Posted in Music chat

2017, I think it was good?

What must have been 6 or 7 years ago brother Joseph and I went out for a few Christmas beers one afternoon and amongst the conversation was the idea of what became the early beginnings of this collaboration of music sharing and discussion. The blog in its’ own right in 5 years old.. so good on us for sticking to it!

Looking back we have had some great albums, and this year is no exception. For me 2017 has been a strong year for new artists whilst it has also welcomed back a few that were due some fantastic new material. I found myself buying allot more albums this year, and looking at what is due in 2018 I hope it continues.

I always struggle with lists, but off the top my head here are my highlights for this year (songs and albums) in no particular order. Like last year, I left off top songs that are on albums that are in my top 10.


Top Songs

Jay-Z – The Story of O.J.

Tom Rosenthal – Soon Goodbye Now Love

Masta Ace – Young Black Intelligent (feat. Pav Bundy, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble & Chuck D)

Evidene – Jim Dean

Daphni – Face to Face

Whitesquare – Definition of Anticipation

Home – Joe Goddard

Rapsody – Power ft. Kendrick Lamar, Lance Skiiiwalker

Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

Julia Byrne – Follow My Voice


Top Albums

Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid

LCD Soundsystem – American Dream

Bicep – Bicep

Auldus Harding – Party

Agnes Obel – Citizen Of Glass

Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Four Tet – New Energy

Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now

Kendrick Lemar – Damn

Run The Jewels – Run The Jewelz 3



Posted in Album of the Month

March: Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

History tells me that at times it’s a bit risky recommending an artist or album that comes already with great expectations and hype. I must admit, that I may be flying a bit close to the flame with this month’s pick.

If you’ve missed all the yearend lists with Loyle Carner’s name all over them I’ll give you a slight intro. Loyle Carner is from Croydon and makes pretty honest hip hop. After releasing two heavily supported singles ‘No CD’ and ‘Aint Nothin Changed’ he released his debut album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ in January.

Loyle Carner is a story teller. One that has already reached beyond hip hop fans. In a recent interview he said that Common is a big influence and it’s understandable. I’d argue for a 20 year old he has surpassed many of his peers for content and insight. I’d argue he’s better than common was at 20.

I can bang on about how honest he is, or how much of a great story teller he is, but the key theme for me is that he’s nailed what many in hip hop artist struggle to do for an entire album: talk about what you know and do it well. Actually I’ll take that further, all artists struggle to do over an entire album.

I’m going to leave this to you to get stuck into and choose what you think are the stand out tracks. I hope you get into this album as much as I have over the last month.

Is this a hip hop classic? I’m not sure. Is this a stand out hip hop album that will be a runner for the Mercury? I think it’s got a good chance.