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2021, 21, albums of the year, record shop, records of the year, south records, southend -

As another year of ups and downs stutters to an end I've been trying to wrangle some of the best music that's been released in our (near) 8 years in to a definitive order. Of course, putting an objective art form in to an order of 'best' is a fools errand, so I make no claims that one is better than another, just these are records I love. ​​So, here they are, in an order that currently makes sense to me (but no doubt will change the second it's published). What is definite is that these records, especially those in the top 10, have been on constant rotation 1....

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Bella Union, Further Listening, Island of Noise, Jack Cooper, Modern Nature, playlist, South Records, Southend, Ultimate Painting -

We're big fans of Modern Nature here, their debut, How To Live, was our 2019 album of the year and we had the great pleasure of them playing our Christmas party too. This new album, the follow up to last year's Annual, is another step up. A beguiling, free-flowing, career highlight, which takes in some of British free music luminaries such as saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards and violinist Alison Cotton, as well as long term collaborators Jeff Tobias and Jim Wallis. Island Of Noise is available as a limited boxset, which features an expanded instrumental version of...

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april magazine, cindy, flowertown, further listening, if the ceiling were a kite, playlist, tough love, vol 1, volume 1 -

April Magazine, our latest San Francisco crush, just released their new album, If The Ceiling Were A Kite Vol.1, on Tough Love. As it's our album of the week/month/year we asked them to put together a Further Listening playlist and asked them a couple of questions giving those of us thousands of miles away an insight in to how it all started. BUY: If The Ceiling Were A Kite Vol.1 [limited edition cream vinyl] - How did the band come together?   It started as roommates. Peter and I (Kati) shared a bedroom door – he'd record all night and...

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2021, Cindy, Dinked Edition, Further Listening, Playlist, Tough Love -

San Francisco has been turning up a lot of our favourite bands these past few years, with the SF labels Mt St Mtn and Paisley Shirt, along with Tough Love in the UK, bringing most of them to our attention. Cindy's third record, 1:2, has been on heavy rotation here for months and has finally seen release this week (as a Dinked Edition, or on blue vinyl).  BUY: Cindy - 1:2 To follow up the Further Listening playlist Cindy's Karina Gill made us for her other band Flowertown, we have another here. As usual (these San Francisco bands all seem to have...

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2021, Essex, Love Record Stores, LRS, September, South Records, Southend -

Following the resounding success of the #loverecordstores campaign in 2020 and the subsequent Love Record Stores event, which took place last June, the campaign organisers have announced plans for a second event, which will take place on 4th September. Now an important fixture in the music retail calendar for UK record retailers, labels and music fans alike, Love Record Stores 2021  will be an opportunity for the independent music community to come together to support record stores who, like many other businesses, have faced difficult trading conditions throughout the pandemic. Given the UK government’s recent announcements about lifting lockdown restrictions the...

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