Best of 2015 – part 3

Well, here we are then people. A final 20 moments of greatness from last year. I’ll be turning my ears towards the new over the next few weeks but savour this last hurrah first:

1.White Morning by Seoul
2.Stoic Resemblance by The Helio Sequence
3.Meet You At The Bottom by Olivia Quillio
4.The Way (prod. Jake One) by Dave B
5.One Of These Days by Acoustic Growl
6.Tarantula Deadly Cargo by Sleaford Mods
7.Across The Room by Luke Reed
8.What Part Of Me by Low
9.Price Tag by Sleater Kinney
10.Cecilia by Gilmore & Roberts
11.Crosswords (Pete Rock Remix) by Panda Bear
12.Nightcap by Sweatson Klank
13.Disappointing (feat. Tracy Thorn) by John Grant
14.Down In Flames by Jess Morgan
15.Leaders (prod. Four Tet) by Rome Fortune
16.At A Loss (feat. Malik Moore & Black Shakespeare) by The Lions
17.Half a Native by Buxton
18.If I go by Jake McMullen
19.Vince by Sacred Paw
20.Chain By Design by Blair Dunlop

Each of these songs is a precious memory to me, but a few previously unpushed highlights:

Seoul chilling you the fuck out:

Jess Morgan breaking your heart:


Acoustic Growl rumble toward the present:

Utter, magical bliss from Luke Reed:

Swish with Dave B:






Best of 2015 – part 2

More wonderfulness, then. Tracks 21-39 from last year.

1.Feeling Good, Great by Intricate (Capital 6)
2.Depreston by Courtney Barnett
3.Turnstile by Lionlimb
4.High Cholesterol Manoeuvres In The Dark by Yves Yacolt
5.Eternal Sunshine by Jhené Aiko
6.River by Ibeyi
7.Jesus Pressed Mute by Semi Hendrix
8.Big Wheel by Saun & Starr
9.Hot Scary Summer by Villagers
10.China Town by Girlpool
11.Special Affair by The Internet
12.Fish Over Premier (Prod. DJ Premier) by Fisher
13.Return To The Moon by El Vy
14.Falling Short by Låpsley
15.Bashed Out by This Is The Kit
16.The Weekend by Dave Rawlings Machine
17.Should Have Known Better by Sufjan Stevens
18.Klopfeist by Supermoon
19.Shallows by Boats

There are a number of leading lights on here, but a few bits I haven’t previously pushed:

Weird-ass, psych-rock wonder from Lionlimb:

Yves Yacolt channel Guided By Voices and The Fall:

Girlpool do the pretty, teenage outsider thing majestically:

Låpsley continues to sound like a thousand other female artists, but better, much better:

This Is The Kit deliver another piece of folk wonder:

It’s official, Neil Pennycock has still got it. I miss Meursault but Supermoon should give us a great record in 2016:


Best of 2015 – Part 1

Well, it’s about a month later than anyone else but that’s only to be expected. Over the next few days 59 of my favourite tracks from the last year will shimmy their way through this blog. No particular order, but here’s the first twenty:

1.Burning Sugar by Silicon
2.The Fly by Lace Curtain
3.Monterey by The Milk Carton Kids
4.Been by Boom Forest
5.Baby (ft. Ravyn Lenae) by Monte Booker
6.Calando by Crook
7.Girls Light Fire by Davey Craddock & The Spectacles
8.Killin’ It (ft. Blaq Poet) by Samuel and Don Miguel
9.One by Nice Legs
10.Gimme All Love by Alabama Shakes
11.You Won’t Find Me On Benefits Street by The Young ‘Uns
12.Lovesick Fuck by Mura Masa
13.Low Expectations by The Rails
14.This Morning We Are Astronauts by Garden Of Elks
15.Slip Slide (ft. B.o.B, Busta Rhymes & Janelle Monae) by The Social Experiment
16.ID 83846 by Digitalanalogue
17.Why Does It Shake by Protomartyr
18.Being In Love by Glen Hansard
19.Cut Me Out by Trust Fund
20.Beat Up Iron by Kill County

A few highlights that haven’t previously featured on the blog:

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles sounding classic:

Trust Fund sounding perfectly messy:


Kill County hitting the bottom, beautifully:


Nice Legs encapsulating youthful angst:

The Milk Carton Kids stealing Nashville’s crown:

12 Plays of Christmas – The Mix

For those of you who have commitment issues, here it is. 45 minutes of loveliness from my 12 plays. 1 track per choice that I’ve not previously used in any mixes. Go ahead, it’s Friday after all. And it’s better than listening to your workmates:

This is very much the prologue to the main story. My much delayed top 50(ish) tracks of last year is definitely coming in the next week or so, I promise.


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