Thanks for all your half-year Top Tens; some interesting choices there, as well as The Charlatans. Keep them coming, and I’ll do some kind of dark mathematics and rustle up a collective Wild Mercury Sound chart next week.

Thanks for all your half-year Top Tens; some interesting choices there, as well as The Charlatans. Keep them coming, and I’ll do some kind of dark mathematics and rustle up a collective Wild Mercury Sound chart next week.



In the meantime, here’s this week’s office playlist. Can I just draw your attention to the Suarasama album, “Fajar Di Atas Awan”, which is quite the best thing I’ve heard this week? It’s a reissue, on Drag City, of a Sumatran record from 1998. I’ll write about it more soon, but maybe a few of you will be tantalised by the references used by the label: “Sandy Bull, John Fahey, the Radha Krsna Temple, the collaborations of Ravi Shankar and Andre Previn, even our own Ghost and Six Organs Of Admittance.”

Amazingly beautiful record. And some of these other ones are pretty good, too. . .

1 Homegas – Homegas (Takoma)

2 Plush – Take A Chance (Candlewick Lake)

3 Telepathe – Devil’s Trident (Merok)

4 Derek & The Dominos – Tell The Truth (Polydor)

5 Status Quo – Dog Of Two Head (Pye)

6 Josephine Foster – This Coming Gladness (Bo’Weavil)

7 The Waterboys – Room To Roam (Collector’s Edition) (EMI)

8 Giant Sand _ proVisions (Yep Roc)

9 Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh – Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh (Drag City)

10 Suarasama – Fajar Di Atas Awan (Drag City)

11 Various Artists – Calypsoul 70: Caribbean Soul & Calypso Crossover 1969-1979 (Strut)

12 Sic Alps – US Ez (Siltbreeze)

13 James Yorkston – When The Haar Rolls In (Domino)

14 Jim O’Rourke – Tamper (Drag City)

15 David Werner – Whizz Kid (RCA)

16 Ponytail – Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free)

17 Eat Skull – Sick To Death (Siltbreeze)

18 Mystery Record Borrowed From NME

19 David Vandervelde – Waiting For The Sunrise (Secretly Canadian)

20 Calexico – Carried To Dust (City Slang)