Masters of Physics
It’s ridiculous amounts of work, but I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Here’s hoping that this time next year this isn’t something I have only bitter memories of due to a series of catastrophic failures and creating new standards for massive incompetence. FINGERS CROSSED
An idea I had to BEAT DOWN ALL COMERS
CLASSIXX - CLASSIXX
This album is the album you’ll need to have on in the background as you call your stockbroker on your giant mobile phone, asking them to fax you a document with all the money you’re making while you sunbathe surrounded by 80’s hair and neon swimsuited hotties. Just as this scenario is for everyone to enjoy, regardless of sexual preference, this album is for everyone to enjoy, regardless of how 80’s you are.
Good lord, it is like the best bits of the 80’s never died, they only spent the last 23 years in training for the neon soaked future, ready to retake their rightful place as “Ultimate Cultural Entertainment”. I first heard this French Dude back when I was playing through Hotline Miami last year, and it just seems like he keeps getting better and better. Check out tracks 2-4 of this. If your head isn’t filled with recreations of excellent VHS action scenes, it’s probably because you’re a corpse from the VHS action hero who murdered you to his NIGHT DRIVING AVENGER BEATS.
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Another case of “Single Rocks - Album Sucks”. This is a disco wonder for the ages, with all the hooks, driving beats, and Bowie you could ever want.
Long Live The Queen
In which a young girl needs to choose her weekly courses and weekend activities, then gets horribly murdered (but you get a commemorative cushion of her receiving quietus, so at least there’s that). It’s a nice little stat-cruncher that is crazy enjoyable, and then you’re all “OH NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING DON’T EAT THAT AAAAH” because despite being a world expert in Military Strategy, Espionage, and World History, she didn’t think twice about scoffing MYSTERY CHOCOLATES from MYSTERY PERSONS made by MYSTERY COMPANY. NOW YOU’RE DEAD. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY. Also, I’m pretty sure that after SUPER MURDER MAN SHOOT ULTRA VIOLENCE EDITION, this is exactly the palette cleansing sorbet you want. Also I like raising her to be a super determined and mad-as-hell, knowledgeable military + spying genius who can stab stab stab her way out of problems and couldn’t give a rats about acting like a queen. Every time I fail to reach the 40 weeks needed to become TEH QUOON, I just want to try again. It’s that good.
You get home late from your overseas trip, head to the place your family moved in to while you were away, and there’s no one there. Better bust open that cupboard, grab the Christmas Duck, and BUCKLE UP for one of THE MOST TOUCHING MOMENTS OF THE YEAR. I heard the concept of this back in early 2012 (I think), and was instantly enamoured by it, and good lord, was it worth the wait. This piece of masterful work captures the mid 90’s perfectly, and gives you the perfect throwback to being a confused teen (because teens are confused in their natural state). I seriously hope that people take this concept and run with it.
Also: That ambient soundtrack. Oh wow.
Hehe game boy camera you make everything so ditheringly awesome
Now converting all of my favourite photos from this year to the ultimate format: Game Boy Camera
Heck yes, now we are pixel fiends
Coming to you live, courtesy of the finest consumer imaging devices of 1998.