No.6 Holden - The Inheritors (Border Community)
And to catch up with my days, here’s number 6, straight at ya.
Thudding it’s way around the year with a wonky home-made synthesiser in tow is James Holden’s latest record which, after hearing it for the first time, I foolishly declared as being “almost perfect.” It’s not. But it’s fucking great.
I listened to “The Idiots are Winning” many, many times over the last 6/7 years and it went on to soundtrack many parties and late night car drives from friends in the countryside. And when it comes to hearing new James Holden material, i’m put in a strange position which I rarely find myself in these days - complete, across the board adoration for whatever he does. I’ve listened to practically all of his commercially available remixes, edits, re-edits, albums, singles, b-sides and mixtapes and there isn’t one which i can think of that i didn’t enjoy (in particular, on the remix tip, check his version of Mercury Rev’s “Senses on Fire”) and listen to repeatedly.
"The Inheritors" is like the capital city to Holden’s map of musical accomplishments. It’s vast, complex and full of hidden gems which you’ll only discover after your 5th of 6th listen. All of Holden’s work up until this point has been merely the foundations, the villages, the irrigation network, the hamlets to feed into what would become Holden City. That’s a horrible metaphor. Ignore what I just wrote. Jesus.
It’s also the first of 2 albums in this top 10 which spans 3 vinyl discs…