Quick fact: in 2018 I listened to 100 albums. All of them were released that year. Now, I wanted to release a “Best of…” list, but decided against it.
The point of me, Huskii Boi, is to bring you music 1) that you haven’t heard before, and 2) that is made for the people by the people, and not radio friendly, industry songs.
I felt releasing a “Best of…” list becomes another meaningless article in the sea of “twitter blogs” which release a new post every hour. How would my humble list ever attract attention? Especially since 99% of the albums I listened to were from established artists. Unfortunately, most of us who source music look a lot like.
That’s where, what I call “the second best music blog in the world” comes in, (huskiiboi.com is the best music blog in the world, btw). PassionWeiss created a list of the best songs or albums of 2018, and purposely only listed small acts.
Not only did it introduce me to new artists, it inspired me to follow their lead, and leave the security of promised clicks brought by writing about established artists, and to create a culture by writing about grassroots phenomena. “Homegrown from the greatest grain, full flavor in the native strain,” is the vibe.
Since then I’ve been scrounging Twitter for anyone talking about a new project they’re dropping: from DIY to those with studio time, I’m listening to everything from those still working to earn fans, and bringing it home, to huskiiboi.com.
The dedicated readers of this blog have endured some trials. I haven’t posted since after my summer trip to Switzerland. I apologize for your dry feed. Chin up, however- though I wasn’t posting, I never stopped the music.
I’m continuing my trend of giving priority to albums from the current year, and have already stumbled upon impressive work from Boogie. I’m also spending more time sourcing international sounds, and finding fresh artists like Zlatan and Koffee. Lovers of nostalgia can still find their place here, too. As I blast off into the future, I sometimes find myself dwelling on records from the past. These meditations, on artists like Hak Baker, provide a look at projects that have aged well, and are probably personally important to me (if you’re into that stuff.)
All in all, Huskii Boi spent the winter getting fat on rhythms, and I’ve tasted a lot of flavors I want to share.
Grab a plate, and find a seat.