• Top Tracks of 2011

    Gen 2 2012, 11:35

    tUnE-yArDs – Powa
    Low – Nothing But Heart
    SBTRKT – Pharaohs (feat. Roses Gabor)
    Ghostpoet – Onetwos / Run Run Run
    Gillian Welch – Tennessee
    Kurt Vile – Baby's Arms
    Raphael Saadiq – Movin' Down The Line
    Metronomy – Corinne
    tUnE-yArDs – Business
    Dawes – So Well

    Battles – Ice Cream feat. Matias Aguayo
    Joan as Police Woman – I Was Everyone
    Mara Carlyle – But Now I Do…
    King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Bubble
    Seefeel – Rip-Run
    PJ Harvey – Written On The Forehead
    Tyler, the Creator – She Feat. Frank Ocean
    Kurt Vile – Peeping Tomboy
    Laura Marling – I Was Just A Card
    Seefeel – Sway

    Adele – Someone Like You
    Beverley Knight – Damn
    EMA – Butterfly Knife
    Katy B – Why You Always Here
    Nero – Crush On You
    Kanye West & Jay-Z – Niggas in Paris
    Modeselektor – Berlin (feat. Miss Platnum)
    The Unthanks – Give Away Your Heart
    Iron & Wine – Godless Brother in Love
    St. Vincent – Surgeon

    Lucinda Williams – Copenhagen
    Nero – Innocence
    Mara Carlyle – Bowlface En Provence
    The Mummers – Call Me A Rainbow
    The Dirtbombs – Sharivari
    Lia Ices – Lilac
    Lykke Li – I Know Places
    Planningtorock – Milky Blau
    Wilco – Art Of Almost
    Björk – Crystalline (Omar Souleyman version)

    Kanye West & Jay-Z – New Day
    James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream
    Julianna Barwick – Flown
    The Mummers – Driving Home
    Metronomy – Love Underlined
    Eleanor Friedberger – Inn of the Seventh Ray
    tUnE-yArDs – Killa
    Vijay Iyer, Prasanna, Nitin Mitta – Gauntlet
    Ane Brun – Do You Remember
    Gillian Welch – Dark Turn of Mind

    Jill Scott – Hear My Call
    Thao & Mirah – Spaced Out Orbit
    The Rapture – Come Back to Me
    Modeselektor – War Cry
    PJ Harvey – On Battleship Hill
    Kanye West & Jay-Z – No Church In The Wild feat. Frank Ocean
    Astrid Williamson – Pour
    Kate Bush - Misty
    tUnE-yArDs – Gangsta
    North Sea Radio Orchestra – Heavy Weather

    Abigail Washburn – Burn Thru
    Sarah Jarosz – Broussard's Lament
    Deerhoof – Super Duper Rescue Heads!
    Cornershop – Don't Shake It
    Battles – Futura
    Braids - Lemonade
    Lia Ices – New Myth
    Emmy the Great – Dinosaur Sex
    Ane Brun – The Light From One
    Lanterns on the Lake – Keep On Trying

    Oh Land – Lean
    Iron & Wine – Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me
    Kurt Vile – Puppet To The Man
    Lykke Li – Love Out of Lust
    The Wailin' Jennys – You Are Here
    Jamie Woon – Blue Truth
    tUnE-yArDs – My Country
    Gillian Welch – Scarlet Town
    PJ Harvey – England
    Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce

    The Unthanks - Starless
    Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit
    Adele – Rolling In The Deep
    Kate Bush – Song of Solomon
    Kanye West & Jay-Z – Made In America feat. Frank Ocean
    Joan As Police Woman - Flash
    Little Dragon – Crystalfilms
    Shelby Lynne - The Thief
    Deerhoof – I Did Crimes for You
    Abigail Washburn – City Of Refuge

    Lia Ices – Love Is Won
    Jill Scott – Le BOOM Vent Suite
    Ghostpoet – Garden Path
    Braids – Glass Deers
    EMA – The Grey Ship
    Metronomy – The Look
    The Field - Is This Power
    Low – Try to Sleep
    Kurt Vile – Society Is My Friend
    Tyler, the Creator – Goblin

    20 from 2010

    The Floacist – Need You
    I Am Kloot - Lately
    The Floacist – Alright Then
    Nellie McKay - Adios
    Martha Tilston - The Cape
    Voice of the Seven Thunders - The Burning Mountain
    Steve Mason - Am I Just A Man
    Kathryn Williams - Little Lesson
    The Staves – Mexico
    Kasai Allstars and Juana Molina - Hoy Supe Que Viajas

    The Floacist - Let Me
    I Am Kloot - Radiation
    Kathyrn Williams - Winter Is Sharp
    Aberfeldy - In Denial
    The Bees - No More Excuses
    Voice of the Seven Thunders - Set Fire To The Forest
    Steve Mason - The Letter
    Emeralds - Genetic
    Phospherescent - Hej Me I'm Light
    Big Boi - Tangerine
  • Favourite Albums of 2011

    Gen 2 2012, 11:32

    tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
    PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
    Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
    Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
    Lia Ices – Grown Unknown
    Mara Carlyle – Floreat
    Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
    Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
    The Unthanks - Diversions Vol. 1 - the Songs of Robert Wyatt and Antony & the Johnsons
    Metronomy - The English Riviera

    Adele – 21
    King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine
    Jill Scott – The Light Of The Sun
    Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
    Ghostpoet - Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam
    Tyler, The Creator - Goblin
    Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge
    Seefeel – Seefeel
    Ane Brun – It All Starts With One
    EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

    Joan as Police Woman - The Deep Field
    Lucinda Williams – Blessed
    The Dirtbombs - Party Store
    Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
    Low – C'mon
    The Mummers - Mink Hollow Road
    The Unthanks – Last
    North Sea Radio Orchestra - I a moon
    Kate Bush - 50 Words for Snow
    Braids - Native Speaker

    Cornershop – Cornershop & The Double 'O' Groove Of
    James Blake - James Blake
    Battles – Gloss Drop
    Lanterns on the Lake - Gracious Tide, Take Me Home
    Bjork - Biophilia
    Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
    Modeselektor - Monkeytown
    Little Dragon - Ritual Union
    Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
    The Rapture - In the Grace of Your Love

    10 from 2010

    The Floacist - Presents Floatic Soul
    I Am Kloot - Sky At Night
    Kathryn Williams - The Quickening
    Steve Mason - Boys Outside
    Martha Tilston - Lucy and The Wolves
    LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening
    The Bees - Every Steps's A Yes
    Eliza Carthy - Gift
    Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here?
    Kristin Hersh - Crooked
  • Top Tracks 2010

    Gen 3 2011, 0:47

    Erykah Badu – Window Seat
    Joanna Newsom – Good Intentions Paving Company
    John Grant – Chicken Bones
    Magnetic Man – I Need Air feat. Angela Hunte
    Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People (Classic Rock version)
    Joanna Newsom – Easy
    Erykah Badu – Turn Me Away (Get MuNNY)
    Laura Veirs – July Flame
    Sleigh Bells – A/B Machines
    Lindstrom and Christabelle – So much fun

    Janelle Monáe – Mushrooms & Roses
    Kaki King – Spit It Back in My Mouth
    Joanna Newsom – You and Me, Bess
    Anaïs Mitchell – Why We Build The Wall feat. Greg Brown
    Gorillaz – Sweepstakes (Feat. Mos Def and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble)
    Four Tet – Love Cry
    Joanna Newsom – Jackrabbits
    Sa Dingding – Xi Carnival
    Laura Veirs – Make Something Good
    First Aid Kit – In the Morning

    CocoRosie – Lemonade
    Black Mountain – The Space of Your Mind
    Carolina Chocolate Drops – Hit 'Em Up Style
    Erykah Badu – 20 Feet Tall
    Husky Rescue – We Shall Burn Bright
    Janelle Monáe – Locked Inside
    John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz
    Serena Maneesh – D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D
    Gorillaz – To Binge (Feat. Little Dragon)
    Liars – Scarecrows On A Killer Slant

    Martina Topley-Bird – Baby Blue
    Redlight feat. Roses Gabor – Stupid
    Kaki King – Everything Has an End, Even Sadness
    Kanye West – Power
    Kelis – Acapella
    New Young Pony Club – We Want To
    Janelle Monáe – Cold War
    These New Puritans – We Want War
    Charlotte Gainsbourg – Greenwich Mean Time
    Georgia Anne Muldrow – Doobie Down

