Oh, Go On Then – Alternative Mercury Prize Not Quite Shortlist

I have to say that the real Mercury Prize shortlist this year is a bit of a disappointment this year in the respect that it’s a bit on the vanilla side.  Thankfully this means that everyone can get all in a strop about *their* faves not getting a mention, and this is the real spirit of the competition.  Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way from an award named.. Read More

Best of 2011, 50-41

And I’m finally off.  Like the hordes of awful Christmas adverts have already reminded us, it’s only November and yet the end of year lists are all over the place already.  Then again, pretty much all of the more notable releases of 2011 are already upon us, wisely choosing to avoid the annual tat-fest that infects the festive charts and airwaves.  Sorry if that has ruined any hopes that anyone.. Read More

Thomas Dolby – A Map Of The Floating City

This one should really be entitled “what I dun on me Summer Holidays”, given that this album is released in the aftermath of one of the strangest and most involving marketing campaigns that I can remember.  Eschewing the usual “hello, buy my new thing” standard method of selling stuff, Thomas Morgan Dolby Robertson assembled a crack team of writers, artists and game designers to come up with a mysterious world.. Read More

Thomas Dolby – Oceanea EP

To be honest, I was supposed to have done this at least a couple of months ago. But such is the nature of the wider picture surrounding this release, I keep getting distracted… For his first release in many an age, eccentric and accomplished electronic boffin Thomas Dolby unsurprisingly isn’t going down the traditional route of recording some songs, making an album out of them, releasing them and seeing what.. Read More

Thomas Dolby – The Golden Age of Wireless

I had the best of both worlds musically as a kid. Having both an older brother and sister with different musical tastes (briefly converging around Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life) meant that I had a right old raft of stuff to choose from.  My sister was more pop-minded – the 1970s Holy Trinity (her opinion, not mine) of Davids  *Cassidy, Soul and Essex if you must know*.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

Due to an unnaturally short attention span this weekend, I thought it might be an idea to just go through whatever I’ve been listening to this week and pick out five random tracks I’ve especially liked for no reason other than it might kill a bit of time before Match of the Day 2 starts: