TOP 10 | Dan Nicholls’ albums of 2009

Our very own falcon-haired gadabout, singer with Hitchin ska-core legends Weightloss, and purveyor of all things astral lets us in on his top 10 albums of the year so far…

dan profille pic10. RANCID – LET THE DOMINOES FALL

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An earnest attempt from these now old-skoolers. Worthy of a good few catchy sing-alongs!

9)      Chase & Status – More than A lot: One in a spate of albums in recent times to mix up Drum & Bass and Dubstep in one sitting. This award winner’s laden with silky bangers!

9. CHASE & STATUS – MORE THAN A LOT

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One in a spate of albums in recent times to mix up drum’n’bass and dubstep in one sitting. This award winner’s laden with silky bangers!

8. ZOMBY – ONE FOOT AHEAD OF THE OTHER

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Reminiscent of 8-bit Sega games dressed in aqueous tones and ‘wonky’ rhythms. It’s new but at the same time it’s nostalgic.

7. VARIOUS ARTISTS – DUB ECHOES

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A crucial journey into Dub; from the grass roots of King Tubby to more contemporary incarnations. Complimenting the release of a DVD documentary by the same name.

6. ED RUSH & OPTICAL – TRAVEL THE GALAXY

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Dark and dirty drum’n’bass reinvented by heroes of a seemingly flagging genre – here they answer its call!

5. NOFX – COASTER

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Formulaic, melodic hardcore from ageing veteran punk-rockers. Same as it ever was, but if you like that, you’ll love this.

4. JOHN FRUSCIANTE – THE EMPYREAN

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Traverse the unrelenting depths of a tortured yet sympathetic soul. Beautiful in places and stylistically unique.

3. PERE UBU – “LONG LIVE PERE UBU!”

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An experiment in musical theatre, with a history lesson to boot. Pere Ubu are thoroughly entertaining.

2. FAT FREDDY’S DROP – DR. BOONDIGGA AND THE BIG BW

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In my opinion New Zealand’s finest export, followed closely by Bret and Jermaine. Smooth and sexy drawn-out barbecue-dub!

1. DUBBLESTANDART – RETURN FROM PLANET DUB

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Lee Scratch Perry’s modern army drop this double disc epic. A wobbling schism of traditional dub/dubstep.

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  1. […] Rogue Mag – For Dan Nicholls, The Empyrean is the fourth out of ten best albums of the year; and he says: Traverse the unrelenting depths of a tortured yet sympathetic soul. Beautiful in places and stylistically unique. […]


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