Friday, 15 January 2016

Paul Simon - The Late Great Johnny Ace

Joe writes: A great song about mourning recently deceased rock 'n' roll stars:


Saturday, 2 January 2016

Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart

Phil writes: I'm indebted to Spotify radio for playing me this beautifully simple and very moving song, the last track on his final album, recorded when he knew he was dying of cancer:


Thursday, 10 December 2015

I'm really enjoying Spotify's Discover Weekly playlist

Joe writes: If you're not familiar, every Monday Spotify compile a playlist tailored to each subscriber, I guess consisting of tracks listened to by other people who've listened to tracks you've listened to. It rarely includes anything I just wouldn't be interested in, and I've found some gems through it including this Laurie Anderson tune Let X=X which still sounds futuristic after all these years (it's from 1982).


And here's the playlist:

Sunday, 29 November 2015

dvsn - With Me

Joe writes: Can't stop listening to this. Awesome production from Nineteen85 who's best known for his work with The Weeknd. When it comes to the lyrics he seems to have only one thing on his mind.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Tom Waits Ballads - a Spotify playlist

Joe: If I were Adele I wouldn't be too worried about comparisons between Hello and Martha by Tom Waits, but this does give me an excuse to post my Spotify playlist of the best Tom Waits ballads. There isn't a Tom Waits album I really love - I'm not a big fan of the stompy noisy stuff - but I love the first twelve tracks of this playlist. No-one else does a ballad like Tom.


Friday, 18 September 2015

D.R.A.M. feat. Donnie Trumpet - $

Joe writes: I wish there were more melodies and melodic hooks in rap records. That’s why I loved Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and why I like Money ($) by D.R.A.M. featuring Donnie Trumpet.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Lil Kleine & Ronnie Flex - Drank & Drugs

Joe writes: This Dutch hip hop track has been a massive hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. The lyric is controversial even in the liberal Netherlands, as it features two drug dealers talking about all the MDMA they are selling to kids in the club. But the track is great and the video is very, er, viral.

There are various English language versions in the offing but I actually think it could be a UK hit in this Dutch version. Afterall, everyone understands Drank & Drugs right?

Friday, 24 July 2015

DJ Koze - XTC

"Many people are experimenting with the drug ecstasy. I heard you say once that a lie is sweet in the beginning and bitter in the end, and truth is bitter in the beginning and sweet in the end. I have been meditating, but I don't have the experiences people report from the drug ecstasy. Is the drug like the lie, and meditation the truth? Or am I missing something that could really help me?"


Joe writes: You're not missing much; try magic mushrooms instead.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Impressions - We Must Be In Love

Joe writes: This is a faithful cover of The Five Stairsteps' original but Curtis Mayfield's voice just sounds so great on it. It was sampled by J Dilla feat. Pharoahe Monch. I heard it on this old Radio 2 show where Paul Weller picks his favourite soul tunes, as recommended by Peter Watts.


Friday, 17 July 2015

Miguel - Coffee

My favourite R&B track of the moment, and there are a lot of them around right now.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Big Moon - Sucker

Joe writes: This reminds me of listening to Radio 1's Evening Session in the early nineties, in a good way (as do Wolf Alice).


Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Proclaimers - Ten Tiny Fingers

Phil writes: I heard this lovely song on the radio yesterday and was instantly enchanted:

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Romans - Overthinking Part 1

Joe writes: This EP by Naughty Boy collaborator Sam Romans is really great.

Monday, 6 July 2015

Jason Downs feat. Milk - White Boy With A Feather

Joe writes: I've started making a Spotify playlist called The Tip Sheet CD, and in doing so, I've realised there are a lot of good tracks from the last decade or two that aren't on iTunes or Spotify. Some of them are obscure, but this reached no. 19 in the UK chart, with Jason and Milk appearing on Top of the Pops. It is rather a strange hybrid track, both musically and lyrically - I'm not sure there has been anything like it before or since.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Lionel Richie - Stuck On You

Joe writes: If I was going to Glastonbury, I'd be excited about hearing this:



Also love Mark Oh's cover, which was a hit in Germany but sadly not the UK:

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Everything Everything - No Reptiles

Joe writes: New Everything Everything, produced by Stuart Price, with shades of Barenaked Ladies and 10cc. Brave and interesting from a band I hadn't really liked until now.


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Jamie Lawson - Wasn't Expecting That

Joe writes: Supporting Ed Sheeran played a big part in Passenger's breakthrough. Now Ed is doing his best to break another British singer songwriter who has been around for a while. He has not only taken Jamie Lawson on tour but has signed him to his amusingly named Gingerbread label.

Wasn't Expecting That is a different kind of song to Passenger's Let Her Go but maybe equally good in its way, especially lyrically. Any Nashville songwriter would be proud of this song, and it also has pleasant echoes of Squeeze's Up The Junction.




Monday, 1 June 2015

Little Big Town - Girl Crush

Joe writes: This is a big hit in the US despite being pulled from country radio stations after complaints from their listeners who (wrongly) felt it was endorsing lesbianism.

The lyric is clever and I love the production - classic soul from a country band.