    Tunng – Don't Look Down Or Back
    Janelle Monáe – Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
    The Besnard Lakes – Light Up The Night
    The Living Sisters – Double Knots
    Aloe Blacc – I Need A Dollar
    Four Tet – Plastic People
    Kanye West – Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver)
    Laura Veirs – Summer Is The Champion
    Smoosh – Aaarplane
    Yeasayer – Mondegreen

    M.I.A. – XXXO
    Röyksopp – The Fear
    Sufjan Stevens – I Walked
    The Fall – Bury Pts. 1 + 3
    Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM
    Yahzarah – All My Days feat. Darien Brockington
    Emily Portman – Pretty Skin
    Martina Topley-Bird – Phoenix
    Caribou – Jamelia
    John Grant – Leopard And Lamb

    Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz
    Joanna Newsom – Baby Birch
    jj – Golden Virginia
    Serena Maneesh – Ayisha Abyss (Lindstrøm Mix)
    School of Seven Bells – Dust Devil
    Big Boi – Shutterbugg
    These New Puritans – Fire–Power
    Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
    Tunng – The Roadside
    Laetitia Sadier – Un Soir, Un Chien

    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood
    Röyksopp – The Alcoholic
    Joanna Newsom – No Provenance
    Emily Portman – Tongue-Tied
    Martina Topley-Bird – Valentine
    Sufjan Stevens – The Owl and the Tanager
    Husky Rescue – Sound Of Love
    Peter Broderick – When I'm Gone
    Gorillaz – Broken
    New Young Pony Club – Lost A Girl

    Yahzarah – Cry Over You feat. Phonte
    Caribou – Odessa
    Yeasayer – Love Me Girl
    These New Puritans – Attack Music
    Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell - Lullaby
    Smoosh – Finnerödja
    Four Tet – Circling
    Röyksopp – Forsaken Cowboy
    School of Seven Bells – Camarilla
    Carolina Chocolate Drops – Reynadine

    Pantha du Prince – Lay in a Shimmer
    Laura Marling – Darkness Descends
    Robyn – Don't Fucking Tell Me What to Do
    Laura Veirs – Sun Is King
    John Grant – Sigourney Weaver
    Ty – Heart Is Breaking feat. Sway & Roses Gabor
    Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Feat. Little Dragon)
    Sleigh Bells – Tell 'Em
    Hot Chip – Keep Quiet
    Roots Manuva vs Wrongtom - Chin Up

    10 more left over from 2009
    Cortney Tidwell – Oh, Suicide
    Ana Cañas – Super Mulher
    Kurt Vile – Freak Train
    CéU – Bubuia
    The Handsome Family - My Friend
    Tori Amos - Give
    Mos Def - Quiet Dog Bite Hard
    Cortney Tidwell – Being Crosby
    Kurt Vile – Heart Attack
    Clare & the Reasons – Murder, They Want Murder
  • 2010 Favourite Albums

    Gen 3 2011, 0:24

    Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me
    Laura Veirs – July Flame
    Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
    Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
    Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh

    Four Tet – There Is Love In You
    These New Puritans – Hidden
    Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
    Martina Topley-Bird – Some Place Simple
    Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM

    John Grant – Queen Of Denmark
    Kaki King – Junior
    First Aid Kit – The Big Black And The Blue
    Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
    Husky Rescue – Ship Of Light

    New Young Pony Club – The Optimist
    Röyksopp – Senior
    Caribou – Swim
    M.I.A. – MAYA
    Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

    Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People EP
    Laetitia Sadier – The Trip
    School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire
    Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
    Tunng – ...And Then We Saw Land
    Sleigh Bells – Treats
    Pantha du Prince – Black Noise
    The Living Sisters – Love To Live
    Serena Maneesh – S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor
    CocoRosie – Grey Oceans

    Emily Portman – The Glamoury
    Anaïs Mitchell – Hadestown
    Smoosh – The World's Not Bad
    jj – jj nº 3
    Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
    Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rivers
    Liars - Sisterworld
    Hot Chip – One Life Stand
    Ikonika – Contact, Love, Want, Have

    5 from 2009

    Cortney Tidwell – Boys
    Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy
    Clare & the Reasons – Arrow
    Blakroc – Blakroc
    King Midas Sound – Waiting For You
  • Favourite Albums of 2009

    Gen 3 2010, 21:05

    Ane Brun – Changing Of The Seasons
    Little Dragon – Machine Dreams
    Andrew Bird – Noble Beast / Useless Creatures
    Bat for Lashes – Two Suns
    Neko Case – Middle Cyclone
    The Unthanks – Here's The Tender Coming
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – The Snake
    The Decemberists – The Hazards of Love
    Sara Lov – Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming
    The Fiery Furnaces – I'm Going Away

