Last Minute Christmas Present Buyer's Guide to the Best Welsh Albums of 2013

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Welcome to my Last Minute Christmas Present Buyer's Guide to the Best Welsh Albums of 2013.

Admittedly it's not the pithiest handle in the world ever — but it does do what it says on the tin. This week's show is a wall-to-wall celebration of the best Welsh albums released this year (in my over-inflated opinion).

I think it's been a remarkable year.

Compiling a 15 minute guide to the best Welsh albums of 1993 would have been a challenge (that was the year I started on Radio Wales) so this programme marks, to some extent, how much Welsh music has evolved in that period.

I do hope you enjoy what you hear.

I do hope it gives you an idea for something to buy for a loved one or a friend. Most of these music-making folk don't have a label behind them, funding their enterprise. They live off woodshavings and tepid water from borrowed taps in draughty bedsits.

Buying their music isn't the equivalent of sticking fivers into a fat cat, music mogul's diamond posing pouch; it'll help them get strings, pay for rehearsal time, you know, make more music, which is great news for all of us.

Some of them may even eat something. They're all very pasty looking (paste-y rather than pass-tee. Mmmm… pasties).

Anyway, do enjoy this broad celebration of great Welsh sounds. Feel free to suggest/recommend albums below that didn't make it onto my list.

I'm off to find a pasty pasty.

JOY FORMIDABLE, THE - 'This Ladder Is Ours'
Mold

FUTURE OF THE LEFT - 'Donny Of The Decks'
Cardiff

PAPER AEROPLANES - 'Little Letters'
Milford Haven

SWEET BABOO - 'If I Died Would You Remember That You Loved Me?'
Bangor/Cardiff

EARTH, THE - 'Operator'
Cardiff

GEORGIA RUTH - 'Week Of Pines'
Aberystwyth/Cardiff

TRWBADOR - 'Lluniau [Fersiwn Albwm]'
Camarthen/Cardiff

METABEATS - 'Battery Phunk'
Cardiff

LLWYBR LLAETHOG - 'Ed's Dub'
Blaenau Ffestiniog/Cardiff

GALLOPS - 'Jeff Leppard'
Wrexham

ZERVAS & PEPPER - 'Living In A Small Town'
Cardiff

THREATMANTICS - 'Apple Tree'
Cardiff

MR HUW - 'Cariad Afiach'
Caernarfon

IFAN DAFYDD - 'Celwydd (Feat. Alys Williams)'
Llanrug

GENTLE GOOD, THE - 'Antiffoni'
Cardiff

WINTER VILLAINS - 'The Air'
Cardiff

CATE LE BON - 'Are You With Me Now?'
Penboyr

SPARROW AND THE WORKSHOP - 'Shock Shock'
Wales

JOANNA GRUESOME - 'Sugarcrush (LP Version)'
Cardiff

HELEN LOVE - 'Atomic'
Swansea

TOTEM TERRORS - 'Art Of Falling (fall Song Rev. 6)'
Cardiff

Y PLU - 'Sgwennaf Lythyr'
Bethel

SAVE YOUR BREATH - 'Touchpaper'
Newport

FIST OF THE FIRST MAN - 'At Beyond The Pale'
Cardiff

NEON NEON - 'The Jaguar'
Cardiff/Los Angeles

BENJAMIN DAMAGE - '010x'
Swansea/Berlin

LOS CAMPESINOS - 'Cemetery Gaits'
Cardiff

YR ODS - 'Rhywbeth I Rywun'
Gwynedd

CIAN CIARAN - 'Sewn Up [Radio Edit]'
Bangor

EUROS CHILDS - 'Tête à Tête'
Pembrokeshire

PULCO - 'Gnarl Chess'
Bangor

SOFT-HEARTED SCIENTISTS - 'Seaside Sid And The Giant Squid'
Cardiff

ISLET - 'Triangulation Station'
Cardiff

SHORT AND CURLIES - 'Serene Again And Again'
Pembrokeshire/Cardiff/Liverpool

SŵNAMI - 'Cysgodion'
Dolgellau

QUEER'D SCIENCE - 'Requiem For Liberace Wolf'
Llanfairfechan/Manchester

NO CHOICE - 'Is This Punk Rock?'
Cardiff/Bridgend

BURNING FERNS - 'Sand'
Newport

HISTORY OF APPLE PIE, THE - 'Seeing You'
London/Bagillt

LITTLE ARROW - 'Our Taste Is Violence'
Cardiff

IRMA VEP - 'One Eye On Everything'
Llanfairfechan

ROSEVILLE BAND, THE - 'Take It'
Wrexham/Brynford

COWBOIS RHOS BOTWNNOG - 'Tyrd Olau Gwyn'
Llyn Peninsula

SIDDI - 'Un Tro'
Llanuwchllyn

COLORLIST - 'Sun Song'
Cardiff Label

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