It was been a busy year, over 150 radio shows broadcast, literally thousands of e-mails asking me to play, feature, review, music, loads of gigs, and running a record label releasing 70+ singles, albums and EPs. Summing all of that up at the end of the year has proved difficult.
As the year progressed I kept notes of the best of what I was hearing in an attempt to make this job easier when I came round to it. There were well over 50 albums that I liked so it got harder when trying to get it down to an optimal list. The first lot of those cannot be put in any specific order as my appreciation of them is equal. However I made a conscious effort to put the top 26 (it was 25 but JD Meatyard threw me a curve ball on December 14th) in some sort of order to stay within the norms of these sorts of things.
It has also been a fantastic year for new music….11 of the top 26 are newly emerging bands, this is extremely healthy for the state of music going forward.
I’ve decided not to add any narrative to the list as it’s all subjective anyway and you can go back and listen to the radio shows should you wish to LINK
A conscious effort has been to highlight bands/artists that have not, as yet, had any significant exposure to a wider audience, albeit they deserve it, as there are plenty of other blogs etc who deal with that sort of thing.
A few acknowledgements ……..
Many thanks to all of the promo companies who have sent me material during the year – special thanks to Lauren Barley, Shauna McLarnon, and Dave & Liz at Earsplit, who have sent some of the most interesting material.
Also thanks to Brad Cain, Dave Hammond, John Montague, Steve Doyle and Dave Graney whose radio shows have alerted me to a good proportion of the people in the list below.
Thanks to Adrian and Mark at Analogue Trash for giving me space to feature two radio shows.
Thanks to Lou and Michael at All About Jazz for featuring the World of Jazz radio show.
Thanks to Ian Moss for contemplating the idea of German Shepherd records and having the vision to make it work and for rising phoenix like with Four Candles to create one of the most exciting bands I have ever had the pleasure to witness live.
Finally thanks to Bob Auster South and The Great Gibbo for making me aware of things that would have slipped by unnoticed.
The top 26 albums were featured on the Aural Delights Show on 27th December 2018.
Numbers 51-27 in alphabetical order
Esme Bridie – Today It Rains
Corrosion Of Conformity – No Cross No Crown
Curry Quiche – Behind The Machine
Cyanide Thornton – Cyanide Thornton
Dead Sea Apes – Recondite
Daughters – You Won’t Get What You Want
Elma – Dreamland
Flea – Parasitic Insects Teach Us Humility
Half Man Half Biscuit – No One Cares About Your Creative Hub so Get Your Fuckin’ Hedge Cut
Peter Hammill – X/Ten
Issac Navaro – #Forensics
Keltrix – Naked
Liines – Stop Start
Moff Skellington – Bargains Are A Hollow Syrup
Moff Skellington – Fetch
Moff Skellington – Plough Monday
Moff Skellington – Uncle Roy’s Utopian Vision #1 & #2
Night Operations – Advantage
Power Trip – Opening Fire 2008-2014
Danny Short – Message To Myself
Staggs – 13 Golden Greats
Cannonball Statman – Playing Dead
The Colourful Disease – Economics
The Screaming Love Collective – Imola
The Strays – Live and Unwell
Various Artists – Cambridge Calling Volume 3
and the top 26……