    Röyksopp – Junior
    The Horrors – Primary Colours
    The Duckworth Lewis Method – The Duckworth Lewis Method
    Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet – Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet
    Nancy Elizabeth – Wrought Iron
    Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – II
    The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
    Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
    Subway – Subway II
    Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion

    The Phenomenal Handclap Band – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
    Oumou Sangare – Seya
    Tune-Yards – BiRd-BrAiNs
    Various - Dark Was The Night: A Red Hot Compilation
    St. Vincent – Actor
    CéU – Vagarosa
    Sufjan Stevens – The BQE
    Super Furry Animals – Dark Days/Light Years
    Hanne Hukkelberg – Blood From A Stone
    The Hidden Cameras – Origin:Orphan

    Major Lazer – Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do
    A Camp – Colonia
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It's Blitz
    North Sea Radio Orchestra – Birds
    The xx – xx
    Antony and the Johnsons – The Crying Light
    Atlas Sound – Logos
    Devon Sproule – ¡Don't Hurry for Heaven!
    Various - Soul Jazz Records Singles 2008-2009
    PJ Harvey & John Parish – A Woman A Man Walked By

    Cornershop – Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast
    The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love
    Felix da Housecat – He Was King
    Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
    Fever Ray – Fever Ray
    The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa
    Jenny Wilson – Hardships!
    Camera Obscura – My Maudlin Career
    Regina Spektor – Far
    Moderat - Moderat
  • Top Tracks of 2009

    Gen 3 2010, 21:01

    The Fiery Furnaces – Drive To Dallas
    Sufjan Stevens – You Are The Blood
    Mos Def – Roses feat. Georgia Anne Muldrow
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – My Heart
    Atlas Sound – Quick canal (w. Laetitia Sadier)
    Animal Collective – My Girls
    Ane Brun – Lullaby For Grown-Ups
    Andrew Bird – You Woke Me Up!
    Little Dragon – Feather
    Subway – Jupiter

    Super Furry Animals – Pric
    The Phenomenal Handclap Band – 15 to 20
    Neko Case – Don't Forget Me
    Animal Collective – Brother Sport
    Sara Lov – A Thousand Bees
    Neko Case – The Pharaohs
    Miranda Lambert - White Liar
    Conor Oberst with Gillian Welch – Lua
    The Horrors – Sea Within a Sea
    Felix da Housecat – Kickdrum

    Grizzly Bear – While You Wait for the Others
    A Camp – Golden Teeth and Silver Medals
    Nancy Elizabeth – Lay Low
    Röyksopp – Miss It So Much
    The Decemberists – The Wanting Comes In Waves/Repaid
    The Unthanks - Annachie Gordon
    The Duckworth Lewis Method – Jiggery Pokery
    Clare & The Reasons - This is the Story
    Ane Brun – Changing of the Seasons
    Nancy Elizabeth – Winter, Baby

    Andrew Bird – Not a Robot, But a Ghost
    Bat for Lashes – Glass
    Ane Brun – Round Table Conference
    Rye Rye – Bang ft. M.I.A.
    Tune-Yards – Jamaican
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – There Is No Light
    The Veils – Three Sisters
    Sara Lov – Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming
    Bat for Lashes – Pearl's Dream
    Antony and the Johnsons – Aeon

    Jenny Wilson – We Had Everything
    Little Dragon – Runabout
    The Decemberists – Won't Want For Love (Margaret In The Taiga)
    St. Vincent – Save Me From What I Want
    Calvin Harris – I'm Not Alone
    CéU – Ponteiro
    The Unthanks – Lucky Gilchrist
    Jah Wobble – Happy Tibetan Girl feat. Zi Lan Liao
    Major Lazer - Hold The Line feat. Mr. Lex & Santigold
    Metric – Blindness

    Röyksopp – The Girl And The Robot
    Tetine – I go to the doctor
    The Horrors – Mirror's Image
    Madness – We Are London
    Grizzly Bear – Foreground
    Super Furry Animals – Cardiff In The Sun
    Tune-Yards – Hatari
    Bat for Lashes – Daniel
    Devon Sproule – Don't Hurry For Heaven
    Marissa Nadler – Heart Paper Lover

    Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource
    Miranda Lee Richards – Life Boat
    Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Gudene Vet + Snutt
    Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden – Bonkers (Radio Edit)
    Ane Brun – The Puzzle
    Angela Lang - Envelope
    Andrew Bird – Natural Disaster
    Hanne Hukkelberg – Crack
    Kasabian - Fire
    The Big Pink - Tonight

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Little Shadow
    Oumou Sangare – Kounadya
    The Hidden Cameras – Origin:Orphan
    Little Dragon – Never Never
    The Big Pink - Dominos
    The Duckworth Lewis Method – Mason On The Boundary
    Neko Case – This Tornado Loves You
    Subway – Delta II
    The Horrors – I Only Think of You
    Camera Obscura – French Navy

    CéU – Cangote
    Golden Silvers - Arrows of Eros
    Fat Freddy's Drop – Big BW
    Fever Ray – When I Grow Up
    Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader
    Miss Li – I Heard Of A Girl
    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Inspiration Information
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Chain of Steel
    Röyksopp – You Don't Have A Clue
    The Unthanks – Betsy Bell

    The New Mastersounds – San Frantico
    The Phenomenal Handclap Band – You'll Disappear
    PJ Harvey & John Parish - Black Hearted Love
    Bria Valente - 2Nite
    Cornershop - Chamchu
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
    Tune-Yards - Lions
    Andrew Bird - Oh No
    Sara Watkins - Long Hot Summer Days
    Slow Club - Apples and Pears

    ...and some that should have been on 2008's list
    Sara Lov – New York
    North Sea Radio Orchestra – Harbour Wall
    Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet – Taiyang Chulai
    Barbara Morgenstern – Für Luise
    The Foreign Exchange – Leave It All Behind
    The Bird and the Bee – Love Letter To Japan
    Muhsinah - Only and Always
    Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet – Great Big Wall In China
    Beck - Chemtrails
    Rokia Traore - Dounia
    The Presets - Eucalyptus
    The Juan MacLean - Happy House
    Kat Flint - Go Faster Stripes
    Laura Marling - Night Terror
    North Sea Radio Orchestra – The Angel
  • April May Tunes

    Giu 9 2009, 15:38

    Favourites from April and May

    North Sea Radio Orchestra - Harbour Wall
    North Sea Radio Orchestra - The Angel
    The two best tracks from an excellent album Birds released at the end of last year.

    Andrew Bird - Not A Robot, But A Ghost
    Andrew Bird - Oh No
    from Noble Beast
    Andrew Bird - You Woke Me Up!
    from its companion album Useless Creatures
    Only recently discovered Andrew Bird but loving most things he does.

    Tetine - I go to the doctor
    Cult of the 13th Hour - Wickedness
    From the Soul Jazz Singles 2008-09 compilation. All good stuff.

    Neko Case - The Pharaohs
    Devon Sproule - Don't Hurry for Heaven
    Miranda Lee Richards - Life Boat
    Three great tracks from US country-folksters.

    Röyksopp - Miss It So Much
    From a real grower of an album Junior. This track features Lykke Li. Others feature Robyn and Fever Ray who has her own fine album out from which the next track is taken.
    Fever Ray - When I Grow Up

    St Vincent - Save Me From What I Want
    Hanne Hukkelberg - Crack
    Highlights from follow-ups to albums I loved last year.

    Miss Li - I Heard of a Girl
    More Scandanavian pop.

    Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone
    Great pop track that I finally heard way after it had been number one awhile.

    Bat for Lashes - Pearl's Dream
    School of Seven Bells - My Cabal
    Great double bill at the Shepherd's Bush Empire in April.

    Golden Silvers - Arrows Of Eros
    Most fun track from a so-so album.

    Super Furry Animals - Pric
    Super Furry Animals - Cardiff In The Sun
    Exhilirating tracks from the best SFA album in many years.

    Antony and the Johnsons - Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground
    Track that was a highlight of his recent London concert.

    The Decemberists - Won't Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
    from hit and miss concept album The Hazards of Love

    The Horrors - Sea Within a Sea
    The Horrors - I Only Think of You
    Two best tracks from surprisingly good album Primary Colours

    Jah Wobble - Happy Tibetan Girl feat. Zi Lan Liao
    from Chinese Dub album

    Easy Star All-Stars - Within You Without You featuring Matisyahu.
    Reggae cover album of Sgt Pepper. Better than you might expect.

    tUnE-yArDs - Jamaican
    Wildbirds & Peacedrums - There Is No Light
    Stuttery experimental pop
  • March Music

    Apr 3 2009, 12:14

    Favourites from the month of March

    Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet - Taiyang Chulai
    Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet - Great Big Wall in China
    A couple of tracks from a great album that came out late last year. Would have made my top 10 if I'd heard about it. These are Bluegrass covers of Chinese folk songs - not something I would think would work but they do perfectly.

