My Top 40 Songs of 2017

Everyone has their own traditions around Christmas and New Year, and one of my longest-standing ones is to compile a list of my favourite music from the year just gone by. This year’s no different, and this year’s best of 2017 happens to be my 8th attempt at summing together the best tunes from my music library. The list is generally a list of my most played songs, but with some boosts for songs released later in the year and ones I rate more highly.  — Read more →

Galantis – “The Aviary”: Review

Dance music is often criticised for being all the same. There’s so many artists out there trying to replicate the successes of the likes of Avicii or Calvin Harris that they forget to forge their own style, and simply follow what seems to “work”. One duo that do things differently, though, are Galantis – and on new album The Aviary they manage to bring their own signature style to a brand new set of songs. Galantis’ last album, Pharmacy, was one I loved and had — Read more →

LCD Soundsystem – “american dream”: Review

Things are surreal at the moment.  In the last few years the world as we know it has changed entirely, and every new day brings some new surprise, most often bad. There are nice surprises though, and the return of LCD Soundsystem has been like a ray of light shining through the darkness.  It’s taken almost two years since their comeback was announced on Christmas Eve of 2015, but now “american dream” has been released and the seven-year wait for a new album is over. — Read more →

Songs of the Month: July 2017

July and August, so far, haven’t been particularly kind to me – and that’s meant my usual music discovery hasn’t been quite as thorough as it has been earlier in the year. Still though, there’s a couple of tunes that are definitely worth sharing as usual. Selena Gomez – “Bad Liar” Formerly a bit of a pop princess, it’s interesting that Selena Gomez’ new songs are a bit edgier and tend to be inherently a lot more listenable than most other pop tunes out there.  — Read more →

Songs of the Month: June 2017

Continuing what’s been a fantastic year for music is another month worth of great tunes.  At this point I’ve already added about as many songs to my iTunes library as I have throughout 2016, and there’s still albums to come from LCD Soundsystem, The Killers and potentially CHVRCHES too – so things can still get better! Here’s my pick of the bunch from this month: Lorde – “Perfect Places” Melodrama was a great album, with lots of tracks that are easily some of the best — Read more →