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Playlist 523: So may we start - Best of 2021 Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 Part series. Songs that stuck with me through 2021. I hope something sticks with you. Enjoy. x Playlist Herbert feat Verushka – Fantasy (Accidental) Vanishing Twin – Big moonlight (ookii gekkou) (Fire Records) Marina Allen – Oh, Louise (Fire Records) Nation of Language – Across that fine line (PIAS) Virginia Wing – …Out for something (Fire Records) Shannon Lay – Rare to wake (Sub Pop) Shuko feat Lee Fields & Nia Wyn – Nothing’s gonna change (For the Love of It Recordings) The Magic Lantern – Bound for glory (Hectic Eclectic Records) Vanessa Anne Redd – By the time (Sharp Attack Records) Craig Fortnam – Ark (Onomatopoeia Records) David Lance Callahan – Born of the Welfare State (Tiny Global Productions) Robert Sotelo – Dear Resident (Upset The Rhythm) Saroos feat Ronald Lippok – Tin & glass (Alien Transistor) Dntel – The lilac and the apple (Morr Music/Les Albums Claus) Sparks feat Simon Helberg – So may we start (from the soundt

Playlist 522 - November 2021

More tunes from the universe. Enjoy. x Playlist 1. Soccer96 – Carry us home (Moshi Moshi) 2. Telefís – Mister Imperator (Dimple Discs) 3. Craig Fortnam – Peter Roy and Ron are gone 4. Richard Dawson – weaver (Weird World) 5. Vapors of Morphine – Irene (Schnitzel Records Ltd.) 6. Lewsberg – The corner ( playing Moth Club, London, Nov 23 ) 7. Mocky – Bora! (Heavy Sheet) 8. El Michels Affair – Ala vida (Big Crown Records) 9. The Allergies – Love somebody (Jalapeno Records) 10. Dragon Welding – Frog (Dimple Discs) 11. Stereo Total – A la sortie du lycee (Tapete Records) 12. Me Lost Me – Sing to the sun 13. Rozi Plain – Silent fan (Memphis Industries) 14. Ruthann Friedmann – Hurried life (Tompkins Square) 15. Jessica Pratt – Back baby (Drag City) 16. The Association – Windy (Warner Bros) 17. Sparks – So may we start (Milan Records) (from the soundtrack of the film Annette ) 18. Prefab Sprout – Appetite (acoustic) (Epic) 19. Mose Allison Trio – Autumn song (

Playlist 521 - Oct 2021

A backlog of music in the autumn time. Enjoy. x Playlist 1. Buffet Lunch – Cheeks (Upset the Rhythm)( playing Mono, Glasgow, Nov 11 ) 2. Faust – I’ve got my car and my tv (Bureau B) 3. Harmonious Thelonious – Ayranman (Bureau B) 4. Herbert feat Mel Uye-Parker – Hypnotised (Accidental Records) 5. SUEP – Domesticated dream (Memorials of Distinction) 6. Clear History – Solar death ray (Upset The Rhythm) 7. Sone Institute – Echo Zulu India (Mystery Bridge) 8. Margot – Watercolour (Full Time Hobby) ( playing Sebright Arms, London, Nov 11 ) 9. Shuko feat Lee Fields & Nia Wyn – Nothing’s gonna change (For the Love of It Recordings) 10. The Magic Lantern – There’s a light (Hectic Eclectic Records) ( playing Wardrobe, Bristol, Dec 13 ) 11. Abiodun Oyewole – Harlem (Afar) 12. Anna Vincent – Thin skin (Ultimate Blends) ( playing Waiting Room, London, Nov 1 ) 13. Barry Adamson – The climber (Mute) 14. Pretty Happy – Sea sea sea (Art For Blind) ( playin

