Here’s my pick of new albums from 2014 (and a sneaky one from last year).
D'Angelo – Black Messiah This dropped out of nowhere just a few days ago and it immediately floored me. The first album from D'Angelo in nearly 15 years, and holy hell what a come back. So much groove and tasty guitar licks… and that Pino bass. I think this album has made me pregnant. Sadly not out on wax until Feb next year. I shall wait patiently. #dangelo #blackmessiah #nowlistening #jl2014records
Beck – Morning Phase I like Beck, but I sort of missed the whole Odelay thing. Steve Threw Up was a favourite to play with my mates at school, but more importantly my wife and I discovered Sea Change just after we were married, and it’s still one of our favourites. Sadly it eludes us on wax thus far :(. Anyway, we saw Morning Phase on the shelf at our local record store and when the owner told us "it's essentially the sequel to Sea Change" we snapped it up. Beautiful instrumentation, and so warm & comforting. This gets me in the feels. The good feels. #beck #vinyl #vinyligclub #records #nowspinning #jl2014records
Katy Perry – Prism I know what you're thinking, but I don't care. Yes this was released late 2013 but I only really heard it properly this year. We gave the Record Store Day picture disc version to my 9yo daughter for her birthday in September. Since then I've listened to it a lot… Pure happiness. The songs are great, and always invokes loads of loud singing when listening to with my girl. THEN… we went and saw the Prismatic tour a few weeks back. One of the best live shows I've seen. And now I'm a #KatyCat. No regrets, just love. #katyperry #vinyl #vinyligclub #vinylcommunity #records #recordstoreday #nowspinning #jl2014records
Slash – World on Fire I love anything Slash plays on. I particularly love that he returned to a more raw and sleazy sound than the previous few records. This has to be played damned loud. Stoked that i was able to snap up the Amazon UK red version. #slash #vinyl #vinyligclub #records #nowspinning #jl2014records
Black Keys – Turn Blue I started listening to these dudes late in the piece… The back catalog has grown on me over that last year or two. I pre-ordered this record not knowing anything about it. Melancholy and moody. Goes nicely with a quiet dram. I dig it. #blackkeys #records #vinyl #vinyligclub #nowspinning #jl2014records
Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Vol. 1 I'm Not a superhero movie guy. I love stupid action movies, but typically the Marvel type ones are cheesy and predictable, and i get bored. But then this movie came along… it got great reviews / recommends from friends, so we finally check it it out. Firstly, awesome film, not too serious or stupid. Just good fun. Secondly, what a soundtrack. If this doesn't make you happy then you don't have a pulse. Many good tunes. Makes me wanna dance (badly). #guardiansofthegalaxy #records #vinyl #vinyligclub #nowspinning #ost #awesome #jl2014records