world of maximalism and the-bigger-the-better mindsets so omnipresent in music today, Darkside made a better record by sounding like barely anything then most acts do by sounding as loud and powerful as possible. Favorite songs: Paper Trails, Greek Light Least favourite song: Metatron, Golden Arrow Most overrated song: Golden Arrow most underrated song: Freak, Go Home.
Michael Di Gennaro ranks this as the
#6 favorite album of 2013