Well…technology has finally overtaken me.
When I went to compile my best of the year CD I realised I had only bought four contributing albums. Spotify has won the day. So, no posting out CD’s any more instead you’ll have to make do with a playlist. Doesn’t impact on the quality of the compositions though.
I start with a song from the early 70’s that I discovered (probably on 6 Music) and have played the album it comes from all year round called Right on Fire by Voices of East Harlem.
The album is gold.
There’s a few old favourites like Arcade Fire (brilliant at Primavera), Aimee Mann (an incredible return to form) Penguin Cafe, Laura Marling, The National, Courtney Barnett (with Kurt Vile), LCD Soundsystem and Alt J
And there’s a slew of great new discoveries, like the incredible 13 minute closer by Kamasi Washington, IDLES (seeing them in May next year), King Gizzard (also brilliant at Primavera), Loyle Carner (who should have won the Mercury Prize), and This is the Kit (playing in January in Scotland).
I hope you enjoy it.