Music For Your Weekend: Aaron Byrd's overlooked albums of 2019 edition

Written by

Maria Usbeck 'Envejeciendo'

Hope you are enjoying the holidays, I know I certainly am. The next time we touch base will be in the New Year, but while we're still in 2019, here are a few releases from this year that were slept on.

By the way, I intentionally waited to submit this list until after everyone's "Best Of" lists were published, because it's a safe bet that if one of us DJs have declared an album worthy of our Top Ten then it has not been slept on. As a consequence, none of the following albums are on anyone's lists and are in no particular order.

Enjoy and happy New Year! 

Bobby Oroza - This Love
Classic 60s soul from Finnish singer/songwriter 

The Godfathers Of Deep House SA - The 1st Commandment Chapter 27
The name says it all. Soulful, deep house from South Africa

BEA1991 - Brand New Adult
This album is wherever electronics, yacht pop, global-fi R&B and chamber folk music merge

Maria Usbeck - Envejeciendo 
A concept album about our obsession with youth and death. Lush with tropical, new wave, synth-heavy pop songs sung in Spanglish 

Garçons - Be Human
Seamless fusion of funk, soul, jazz that keeps the head nodding

Noah - 像自己
Music inspired by urban landscapes, specifically Tokyo, that are real, fantasied and dreamed about. The soundscapes switch effortlessly between delicate art-pop compositions to driving, darker sounds

Dexter Story - Bahir
East African music composed and reimagined by a native Angeleno

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal - Back at the House
Solid hip-hop album with a classic feel to it. Should be noted for those unfamiliar, Hemlock Ernst is the rap moniker of Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring

Carla dal Forno - Look Up Sharp
A combination of post-punk, trip-hop & lo-fi folk

iLe - Almadura
A celebration of traditional Puerto Rican and Latin music

Check out this video playlist featuring work from all of the artists