OK, this is a thing now. So let’s do bands beginning with A from ‘the rest of the world’.

Yesterday was such a success that I thought I would do it all over again. This time I listened to bands beginning with A that aren’t from Europe. I think I established that in the blog title.


  • The Abyssinians – Arise (Jamaica)

    With apologies to Adrian Slatcher (@adrianslatcher) who suggested African Head Charge, I went slightly more old school with The Abyssinians’ 1978 album, Arise. Soz and that. It’s a classic.

  • Aldous Harding – Designer (New Zealand)

    This was the selection of Picky Bastards (@PickyBastards) and popular and enjoyable website/podcast or not, I couldn’t see them repeating the quality of yesterday’s recommendation. However, they did. I loved this album too. So that’s two for two from Picky Bastards. Nice work. Maybe next week they will suggest B*Witched and ruin their cool, but I doubt it.

  • Amon Tobin – Supermodified (Brazil)

    This was recommended by Graham Cox (@grahamcox1991) and was the first thing I played today that I didn’t love. I liked it but I didn’t love it. Admittedly it is probably better suited to listening to on a Friday night out than while writing a blog post about Jason Statham’s performance in the film The One, and that might have had something to do with it. I’ll try listening to it the nest time I go out on a Fri… oh. yeah. that.

  • Abdel Aziz El Mubarak – Straight from the Heart (Sudan)

    What I won’t be listening to is this live album of very very long songs that most definitely go on a bit. You made your point in the fourth minute, pal. We don’t need another twelve.

  • Alexisonfire – Crisis (Canada)

    Chris Bissette (@pangalactic) tweeted, “I have no idea what kind of music you like but my Canada recommendation will ways be Alexisonfire – Crisis.” Well, I like lots of sorts of music, and now I like another sort of music, and that sort of music is, the music of Alexisonfire. Thank you. I was particularly fond of the song Boiled Frogs, because it’s a banger.

  • The Avalanches – Wildflower (Australia)

    Graham Cox also suggested The Avalanches, which was an excellent suggestion because I had actually decided at about lunchtime yesterday that I wanted to revisit this album today because. I think it is really good but that it possibly has too many endings. The last three songs all feel like they could be the last one. I need to listen to it all again, I think.

  • Anarchy – DGKA (Japan)

    By the time Richard Jones (@rlwjones) suggested Asobi Seksu I had already spent twenty minutes researching Japanese hip hop so I was reluctant to listen to anything but Anarchy. Did I make the right decision? Maybe. I don’t know. DGKA is a bit patchy but I would recommend checking out the Wings sampling Much Later and/or the day-glo buzz of Energy Drink.

  • Amadou and Mariam – Tje Ni Mousso (Mali)

    I haven’t got a lot to say about this one. It was pretty good but after a while I forgot it was on. Sorry.

  • Arca – Arca (Venezuela)

    This was recommended by Fat Roland (@FatRoland). Should I have liked it more than I did? Possibly. Arca has worked with Björk (who is, obviously, the best) so how could this not be brilliant? I think it probably is brilliant, just too far along the musical spectrum toward classical/experimental for a dunce like me to understand.

  • Ambulance Ltd – LP (USA)

    Dave Hartley (@DHartleyWriter) suggested this. One of the nicest things about this weekend is I hadn’t previously listened to the choices for the UK or the USA – it was new stuff all round. It will need more than one listen to get all cozy with, but I liked it, especially the track Young Urban.

  • Amor Elefante – Billetes Falsos (Argentina)

    All out of recommends, I searched the internet for something to listen to. I found this. It’s well good too. A lazy description would be that they sound a bit like a dreamy version of CSS or something like that. That doesn’t come close to describing them really, but I am pretty lazy, so…


It has occurred to me that I could do a leaderboard of the people who made the best suggestions each week, and then at the end of the alphabet have a winner who is officially The Best Music Recommender In The World!!!!

So, without further ado, here are this week’s top recommenders

  1. Picky Bastards – who recommended two great albums, Aventine by Agnes Obel and Designer by Aldous Hardy. 5 points
  2. Lucy Lapwing – who recommended Voulez-Vous by ABBA which gave me the purest joy of all the albums I listened to. 4 points
  3. Richard Jones – for suggesting Forever Young by Alphaville which was a piece of pop history that was missing from my brain. 3 points
  4. Chris Bissette – for introducing me to Boiled Frogs. 2 points
  5. Marv – for getting me to listen to an Asia album. 1 point 

    Commiserations to everyone else, especially Fat Roland who actually put quite a lot of effort into finding stuff only to get no reward. Better luck next week.