Thank you one and all for your extraordinary patience and willingness to play along with the game, and my apologies for not publishing messages from those of you who guessed correctly. Today, finally, I can reveal the tremendous mystery record that’s been preoccupying me for the past few weeks: check out Number Four in the list below.

Thank you one and all for your extraordinary patience and willingness to play along with the game, and my apologies for not publishing messages from those of you who guessed correctly. Today, finally, I can reveal the tremendous mystery record that’s been preoccupying me for the past few weeks: check out Number Four in the list below.

I’ll try and write something about it next week, and hopefully get back into a more rigorous blogging routine. My time has been taken up of late working on the next Uncut Music Guide, which has involved a lot of grappling with the collected works and thoughts of Pink Floyd. That’ll be out early in June.

In the meantime, these are the records I’ve played this week: some good ones and, as implied, a pretty great one.

1 Michael Chapman – Growing Pains 3 (Market Square)

2 Popol Vuh – Revisited & Remixed (SPV)

3 La Big Vic – Actually (Underwater Peoples)

4 Gillian Welch – The Harrow And The Harvest (Acony)

5 Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler (Box Of Cedar)

6 Frank Fairfield – Out on the Open West (Tompkins Square)

7 Fatoumata Diawara – Kanou (World Circuit)

8 Tuusanuuskat – Nääksää Nää Mun Kyyneleet (Fonal)

9 Steve Mason/Dennis Bovell – Yesterday Dub (Domino)

10 Julian Lynch – Terra (Underwater Peoples)

11 Various Artists – True Soul Volume 2: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax (Now Again)

12 Wolf Gang – Suego Faults (Atlantic)

13 The Horrors – Skying (XL)

14 Deep Magic – Lucid Thought (Circa)

15 Jozef Van Wissem – The Joy That Never Ends (Important)

16 Carol Kleyn – Love Has Made Me Stronger (Drag City)

17 Quiet Evenings – Transcending Spheres (Circa)

18 Barn Owl & The Infinite Strings Ensemble – The Headlands (Important)