Sean Diamond

2018 has been a great year for music. I’d argue it’s been the best year for new music of the 21st century so far, in fact. Which is why I’ve felt compelled to make another playlist, following on from my January to March one a few months earlier. This list covers the April to June period, compiling my favourite Albums and Eps of these three months, after which I hope to make one more covering July to December which will hopefully land in the new year. Here’s hoping 2019 will be even better!

Monday, 24 September 2018 09:35

The Sound of 2018 – An Autumn Playlist

At the time of writing, this playlist was dedicated to the best new album and EP releases of the first three months of 2018, January to March. Since then there’s been a raft of other great musical discoveries wafting through the door like an aromatic winter draft, but sadly it’s all going to have to go in the reject bin for now until June has passed, after which I may well attempt an April to June list. For now though, you’ll have to make do with this. 

Last year I was presented with a revelation. Just as I was bemoaning the lack of big budget, string-laden, 24 karat gold 70s style soul in the mainstream, solace arrived in the form of Love & Hate, the second album from Michael Kiwanuka.
Last week, London’s legendary Cherry Cola Club night opened its doors to Liverpool. A new weekly event at The Magnet (to be held every Saturday), it promises to host the crème-de-la-crème of new, unsigned and up and coming live acts, with the occasional A-list band or DJ set thrown in for good measure.
Oh, Brian, why didn’t you bring the sunny weather back from California?
I must confess, I wasn’t expecting much from Cabbage when I first read about them last year.
Strange days have found us, alright.
The Coral are the oddest of veteran groups.
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