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2016 was quite the mixed up / messed up year. I spent the first probably 2/3rds of the year listening to Bowie and Prince back-catalogs - every recording made, over and over - to reminisce and celebrate their greatness. The remaining months were occupied mainly by Icelandic Hip Hop and American Hip Hop inspired by the American Honey movie soundtrack.
I don’t think there were any main themes last year, most of my predictions failed to materialise, although we did see another music...
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Solo women ruled 2015 as far as I was concerned - occupying 8 of my top 10 album spots and topping my tracks chart. Despite ongoing rumblings about the value and viability of streaming services and a strange and disruptive year on SoundCloud, music is very much in rude health. Vinyl sales - supported by humongous Christmas sales of vinyl players are still on the rise (just when I’m buying less and less).
Looking at the longlists for new artists for 2016, there is no shortage of ...
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2014 was an excellent year for music all in. Not much rock really, but plenty to get excited about. There are not as many big releases forthcoming in 2015, which seems destined to be the year of the blockbuster movie. Nevertheless there are lots of minor music industry intrigues happening - especially Apple’s imminent launch of iTunes Streaming. There are also a number of new ...
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2013 was actually a pretty good year for music - highly prolific, and eclectic, and thanks to Beyoncé, it also offered up a couple of firsts vs the old school record industry. British electronica artist Emika / Ema Jolly produced my favourite long player for 2013, and as you can see from the other entries - hip hop, R&B, percussive indie and electronica also feature strongly.
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My Top 10 Albums of 2012
- Visions - Grimes
- Born to Die (Paradise Edition) - Lana Del Rey
- Kin - Iamamiwhoami
- Ice Level - Ava Luna
- Good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
- III - Crystal Castles
- Shrines - Purity Ring
- Instinct - Niki & The Dove
- Master of My Make-Believe - Santigold
- Give You The Ghost - Poliça
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My Top 10 Albums of 2011
- House of Balloons - The Weeknd
- Thursday - The Weeknd
- Nostalgia, Ultra - Frank Ocean
- Glass Swords - Rustie
- Electronic Dream - Araabmuzik
- Oh Land - Oh Land
- Vanbot - Vanbot
- On A Mission - Katy B
- 21 - Adele
- SBTRKT - SBTRKT
(Note - SBTRKT was missing from previous end of year listing)
11 Musical Trends for 2012
- Some artists will move away entirely from Album releases; Rihanna is
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I’m a little (lot) late getting off the mark with this extensive listing this year, I had a backlog of reviews to complete first, also needed to seriously consider my choices for Top 10 albums, took a lot of deliberation to distil the list down to 10, and arrange in correct order of preference; anyway, here goes:
My Top 10 Albums for 2010
- Crystal Fighters - Star of Love
- Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
- Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- Marina and the Diamonds - The Family
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The Future of Music Retail - Introduction
2 Significant music-related things happened for me in 2009. Firstly, I signed up for the Premium version of streaming service - Spotify; secondly, I finally succumbed to Apple and bought into the iPhone smartphone. I have several discarded MP3 players and iPods which have somewhat fallen into disuse as I found it a burden to carry around so many devices. The fact that the iPhone comes with iTunes / iPod functionality means that I now always ...