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2015 UNSHITLIST : F.U.N.K'S RECORDS OF THE YEAR

What I've dug this year and what I said in DJ Magazine, The Quietus and right here on this blog. BTW - if you're going to comment with recommendations could someone point me towards drone THAT'S WORTH IT, and indie-pop stuff THAT'S WORTH IT (although of course, all recommendations welcome). Cheers m'dears. 

ALCHEMIST ISRAELI SALAD "Composed from loops culled from a welter of Israeli psyche, funk and pop records the man picked up on a recent month-long sojourn, a massively fun slice of frabjousness that will engross you til year's end and beyond. Love that sleeve too. Get it." 










ERYKAH BADUBUT YOU CAINT USE MY PHONE "Badu using the mixtape format for an oldschool purpose - doodles, messing around, experiments - but my God I hope some of these sketches make it to the next album. Heavy with analogue electronics and exploiting Badu's ability to be both robotic/perfect and cracked/hilarious this is the most Prince-like music she's ever made. Late br…

MY NEW BOOK + SOME OF MY FAVE MUSIC OF 2015 SO FAR

Not to blow my own cock or anything but I have a book out . It's called 'The Periodic Table Of Hip Hop' and has been bought out by Penguin/Ebury books. It is available at all the usual places and it looks and feels beautiful. Writing it is in the main reason I haven't been able to update my blog in a while. Teaching meant I had to write it in two weeks and though inevitably, when you send off a book as a pdf or wordfile you worry like hell about whether it's actually any good, holding it in my hand and reading it . . . . I'm proud of it. Things I'd change of course but, yeah, very happy. 

Kirsty Allison at DJ Magazine did an interview with me about it. The piece is in DJ Mag issue 550 along with my regular hip hop column - here's an unexpurgated transcript. 


KA: Could you explain the periodic table of hip-hop...how? NK: It’s my view of who is important in hip hop history, arranged with each artist forming one element in a traditional periodic table. Eleme…