I’ll never get sick of spinning this one: The Avalanches, Since I Left You (2000). Where do you even start with this album? Released almost 20 years ago (I feel old!) to critical acclaim, Since I Left You made a huge impact on me and completely changed the way I listened to music. I've always been fascinated by sampling, and these guys took things to a whole new level - using over 3500 samples from artists as diverse as Madonna, The Isley Brothers, and The Mamas & The Papas (just to name a few). This is one of those records that's best enjoyed in one sitting, from beginning to end, without interruption. Whilst each track is different and has its own unique sound and style, this record just flows seamlessly from track to track without you even noticing time passing by. That said, there's clear stand outs for me (highlights include the title track, Radio, Diner's Only, Electricity, Tonight, and Frontier Psychiatrist). Since I Left You is a modern day masterpiece that never seems to age - since it’s release, it's remained current and relevant, and is on-par with other great sampling feats like Dilla's 'Donuts' and DJ Shadow's 'Endtroducing'. This is easily one of the best albums I own, and one that'll always mean so much to me.
Björk really spread her wings with her 1995 album 'Post', experimenting with a variety of styles including trip-hop, electro, vaudeville, and big band. When this album first came out, I remember thinking how unusual it sounded - but it somehow worked. Even now, almost 24 years on, it still works. At a time when the pop charts were beginning to be filled with manufactured boy-bands and pop princesses, it was refreshing to see an album so obscure and unique buck the trend and blow them all out of the water. Even now, Bjork continues to be a trailblazer, producing groundbreaking and critically acclaimed music. What’s your favourite Björk album?
@vinylmeplease reissue of Van Morrison’s ‘Veedon Fleece’. Often overlooked when analysing Morrison’s extensive discography, Veedon Fleece was recorded during a tumultuous period of the artist’s career. Recently divorced, Morrison returned to his native Ireland in search of inspiration where he wrote virtually the entire record in less than 3 weeks. Employing more Celtic sounds than his previous albums, Veedon Fleece is often referred to as Van Morrison’s “forgotten masterpiece” and I have to agree - this is a record that is seriously addictive and easy to listen to. I’m so glad VMP reissued this, my previous copy of Veedon Fleece was a damaged original press that’s seen better days. Definitely recommend checking this one out...
Favourite album of 2019 so far: Julia Jacklin, Crushing. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first gave this a spin, but to say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Raw and honest, Jacklin fuses folk with indie-pop to create an album that’s deeply personal, taking listeners on a ride through love, relationships and eventual independence. Stand out tracks for me are: Body, Pressure To Party, Good Guy, and Turn Me Down. This record gets better and more addictive with each spin, but don’t take my word for it. Check it out for yourself...
I love a good box set... This is the @bluenoterecords Blue Note Review, Volume II: Spirit & Time. Limited to 2000 sets worldwide, this box set comes immaculately packaged and includes a new compilation of current Blue Note drummers who pay tribute to legendary beat man Tony Williams by reinterpreting his seminal albums he created between ‘85 and ‘92. Also included are 180g reissues of Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers’ ‘Africaine’ album (1979), and Bobby Hutcherson’s ‘Patterns’ album (1980). There’s also two stunning lithographs of Art Blakey and Elvin Jones, an edition of Out Of The Blue magazine, the book ‘Spirit & Time: Jazz Drummers On Their Art’, a Blue Note carbon fibre anti-static record brush, as well as a set of 20 Blue Note Trading Cards featuring artists like Thelonious Monk, Dexter Gordon, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard, and Robert Glasper. I’ve never seen so much crammed into one box set! A stunning collection of music, that any lover of jazz (or music) would appreciate...