Category Archives: Songs

The Playlist 27: Some recent listening

This is a playlist from a couple of months ago, reflecting special early year efforts made with Burt Bacharach songs, Nina Simone (and Weill’s Dreigroschenoper), Stevie Wonder and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Listen on Spotify 234. Dionne Warwick – ‘(In the) Land of … Continue reading

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The Playlist 26: Best of 2012

A bit belatedly, I added some of my favourite tracks from 2012 to the playlist. Possible top 5: Dirty Projectors, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Frank Ocean, Anna Meredith and Grizzly Bear. Listen on Spotify 201. Sleigh Bells – ‘Comeback Kid’ … Continue reading

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The Playlist, pt. 25

Listen on Spotify 194. Field Music – ‘Start the Day Right’ The Sunderland brothers’ fifth album, Plumb, seems to wake up with the opening gentle strings and percussion. As much as they evoke the first waking moments of a day, … Continue reading

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The Playlist: Best of 2011

I’ve finally started writing up the Albums of 2011 list, which should be online soon. In the meantime, here’s a playlist of some of the year’s best album tracks. Listen on Spotify Daedelus ft. Inara George – ‘Penny Loafers’ / … Continue reading

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Saul Williams’ ‘Fall Up’ vs. Björk’s ‘Who Is It’

All new pop music features a degree of derivation, but core elements of this track from the recent Saul Williams album are strikingly, perhaps awkwardly, reminiscent of the closing section of ‘Who Is It’ from Björk’s all-vocal 2004 record Medúlla. … Continue reading

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The Playlist: 2 songs from Sheffield

Listen on: Spotify / we7* Is it a coincidence that two of the most lauded British lyricists of recent decades have hailed from Sheffield? Well, probably, yes, but both Britpop’s Jarvis Cocker and the MySpace age’s Alex Turner have relied … Continue reading

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The Playlist: On holiday

Listen on: Spotify / we7* The first blog of the month at this late stage? Poor form, me. Too much time eating scones, not enough time writing about them (something like that). It’s holiday time now, but here are a … Continue reading

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