The final run through…until tomorrow when I start my 366 tunes of the day – a new day a new tune…all year…come back and see how it goes and if I can keep churning out new (and old) tunes for you…now – on to the Top 5!
Released By Chainska Brassika / Finetunes
What a fabulous album…whilst I’m slightly nervous in putting this so high in the chart because I have only had it for a week and a half, I know this is going to stay high up in my favourite albums of this year. Deservedly picked up the support slot on Madness’ recent UK tour the album shows exactly where Ska is today there are some outstanding tunes on this and I strongly recommend you look them up – and I nearly forgot…they won this year’s “World Reggae Contest” and get to ship out to the Carribean to record some new tunes in January…in the meantime check out Knowledge Is King:
Released By Easy Star Records
Of course, if The Skints have an album out it’s bound to be number one in this blog…well…not quite, but that’s no criticism on The Skints. FM is a great album produced by Prince Fatty, who is churning out a good volume of great Ska albums at the moment. A second helping of Northern Soul for those of you who are following the chart with my favourite track from the album – Friends and Business:
Released By Polestar Records
A band I have seen live (briefly) at a festival but only lasted about 30 seconds before leaving to find another pint…WRONG MOVE!
Penetration were one of the original 1977 punk bands, born out of the North East whose only track I knew was Don’t Dictate – a track I knew reasonably well from compilations, but I’d never taken the time to look further. A review of this album on the Louder Than War web site made me look at the video below, which led me to buying the album…and then the entire back catalogue of the band (I was lucky – Virgin had just released an excellent box set – The Virgin Years)…you can’t say fairer than that – well worth checking out
Released By Wrath Records
Very much a Pledge Campaign album – I chipped in for the album, a bunch of 3 EPs and a DVD – money well spent. For a long time this was my favourite album of the year (right up to November probably) and is an album I return to regularly. Not my normal punk and ska…but highly enjoyable “alt-rock” (awful description) check out “Out Of My Tiny Mind” here:
Released by Popes of Chillitown /AWAL
And so…to the number 1…it’s just gone midnight here so I nearly got it all done by midnight…but not quite – so Happy New Year to you.
This was the album that really got me excited this year (and another album that saw me dashing out to pick up all the bands back catalogue). What’s even better is they are playing this years’ Rebellion Festival (they played last year as well but I missed the festival for the first time in a while). Fabulous punky ska with a rap style vocal…but it’s the tunes…they are just superb…Here’s Wisdom Teeth which is the track that totally got me into them: