Playlist 502: June 2019 – taught by spirits

Sufjan Stevens – Love yourself (Asthmatic Kitty)
Aldous Harding – Fixture picture (4AD)
Pozi – Engaged (Prah Recordings)
Jane Weaver – Slow motion (LITSS variation) (Fire Records)
Stereo Total – Einfach (Tapete)
Apparat – Caronte (Mute)
Holy Hive feat. Mary Lattimore – Oh I miss her so (Big Crown Records)
Laurence Pike – Taught by spirits (The Leaf Label)
Polypores – Third level (Front & Follow)
Lewsberg – Chances
Vanishing Twin – Magician’s success (Fire Records)
The Catenary Wires – Dream town (Tapete)
Lee Hazlewood with Nina Lizell – Leather and lace (Light in the Attic)
Purple Mountains – All my happiness is gone (Drag City)
Sam Evian – Cherry tree (Saddle Creek)
RaleghLong – Dukes of Stratosphear (Gare du Nord)
Rozi Plain – Swing shut (Memphis Industries)
Prefab Sprout – I trawl the megahertz (excerpt) (Sony)
Prefab Sprout – Appetite (acoustic) (Columbia)
The Go Betweens – Core of a flame (Beggars Banquet)
Red Channel – Crazy diamonds (Upset The Rhythm)
Bill Callah…

Playlist 501 - New Releases Mar 2019

There's a few tunes there now like...

Fixity – Becoming an earthworm (Penske Recordings)
Spill Gold – Dali (Meduse MagiQ)
Laurence Pike – Drum chant (The Leaf Label)
Pozi – Watching you suffer (Prah Recordings)
Drahla – Stimulus for living (Captured Tracks)
Pill Fangs – Pain inside (Sunstone Records)
The Pinheads – Feel it now (Stolen Body Records)
Mdou Moctar – Ilana (Sahel Sounds)
Death & Vanilla – A flaw in the iris (Fire Records)
Rozi Plain – Conditions (Memphis Industries)
Lali Puna – Being water (Morr Music)
Vanishing Twin – KRK (At home in strange places) (Fire Records)
Von Spar feat. Laetitia Sadier – Extend the song (Bureau B)
Wand – Scarecrow (Drag City)
Samsara – Yellow fangs (Tiny Room/Hidden Shoal)
The Proper Ornaments – Please release me (Tapete)
Dana Gavanski – One by one (Full Time Hobby)
Bobby Oroza – Your love is too cold (Big Crown Roecords)
Hiss Golden Messenger – Everybody needs somebody (Merge)
Nilufer Yanya – Tears (Ato Records)
Holy Ghost –…

Playlist 500: New Releases, Jan 2019

New music in the ether in this new year.*

(*A couple of exceptions, The Shacks who I just learned of lately, released last year, and a few others from end of 2018.)

Music from Oslo, Cork, Berlin, Glasgow, Brooklyn, Brisbane, North Carolina, Athens, Rotterdam, Dublin, Niger, Bavaria, Bilbao, Tucson and more in here.



Lali Puna – Being water (Morr Music)
Coldharbourstores – Disenchantment (Enraptured Records)
Deerhunter – Plains (4AD)
C Duncan – Impossible (Fat Cat)
Tim Presley’s White Fence – I can dream you (Drag City)
Cosmic Range – Breathing water (Idee Fixe Records)
Sarah Louise – Rime (Thrill Jockey)
The Telescopes – Don’t place your happiness in the hands of another (Tapete)
The Last Sound – Cyclical pang (Fort Evil Fruit)
Julia Kent – Crepusculo (The Leaf Label)
Rozi Plain – Symmetrical (Memphis Industries)
North Sea Radio Orchestra – The flower (Bandcamp)
Shana Cleveland – Face of the sun (Hardly Art Records)
The Shacks – Blue…

Playlist 499 - Best of 2018 Part 3: Folk/Soundtrack/Ambient/Dream Pop

The third and final part of my Best of 2018 round up.

Some folk sounds. A few soundtrack cuts. Hint of ambient. A share of dream pop.

Great memories of 2018 for me. And again it must be said that it was another wonderful year for music in this neck of the woods.


Jessica Risker – I see you among the stars (Western Vinyl)
Jim Ghedi – Sloade Lane (Basin Rock Records)
Alasdair Roberts, Amble Skuse & David McGuinness – Babylon (Drag City)
Jack Hayter – At Crossness Pumping Station (Gare du Nord)
Caroline Says – First song (Western Vinyl)
The Saxophones – Aloha (Full Time Hobby)
Jennifer Castle – Texas (Paradise of Bachelors)
Gabriel Naim Amor – Just before revelation (Vacilando ’68)
LOMA – Dark oscillations (Sub Pop)
Tenniscoats – Ende (Alien Transistor)
Spirit Fest – Anohito (Till the gate) (Alien Transistor)
Landless – Caoin (Humble Serpent)
Kathryn Joseph – we have been loved by our mothers (Rock Action)
Low – Always trying to work it out (S…

Playlist 498 - Best of 2018 Part 2: Baroque/Jangle/Sunshine Pop

The 2nd instalment of my Best of 2018 review.

In no particular order although I wouldn't argue if you forced me to pick Kacey Johansing (pictured) as my album of the year.

3rd part to follow soon.


Kacy & Clayton – The light of day (New West Records)
Hiss Golden Messenger – Rock holy (Merge)
Jess Williamson – I see the white (Mexican Summer)
Kacey Johansing – Do you want me (Night Bloom Records/Melodic)
Get Well Soon – Martyrs (City Slang)
Lake Ruth – Julia’s call (Feral Child)
Those Unfortunates – John Cronin is unwell
Hater – I wish I gave you more time because I love you (Fire)
Tanukichan – Perfect (Company Records)
The Sea & Cake – I should care (Thrill Jockey)
Crayola Lectern – Rescue mission (Onomatopoeia)
BOYTOY – Mary Anne (Stolen Body Records)
La Luz – Cicada (Hardly Art)
The Chills – Bad sugar (Fire)
Comet Gain – If not tomorrow (Tapete)
Damien Jurado – Allocate (Secretly Canadian)
Daniel Knox feat. Nina Nastasia – The p…

Playlist 497 - Best of 2018 Part 1: Dance/Jazz/Psych Pop

The first instalment of my favourite music of 2018.

Categories are a bit arbitrary as always.

Parts 2 and 3 to follow.


Django Django – In your beat (Because Music)
De Lux – 875 dollars (Innovative Leisure)
Tune-Yards – Heart attack (4AD)
Kamasi Washington – The Space Traveller’s Lullaby (Young Turks)
Todd Tobias & Combo Qasam – Do the Massabu (Tiny Room/Hidden Shoal)
Khruangbin – Maria tambien (Dead Oceans)
Richard Swift – Broken finger blues (Secretly Canadian)
Terry – The whip (Upset The Rhythm)
Gulp – Claudia (E.L.K Records)
Blue Orchids – Get Bramah (Tiny Global Productions)
Michael Nau & The Mighty Thread – When (Full Time Hobby)
Jessica Pratt – This time around (Mexican Summer)
Steve Gunn – New moon (Matador)
Soccer 96 – Harmonious Monk (Slowfoot Records)
Orchestra of Spheres – Koudede (Fire)
Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne – Exit (Leaf)
Camera – Super 8 (Bureau B)
Snapped Ankles – Drink and glide (Leaf)
Szun Waves – Constellat…

Playlist 496 - Winter Mix Dec 2018

I decided to do something a little bit different this year.

Instead of a bunch of overtly Christmas tunes (much as I love them) I thought I’d do a more general winter theme.

(By the way you can find several Christmas playlists from years past on the site if that’s your thing.)

So this is a version of winter music.

What’s that says you.

Music with a sense of time passing. A sense of coming to the end of something. The year obviously but maybe something else too.

Some music references the time of year explicitly either in titles or in lyrics.

Or the weather we associate with winter in our northern hemisphere.

In other cases it’s something in the arrangement. The spareness maybe conjuring up a bare frozen landscape. Take Laura Cannell’s double recorder for example. Or the massive string drones of Slow Moving Clouds.

There is meditation in it. Observation of the world and its effect on our selves.

And a certain strangeness at times. The alienation of it.