25 best albums of 2015: 15. Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa

By Daniel Blockert|January 10, 2016|Music|0 comments

I have a few albums by the Congolese band Staff Benda Bilili, but I can’t say that they are personal favourites. Therefore I did not pay that much attention when they split and a few of their members formed Mbongwana Star. But when I accidentally heard the album I was bowled over. Much better than anything Staff Benda ever did. Afrobeat with distinct psychedelic overtones. Amazing guitarplaying throughout. Click on the headline for video. Mbongwana Star – Nganshe

25 best albums of 2015: 17. Sam Lee – Fade In Time

By Daniel Blockert|January 10, 2016|Music|0 comments

2015 was a good year for folk as well and one of the best albums came from Sam Lee. He has a great voice and it is firmly rooted in tradition, but what stands out is the unusual repertoire and the excellent arrangements. Folk is always at its best when tradition can be combined with new perspectives. Click on the headline for video. Sam Lee – Blackbird

25 best albums of 2015: 18. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material

By Daniel Blockert|January 10, 2016|Music|0 comments

Best country album of the year. I heard the first single, ”Biscuits”, and was very disappointed. Silly song, silly lyrics. Silly, silly silly, as Graham Chapman would have said. But it turns out it’s by far the worst song on the album, the rest of it is great. Shows that you can still breathe life in to fairly traditional country. Click on the headline for video. Kacey Musgraves – Dime Store Cowgirl

25 best albums of 2015: 21. Future – DS2

By Daniel Blockert|January 6, 2016|Music|0 comments

”Where You At” was the best rap single of the year. It was a great year for Drake, but he was never better than on his guest verse on this song. Also, love Future’s red Fedora. Rest of the album did not reach the same heights, but still a really good album. Click on the headline for video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw3Or6eqIpI