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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.

Enjoy.

Playlist
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.

Playlist 495 - Singers & Vocals Mix 2, Dec 2018

A little while back I put together a mix of my favourite singers and vocalists.

There were 39 tracks in it but as soon as I finished it I realised there were loads I’d forgotten about.

So here’s Part 2 (possibly of an ongoing series).

There’s a capella, shoegaze (a genre often highlights and heightens the vocals), stirring soul, sunshine pop, jazz, group singing, solo.

It can be hard to distinguish where the great song ends and the great singer starts.

Is it the song or the singer?

I don’t know but I know what I like.

Enjoy.



Playlist
Nat King Cole – Nature boy (Capitol)
Doris Day – Secret love (from the soundtrack of the film Calamity Jane)
Julee Cruise – Falling (from the soundtrack of the film/tv series Twin Peaks)
Susanna & the Magical Orchestra – Hallelujah (Rune Grammafon)
Laetitia Sadier – Invitation au silence (Drag City)
C Duncan – Silence and air (Fat Cat)
Kathryn Joseph – the want (Hits The Fan Records)
Jonathan Hering – Hear my prayer (Brawl)
MJ …