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Collection by Carsten Knoch


An up-to-date board of music recommendations. I audition a lot of music & intend to pin only the things that hold my interest—so everything here is a recommendation. And the patchwork of covers is quite beautiful. All genres.

Carsten Knoch
"It squelches like muck and shines like crystal. It beats like a body, but it moves like a mind."

Jon Hopkins: Singularity

Pitched between heat-seeking acid house and ambient bliss, the techno auteur’s first album since 2013 is a beat-music odyssey that thrums with spiritual resonance.

"Hayley Kiyoko isn’t the first to do this, but she is the first unabashedly queer female normalising this in the mainstream on such a transparent, visible level; through her lyrics and her videos. One day, hopefully, we’ll be able to just talk about how great her music is because Expectations surpasses any you might have had."

Album Review: Hayley Kiyoko - Expectations

Hayley Kiyoko offers strong, exploratory queer pop on Expectations

"to articulate, in human terms, the intimate specifics of daily self-defense from your surroundings"

Kendrick Lamar: DAMN.

DAMN. is a widescreen masterpiece of rap, full of expensive beats, furious rhymes, and peerless storytelling about Kendrick’s destiny in America.

Weighing of the Heart, by Nabihah Iqbal

Weighing of the Heart by Nabihah Iqbal, released 01 December 2017 1. Eden Piece 2. Something More 3. Saw U Twice 4. In Visions 5. Alone Together 6. Zone 1 to 6000 7. Feels So Right 8. New New Eyes 9. Slowly 10. Eternal Passion 11. Untitled Friday With the release of her debut album, Nabihah Iqbal makes two big announcements. Firstly, that she’s leaving her old Throwing Shade moniker behind. By embracing the name she was born with, she proudly wears it as a female British Asian artist making…

"Monte Booker has carefully crafted a signature sound for Smino. It sways but it’s sturdy, it bubbles but it not fluff, it bounces but not too much, and it’s light but the sound is full."

Understanding The Divine Feminine In Smino's 'blkswn'

Smino is joined by a host of female collaborators on his debut album that prove that where there is woman, there is light.

"He has created an entire world in the space of an album"

REVIEW: Nick Hakim - Green Twins | ThrdCoast

Laura Kerry The cover of Nick Hakim’s debut LP sports a surrealist, green-hued landscape with a detached eyeball gazing at itself in the mirror. Like an updated Salvador Dali painting, it seems to comment on the way the mind perceives itself. The eyeball is bare and exposed, suggesting vulnerabili

"Future has become the antihero for men who believe emotional torture is essential to masculinity."

Future: HNDRXX

Over a well-played hand of wistful, bright-eyed, and reflective beats, HNDRXX strikes a near-perfect balance between a man still licking his wounds and a man emerging from a long, dark night.

"charts the collapse of a relationship through six downcast tracks"

Charlotte Day Wilson: Stone Woman EP

The Toronto R&B singer’s second EP charts the collapse of a relationship through six downcast tracks.

Very wonderful record. Reminds me of Joni Mitchell circa Jaco Pastorius

Laura Marling: Semper Femina

With Semper Femina, Laura Marling uses a broad study of femininity to explore complex relationships between women. The album is filled with beautiful observations on the psychology of friendship.

"a smart and emotionally effective exploration of the folk tradition that respects musical history without being chained to it, and it's an experiment the Kronos Quartet would do well to repeat in the future"

Folk Songs - Kronos Quartet | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic

Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for Folk Songs - Kronos Quartet on AllMusic - 2017 - The Kronos Quartet have famously refused to allow…

"resembles a folkie take on Laurie Anderson’s giddily eccentric art-pop arrangements"

Jesca Hoop: Memories Are Now

Jesca Hoop’s fourth album Memories Are Now sounds like her most complete and refined statement yet, a boisterously declarative album that’s urgent and at times seditious.

"Drake's course correction to VIEWS bursts with energy"

Drake: More Life

Drake's course correction to VIEWS bursts with energy—more South African house, more grime, more Kanye. It's a long player made for luxuriating and a total immersion into Drake's world-pop lifestyle.

"arrestingly, uncompromisingly thrilling"


Back in 2004 a rising young countertenor released his first solo recording of arias by Handel and Mozart (Arte Nova, A/04). The performances, though technically promising, were a little bloodless emotionally – no match for their many rivals. With his latest disc, Franco Fagioli returns to Handel for the first time as a recitalist since that early effort, and this time the results are arrestingly, uncompromisingly thrilling.

"the new album’s particular saving grace is its self-loathing streak, the sense that scales have fallen from eyes"

Review: First Aid Kit, 'Ruins' | SPIN

It should be obvious: Ruins is about endings. On their fourth album as First Aid Kit, indie-folk darlings Klara and Johanna Söderberg reckon with adult heartache like never before—perhaps because they never had cause. Outwardly, at least, the Söderberg sisters are an astonishing success, a traditionally gifted pair of Bright Eyes fans from Sweden who were singing with Conor Oberst by the time they released their second album, The Lion’s Roar, in 2012. Their third, 2014’s Stay Gold…

"Led by singer Frances Quinlan and her remarkable songcraft, the Philly band’s third album is warm and spacious, filled with rich stories rendered beautifully"

Hop Along: Bark Your Head Off, Dog

Led by singer Frances Quinlan and her remarkable songcraft, the Philly band’s third album is warm and spacious, filled with rich stories rendered beautifully in the abstract.

All Melody, by Nils Frahm

All Melody by Nils Frahm, released 26 January 2018 1. The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched 2. Sunson 3. A Place 4. My Friend the Forest 5. Human Range 6. Forever Changeless 7. All Melody 8. #2 9. Momentum 10. Fundamental Values 11. Kaleidoscope 12. Harm Hymn For the past two years, Nils Frahm has been building a brand new studio in Berlin to make his 7th studio album titled All Melody, which will be released on January 26th, 2018 via Erased Tapes, before Nils embarks on his first world…