In a tweet after his Hammersmith Apollo gigs last week I described Nils Frahm live as equal parts piano virtuoso, club DJ and mad scientist in his sonic laboratory. After the more pastoral All Melody chosen by Andy as #18 choice, this is the following track on the album, #2, which definitely leans more to the latter two descriptions, to the verge of almost being a banger. Who knows even Roy might like it after his diplomatic silence on various Nils Frahm postings over the last few years.
According to Spotify’s year end review of my listening all five of my most played tracks of the year came from ‘All Melody’ and thsi was one of those.
If somebody had told me this time last year that Neneh Cherry would be putting in an appearance in my top 10 tracks of 2018, I would have considered that as unlikely as Leeds Utd employing the godfather of modern football as their new Manager! Not that I particularly disliked Neneh Cherry, just that she seemed to be an unlikely candidate to not only resurrect her career but to do it with a politically charged, Mezzanine-era Massive Attack influenced album – with this track about the migration crisis being the stand out. Number 9 Neneh Cherry, ‘Kong’
And talking of Spotify’s end of year lists, apparently this band were my most listened group this year. I’m hardly surprised – I listened to the album from which this title track comes an awful lot in the spring months. Consistently interesting and varied, this song has beautifully arranged strings, which is an instant winner for me. I hope it is for you too, despite the lack of yet another video!
Tash Sultana appeared in my list last year and appears again this year following the release of her debut LP “Flow State”. The album is a cracker with a set of terrific tunes that showcase her ability. The album ranges from ballad to rock vocals, spans guitar styles from blues to flamenco and the record’s diversity and sophistication proves that she is a bigger talent than the accomplished loop and pedal fetishist evident in last year’s track “Jungle”. In a way, “Murder to the Mind” is probably the least interesting track on the album in that it’s most like last year’s choice, but it has been on high rotation for both me and for various DJs to which I listen. My #9, “Murder to the Mind”: