Italo-disco

‘The Holy Grail Of Italo’ – Flemming Dalum And Jörg Gassmann (2009)

Italo-disco in a nutshell: a barer, more mechanical, synth-driven derivative of disco conspicuous for its amorous lyrics often sung in a twee foreign accent – most probably Italian! Belted out on predominantly Italian and German dancefloors during the 80s, it’s a genre that can be uplifting, ridiculously catchy and unashamedly great craic if you can… Continue reading ‘The Holy Grail Of Italo’ – Flemming Dalum And Jörg Gassmann (2009)

Hip-hop

‘Shadow Of A Doubt’ – Freddie Gibbs (2015)

* The ‘full album’ videos below are timestamped. After dropping the flaking hip-hop instant classic ‘Pinata’ last year, I was intrigued to hear that Freddie ‘Gangsta’ Gibbs offered up another album effort last month, however this time without the aid of peerless beatsmith Madlib on the boards. While not up to the same stratospheric standards of… Continue reading ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’ – Freddie Gibbs (2015)

Acoustic · Folk

‘Carrie & Lowell’ – Sufjan Stevens (2015)

It’s only a matter of days before we’re treated to the annual glut of end of year music lists and I expect this album to be on a lot. Hailing from Michigan, Sufjan Stevens was brought up by his father and stepmother. His mother, the Carrie referred to in the title, was a troubled woman –… Continue reading ‘Carrie & Lowell’ – Sufjan Stevens (2015)