About three months ago I decided to thin down my vinyl spending. I’d been stung one too many times over the summer with dodgy pressings and I was fed up of being fed up about music when it wasn’t what I was listening to that was the problem. It made me little bit more selective, it made me hold fire and justify my purchases and it meant I enjoyed more new releases in one year than I have in some time. I say something similar every time I do one of these lists, but if you’re one of those people bemoaning the lack of decent music in the past twelve months, you’re really not trying very hard.
The notion that having instant access to the vast majority of, well, everything, makes it easier to find things to like is as amusing as it is ridiculous. Until the curators emerge and streaming services have unfiltered, unsponsored and entirely sincere music tips provided by consistently trustworthy sources, the indistinct melange is impenetrable and unnavigable. You still need people to find stuff for you and point you in the right direction. For me, that’s people like record shop types (Ash and Graf in Spillers, Paul and Adrian in Rise, Rupert in Drift), presenters like Gilles Peterson, Adam Walton and Gideon Coe and journalists like Laura Snapes and Pete Paphides. That’s a far from exhaustive list, but it represents how some of the records I have written about over the past month got into my ears, my mind and my world.
It is with similar intentions that I do this list. I remain amazed at how many people pop over to this site during December, particularly considering I do so little with it for much of the rest of the year. Each list prompts heartening comments from people who have tried out albums I’ve raved about and that‘ll do me. Essentially, music is ace and thirty reasons why can be found, explained at length, below.
All music tips gladly welcomed, either here or in the more instant realm of Twitter, should you feel I’ve missed anything. Thanks for reading!
The Countdown in full…
Click the lovely image below for a couple of hours worth of fine tuneage from 2015 to help you pick out your next purchase. Thanks for reading and enjoy!