#301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

This is Manu Chao’s second solo album, but my first. I came across him from attending WOMAD festival in 2002, the summer after my girlfriend and I returned from our two-year round-the-world trip and were trying to recapture the freedom and joie de vivre by buying a campervan. Definitely a good move at a music … Continue reading #301 Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza

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#386 DJ Shadow – The Private Press

It took me a while to find this CD, and I was beginning to wonder if I’d perhaps got rid of it in a fit of idiocy or if it was only on a wishlist and I’d imagined I owned it. This was because I was incorrectly looking under S for Shadow when in fact … Continue reading #386 DJ Shadow – The Private Press

#857 Alison Moyet – Singles

Alison Moyet has had several stages to her career, and I’m delighted that she’s still going strong, as evidenced by the fact that one of her more recent albums, Hometime, came up on the randometer back in October. This is her 1995 compilation covering her early 80s classics as one half of Yazoo with Vince … Continue reading #857 Alison Moyet – Singles

#1208 The Space Lady – Greatest Hits

This is one of my most recent purchases. The compilation dates from 2013, but I only came across the Space Lady a couple of months ago when listening to a wonderful mix of women pioneers in electronic music by the always fascinating Open Culture. I was transfixed by her track Domine, Libra Nos / Showdown … Continue reading #1208 The Space Lady – Greatest Hits

#949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

How wonderfully apt that this should turn up on the randometer on my birthday. For this record is one of the first albums I bought myself – part of my small, but preciously guarded, and slowly saved-up-for cassette collection – with birthday money received exactly 32 years ago. Unlike myself, 30 years later, the music … Continue reading #949 Pet Shop Boys – Disco

#679 Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, a user’s manual

I love this. I first came across this 10 years ago from reading something somewhere on the internet and managed to track down a digital copy. This LP copy, which is extremely beautiful on clear vinyl and a wonder to behold, was purchased in late 2017 when 4AD released it on vinyl for the first … Continue reading #679 Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, a user’s manual