    Sufjan Stevens - You Are The Blood
    Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Inspiration Information
    Two of the best tracks from a very good charity compilation Dark Was The Night that also features standout tracks from My Brightest Diamond, The New Pornographers, Yeasayer and a great duet between Conor Oberst and Gillian Welch.

    Mahotella Queens - Umculo Kawupheli (No End To Music)
    Came across this on a Youtube clip posted on a blog. Being a big Bow Wow Wow fan I was enlightened to see that their See Jungle track is a note for note cover of this. Both are excellent.

    Muhsinah - Only and Always
    Dreamy, woozy soul-pop from a young singer who has also sung with The Foreign Exchange.

    The Fall - Senior Twilight Stock Replacer
    Classic, driving, repetitive Fall. Always the same, always different.

    Peter Broderick - A Glacier
    From Float, one of his two albums from last year (also Home). Both of these albums have very much grown on me since I first heard them a month or so ago. Another strike for the excellent Bella Union label. See also Sara Lov below.

    Sara Lov - Seasoned Eyes Were Beaming
    From her new album of the same name. Clear voice with an interesting catch in it.

    Oumou Sangare - Kounadya
    One of my favourite tracks from her new album Seya. Very summery.

    A Camp - Golden Teeth and Silver Medals
    Another great Scandanavian pop album this time from ex-Cardigans Nina Persson. This track is a lushly produced duet with Nicolai Dunger.
  • February Favourites

    Mar 3 2009, 14:22

    The Bird and the Bee - Love Letter to Japan
    The best pop single so far this year I think.
    Animal Collective - Brother Sport
    Animal Collective - My Girls
    I don't love the whole album but these two tracks I can't get enough of.
    Sara Lov - New York
    Discovered through the Wears The Trousers blog. Great vocal from ex-Devics singer.
    Ane Brun - Gillian
    Changing of the Seasons is all good. This is a tribute to Gillian Welch.
    Barbara Morgenstern - Für Luise
    Atmospheric piano instrumental from latest album bm
    Devics - Why I Chose To Never Grow
    Downloaded My Beautiful Sinking Ship from Emusic after hearing Sara Lov's latest. This one sticks out most for me so far.
    Emiliana Torrini - Nothing Brings Me Down
    One of her older songs which I heard for the first time live earlier this month
    Amadou & Mariam - Coulibaly
    Track from the last album 'Dimanche a Bamako' which I thought went down better than the newer songs at the recent London concert.
    J*DaVeY - Cowboys & Indians
    Recently relistened to this album (The Beauty In Distortion / The Land Of The Lost) and loved the woozy sound of it.
  • Favourite Albums of 2008

    Gen 5 2009, 17:31

    Rachel Unthank & The Winterset - The Bairns

    This one was released in the latter part of 2007 but I first heard it this year and it was the one I most played. Intense harmonic folk which stands up to repeated listening. I also saw them live late in the year and they were excellent. Their cover of Robert Wyatt's Sea Song in particular is stunning.

    Highlights - Blackbird, Felton Lonnin, Sea Song, Blue's Gaen Oot O'the Fashion, Fareweel Regality (but they're all good)

    Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
    Sounding much more experimental than any other album she's done so far this is more about the feel than the songs. Telephone is the best track and is one you can really wallow in.
    Includes production by Madlib, Karriem Riggins and 9th Wonder and a guest spot by Georgia Anne Muldrow.

    Highlights - Telephone, The Healer, Honey, Twinkle

    Emiliana Torrini - Me And Armini
    Oustanding varied collection of songs by a great voice and songwriter. Jungle Drum is a jerky, energetic, 2 minute pop song while Bleeder is a slow-burning ballad with aching vocals with the album balanced between these two extremes. Since found out she also pens songs for Kylie Minogue ('Slow') amongst others.

    Highlights - Jungle Drum, Bleeder, Beggar's Prayer, Birds, Gun

    Kelley Polar - I Need You To Hold On While The Sky Is Falling
    Artful, crystalline, electro-pop. Rosenband is the standout track.

