Top tracks of 2018 – The Presets

This year should probably go down in history as the year that The Presets reappeared, with their fourth album. From that comes Martini, number 8 in our chart of the year:


Preview – The Presets

I have a reasonably good record of finding I like artists just as they split up or disappear without trace, and I must admit, I had wondered if this might be true of The PresetsGhosts was so good, but that came out way back around the time this blog first started.

Fortunately, while it might have taken them a while, they’re back now, with a new album called Hi Viz. Here’s 14U+14ME:

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