Playlist 520 - Sept 2021

A soundtrack for the end. Or the beginning. Or in between. Enjoy. x Playlist 1. Faust – Vorsatz (Bureau B) 2. Curse of Lono – Let your love rain down on me (Submarine Cat Records) 3. Herbert feat Verushka – Fantasy (Accidental Records) 4. Luca Wilding – Book of fate (Abbey Records) 5. Nation of Language – This fractured mind ( playing Grand Social, Dublin, Jan 29th 2022 ) 6. Shannon Lay – Geist (Sub Pop) 7. The Go! Team – A bee without its sting (Memphis Industries) 8. Vanessa Anne Redd – By the time (Sharp Attack Records) 9. Virginia Wing – Soft fruit (Fire Records) ( playing Moth Club, London, Sept 24th ) 10. Sone Institute – Dead ahead (Mystery Bridge) 11. Lomond Campbell – Engineer of fear (One Little Independent) 12. Dntel – Connect (Les Albums Claus) 13. Fryars with Sean O’Hagan – God melodies 14. Hackedepicciotto – Evermore (Mute) 15. Henrik Lindstrand – För Den Goda Viljan (Robert Ames rework) (One Little Independent)

Playlist 519 - 2021 Mid Year Albums Review

Tracks from 16 albums I've enjoyed a lot this year so far. Enjoy x Playlist 1. Cool Ghouls – In Michoacan (Empty Cellar Records/Melodic) 2. The Chills – You’re immortal (Fire) 3. Buffet Lunch – Red apple happiness (Upset The Rhythm) 4. Cathal Coughlan – Falling out North Street (Dimple Discs) 5. St Vincent – Down and out (Loma Vista) 6. El Michels Affair feat Piya Malik – Murkit gem (Big Crown Records) 7. Shannon Lay – Wild (Sub Pop) actually released in 2019 but heard for the first time by me this year… 8. Craig Fortnam – Ark (Onomatopoeia Records) 9. Lucy Gooch – Rain’s break (Fire) 10. Mark Fry – Song for Wilde (Now-Again Reserve Records) (reissue) 11. Marina Allen – Belong here (Fire) 12. yumbo – A house (Morr Music) 13. Colleen – Implosion-Explosion (Thrill Jockey) 14. Adrian Crowley – Bread and wine (Chemikal Underground) 15. Lambchop – Chef’s kiss (Merge/City Slang) 16. Ann Scott - Sweetheart

Playlist 518 - July 2021, New Music: big moonlight

New music for your lugholes. Enjoy. x Playlist 1. Herbert feat Y’akoto – The way (Accidental Records) 2. Me & My Friends – All that is you 3. Nation of Language – Across that fine line ( playing Reading/Leeds Festivals, Aug 27 & 28 2021 ) 4. Soccer96 feat Nuha Ruby Ra – Dopamine (Moshi Moshi) 5. The Go! Team – Pow (Memphis Industries) 6. Shannon Lay – Rare to wake (Sub Pop) 7. Jack Cheshire – Mystery train (Loose Tongue Records) 8. The Magic Lantern – Bound for glory (Hectic Eclectic Records) 9. Mocky – Stevie’s room (Heavy Sheet) 10. Band of Holy Joy – Leap into the great unknown (Tiny Global Productions) 11. Telefís – We need (251 Records/Dimple Discs) 12. Alasdair Roberts og Volvur – Orison of union (Drag City) 13. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – Dirt off your shoulder (Big Crown Records) 14. Craig Fortnam – Ark (Onomatopoeia Records) 15. Henrik Lindstrand – Enghave Lys (Alex Somers Remix) (One Little Independent) 16. Boa Morte –

Playlist 517 - Van Dyke Parks Tribute

Amid word of a new album collaboration with Gaby Moreno, I felt like digging into VDP's extensive back catalogue. He's something of a Zelig character - his fingerprints are all over some of the most progressive and extraordinary pop music of the last 50 plus years, whether as writer, singer, arranger, producer or simply player. (Music pop quiz nugget - What links The Byrds' 5D and Robert Altman's Popeye?) Here is just a taste. x Playlist The Byrds – 5D (Fifth Dimension) (1966, VDP plays organ) Tim Buckley – Song for Janie (1966, VDP plays keyboard) Van Dyke Parks – Palm desert (1967, Song cycle) Harper’s Bizarre – Come to the sunshine (1967, written by VDP, also plays keyboard on recording) Phil Harris & Bruce Reitherman – The bare necessities (1967, arranged by VDP, from soundtrack of the film The Jungle Book ) Randy Newman – I think it’s going to rain today (1968, co-produced by VDP with Len