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This Weeks Top 5 (according to and listened by me!)

Busy bloomin’ week! Doesn’t seem like five minutes ago since I was posting last weeks top 5!

Since then I’ve been working as boom operator on Snow Globe, written a script and I went to see both Rhod Gilbert and Billy Bragg in the same week.

Also, a film I worked on as producer and sound recordist, Play Nice, has been nominated for a regional award which I’m really really chuffed about.

Busy bloomin’ week but good bloomin’ week.

Really sorry it’s late – better late than never! (not a slippery slope I intend to embark upon.)

This weeks top 5……..

Here we go, in reverse order…

Number 5
Everything In Moderation – BYOB (Loaded Records)

Down one place into fifth this week BYOB’s Everything in Moderation is still tearing it up in the top 5.

From the same vein as Example Everything in Moderation takes instrumental melodies with hints of drum n bass, hip hop and dubstep and combines melodic singing with rapping.

Using electronic instruments, electric guitar and synths BYOB is looking to be something big with a remix of The Stranglers’ Peaches and an original track, Save My Life remixed by J Majik and Wickaman (surely a sign for greatness).

Highlights include Chillin, Save My Life (J Majik and Wickaman remix) and One Way Road.

Number 4
The Constant – I Blame Coco (Island)

Down two places this week! Still a sublime album but not as heard as much as the first few weeks of owning it – I Blame Coco’s The Constant comes in at fourth.

See the full album review here.

Highlights include Self Machine, Party Bag and It’s About to Get Worse.

Number 3
Rave Digger – Danny Byrd (Hosptial Records)

Sitting comfortably in third place and still deservedly residing in the top 5 Rave Digger is a fantastic album full of life, energy and hype.

We Can Have it All recently made it to Radio 1’s “A” playlist (and rightly so).

See my full review of the album here

Highlights include Ill Behaviour, Tonight featuring Netsky and We Can Have it All.

Number 2
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West (Mercury)

Yes I’m as shocked as you are to see this one charting, especially at number 2! It was one of those albums that I tried to avoid because honestly, Kanye is a tool but I just couldn’t keep away from it, it was drawn to me.

People said “you really should give it a listen” and to be fair, I hadn’t even given it a change but like I said: Kanye is a tool.

That being said, it doesn’t change the fact that this is a phenomenal album both musically and lyrically. Kanye has been reborn, this is the best work he’s ever produced!

If you haven’t already (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) get this album in your life!

Highlights include Monster featuring Jay Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj (she’s all over everything) & (shockingly!!!) Bon Iver. The Amazingly melodic Blame Game featuring John Legend (another one who’s starting to get around) and my personal favourite, So Appalled featuring such greats as Jay Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz, & The RZA.


Number One
The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 – Jay Z (The Island Def Jam Music Group)

Remaining at number 1 Jay Z’s best of is really tearing it up and the hiphop loving in my headphones is big right now.

After Zane Lowe played the Black Album last Tuesday on his Radio 1 show from start to finish as a part of his Masterpieces feature the hip hop legend has been on my mind and fortunately (and perhaps coincidentally) he has just released his best of album.

Filled with classics such as Encore, 99 Problems and Death Of Auto-tune this album is great for Jay Z lovers, hip hop lovers and music lovers alike.

Check Back next week for next week’s Top 5
and see last weeks here

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About jamiethecoles

Media production graduate, MPhil at @BoltonUni. Turtle owner, liberal, social media & radio geek, #foodie, lover of music, magic and rum! #WhatUpJ #UoBSMP


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