2010…so far


Me on the decks at Pin Ups, Glasgow

It’s been a great start to the year, musically, and I’ve been trying to hear as much stuff as I possibly can. There’s been some wonderful stuff, some not so good stuff -and no doubt some stuff that I’ll rant about, and yet possibly even change my mind about.

So what’s floated my boat this year so far? Well, I’ve really, really loved the latest eagleowl EP Into The Fold, the closing track ‘No Conjunction’ is without a doubt my song of the year so far. I’ve also been knocked for six by Delorean’s latest album, Subiza, and the Call to Mind EP, all of which got five stars here.

Sure, the scots have had some excellent albums so far this year, what with the sophomore from Meursault, All Creatures Will Make Merry, and debuts from Kid Canaveral and Mitchell Museum. To say nothing of a slew of excellent releases from the likes of Burnt Island, The Scottish Enlightenment, Cancel the astronauts and Fear the Fives.

Further afield, I’ve been loving The Drums, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Dum Dum Girls and the Soft Pack, and the Futureheads have returned with what is clearly their best record since their debut. It’s not all been indie round these parts, though, as you’ll see when I post my review of the latest M.I.A. album, and releases from Konono No.1, Four Tet and Yeasayer have also kept their place around here. I was less than impressed by latest offerings from the likes of The New Pornographers and The National, though…

There’s still another six months left to go, of course, but it’s been great, so far…

Delorean -‘Stay Close.’ mp3

Dum Dum Girls -‘Jail La La.’ mp3

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti -‘Round and Round.’ mp3

Meursault -‘Crank resolutions.’ mp3

The Drums -‘Let’s Go Surfing.’ mp3

Soft Pack -‘C’mon.’ mp3

Yeasayer -‘O.N.E.’ mp3

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

Album Review -Delorean


Delorean -‘Subiza’ (True Panther Sounds/Matador)

Oh. WOW.

This is one of the most amazing records I have heard so far this year. From the second this album opens with ‘Stay Close’ to when it finishes with ‘It’s All Ours’ you know that you are listening to something very special indeed. Over the course of forty-two excellent minutes, Delorean have made this an album that will make you reconsider your best of year so far lists if you are a total music geek, and prick up your ears even if you are one of those people who only buys a handful of albums each year.

Hperbole? Let’s just say that a few songs in, I found myself wanting to listen to the album all over again -and I did, though I waited until it had finished before I listened to it pretty much right away. The press release for the Spanish band’s third album talks about looking at thirty years of dance music with fresh eyes. I could add – or listening to it with fresh ears. Becauseso much of what makes great dance music is here: it’s music to lose yourself in and find yourself. Pure balaeric bliss, Ibizan ecstasy… Music to dance to and drift away to, often at the same time. Classic aspects of dance vocals, beats, rhythms -and a reappearance of that gorgoeus Italo-house piano that sounds as fresh and exciting as it did when you heard it on ‘Ride On time’ -which is over twenty years ago now. I’ve never been on a trip to spend a summer holiday clubbing on an Mediterranean island (the nearest I got was spending a week chilling out in the Sinai), but this album makes me feel like I would want to feel and not how I expect the reality would be.

I listened to this album stone cold sober -and yet it sounds positively euphoric. It is genuinely so uplifting and life-affirming that it should be prescribed instead of anti-depressants. A very special album indeed, and -most sincerely folks- the best album of this year so far.


Subiza is out now on True Panther Sounds/Matador.

Delorean -‘Stay Close.’ mp3