ft. The XX, Daniel Brandt, David Bowie, The Flaming Lips and Laura Marling

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While the world may be burning down around us, at least it has a heck of a soundtrack. The XX highlight why we love them with Dangerous, Daniel Brandt takes us down the rabbit hole. The dearly missed Bowie haunts us from beyond the grave, The Flaming Lips hit maximum classic Lips while Luara Marling’s wit and talent combine, once again, to create mesmerising art.

the-xx-101116Artist: The XX

Prime Cut: Dangerous

Cut From: London, UK

Flavours Of: James Blake / Brian Eno / The Avalanches

Far from us to pick just one track of their latest LP, the safest and most re-assuring is this killer opener. Where Co-Exist served to highlight the skill and care Jamie xx brought to the production, this feels once again like a blissful, whole group effort.


brandtArtist: Daniel Brandt

Prime Cut: Kale Me

Cut From: Berlin, Germany

Flavours Of: Steve Reich / Burial / Theo Parrish

From its humble beginnings sampling a breaking washing machine, Daniel Brandt (Brandt Brauer Frick fame) takes us down the Reich-ian rabbit hole yet again with this one.


davidbowie2013Artist: David Bowie

Prime Cut: No Plan

Cut From: London, UK / New York, US

Flavours Of: Ziggy Stardust / Thin White Duke / Major Tom / Aladdin Sane

It’s hard to compare this to anything another artist has ever managed to pull together. It just feels and fits beautifully as the culmination of Bowie’s legacy. A final reflection, a final sweep across the stars for one of the great musical minds of recent history..


lipsArtist: The Flaming Lips

Prime Cut: Sunrise (Eyes Of The Young)

Cut From: Oklahoma City, US

Flavours Of: Animal Collective / Of Montreal

This one hearkens back to the joyful ooze of Do You Realise? A proper Lips ballad and a great way to kick off the year


laura-marlingArtist: Laura Marling

Prime Cut:  Wild Fire

Cut From: London, UK

Flavours Of: Gillian Welch / Amy Shark

There’s few singer-songwriters to match the unique wit that Marling has consistently shown since she was sixteen. Let’s face it, this track was never going to be an exception to that well established rule.