Best albums of 2016: 20 to 11

In my penultimate 2016 albums post we have David Bowie’s final album, crisp hip hop from Kano and Common, Bat for Lashes’s latest art piece, Kate Tempest’s thunderous spoken word epic, plus we two of best hidden gems in the form of Tall Black Guy’s second LP and the debut album from London jazz-hip hop collective, Fur.

20. David Bowie – Blackstar
19. Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers
18. Common – Black America Again
17. Fur – Soon at the Latest
16. Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take a Trip
15. Bat for Lashes – The Bride
14. Kano – Made in the Manor
13. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
12. White Denim – Stiff
11. BadBadNotGood – IV
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Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take a Trip review

Tall Black Guy profile photo (630x350)If Terrel Wallace made clothes he would be creating crisp, tailored suits made from all natural materials. They’d come in a range of colours like those worn by the Four Tops and the Temptations during Motown’s golden years. And the words frequently attached to wearing one of his suits would be: suave, sophisticated and timeless.

Terrel Wallace does not make suits. He makes music. But those same words apply. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Malice & Mario Sweet – Superstar

Malice & Mario Sweet - SMS (700x394)Terrel Wallace, better known as Tall Black Guy, has been doing it real big this year. Back in April, he put out the outstanding instrumental sizzler, ‘Solar Coaster for the People’, as part of a compilation for First Word Records. He’s been spreading soul power with his sublime DJ sets in London, and his first at Glastonbury. And his latest production, ‘Superstar’, with wife and husband duo, Malice & Mario Sweet, is a rarefied, old-school stonker of a track. Continue reading

Jam of the Week: Tall Black Guy – Solar Coaster for the People

Things Leave the House, RSD 2015 special promo, First Word (1773x656)Backlash against Record Store Day has grown more public this year. And even I myself have admitted I’m “tired of the rat race”. But it’s worth remembering two things: Firstly, RSD is still independent stores’ biggest day of the year, and secondly, lesser-known artists and labels continue to put out releases worthy of attention from music enthusiasts. Continue reading

Best albums of 2013: 20 to 11

Aaron's best albums of 2013 collage, 20-11 (2500x1000)Yesterday, I kicked off my own round-up of the year’s best albums, starting with numbers 25 to 21. Now, the countdown continues. Let me know what you think in the comments section or tweet me via @dk33per. Continue reading