I’m going to try and do this - not sure about writing it up because I’m rubbish about articulating myself about music. I also didn’t listen to anything on January 1st and 2nd but I think I’ve caught up!
January 3rd: Brijean - Feelings (2021)
There’s going to be a theme with a lot of these earlier ones in catching up with last year’s releases for my playlists. This album is a classic example of one song overshadowing the rest. I love the opening track ‘Daydreaming’ but nothing after that comes close in terms of its catchiness, groove or momentum. It’s still a beautifully laid-back summery album, but the promise of that opener leaves me wanting more.
January 4th: Slowthai - TYRON (2021)
I’ve always thought this double-album somewhat of a successor to Old by Danny Brown - bangers on one side, more introspective tracks on the other. Its early release in the year probably hurt it a bit but I love how little fat there is on this album.
Outfit - Slowness (2015)
OK I can go on about this album. One of the best albums of the 2010s and, if it weren’t for Kendrick, it would’ve been my favourite album of 2015. I think its draws from Talk Talk and The Blue Nile but its indie-pop/rock sensibilites are slightly more refined so I can’t truly compare to the likes of Dutch Uncles or Everything Everything. Fuck I just love this record - it’s just so tight and catchy and well-performed.
HARD FEELINGS self-titled (2021)
I was drawn to this having heard Dangerous from the 6 Music Playlist on Craig Charles’ show this afternoon and thinking “this sounds right up my street.” Amy Douglas did a great mix for The Blessed Madonna’s show on the station recently and I’m a big fan of her stuff with Luke Solomon and Horse Meat Disco, and Joe Goddard rarely goes wrong with Hot Chip and his various other projects. I was going to recommend this to mates if they liked Roisin Murphy’s last album - turns out Douglas wrote ‘Something More’ from that record. Sad house disco bangers - count me IN.
White Flowers - Day By Day (2021)
One of those records which just totally nails the atmosphere it’s trying to achieve - I love the moody air around this album. I’m still surprised that Jez Williams from Doves produced something like this. One of those records that I could stick on and would be totally content with just letting it wash all over me.