    Highlights - Rosenband, Sea of Sine Waves, A Dream in Three Parts (on themes by Enesco)

    Al Green - Lay It Down

    Previously I only had his Greatest Hits but this had me searching for everything else he's recorded. The best songs on this album are as good as anything he's ever done. Excellent collaborations with John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corrinne Bailey-Rae.

    Highlights - You've Got The Love I Need with Anthony Hamilton, Take Your Time with Corrinne Bailey-Rae, Lay It Down with Anthony Hamilton

    School of Seven Bells - Alpinisms
    Great harmonies and rhythms and some good pop tunes too. The sound really washes over you especially on the slow-building track Sempiternal/Amaranth. The band formed from members of Secret Machines and On!Air!Library!.

    Highlights - Sempiternal/Amaranth, Prince of Peace, Iamundernodisguise

    Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
    Back to the dreamy pop that they do best and improving on their first album Felt Mountain. The songs tend to drift in to one another but who cares when they all sound this good.

    Highlights - A&E, Clowns, Monster Love

    Juana Molina - Un día
    She's been recording for a few years now but this is the first album I've picked up on. This album has an unusual, bouncy, rhythmic feel which is very addictive. Apparently she is a comedian and actress too in Argentina so I'd be interested to know if she is as just as good at that.

    Highlights - Un día, ¿Quién? (suite), No llama

    Lykke Li - Youth Novels
    Great pop, pure and simple.

    Highlights - I'm Good, I'm Gone, Little Bit, Complaint Department

    Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
    They've had the same expansive sound for years but this time they have a whole album of great songs to go with it.

    Highlights - One Day Like This, Weather to Fly, Starlings

    The Presets - Apocalypso
    Electro-pop with punchy beats and soulful vocals. I've seen them described as dance-punk which kind of fits.

    Highlights - Talk Like That, Eucalyptus, Yippiyo-Ay

    Camille - Music Hole
    (highlights - Kfir, The Monk)
    Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
    (Bryn, Mansard Roof, A-Punk)
    Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby - Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby
    (Here Comes My Ship, Astrovan)
    Mayra Andrade - Navega
    (Lua, Navega)

    Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Sunday At Devil Dirt
    (Trouble, Back Burner)
    Hot Chip - Made in the Dark
    (One Pure Thought, Don't Dance)
    Frida Hyvönen - Silence Is Wild
    (Oh Shanghai, Birds)
    Santogold - Santogold
    (L.E.S Artistes, Lights Out)
    Portishead - Third
    (The Rip, Machine Gun)

    Buraka Som Sistema - Black Diamond
    (Kalemba (Wegue Wegue) feat. Pongo love, Aqui para voces feat. Deiza Tigrona)
    The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
    (Great DJ, That's Not My Name)
    Amadou & Mariam - Welcome To Mali
    (Djama, Sabali)
    Ladytron - Velocifero
    (Kletva, Ghosts)
    Justine Electra - Soft Rock
    (Blues & Reds, Killalady)

    Deerhoof - Offend Maggie
    (Chandelier Searchlight, Fresh Born)
    Duffy - Rockferry
    (Mercy, Rockferry, Warwick Avenue)
    Adele - 19
    (Hometown Glory, Make You Feel My Love, Chasing Pavements)
    The Black Keys - Attack and Release
    (Psychotic Girl, So He Won't Break)
    Toumani Diabaté - The Mande Variations
    (Kaounding Cissko, Ali Farka Toure)

    Black Mountain - In the Future
    (Night Walks, Stormy High)
    Beck - Modern Guilt
    (Gamma Ray, Chemtrails)
    Stereolab - Chemical Chords
    (Valley Hi!, Neon Beanbag)
    Nicole Atkins - Neptune City
    (Brooklyn's On Fire!, Maybe Tonight)
    Rokia Traoré - Tchamantché
    (Dounia, Kounandi)

    Akiko Kiyama - 7 Years
    (The Innocent, I Was Weak in the Knees)
    Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
    (White Winter Hymnal, Your Protector)
    Shelby Lynne - Just A Little Lovin'
    (Anyone Who Had A Heart, The Look Of Love)
    Foals - Antidotes
    (The French Open, Balloons)
    Allá - Es Tiempo
    (Es Tiempo, Una Dia Otra Noche)