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What a year for music!!!

This album does not suffer from a band who have lost their way. Big, expansive, heart wrenching and on point. Radiohead have never rested on their laurels and they certainly havenít here. Accessible too, if you are not a Radiohead fan, then give it a try. Awesome.

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Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
XL
Electronica. Leftfield
£19.99


This album does not suffer from a band who have lost their way. Big, expansive, heart wrenching and on point. Radiohead have never rested on their laurels and they certainly havenít here. Accessible too, if you are not a Radiohead fan, then give it a try. Awesome.

A meaty slice of Eastern European Jazz which has been floating Jean-Claude's boat. Every track is killer and another essential If Music compilation.

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Various Artists
If Music Presents You Need This- Eastern European Sounds (1970-1986)
IF MUSIC
Jazz
£11.99


A meaty slice of Eastern European Jazz which has been floating Jean-Claude's boat. Every track is killer and another essential If Music compilation.

Not my usual choice, given my love/hate affair with dub and reggae, but this one shines due to the immense soul on show, you can feel it bleeding out of your speakers.

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Count Ossie & The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari
Grounation
DUB STORE
2Tone. Ska. Reggae.
£32.99


Not my usual choice, given my love/hate affair with dub and reggae, but this one shines due to the immense soul on show, you can feel it bleeding out of your speakers.

On my way to see James Blake at Glastonbury, my friend asked me what to expect. My reply: One man tearing his heart out to some of the most sparse, bleeding edge production. This album twists and turns, but James heart lies front and centre at all times.

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James Blake
The Colour In Anything
POLYDOR
Electronica. Leftfield
£23.99


On my way to see James Blake at Glastonbury, my friend asked me what to expect. My reply: One man tearing his heart out to some of the most sparse, bleeding edge production. This album twists and turns, but James heart lies front and centre at all times.

The most repeatedly played song of the year on my radio show, Rye Lane Shuffle is a straight up banger. You simply canít not like this track and the B side Drum Dance.  Produced by Sam Shepherd and Kieron Hebdon, this sounds crisp and clean and modern, but with itís roots firmly on show. Essential

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Moses Boyd
Rye Lane Shuffle
EXODUS RECORDS
Jazz
£9.25


The most repeatedly played song of the year on my radio show, Rye Lane Shuffle is a straight up banger. You simply canít not like this track and the B side Drum Dance. Produced by Sam Shepherd and Kieron Hebdon, this sounds crisp and clean and modern, but with itís roots firmly on show. Essential

I am so happy with this album, from the collaborators to the songs themselves. Shadow is firmly on point, musically challenging himself and us, pushing at just the right places, sounding fresher than ever. Highlights for me are "Berghsrund" with Nils Fram and "Nobody Speak" feat. Run the Jewels.

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DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall
MASS APPEAL
Hip Hop. Beats
£27.99


I am so happy with this album, from the collaborators to the songs themselves. Shadow is firmly on point, musically challenging himself and us, pushing at just the right places, sounding fresher than ever. Highlights for me are "Berghsrund" with Nils Fram and "Nobody Speak" feat. Run the Jewels.

The title track of this album is the one for me, lively, pulsing, swinging jazz, and absolute belter from the off. The rest of the album is sublime, essential.

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Florian Pellissier Quintet
Cap De Bonne Esperance
HEAVENLY SWEETNESS
Jazz
£18.99


The title track of this album is the one for me, lively, pulsing, swinging jazz, and absolute belter from the off. The rest of the album is sublime, essential.

A big tune for me this summer, an absolute sun drenched stomper. It seems Bonobo has been getting his dance floor on recently with a slew of banging remixes and this one sits atop them all. A great tune, made even better by Brightons finest, perfect for that sunsetting terrace, before heading into the night.

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Henri Texier
Les La-Bas (Bonobo Remix)
NINJA TUNE
House. Techno
£8.99


A big tune for me this summer, an absolute sun drenched stomper. It seems Bonobo has been getting his dance floor on recently with a slew of banging remixes and this one sits atop them all. A great tune, made even better by Brightons finest, perfect for that sunsetting terrace, before heading into the night.

A heavy slice of top drawer hip hop which seems to have gone under the radar somewhat. Killer production, great rhymes and flow, some of the best hip hop tracks I have ever heard. You need this!!

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Widows
Widows EP
EARNEST ENDEAVOURS
Hip Hop. Beats
£7.99


A heavy slice of top drawer hip hop which seems to have gone under the radar somewhat. Killer production, great rhymes and flow, some of the best hip hop tracks I have ever heard. You need this!!

Ah, Melanie, I donít think anyone was expecting a single 25 minute track as her follow up to No Deal, but this is epic and showcases her skills as a song writer and arranger as much as one of the best voices out there. You have to devote yourself, immerse yourself, lose yourself in this, which is what you should do to all the best music.

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Melanie De Biasio
Blackened Cities
PIAS
Jazz
£12.99


Ah, Melanie, I donít think anyone was expecting a single 25 minute track as her follow up to No Deal, but this is epic and showcases her skills as a song writer and arranger as much as one of the best voices out there. You have to devote yourself, immerse yourself, lose yourself in this, which is what you should do to all the best music.

Another long track, weighing in a 18+ minutes. Building from a simple beat made on a Korg Volca drum machine, to an epic soundscape, then back to almost an prog finish. I am very happy that artists are being given the space and time, in todays quick hit culture, to express themselves fully like this.

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Floating Points
Kuiper
PLUTO
Broken Beat / New Jazz
£10.50


Another long track, weighing in a 18+ minutes. Building from a simple beat made on a Korg Volca drum machine, to an epic soundscape, then back to almost an prog finish. I am very happy that artists are being given the space and time, in todays quick hit culture, to express themselves fully like this.

One of my first ever purchases from If Music, was an Eden Ahbez album, so I was well up of this when it dropped. A selection of magical songs, with my favourite track being "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt. Sublime.

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Eden Ahbez
Wild Boy Ė The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez
BEAR FAMILY PRODUCTIONS
Jazz
£21.99


One of my first ever purchases from If Music, was an Eden Ahbez album, so I was well up of this when it dropped. A selection of magical songs, with my favourite track being "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt. Sublime.

Deep Southern hip hop like nothing Iíve heard (or seen) before. Iíve been regularly playing tracks off this album since I picked it up. Jean Claude was rather enthusiastic about this one and it doesnít fail to get your head nodding. This is some proper authentic New Orleans shit right here.

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79rs Gang
Fire on the Bayou
URBAN UNREST
Funk. Soul. Rhythm & Blues
£18.99


Deep Southern hip hop like nothing Iíve heard (or seen) before. Iíve been regularly playing tracks off this album since I picked it up. Jean Claude was rather enthusiastic about this one and it doesnít fail to get your head nodding. This is some proper authentic New Orleans shit right here.