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9 of the best – sounds of 2018

Samuelsounds begins a short hiatus for the festive season. As is my way, I leave you with my favourite sounds of 2018. They are in no particular order. Merry Christmas, have a great holiday and see you in the New Year, when I will whittle 12 to 9. (Done!)


Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talking Straight

Father John Misty – Just Dumb Enough to Try

Natalie Prass – Lost

The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land

Stephen Malkmus – Solid Silk

Vasser – Valerians

Let’s Eat Grandma – Donnie Darko

Oscar L – Monster Tube

Kokoroko – Abusey Junction

Honourable mentions also go to: Childish Gambino for ‘This Is America‘; Phum Viphurit for ‘Lover Boy‘; Fake Shark for ‘Wake Up‘; Phosphorescent for ‘New Birth in New England‘; Bodega for ‘Jack In Titanic‘; MorMor for ‘Heaven’s Only Wishful‘; Kanye West & Kid Cudi for ‘Reborn‘; Christine and the Queens for ‘Damn, dis-moi‘; Lana Del Rey for ‘Mariners Apartment Complex‘; The Voidz for ‘Leave It In My Dreams‘; Nilüfer Yanya for ‘Thanks 4 Nothing‘ and DJ Koze for ‘Pick Up‘.

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The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land (2018)


You may not agree in the politics, but you have to admire the artistry. The title track of the The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s album Merrie Land is scathing portrait of This Sceptred Isle. The country’s leadership is certainly in a bit of a mess this week and Albarn cleverly uses the sounds of a funfair to depict his take on the direction of travel.

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9 of the best – sounds of 2006

Ten years ago, we may not have had a 366th day, but there was plenty of solace in the sounds of 2006. In no particular order…

The Good, The Bad and The Queen – Herculean

Beirut – Postcards From Italy

Beck – Cellphone’s Dead

Guillemots – Made Up Love Song #43

The Strokes – You Only Live Once

Midlake – Bandits

The Magic Numbers – This Is A Song

The Hold Steady – The Chillout Tent

Phoenix – Sometimes In The Fall


Honourable mentions also go to: Finally Moving for ‘Pretty Lights‘; Kelley Stoltz for ‘Ever Thought of Coming Back‘; The Fratellis for ‘Chelsea Dagger‘, Ghostface Killah for ‘Shakey Dog‘; Peter Bjorn & John for ‘Young Folks‘; TV On The Radio for ‘Wolf Like Me‘; The Bird And The Bee for ‘Again And Again‘; Grizzly Bear for ‘Knife‘ and Loney, Dear for ‘I Am John’.

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The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Herculean (2006)

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Is it really 6 years? With its line-up of Damon Albarn, Simon Tong, ex-Clash bassist Paul Simonon, Fela Kuti-drummer Tony Allen, The Good, The Bad and The Queen were a super group of sorts; but one that was dominated by Albarn’s vision and teamwork with producer Danger Mouse. I liked Blur a lot, but I did not foresee the prodigious and enduring talent that Albarn would become. ‘Herculean’ is an atmospheric classic.

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