Ten albums from 2017

Let’s get straight to the point, Rapsody made the record of 2017, fulfilling the promise of previous albums and especially those incredible guest appearances with such as Kendrick Lamar with a brilliant hip-hop album – vital and enjoyable from start to finish. Lyrically, and in terms of delivery, Rapsody holds her own with anybody. What […]

16 albums from 2016

2016 was a challenging year, but a great year for music. I’ll choose 16 albums for you that rocked my world and some other highlights too. Feel free to comment with your choices… Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book Full of light and life, this was a record of joy and optimism, combining hip-hop and […]

Favourite Records of 2015

These lists are always hugely subjective but these are new sounds I’ve loved listening to this year – and if you know what I like – there might be something for you to check out too! Probably not everything though; this is a diverse list! The order I’ve chosen is a little spurious -just how […]

Favourite Records of 2014

Olcay Bayir – Neva/Harmony Let me begin with a record you might not know, as that is surely the point of these posts. Olcay’s debut album is an exquisite sonic journey through Anatolia. Sonically vibrant, this atmospheric record transports you. I have met Olcay on the London music scene and have always found her voice […]

Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio – February 4th – Vortex

One of my favourite trios is playing at the Vortex in Dalston on Tuesday February 4th. Stephan is known best as the bassist in Vijay Iyer’s groundbreaking and original trio but plays regularly in his wife Jen Chapin’s trio. Stephan appears at the Vortex with his own Rosetta trio featuring the unique line up of […]

The Bassists of Abba

Growing up when I did, Abba were inescapable. They were the mainstream soundtrack to the 1970s in many ways in the UK and elsewhere. I enjoyed their music very much and saw Abba: The Movie in the local cinema. In my later teens ‘pop’ became a dirty word and I moved on to the more […]

My Favourite Records of 2013

Sons of Kemet – All Will Surely Burn Righteously brilliant. You’ve heard nothing like it. Shabaka Hutchings’ sax, flute and clarinet along with two drummers and Oren Marshall’s marvellous tuba. It is jazz but hugely accessible and uncompromising at the same time: echoes of everything from Pharoah Sanders to klezmer clarinet to dancehall to dubstep […]