The Specials, Michael Kiwanuka among BBC 6 music albums of 2019


The specials’ Bis, that of Michael Kiwanuka KIWANUKA and The Comet Is Coming’s Trust the life force of deep mystery all are among the top ten albums of 2019 chosen by the presenters of UK national broadcaster BBC 6 Music. The station’s 22 presenters each chose their favorite releases of the year to compile the top ten for 6 Music Recommends.

Dublin post-punks Fontaines DC, supported by the network since their debut single in June 2017, are No. 1 on the list with their debut album Dogrel, released in April. It debuted on the UK charts when it was released at No.9.

“We are delighted that 6 Music has chosen Dogrel as their album of the year, ”the group said. “Most of the album is about our experiences in Dublin – and the songs can sort of be divided between the hopeless and the optimistic – but it’s basically the weight of the world pressing against you, and struggling. to find a balance, a balance. ”

The Sleaford Mods, similarly influenced by punk, come in second with their fifth studio set Living eton, which coincidentally also peaked at No. 9 on UK Weekly Best Sellers. Michael Kiwanuka’s third album KIWANUKA, only published late October, is at # 3. 6 Music’s Mark Radcliffe notes that he “incorporated classic soul, funk, gospel, a film soundtrack, psychedelia, and an adventurous use of audio clips and music. samples to create another work of irresistible quality “.

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The adventurers of “spiritual jazz” The Comet Is Coming land at n ° 4 with Trust the life force of the deep mystery, which became in March their first outing since he signed with the famous Impulse! Label. {Resenter Tom Ravenscroft describes it as “a fabulous cosmic journey into the future led by Shabaka, Danalogue and Betamax Killer”.

The top ten also includes GRAY area by Little Simz at n ° 5, Warmduscher’s Corrupted lunch at n ° 6 and the much appreciated Kate Tempest at n ° 7 with The Book of Traps and Lessons. Brittany Howard’s I like, defended by Elbow frontman and 6 Music presenter Guy Garvey, is at No.8.

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The specials’ Bis, Who took them to # 1 in the UK, 40 years after their explosive arrival on the UK scene, is number 9 in 6 Music for the year. Reggae / roots presenter and taste maker Don Letts says that “the basics that we loved the Specials for in the first place are still here on. Bis”, Describing it as“ political and deeply personal at the same time ”. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Ghosteen complete the table in n ° 10.

From Friday, November 29, for 22 days, each of the presenters’ album of the year choices will be broadcast on 6 Music. 6 Music Recommends Day follows Thursday, December 12, during which all daytime shows across the network will feature the best of the new music featured on the station throughout 2019.

The specials’ Bis can be purchased here.