I’m still stuck on South Africa. In fact I’m going back to Cape Town for five weeks work ! I don’t know what Zola is saying here, but if I play it in the morning I spend the rest of the day making approximate noises in the same rhythm. From the 2006 township film Tsotsi. - magicman
One of my musical highlights this year was hearing the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, one of my all-time favourite artists, performing some of the music of his original mentor, the film composer Krzysztof Komeda. This song, ‘The Cats’, was one of the highlights; this version comes from the Lontano album, where Stanko is backed by the equally fabulous Marcin Wasilewski Trio. European jazz of the highest order.
I’ve been listening to a lot of dub reggae recently and I recall John Peel playing this quite a lot and me thinking “but that’s Up Town Top Ranking! Can one do this?” I love the conflict between the different elements in this one and, I admit, still find it impossible not to start singing “see mi in a ‘alter back” etc. - severin
Covers usually add to or rearrange the original. This one strips out all of R.E.M.’s original mistakes so we can properly meet the damaged narrator. - tin
I heard the hype last year, gave them a couple of listens, filed it away under “more clever-clever Brooklyn stuff that I don’t have enough time to get into”. But if we were redoing last year’s Festive ‘Spill, this would now make my top 2 (and the rather wonderful cover by Solange Knowles that brings out its R&B soul). - barbryn
I went to a friend’s wedding last week, and put together a little video of it for her. I used ‘Amazing’ as part of the soundtrack, so now it’s well and truly lodged in my auditory passage. (They walked out of the church to the theme from StarWars, for real!) - GlassHalfEmpty