It’s the end of another year spent trying to keep up with – and make sense of – the plethora of music that assails our tender ears from all points of the aural compass. Way too much music; far too little time, but it behooves us to carry on…
Accordingly, here are some of the artists and albums that tickled my fancy over the past year: genres ranging from World music to Swedish punk, with some odd tangential side trips. This is by no means a definitive list – I’m sure everyone has their own preferences in style and substance – but I hope it does provide some options for readers perhaps looking for something different. The selections are in not set in 1-10 order, but one album does have my *Song of the Year, so maybe it deserves top spot…
We Were Promised Jetpacks: Unravelling
Outstanding new release from one of the leading bands that really showcases the new spirit and quality helping define current Scottish alternative music; lots to like here!
Jazz luminary Doc Cheatham’s grandson teams up with Dee Dee Bridgewater and Roy Hargrove et. al. to deliver a masterful trumpet sermon from the mount. Wry, fluid, solid, and emotive; jazz for people who feel!
This is just one of FOUR outstanding British Breakbeat albums released by the same artist in 2014; ALL of them just smoking excursions into the avant break-jazz underworld of London. On the edge, hypnotic, groovy and incessant; if you’re into breaks, these are musts!
Last on the list; probably #1 of the year. 30 years of bringing the message without compromising, NMA have hit it huge here: ‘ANGRY PLANET’ is my song of the year – says it all about our contemporary world in truly crushing style!!!
That’s all for 2014, folks. See you in 2015!