Wednesday, December 30, 2015

BMC's 2015 End of the Year list - all styles, new recordings only

That time of the year again, lists! Always enjoy looking back on the year and see what I enjoyed most (focussing on new releases, not reissues). It's usually a reggae list with an additional few non-reggae albums. 2015 showed a major change in that: bought much more new non-reggae than reggae. So the list is an 'overall' list, with a few reggae titles in it. Only albums I actually bought on CD or LP are included. The picture shows my top 10 albums for the year 2015, the list goes further to 20 and 30. :-)

BMC's 2015 End of the Year list – top 20 (all styles – new recordings only, format I bought the album on in brackets)

Top 20:
1. Leon Bridges - Coming Home (LP)
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp A Butterfly (CD)
3. Saun & Starr - Look Closer (LP)
4. Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell (LP)
5. Lianne La Havas - Blood (CD)
6. Son Little - Son Little (LP)
7. Pauw - Macrocosm Microcosm (LP)
8. Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos - Beware (LP)
9. Kamasi Washington - The Epic (3-CD)
10. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2-LP)
11. Micah Shemaiah - Original Dread (LP)
12. Adele - 25 (LP)
13. Pokey LaFarge - Something In The Water (LP)
14. Protoje - Ancient Future (2-LP)
15. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (LP)
16. Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul (2-LP)
17. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah - Sour Soul (LP)
18. Martin Courtney – Many Moons (LP)
19. Vintage Trouble - 1 Hopeful Rd. (LP)
20. Selah Sue - Reason (2-LP)

Bubbling under:
A$ap Rocky - At.Long.Last.A$ap (CD)
D'Angelo and the Vanguard - Black Messiah (CD)
Noel Ellis meets Lone Ark - Zion (LP)
Bohicas, The - The Making Of (LP + 7")
Morgan Heritage - Strictly Roots (CD)
Alabama Shakes - Sound & Color (CD)
My Baby - Shamanaid (LP)
Vince Staples - Summertime '06 (Deluxe Edition) (2-CD)
Jah Cure - The Cure (LP)
Nneka - My Fairy Tales (LP)

Overall plenty of nice new music that I'll keep enjoying in 2016 and beyond. :-)

Happy new year all.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Posse, Are You Ready? (Vol. III) - a 1979 - 1985 rub-a-dub mix by BMC

Yes people, BMC Taking Over one more time! Here's the third and final volume of my short but sweet series of rub-a-dub mixes called "Posse, Are You Ready?". Got strictly positive responses on these from a number of the loyal followers of my mixes, which is much much appreciated, as always. It's a well known fact most however just take without any comments or thank you's, that's just the way things go on the net, so not complaining, just stating the obvious. I have noticed though that it is continuously less motivating for me to put the effort into making a next one again due to this (amongst others, like people offering mixes on ebay). I don't care much for how often a mix is played, but instead get most enjoyment out of comments from listeners, exactly what is lacking. Really wanted to make this third volume for "Posse, Are You Ready?" as I had the tunes already recorded and liked making it a trilogy, but for those that care, I for now honoustly don't know if there'll be more new mixes (in whatever style) from me online anymore. No sad affair or anything, noone's fault, just a feeling that I think those that have been checking my mixes out all these years deserve to know. This one will be Mixcloud only (for reasons I wont bother mentioning) and perfectly suits the summer months ahead of us, together with Vol. I and II, also still available from my Mixcloud page. If you want more, take Johnny Osbourne's advise on the last track of this mix: if you happy and you love it, rewind! :-)

Same recipe as Vol. I & II: early 80s tunes by a whole variety of singers and deejays and no vocalist appears twice, all tracks taken from vinyl, so expect some crackle and pop here and there. Mix in the usual BMC style: no full tunes, one continuous 60 min. mix with some added soundsamples. Feel good music. Enjoy!

Posse, Are You Ready? - Vol. III 
(in brackets the source of each track is given, where 7, 10 and 12 are single sizes)

01) Frankie Paul - Taking Over (Showdown 6 LP - Channel One)
02) Barrington Levy - Jah Life (Bounty Hunter LP - Jah Life)
03) Scientist - Jah Life In Dub (Jah Life In Dub LP - Jah Life)
04) Wayne Smith - Live Honestly (Youthman Skanking LP - Black Joy)
05) Purpleman - We're Badder Than Them (Confessions LP - Vista)
06) Sugar Minott - Jailhouse (Power House 7)
07) Little John - Better Yu Gwan (Power House 7)
08) Bunny Wailer - Conqueror (Solomonic 12)
09) Carlton Livingston - Feel The Vibes (Satta Rock 12)
10) Lone Ranger - Dance Have Fe Cork (Satta Rock 12)
11) Ini Kamoze - Wings With Me (Ini Kamoze LP - Island)
12) Michael Palmer - Youth-Man Take It Easy (Show-Down Vol 4 LP - Empire)
13) Michael Prophet - Evil Doers (Certify LP - Burning Sounds)
14) Billy Boyo - Billy Boyo In The Area (DJ Clash 2 LP - Greensleeves)
15) George Nooks - Fret Not Yourself (CF 12)
16) Papa Tullo - Ride The Rhythm (CF 12)
17) Don Carlos - Ginalship (Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential LP - Channel One)
18) Luie Lepki - Bank Clerk (Willie Red LP - Hitbound)
19) Johnnie Clark - Rude Boy (Art & Craft 12)
20) Hugh Mundell - Going Places (Volcano 12)
21) Toyan - Strictly The Dread (Greensleeves 12)
22) Eek A Mouse - Falling Heroes (Black & White 7)
23) Barry Brown & Ranking Joe - What You Don't Know (Jah Life 12)
24) Jah Thomas - Two In The Family (Dance Hall Stylee LP - Daddy Kool)
25) Wailing Souls - They Don't Know Jah (Volcano 12)
26) Triston Palmer - Babylon (Joker Smoker LP - Greensleeves)
27) Early B - Call The Doctor For Me (Four Wheel No Real LP - Midnight Rock)
28) Wayne Jarrett - Jah Jah I (Chip In LP - Thompson)
29) Johnny Osbourne - Rewind (Jammys 7)

Thanks for the support, enjoy!

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