Oh, roll on the summer

(MIA -a likely candidate for 17 Seconds’ Top Fifty Albums of 2007)

It’s November in Edinburgh, the shops are already getting Christmasy, and I’m very envious of any animal that gets to hibernate. Hey ho…

Anyway, how about some sounds for you? I’m trying to work out what my end of year best of list will include. It’s likely to be as last year with a festive fifty of tracks and this year more than just a top ten of albums. And then, of course, how do you decide how 43 is better than 44? The list -which is my personal list, rather than any fashionistas’, is likely to include Liars, Rihanna, Malcolm Middleton, PJ Harvey, Emma Pollock, The Shins, and Battles, amongst many others. It is probably unlikely to feature the latest albums by Hard-Fi or Low (which I looked forward to, then couldn’t get into).

These have also cheered up 17 Seconds Towers of late:

Bricolage -‘The Waltzers.’ mp3

Maximo Park -‘Girls Who Play Guitars.’ mp3

Sister Vanilla -‘Can’t Stop The Rock.’ mp3

The Wombats -‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division.’ mp3

It may be worth letting any newcomers know that it certainly isn’t just indieindieindie round these parts though:

Wiley -‘5050.’ mp3

MIA -‘Pickle Down The River.’ mp3

As always, these will be up for a week only (less if my bandwith gets exceeded). If you like the artists involved, please support them by buying their music, going to gigs and helping spread the word.

Wiley-King Of Grime?

Ok, I’m going to be honest. I’m not an expert by any means on Grime, so if you’re hoping for a deep insight on MCs, then you have come to the wrong place. However, I know what I like, and frankly the stuff I have heard from Wiley is fabulous. I have struggled to find a decent picture to post, so apologies.

However, last month, Wiley made the front cover of The Wire, and has a new album out, Playtime Is Over. I picked up a recent 12″ ‘5050/Bow-E3’ and have now a few mp3s for your pleasure, bought from emusic, as well as an earlier track from 2004, courtesy of The Wire website (which is fast becoming my favourite magazine and associated website).

Wiley-’50/50′ mp3

Wiley-‘Bow E3.’ mp3

Wiley-‘Flyboy.’ mp3 all from Playtime Is Over

Wiley-‘Ground Zero.’ mp3

As always, these mp3s will be up for one week only. If you like what you hear, go and buy the album, preferably from an independent record store. And let me know what you think!