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2017 Albums of the Year: Mura Masa – Mura Masa


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.

Mura Masa’s set was hands down the best thing at WayHome this year. Sure, there were also giant electronic artists like Flume, Justice, and Marshmello on what turned out to be the festival’s final line-up, but young Alex Crossan (he’s only 21) had the audience at the side stage of the Oro-Medonte grounds dancing like no one was watching. To be honest, it became next to impossible to bust out any of your best moves; it seemed like every attendee decided to cram into the smallest performance area of the festival to see what they were missing.

And what were they missing? An actual live performance, complete with Mura Masa on drums and live vocals. So rare in the electronic world!

Anyone who’s listened to the twice nominated 2017 release can tell you that it’s a strong contender for Best Dance/Electronic Album, and not just because it features artists such as A$AP Rocky, Charlie XCX, and Damon Albarn. From beginning to end, the beats are varied and the vocals diverse, but the consistency in quality is there. Not once is Mura Masa boring. Not once.

Still not sure if Mura Masa is for you? “But I haven’t heard anything from the album,” you may protest. Of course, you have; it’s hard to escape “Love$ick.” Have a listen. I promise it’ll sound familiar.

-Michelle Farres


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2013 Albums of the Year: Kanye West – Yeezus


The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2013. We gathered best-of lists from staff and contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with twelve records that unanimously wowed us this year.

Kanye West doesn’t release albums, he releases roller coasters. Yeezus is no exception—a thrill-ride from front to end.

When Kanye tweeted a release date for his new album to his ten million plus followers, early in 2013, everyone prepared to watch him fall on his face. So what does Kanye do? He releases another groundbreaking, near-perfect record, packed with creativity and originality. When things go fast, they go really fast, and he hits with straight-to-the-point, right-on-beat reflections. When things go slow, they get dark (really dark).

Folks will keep flogging a dead horse over what Kanye’s saying, but if you want to know the reason why he makes it to the top of most year-end lists, look no further than his albums’ production. He enlisted an army of producers for this one, including Daft Punk, and at no point does Yeezus ever get boring. It’s a never-ending onslaught of brilliant hooks, riffs, and grooves, where Kanye challenges himself by incorporating post punk, acid house and industrial influences (specifically fuzzes and hisses) into the respect he has for hip-hop structuring.

In a strong year for hip-hop, where we saw great albums like Danny Brown’s Old, Run The Jewels’ self-titled record and A$AP Rocky’s LONG.LIVE.A$AP, there’s still no avoiding the fact that Yeezy stands head and shoulders above the crowd.

The beauty of that SNL clip up above, is that it doesn’t matter who you are, you get it: he has an album called Yeezus; there is a spotlight on his face. He tries to walk the razor’s edge with the censors, sometimes resorting to mumbling to fly under their radar, sometimes just surrendering to the temptation altogether. You can’t help thinking that it’s gonna be heading to a ‘Please stand by’ graphic at any moment.


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