2012 has been such a strong year for music (so far) that we thought our chart this month should feature a selection of some of our favourite releases of the year to date.
Classics of Love – ‘Classics of Love’ (Asian Man Records)
“First full-length album from ex-Operation Ivy singer Jesse Michaels. I love his voice and it’s so good to hear him singing new material – I’ve been waiting for this for years.”
Listen to the album here.
Django Django – ‘Hail Bop’ (Because Music)
“I love the album but the track ‘Hail Bop’ is the perfect spawn from a sun-soaked Beach Boys indie sound clash with the electronic overtones from an old Aphex record.”
Quantic & Alice Russell with the Combo Bárbaro – ‘Look Around The Corner’ (Tru Thoughts)
“Love this album!!! The best bits of both of them, makes you excited for summer.”
Hot Chip – ‘Flutes’ (Domino)
“I love this track – a definite grower! I’m always impressed by how Hot Chip manage to up their game with every album, and this is getting me excited for the next one.”
John Talabot - ‘ƒIN’ (Permanent Vacation)
“This debut album came out in February and was so optimistic of the good weather ahead! Serious Spanish summer music!”
Clark – ‘Secret’ (Warp Records)
“From the new album ‘Iradelphic’. A great tune this one – heavy duty dubsteppy beats, Latin overtones and haunting vocals courtesy of Martina Topley-Bird. Clark travelled all over the world for this album, gathering audio and going in search of inspiration. With this track the air miles definitely paid off.”
Neil Cowley Trio – ‘Lament’ (Naim Jazz)
“2012 has been an amazing year for jazz albums so far with Gregory Porter second ‘Be Good’, Portico Quartet’s eponymously-titled third and E.S.T.’s ‘301’. But the opening track from Neil Cowley Trio’s latest ‘The Face of Mount Molehill’ is the one I can’t stop playing… just a very beautiful and moving piece of music, simple!”