We gave you numbers 25 through to 11 last week, now it’s time for the bottom half of our top ten
10 : Saint Etienne
Home Counties is one of our most listened to albums this year, and Saint Etienne would have score even higher if more than just one of the trio lived in the city. Pete Wiggs is also half of The Séance DJ duo alongside James Papademetrie, and have just released a track called Chetwynd Haze on compilation All The Merry Year Round for the experimental music site A Year In The Country.
9 : Alien Stadium
There was a period when I was younger when supergroup was a dirty word – a sign of excess and mutual back slapping. However, Living in Elizabethan Times – The Super Furry Animals-esque aliens-are-watching concept mini-album made by Steve Mason and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy – doesn’t overstay it’s welcome with only four tracks, and sounds like two world class musicians making the music that they want to make, free of the constraints of delivering a dozen three minute songs to make an album for a record label.
8 : Porridge Radio
Technically Porridge Radio’s album Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers originally came out in last year, but it’s vinyl pressing only came out in March and the number of barnstorming gigs they’ve played this year have earned them a place in our top ten.
7 : Dog in the Snow
Helen Brown’s debut album Consume Me was released in very busy autumn for her. As well as her own launch shows, she’s also been part of the touring band for Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizon’s project.
6 : Physics House Band
Physics House Band are one of those local acts I’d implore everyone to see live, simply to marvel at their musicianship and incredible talent. On top of that they’ve had a fantastic album out this year – Mercury Fountain which came out in April.