heard on the wire

At the mountains, at the birds, at the ocean, at the trees

Looking to Pilatus

I don’t know when it happened, or began to happen, but there has been a sea-change in my music accumulation of late. Where once probably 90% or more of the music I bought was male-voiced, women now dominate. In the 30-ish–strong list from which I’ll pick my record of the year the number of male singers can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

So, four records from this year, each fronted by a beautiful female voice, each equally fantastic.

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In comic type letters the voices are saying clap, clap

Ah, the Fall, comic type letters a-plenty amid some of the worst record covers of all time.

And some of the best records.

Like this one, prompted by recent posts extolling the remix.

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Get away, run away, far away

While writing a recent post for this blog, it struck me that it’s now 30 years since the first remixes began to appear in European record shops, on the new 12-inch single format.

I was just too young to have witnessed punk first hand—and neither did I live in London or Manchester—so remixing is the first music revolution I remember.

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And the cellos kick in and the lights start to flash

The Rosie Taylor Project were born in the small living room of a redbrick Victorian house in Leeds. There is no word of Rosie, but Jonny, Sophie, Nick, Jon, Sam and Shakey have a couple of LPs to their names, including this year’s Twin Beds.

The preceding single will be familiar to regular readers, but the record’s universal excellence justifies further mention for either of its standout tracks.

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