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9 of the best – sounds of 1991

A compilation for my hangover. Also a compilation for what looks like its going to be one of the last sunny days in September. I was immersed in dance music in 1991, but R.E.M., Nirvana, Mercury Rev and Lenny Kravitz were able to break into a best-of list otherwise dominated by the sound of house music.

Orbital – Belfast

Mercury Rev – Frittering

Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy

Moby – Go (Woodtick Mix)

Future Sound of London – Papua New Guinea

R.E.M. – Losing My Religion

George Michael – Cowboys and Angels

Lenny Kravitz ‎- It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit


Honourable mentions also go to: Saint Etienne for ‘Nothing Can Stop Us Now‘; My Bloody Valentine for ‘Only Shallow‘; De La Soul for ‘A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays‘; Photon Inc. for ‘Generate Power (Wild Pitch Mix)‘; Crystal Waters for ‘Gypsy Woman‘; Altern 8 for ‘Infiltrate 202‘; Björk for ‘Hyperballad’; A Tribe Called Quest feat Leaders Of The New School for ‘Scenario‘; Slam for ‘Eterna‘; Frankie Knuckles for ‘The Whistle Song‘ and Last Rhythm and Silvie Carter for ‘Last Rhythm‘.

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Matt Maltese – Studio 6 (2016)

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South London-based Matt Maltese would seem to take his cues from a broad range of influences from George Michael to Father John Misty. Studio 6 features on last year’s EP In a New Bed on Café Bleu Recordings. Have a great weekend.

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George Michael – Cowboys & Angels (1991)



In 1990, George Michael was still at the height of his creative powers. He released Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 in the September and the following March, its song ‘Cowboys and Angels’ was pressed as a single. It is notable for being the first and only single that did not make the UK’s top 40 chart and the last before everything got complicated. It is quality.

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Wham – Last Christmas (1984)



R.I.P. George.  A last Christmas.

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Terence Trent D’Arby – Sign Your Name (1987)

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‘Sign Your name’ is pure guilty pleasure. George Michael certainly thought so, revealing three years later that he had been listening without prejudice.

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Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (1982)


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From her 1982 long player Straight From The Heart, Patrice Rushen’s ‘Forget Me Nots’ is probably more familiar now for the vocals it lent to George Michael’s 1996 single Fastlove (and Will Smith’s ‘Men In Black’ a year later). However, I feature it for the funky rhythm and the perfectly abbreviated hand claps. “Ready” Freddie Washington was session player on the recording that delivered the classic bass line.

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Cass McCombs – County Line (2011)

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It’s Cass McCombs’ opening track ‘County Line’ off last year’s album Wit’s End. This is an easygoing reintroduction to my blog after a 24 hr journey back from China yesterday/ today. It’s a slow song; I’m tired. It lingers along like George Michael singing ‘Fool To Cry’ with lyrics provided by Jeff Tweedy. I’ll pick up the pace tomorrow. And apologies for the silence this last week. The great firewall of China hit the pause button, but I will backfill.

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