Jam of the Week: Sampha – Blood on Me

Sampha - Blood on Me (1920x1080)Six years after being introduced to the UK’s king of nu-soul, Sampha, we’ve still not experienced the joy of a full-length album from the singer. But perhaps we’re finally getting closer. Following the release of ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ earlier this year, Sampha’s dropped a new single. Continue reading

Best albums of 2014: 50 to 41

Jessie Ware, Oya Festival 2012, 20120811, by NRKWith album sales on life support, 2014 was the year it became almost impossible to track – in chart terms, at least – the music that has connected with the most people.

Of course, there’s more to music and life than sales, who’s got the biggest entourage or who wins the next X Factor. Which is why I find it especially interesting to learn about artists or albums that I’ve not come across at all. The best albums can help you understand who you are or who you wish to be, take you to places you’ve never been and even comfort you in hard times.

Through sheer will – and madness – I’ve upped my annual round-up of the year’s best albums to 50. Some of them you many have heard about, but, with some luck, they’ll be a fair few you haven’t. In the words that follow I hope you find reason to give at least one album you’ve never heard a try. Continue reading

Best albums of 2011

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Rome press photo 01This year has seen the end of my time at university in Nottingham and the beginning of a new chapter at Goldsmiths in London. From Janelle Monáe’s ArchAndroid and the classic soul of the 60s getting me through my dissertation, to my first ever listen to Danger Mouse’s Rome (walking to and from the city campus’s library for the Trent Media AGM), to Ghostpoet’s life-affirming tones giving me the vigour to make it through my driving theory test; music has been with me every step of the way. Continue reading