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Huw's Favourite Albums of 2009

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 07:00 UK time, Friday, 25 December 2009

Hello! If you heard my show in the week before Christmas, you would have heard me talking about my favourite albums of 2009. Just in case you missed it, here's a cut-out-and-keep round-up...


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The xx - xx
(Young Turks)

My favourite album of 2009. Beautiful, minimalistic, deep and extra special beats and vocals stand out a mile from everyone else.

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Paul White - The Strange Dreams of Paul White
(One Handed Music)

A new producer who Mary Anne Hobbs has been championing. I heard him for the first time recently and am hooked on his beats!

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Golden Silvers - True Romance
(XL)

Their debut album dropped this year, big joyous pop tunes without need for a guitar, made my ears very happy. THey worked hard too, gigging loads and gaining new fans.

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Nite Jewel - Good Evening
(Human Ear Music)

Got this in America, promoted by No Pain in Pop records over here, this was etheral, dubsteppy beats and luscious vocals. Not a million miles from The xx, but with more melody and more flow.

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Sky Larkin - The Golden Spike
(Wichita)

I went on tour with this brilliant band from Leeds at the start of 2009 (with Pulled Apart by Horses) and then this came out; punchy, lyrically eloquent, big guitar indie.

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F*** Buttons - Tarot Sport
(ATPR)

The Bristol band are fast becoming cult heroes thanks to a 'playing to nobody's rules but their own' music-making manifesto, and this album on ATP (live promoters also), took their journey into sonic experimenting even further.

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Bombay Bicycle Club - I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose
(Island)

They did a session at the start of 2008 for my show, but the wait for this, their debut album, was well worth it. Contains my favourite single of the year, the excellent Always Like This.

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Noah & The Whale - The First Days of Spring
(Young & Lost Club)

It takes guts to make your second album a soundtrack to an arty film full of opera, folk, orchestras, baring your soul. This was very special indeed.


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Girls - Album
(Turnstile)

A band from San Francisco who took you by the hand, clutched you into their bosom, and cried when you stopped listening to them. Lush.


So there you have it. That's all from me. Merry Christmas and happy listening!

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