#718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

This is a short and bittersweet album. It’s deep and crisp and even, with brittle haunting melodies and a delicate atmospheric soundtrack to a bygone way of life, that of the traditional Scottish coastal village. It was a Mercury Music Prize nominee in 2011 and the album featured in many best of the year lists. … Continue reading #718 King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

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#780 Madonna – Ray of Light

This is the singer’s seventh album, appearing after quite a gap in which she treaded water for a while releasing a compilation of ballads and the Evita soundtrack. It’s not the first where she self-consciously reinvents herself, borrowing and remoulding in her own image musical and cultural trends of the time (see also: Vogue from … Continue reading #780 Madonna – Ray of Light

#135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

A cult, indie, predominantly Scottish, band whose distinctive and unusual style heralded an entirely new genre: folktronica. Sounding not unlike Beck in his early days, although less grungy, more surreally abstract in lyrical content and (quite possibly) more stoned. This is music to kick back and get high to. Or in my case, drink a … Continue reading #135 The Beta Band – The Best Of

#1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

This is the second of a two CD 1980s electro-synth pop compilation, or Level 2 as they like to call it. The first one has already popped up on the randometer a few months back. Its much the same as the first, a brilliant 2 CD, 40 song selection of the toppest of the poppest … Continue reading #1374 Various Artists – Electric: The Very Best of Electronic, New Wave & Synth

#448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

Now undisputedly one of the most famous baldies in pop, this classic album dates back to when he had hair. Quite a lot of it in those post-glam rock days. This is Eno’s third album, just before he ‘invented ambient music’ (spoiler: he didn’t really) and one that was self-consciously experimental. As with his previous … Continue reading #448 Brian Eno – Another Green World

#717 Basil Kirchin – Mind on the Run, A Basil Kirchin Sampler

Basil Kirchin is a unique and fascinating soul. I confess I had never heard of him until I received this free sampler from Trunk Records because I’d ordered several other CDs from Jonny Trunk’s emporium of the weird and wonderful world of sound. This sampler was produced by Trunk as part of Hull’s City of … Continue reading #717 Basil Kirchin – Mind on the Run, A Basil Kirchin Sampler