Recommended Albums


Roots Manuva – 4Everevolution (Big Dada/Banana Klan)

Whilst to the more casual listener, the running time might be 10 minutes or so too long, fans of this shining light within British Urban music will be delighted

Beirut – The Rip Tide (Pompeii)

Only Beirut and La Shark are fighting to make the harpsichord cool. A battle that against the odds they are winning.

Kill It Kid – Feet Fall Heavy (One Little Indian)

An incredible work full of maturity for ones so young it is an absolute beast that will leave you wanting to do nothing more that listen to it again

Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump (Reissue)

The Sophtware Slump remains a fascinating album, and the chance to relive its sorrowful beauty should not be missed.

The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

The band seem so confident and comfortable it feels like their 8th comeback album rather than their second ‘proper’ album.

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Def Jam Recordings/Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation)

Ye & Hova go large. With no apologies.

I Break Horses – Hearts (Bella Union)

‘Hearts’ is a joy of a listen that you don’t want to let go, its captivating, gorgeous and even film-like
at times.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra (True Panther Sounds)

The different songs whirl through many genres making blatent nods of recognition to pioneering bands and artists

SBTRKT- SBTRKT (Young Turks / XL)

SBTRKT’s album is a rich, eclectic piece of music- that just missed out on a 2011 Mercury Prize Nomination. A damn good debut

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)

Like Butler says in his opening verse ‘Don’t compare my beat with his’. There has never been a more truer statement as Shabazz Palaces are incomparable in 2011′s hip hop scene