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Every year we invite musicians, DJs and readers to send us their five favourite albums or tracks of 2016. In a year that saw so many great musicians pass away, there were a number of brilliant musical recordings. Our readers’ selections are eclectic and cross many genres. I hope you find some new music to explore.

28 December 2016 | In depth


The Stiff record label was founded in 1976, it was at the heart of punk and new wave scene, bringing the world artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, Motorhead, Ian Dury and what is generally regarded as the first ever punk single,
New Rose by The Damned. In his occasional blog looking at punk, Hassan Mahamdallie uncovers the magic of Stiff Records.

29 October 2016 | In depth


Sharon signs to Cherry Red Compilation (RPM 2016) CD/Download

1 August 2016 | NotesTracks of the month

A plethora of amazing albums was released last month. Here are a few of my favourites…

19 June 2016 | NotesTracks of the month

The first two albums I have reviewed this month look at America from completely different musical and political perspectives.

3 April 2016 | Tracks of the month

This month’s selection is a bit of a Cook’s tour of the world and where better place to start than Detroit – the metaphorical centre of the musical world.

28 February 2016 | Tracks of the month