Friday, 12 September 2014

Top 50 of 2013: 31-36

Okay so i got a little side-lined again this year and never completed the top 50 list for 2013, i promise this won't happen for 2014, well i hope it doesn't, happy days is now back on track, so we're gonna rush through the top 6-36 and put a little more effort into the Top 5, sorry to bands that have been rushed, you've all made top albums though.

Top 50 of 2013: No.31: Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love

Part of the Daptone motown soul revival train that includes Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley is the modern day Otis with a bit of Womack thrown in for good measure while retaining his own style over the funk soul backing of The Menahan Band, fuck the classics, this is the new classics! So instead of getting the 987th motown or northern soul compilation, pick up this and try some modern soul.

Top 50 of 2013: No.32: The Freeks - Full On

Another criminally underrated band, made up of members from every amazing scuzzy rock band out there, Freeks bring the psych-rock with aplumb here, the guitar careens all over bluesy hard rock tunes bringing to mind Bristolians The Heads at their heaviest and reminding me of Oneida’s ‘Come On Everybody Let’s Rock’ masterpiece while still having an identity of it’s own.

Top 50 of 2013: No.33: Giuda - Let's Do It Again

Now that’s one hell of a homoerotic album cover, showing that Giuda love to have fun, and that shines through on their music, which is old-school 70’s glam mixed with a punkier edge, shot through with a ton of melody. All this would mean they would be massive if from the UK or US, but could they be one of the first Italian bands to actually make it, time will tell, based on the music they deserve it.

Top 50 of 2013: No.34: Mixtapes - Ordinary Silence

On a constant roll is the latest sugar sweet Mixtapes album, this is music just designed for summer, it’s so catchy and upbeat, it’s a disgrace that these guys/gals aren’t more well-known over in the UK as they are in the US. If you’re into any pop-punk bands at all you’ll love this band, and should instantly start getting all their old albums as well, cherish them or before you know it they’ll be gone and you’ll be crying in the middle of summer.

Top 50 of 2013: No.35: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

A new Nick Cave album is always cause for celebration, in fact anything he’s involved in is generally worth a listen and this latest is no exception. Kicking off with the laid back ‘We No Who U R’ you’d be forgiven for thinking the glumfather was trying to be all modern and with it, no such worries, it could easily be used like Red Right Hand has been in a film where lots of people die in it, good stuff.

Top 50 of 2013: No.36: Palm Reader - Bad Weather

Brutallity and technical brilliance collide in this beast of an album, this is a bench mark for what heavy music can be if there’s a bit of effort and ingenuity. Part hardcore, part metal all shot through with ambient elements and vocals from the pits of hell themselves, if you’re into bands like Deftones or Dillinger Escape Plan then Palm Reader will appeal.

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