The Stowaway Awards 2016

Here are the winners of this year’s Stowaways:

Best Track

As announced over the New Year, the winner of this year’s Best Track award was New Order feat. Elly Jackson, with Tutti Frutti.

Best Album

These were the nominees:

  • Camouflage – Greyscale
  • Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Angels & Ghosts
  • Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  • Jean-Michel Jarre – Electronica 1: The Time Machine
  • Leftfield – Alternative Light Source
  • Little Boots – Working Girl
  • Marsheaux – A Broken Frame
  • MG – MG
  • Roísín Murphy – Hairless Toys
  • New Order – Music Complete

The winner is New Order!

Best Reissue / Compilation

  • Air – The Virgin Suicides
  • Delerium – Rarities & B-Sides
  • Erasure – Always – The Very Best Of
  • Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
  • Faithless – Faithless 2.0

With an exceptional selection of b-sides, mixes, and rarities, the winner is Everything But The Girl, for the special edition of Walking Wounded.

Best Video

  • Étienne de Crécy – Hashtag My Ass
  • Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – All of This and Nothing
  • Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
  • Leftfield & Sleaford Mods – Head and Shoulders
  • Little Boots – Better in the Morning

The winner is Leftfield.

Best Artist

  • Camouflage
  • Sarah Cracknell
  • Hot Chip
  • Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Leftfield
  • Little Boots
  • Marsheaux
  • Roísín Murphy
  • New Order
  • Soulsavers

Winner: Hot Chip.

Best Live Act

Winner: Little Boots.

Best Ambient Track

Winner: Jean-Michel Jarre and Lang Lang, for The Train and the River.

Best Remix

Winner: Röyksopp, for The Presets‘ remix of I Had This Thing.

Best Dance Act / Remixer

Winner: Étienne de Crécy.

Outstanding Contribution

  • Erasure
  • Everything But The Girl
  • Hot Chip
  • Leftfield
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Winner: Erasure.



Week of oldies II

After the relative success of last year‘s week of oldies, in which we took a week out to re-evaluate oldies from Depeche Mode (here), The Beloved (here), The Human League (here), The Presets (here) and Röyksopp (here), it’s time for its successor, which I’m imaginitively calling Week of oldies II.

I’ve already hinted at a couple of this year’s oldies. On Tuesday we’ll take a trip back to a slice of 1994 pop from the Lightning Seeds, which turns out not to be quite as good as we remembered. On Wednesday, we’ll listen to a defining piece of late 1990s house music as it celebrates its fifteenth anniversary. Thursday’s release is a best of from this week in 1999 for a much older act, and Friday and Saturday will provide even more surprises!

So stay tuned for the Week of oldies II!

Greatest Hits – Volume 4

With the second anniversary of this blog coming up in just a few days, it’s time to take a trip back to look at some of the posts you might have missed recently…

If you’re really bored, you could also check out Volumes 3, 2, and 1.

Chart for stowaways – 22 March 2014

Here are the next batch of singles:

  1. Moby with Wayne Coyne – The Perfect Life
  2. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  3. Moby with Cold Specks – A Case for Shame
  4. Moby with Mark Lanegan – The Lonely Night
  5. The Presets – Ghosts
  6. B.E.F. – Party Fears Two
  7. Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved
  8. Depeche Mode – Peace
  9. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
  10. Groove Armada – History

Chart for stowaways – 15 March 2014

The albums seem to have gone off to do their own obscure thing at the moment, with Moby holding onto the top spot for a second week, so while they sort themselves out, here are the top ten singles:

  1. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  2. The Presets – Ghosts
  3. Depeche Mode – I Feel Loved
  4. Alphabeat – Boyfriend
  5. Groove Armada – History
  6. Depeche Mode – John the Revelator / Lilian
  7. Moby – Almost Home
  8. I Monster – Devils on Horseback
  9. Madness feat. Ian Dury – Drip Fed Fred
  10. Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul

Chart for stowaways – 8 March 2014

Here are this week’s top ten singles:

  1. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Running to the Sea
  2. Depeche Mode – John the Revelator / Lilian
  3. The Presets – Ghosts
  4. I Monster – Devils on Horseback
  5. Madness feat. Ian Dury – Drip Fed Fred
  6. Depeche Mode – Soothe My Soul
  7. U2 – Invisible
  8. The Shamen – Destination Eschaton
  9. Goldfrapp – Yes Sir
  10. Way Out West – Stealth

A lot of slightly surprising strangers from the past floating around on that list. On the albums, Moby finally clinches the top spot with his latest album Innocents.

Live – April 2014

Here are your live highlights for April:

The Presets

Back on the road, starting at the touring Groovin the Moo festival in Australia, and then followed by individual dates next month.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Booka Shade

Coming up with festivals and individual dates in London, Dublin, Nürburg, Nuremberg, Liège, and Cuxhaven.

Full list of dates at Songkick


Playing this week in Zürich, with more dates no doubt to follow.

Full list of dates at Songkick


Following the shows at Coachella over the last couple of weeks, future dates are taking place over the coming months in the USA, Canada, Spain, France, the Netherlands, the UK, Portugal, Germany, and then the USA again.

Full list of dates at Songkick

Boys Noize

With shows coming up at the Counterpoint festival in Georgia (the state), the Hangout festival in Alabama (the state), the Sasquatch festival in Washington (the state), the Movement festival in Michigan (the state), a one-off date in Stockholm (the city), and finally the Melt festival in Germany (the country).

Full list of dates at Songkick