Tag Archives: end-of-year list

2020

I spent a lot of time with music in 2020. Most of what I listened to has been confrontational rather than contemplative, something to combat what the year has thrown at us, rather than the ‘balm for troubled times’ variety, … Continue reading

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2019

Last year I probably spent more on music than ever before. I was trying to support emerging artists and new labels, especially those I’ve been involved with, but was also driven by the usual consumerist desire to acquire stuff and … Continue reading

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2018

This is the planet Earth, our planet. It is a small planet wrapped in clouds, but to us it is a very important place. It is home. Global warming is currently around 1°C. That’s on average; in some places it’s … Continue reading

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2017

So, 2017. Like 2016 but worse. Political incompetence, dishonour and deceit in UK and US governments. “Social murder” – inequality exposed in the Grenfell Tower fire and its aftermath. “Economic murder” – evidence of a correlation between austerity policies and … Continue reading

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2016

After all the crap that’s happened this year, it seemed like there wasn’t much point in writing an end-of-year list. Given the deaths of so many musicians, the rise of authoritarian nationalism and xenophobia in Europe and the US, and … Continue reading

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2015 reading

Most of the stuff I read in 2015 was about economics and politics. This was a deliberate effort to plug some gaps in my knowledge, prompted by following the news on the deepening economic crisis in Greece, the subsequent rise … Continue reading

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2015 music

Some of the things I’ve enjoyed listening to this year: Rian Treanor – A Rational Tangle (The Death of Rave) Mark Fell named some tracks on his UL8 album ‘Acid in the Style of Rian Treanor’. Connie Treanor narrated the … Continue reading

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2014

A retrospective look at some of the good things I’ve listened to during 2014, in no order. Powell – Club Music (Diagonal Records) A belter this one. Includes a collaborative track with Russell Haswell, who also released Foxy / One … Continue reading

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13 Music Highlights in 2013

Not really a ‘best of’, this list represents a few of the things that I’ve enjoyed this year. In no particular order: Autechre – Exai and L-Event (Warp Records) Complex sounds and complex rhythms, but with more soul than preceding … Continue reading

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