It's that time of the year again... Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat and music magazines the world over are herding truculent albums into carefully-determined formation. Needless to say, the only 100% true and accurate reflection of the year's musical output was published by this very magazine, and can be found in full here. We know that other (less accurate) lists are available.
Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus has kept a relatively low profile this year. That's not to say he hasn't been busy. Since revealing himself as Captain Murphy at the end of 2012 he's worked with a ton of artists including Goldie, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and Thundercat as well as curating a radio station for Grand Theft Auto V and scoring short film 'Wildcat' and cartoon series 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force'. Last night he answered questions from fans and revealed loads of cool stuff about his 2014 plans including a desire to work with Brian May.
This is cool from Brazilian creative Butcher Billy. He's flipped on its head the band t-shirt phenomena in which bands and artists signal their musical heritage by wearing it emblazoned on their chests, knitting history to the present, conjuring associations for their fans.
Here's a special new one from Arthur Beatrice. From the London band's eagerly anticipated debut album 'Working Out' due out in February, 'Midland' is pop gossamer with a punchy undercurrent crafted with sweeping dynamics, moody key changes and Ella Girardot's darting vocals. The production by the band itself is impeccable and adds to the emotional tug.
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