Staff picks

Staff Picks

This week

Down In Albion (2005) by Babyshambles

“Say what you want about Doherty, the guy’s a poet and a great songwriter. Even if "F**k Forever" may seem a tad crude and straight to the point, it’s an all-time favorite of mine.” Rachel Atkins

Bright Fire (2014) by The Honey Trees

“Serious and sweet. Calm and cool. Acoustic and alternative. And a little playful as well.” Gunnar Larsén

The Beast (2003) by The Panacea

“Celebrate summertime by playing the flipside of this 90s ‘ardcore-referencing drum and bass tune by Panacea at high volume. Almost comedic in its intensity; guaranteed maximum annoyance.” Matt Gray

Amphetamine Ballads (2014) by The Amazing Snakeheads

“Nasty, gnarled, voodoo blues, reminiscent of The Gun Club and The Birthday Party, only from Glasgow. Currently supporting Jack White.” Stephen Somerville

Last week

Wounded Rhymes (2012) by Lykke Li

“The release of I Never Learn inspired me to re-listen to this album. Catchy and energetic, yet dark and sometimes slightly menacing indie-pop. "I Follow Rivers" is an all time favorite.” Sam Gething

Cavalo (2014) by Rodrigo Amarante

“A very diverse album by the Brazilian singer/songwriter, spanning various musical traditions and strategically woven together by lyrics in Portuguese, French and English (plus some Japanese on "Cavalo"). Combining introspective João Gilberto moments and Tropicalia flavors with songs reminiscent of Devendra Banhart or Andrew Bird, this feels like a compilation you’d receive from a dear friend, or early crush.” Mia Filisch

Batman (Explicit Content – Parental Advisory) (2013) by Prince

“Such a great soundtrack. Check the video for "Batdance" – it features some supreme Prince insanity, guitar solos and the set-up for the best movie quote ever: ‘And where is the Batman? He’s at home, washing his tights!’” Phil Quigley

I Shall Die Here (2014) by The Body

“Is it doom metal or is it some kind of bleak electronica? Doesn’t really matter: this is like the soundtrack to one of the most intense thrillers that never existed.” Dan Smith

The week before last week

Oya (2014) by Ibeyi

“Released via XL Recordings – and produced by label head Richard Russell – "Oya" is the bewitching debut single of French-Cuban twins Ibeyi. I can’t wait to hear where they go next.” Gemma Samways

For Years (2013) by Airhead

“This melancholy and haunting offering from producer Rob McAndrews brings both a harmony and discordance between the acoustic and the electronic. Low key and unassuming, it’s an easily-overlooked gem.” Waddaah Abdu

Idiot's Hill (2014) by Basko Believes

Basko Believes is the natural successor to Bon Iver, with a healthy dose of Americana sprinkled on top. "Leap of Faith" is one of the best songs of 2014 so far.” Gunnar Larsén

Moderat (Deluxe Version) (2009) by Moderat

“Unhurried, richly-textured dance music for headphones. "Rusty Nails" is particularly strong.” Sam Gething

The week before that

Business Casual (2010) by Chromeo

“I went to see these guys recently, and hearing material from across their releases has confirmed for me that this is by far their best offering. Funkier than James Brown’s pants and cheesier than a fromagerie but somehow, SOMEHOW, it’s credible.” Dan Smith

Simple Things (2014) by Felt Tip

“Anglo-French outfit hit their stride with a beguiling EP, not least with the charmingly scruffy shuffle of the lead track.” Ian Bell

Future This (2012) by The Big Pink

“Immense electronic beats, a mix of shoegaze-y sounds and big, 80s New Romantic-style vocals.” Sharri Morris

Sueno Latino (2013) by Sueño Latino

“Nobody seems to believe me that we’re heading for an Italo House revival, but we are.” Ben Lee

And so on...

Old Fears (2014) by School Of Language

“Crisp, uncluttered, pared-back and funky 80s-style art-pop, produced with only a handful of instruments, by David Brewis of Field Music fame. If you like Metronomy you should give this a listen.” Sam Gething

Richard Sen presents This Ain't Chicago - The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987-1991 (2012) by Various Artists

“Excellent compilation of lesser-known Acid House bangers, curated by DJ of the time Richard Sen. It’s raw and retro-futuristic, and I love that while the songs are all on a similar vibe there’s a real stylistic diversity.” Dan Smith

The Best of the 12 Mixes (2013) by D Train

“Huge collection of D Train 12" extended mixes. Some of these are absolute jams.” Reece Daniels

Burn Your Fire For No Witness (2014) by Angel Olsen

“Emotive and genuine with a lot of lovely moments.” Ling Khor