As last year, sneaking in a first instalment of the Festive 33-1/3 before midnight...
Besides each selecting 15 releases that stood out especially for us over the year, subject as ever to the recognition-spreading/hair-shirted restriction of no more than one per artist/label, we highlight a quartet of works that go beyond the confines of a single album.
Separating them out like this gives some additional prominence merited by their ambition & scale.
This year's four comprise:
Various Artists :: Place Language (Fluid Audio)
Various Artists :: Various Artists (eilean 100) (eilean)
Various Artists :: CRXSINGS (self-released)
Ben Vida :: Reducing The Tempo to Zero (Shelter Press)
To be sure, the year brought other deeply worthwhile larger-scale projects. But these four resonated particularly vividly with our ears...
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