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I feel like I’ve done something really great in the world to deserve so many of my favourite artists coming back with new releases this year. There have been many countdown moments where I’ve been obsessively waiting for release days to come around and stalking artist Twitter profiles in the hope of sneak peeks or promo videos but even better than that are the surprises. And Queen of the surprise for me so far this year is Natasha Khan, otherwise known as Bat For Lashes.

I had absolutely no idea that a new single was on its way so when I was linked to ‘Laura’ it was a real Christmas and birthdays all at once scenario. I’ve read alot of blogs talk of their surprise that ‘Laura’ is the lead single from due album ‘The Haunted Man’. For me, its perfect. It combines everything I love about Bat For Lashes, that haunted feeling, the simplicity of the piano which compliments Khan’s powerful vocal beautifully and the pure and true emotion that touches you in a way that many songwriters fail to achieve.



1000 Minutes Part Twenty Nine

I’ve got a slightly larger 1000 Minutes entry for you today as I noticed that I was approaching my 100th track and well, I had to hit the milestone rather than wait for the next entry…

If you want to check out the full list so far (I can’t believe we’re still nowhere near the halfway point!) then follow this LINK.

96. Bloc Party – Song For Clay (Disappear Here) [4:50] [time remaining 638:36] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Living up to their debut album with their second relief was always going to be a large challenge for Bloc Party, I like most others was dubious on whether they’d be able to do it, but as soon as ‘A Weekend In The City‘ kicked off with this track, I was sold. Theres something incredibly fierce and bitter about this track, whether its the tongue in cheek portrayal of East London life, the authentic casual slur of Kele’s vocal or the pure indie rock energy the songs melody  and beat produce together, its a real kick in the face kind of song. The icing on the cake for me is the group backing vocal reminiscent of the style found in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. What I would call a perfect album opener.

97. Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven [4:04] [time remaining 634:32] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

From what is without doubt my favourite Jimmy Eat World album, 1999’s ‘Clarity‘, this song got worn out good and proper between the ages of 16-19ish. Often part of my car journey to college soundtrack and featured on every mixtape I made for someone at the time – which is saying something as I made a lot of mixtapes! The lyrics “Can you still feel the butterflies?” are spot on, as I definitely can, everytime I hear it.

98. Tegan and Sara – The Con [3:29] [time remaining 631:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

‘The Con’ is the album that made me fall back in love with Tegan and Sara when I was pretty we were over. The albums production is outstanding and really helps to give them an edgier and more grown up sound. The title song in particular stood out for me on first listen, lyrically its pained and moving as you’d expect from them, the harmonies are more stunning than ever, the melodies catchy and the triple drum beat on the break never fails to get an airdrum from me.

99. Bat For Lashes – The Wizard [4:14] [time remaining 626:49] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

I doubt very much that this will be the only Bat For Lashes song that features in this list, but ‘The Wizard’ is definitely the one that jumps out at me when considering my options. Beautifully haunting and atmospheric it reminds me of the first time I saw them play. I went to with my good friend Freya to Koko in London and was expecting a good show, but not one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to. Not only were Natasha Khan and her band absolutely flawless, the venue was decorated to suit the scene with trees, moonlight and various other props and each member of the crowd was given a songbook with all of the lyrics to the ‘Fur and Gold’ album so they could sing along. Its that kind of attention to detail that features across both of the bands albums that makes them quite so incredible.

100. The Streets – Blinded By The Lights [4:46] [time remaining 622:03] (Drop IO) (Alt Link YSI)

Its surprising that considering the genre of this record, it still hasn’t aged for me. Infact, over time and as I’ve gotten older, it feels about ten times more relevant than it did. ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’ was loved by the critics back in 2004 and a lot of people labelled Mike Skinner as ahead of his time. A pioneer if you will. At the time, I wasn’t completely sure. Now, I’m convinced. This song in particular is an incredibly accurate and realistic portrayal of club culture, anyone thats ever been in the same situation as the lyrics describe will agree I’m sure.



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BEST OF 2009

2009 is over already? It doesn’t seem like long ago that I was writing my best of 2008 list and here I am again, doing the same for the final year of the noughties.

Like I said last year, I find these lists a real conversation starter, or argument starter considering none of us ever agree. But I’m going to stress that this is my personal top ten and I must admit, it was a tough choice…but here goes.


Lily Allen’s second album didn’t grab me on first listen as it seemed like quite a weak effort in comparison to her first, but it became a grower within only a few weeks. Although as a package the sound is arguably more commercial, our countries favourite loudmouth definitely didn’t tame her lyrics or her attitude ensuring that the result is equally as edgy.

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At the start of 2009 I was incredibly excited about the amount of long awaited follow up albums from artists I value highly. None of which measured up to this one and none of which delivered as well. After several let downs, no names mentioned of course (ahem, Lady Sovereign), ‘Its Blitz’ was a breath of fresh air. From lead single, ‘Zero’ all the way through to album ender ‘Little Shadow’ this is the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at their best, still, three and a half albums on.

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After such a wonderful and critically acclaimed debut, you would be forgiven for wondering whether Natasha Khan could have any creativity left. Of course she proved quite the opposite and showcased a second masterpiece which led publications such as Q magazine to describe her as the next Kate Bush. So ‘Two Suns’ may not have produced as many classic singles as ‘Fur and Gold’ but the ones it did will go down as indie classics, ‘Daniel’ for certain.

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The Kings of British dance returned with not one, but two albums this year. The first, ‘Scars’, is the only one of the two to make this list. This is an album full of tracks set to fill dance-floors across the world like only Basement Jaxx know how. As if thrillers such as ‘Raindrops’, ‘Scars’ and ‘Twerk’ weren’t enough the album also treated us to guest vocal spots from the likes of Kelis, Yo Majesty, Santigold, Lightspeed Champion and Yoko Ono. If it wasn’t for the album at number three in this list, it would be the most star studded release of the year without doubt.

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Why Metric aren’t bigger than they are has always been a little bit of a mystery to me. What more could you want from an indie band than incredibly catchy, hook driven tracks fronted by a talented (and attractive) female vocalist? Nothing right?? So why, 8 years on from the release of their first album, aren’t Metric more of a household name? Their 2009 release, ‘Fantasies’ only fueled that confusion further as from start to finish this album is a fantasy in itself.

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It took me a little longer than most to get into Passion Pit. Although their ‘Chunk of Change’ EP definitely touched me, with ‘Smile Upon Me’ and ‘Sleepyhead’ being the highlights, I wasn’t quite hooked. I listened to ‘Manners’ a few weeks after its release however and that was it, consider me a die hard fan. As a side-note, ‘Little Secrets’ also ranks extremely highly in my singles of the year listing, not that it does or will exist.

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A fictional character turned musical act made up of two class DJ’s such as Diplo and Switch? This was always going to be ideal really wasn’t it? Much like a couple of other entries within this list, Major Lazer’s debut features a number of brilliant guest vocalists (Santigold, Amanda Blank, Mr Vegas etc) but that is far from all its offering. For me this record has provided some of the hottest dance tracks of 2009 and some of the most creative remixes. ‘Pon De Floor’ has to be one of the best floor fillers of 2009 and has provided us with the greatest video also. If you haven’t seen it, check it out now. It’ll warm even the most frozen of evenings.

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This album truly does hold something for everyone. With guest performers as widely varied as Method Man to David Byrne and Kanye West to Amanda Blank this is like a non stop trip through my CD collection. And the best part? N.A.S.A don’t just rely on the star studded album credits to sell this record, its actually fantastic. The dream moment for me in particular is the collaboration with Kanye West, Karen O and Lykke Li on mid album track, ‘Gifted’. Pure perfection.

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Over the last two to three years, the U.K has been flooded with solo female artists. The majority of whom seem quite insignificant after the emergence of Florence Welch. Its been awhile since an album had me fully engaged with every track, but she managed it, on first listen no less. I’m not the only one infected by its brilliance either, as it spent five weeks at number 2 in the UK chart, kept off the top spot only by Michael Jackson. Even covering club classic, ‘You’ve Got The Love’ didn’t do Florence any harm, infact, it did quite the opposite as it has been recognised by many as one of the best cover versions we’ve seen in recent times.

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1. The XX – X

Without question, the strongest debut album to be released this year. There was a point where I questioned my motive for loving this album. Does knowing a couple of the bands members personally make me biased? Would I have loved it so much if I didn’t know them at all? In the correct order the answers are no and yes. This is a beautiful, atmospheric masterpiece and the band thoroughly deserve the recognition they have received this year.

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Batting For Hatherley


For those who have their ear to the ground, this will be old news. But its something I wanted to share for a number of reasons. Mainly because when the sun starts shining there is always one song that makes my ipod playlist. What is it? Keep reading and you’ll find out.

Finding an excuse to post it is something I don’t really need to do as its a brilliant track..but let me give you an explanation for doing so…

Charlotte Hatherley (of former Ash fame) has announced that she’ll be touring with Bat For Lashes this summer, alongside finishing her third solo album ‘Cinnabar City’. Having seen the wonderful stage spectacle that is Bat For Lashes live twice and being lucky enough to catch Charlotte Hatherley’s solo set several years ago, I can guarantee you that this is going to be a somewhat perfect collaboration not to be missed.

Heres what Charlotte herself had to say about it…

I have been moonlighting with the delectable Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes. I will be touring with Bat For Lashes until September, starting in the UK April…gig of note, 17th and 19th April at The Shepherds Bush Empire…spreading like a happy disease through Europe and USA and hitting the festivals in the summer. I’m happy as Larry because the music is so ACE and i not only get to play heavily chorused guitar a la The Cure, but get to play throbbingly fuzzed up bass, keyboards and twinkly bells.”

You can catch the ladies live on the following dates in the U.K :

7th April 2009 – Manchester Ritz
8th April 2009 – Glasgow Queen Margaret Union
9th April 2009 – Stage 2 – Northumbria University
11th April 2009 – Leeds Metropolitan University
12th April 2009 – Birmingham Town Hall
13th April 2009 – Cambridge Junction
15th April 2009 – Bristol Anson Rooms
16th April 2009 – Brighton Corn Exchange
17th April 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
19th April 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
11th September 2009 – Bestival

Hatherley will be releasing next solo single ‘White’ mid summer 09 with the album following in September this year. Solo festival spots are on the cards as is her next solo tour in 2010.

And as for Bat For Lashes, second studio album ‘Two Suns’ is out on April 6th. Buy it.

And here it is, the track that’s been the soundtrack for nearly five years, from Hatherley’s 2004 debut, ‘Grey Will Fade’…enjoy…

Charlotte Hatherley – Summer (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)


Charlotte Hatherley’s Myspace

Bat For Lashes’ Myspace


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