20 past, present and future hits fresh off the Uncut stereo

The arrival of the Avalanches’ comeback single this morning has prompted us to fall down a bit of a weird rabbit hole, culminating in finding the Fatboy Slim NME mixtape I had some hand in back in 1997. Still sounds terrific.

Probably bigger news in our world this week, though, is the new Ryley Walker album, which moves on from “Primrose Green” to enter a space where he’s referencing Kozelek, Eitzel, O’Rourke and Alice Coltrane as well as Jansch, Martyn etc, and at the same time developing a much more defined voice of his own. One of the albums of the year, I’d risk suggesting (If you missed my characteristically over-generous round-up of the year’s releases so far, btw, you can find it here.

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1 Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)

2 Marielle V Jakobsons – Star Core (Thrill Jockey)

3 Protein – The Secret Garden (Alien Transistor)

4 Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits (Castleface)

5 The Strokes – Future Present Past (Cult)

6 De La Soul – And The Anonymous Nobody (Kobalt)

7 JJ Cale – Really (Mercury)

8 Connie Acher – For Giving (Golden Lab)

9 The Deslondes – Tres Grand Serpent (New West)

10 Horse Lords – Interventions (Northern Spy)

11 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears (Western Vinyl)

12 Kate Carr – I Had Myself A Nuclear Spring (Rivertones)

13 Factory Floor – Dial Me In (DFA)

14 Watery Love – Ned’s Dreamcatcher/Meg’s Dreamcatcher (Richie Records/Testoster Tunes)

15 Psychic Temple – III (Asthmatic Kitty)

16 Floating Points – Kuiper EP (Pluto)

17 The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra (XL)

18 Bentley Rhythm Ace – Bentley’s Gonna Sort You Out (Skint)

19 Sabres Of Paradise – Wilmot (Warp)

20 Various Artists – Beat Up The NME: Mixed By Fatboy Slim (NME)