I’ve already shared my least favourite songs of 2022. Now it’s time to celebrate the best songs of the year (always a much more enjoyable list to make!).
“A collection of profound and epic album reviews and musical articles by former astronaut and brain surgeon, Alasdair Kennedy. Reaching levels of poetry that rival Keats and Blake, the following reviews affirm Alasdair to be a prodigy, a genius and a god whose opinion is always objectively right. He is also without a doubt the most modest man in the universe.” - Alasdair Kennedy
Thursday, 22 December 2022
Thursday, 8 December 2022
The 10 Worst Songs of 2022
2022 gave us an array of awful viral TikTok songs, horrible soundtracks and unnecessary covers. I’ve rounded up the 10 worst examples I could find here.
Friday, 2 December 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 02/12/2022: Metallica, Pharrell Williams, Chance the Rapper and more...
This week has everything from Pharrell beats to Metallica riffs. I did think about featuring some Christmas songs given that we're now in December (I've had artists bombarding my inbox with Christmas songs since September!), but there were too many great non-Christmassy songs that I thought deserved more attention. Other artists featured this week include Diamond Revolver, Natalie, Caleb Peters, O., Humour and Chance the Rapper.
Friday, 18 November 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 18/11/2022: Chat Pile, Shame, Murgatroyd and more...
It's been a very strong week! Artists featured this week include Chat Pile, Shame, Murgatroyd, Kelela, Jackson Mico Milas and Kim Petras.
Wednesday, 16 November 2022
Double Review: 'Stumpwork' by Dry Cleaning and 'Hellfire' by black midi
You’ve heard of mumble rap. But what about ramble rock? Yes, that’s the term I’m now using to describe these types of bands (it’s better than ‘windmill scene’).
Friday, 11 November 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 11/11/2022: MISS GRIT, Brockhampton, Work In TV and more…
Friday, 28 October 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 28/10/2022: Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and more...
After several rock-heavy weeks, this one is decidedly pop-oriented. Taylor Swift, Sam Smith and Meghan Trainor have all dropped new music (it’s like it’s 2014 again!). Meanwhile, there are underground gems from MorMor, Loren Aronov and Mar Omin.
Friday, 21 October 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 21/10/2022: Humour, DENSE, Kelela and more…
Hear Humour’s latest single ‘Pure Misery’ and the blistering new noise rock track ‘Fossilised’ from DENSE. Plus, new awesome tracks from Kelela, Jackson Mico Milas and Jadu Heart…
Friday, 14 October 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 14/10/2022: MSPAINT, Their/They’re/There, Lil Yachty and more…
Some absolutely cracking band names this week! Artists featured include MSPAINT, Their/They’re/There, No Windows, Man/Woman/Chainsaw, Ehiorobo and Lil Yachty.
Tuesday, 11 October 2022
Review of 'I Love You Jennifer B' by Jockstrap
Friday, 7 October 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 07/10/2022: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Liturgy, Polyphia and more…
I seem to have gone on a rock binge this week. No other genres got a look in. Artists featured this week include King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Liturgy, Polyphia, Little Thief and Raavi.
Friday, 23 September 2022
BEST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 23/09/2022: Kelela, Alvvays, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and more...
NO WORST TRACKS THIS WEEK. I’m feeling in a good mood this week, so it’s all bops and no flops. Artists featured this week include Kelela, Alvvays, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Emily Breeze, Scott is Okay and Biig Piig.
Tuesday, 20 September 2022
Review of 'Will Of The People' by Muse
Muse deliver their latest batch of bombastic protest songs – which includes surprise metal riffs, an Adele-flavoured piano ballad and a random Halloween anthem.
Friday, 16 September 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 16/09/2022: ALASKALASKA, DRAM, Bjork and more…
I’m not feeling the new Bjork song, but otherwise this week has plenty of bops. Artists featured this week include ALASKALASKA, Wooze, Omar Addis, AJAY, DRAM and Bjork.
Friday, 9 September 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 09/09/2022: JID, Arctic Monkeys, Danny Brown and more...
R.I.P The Queen. She was an avid reader of this blog. She rang me up personally one time to tell me that she was a big fan of my experimental hip hop and metal reviews. But I won't bore you with that story. It’s time to talk about Arctic Monkeys going jazz, robot rappers and the new JID song. I haven’t done one of these roundups in three weeks, so there’s a shitload of music here to make up for it. Artists featured this week include JID, Arctic Monkeys, Danny Brown, Wednesday, Humour, Himera, Janna Pelle and FN Meka.
Friday, 26 August 2022
Review of 'God's Country' by Chat Pile
Friday, 19 August 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 19/08/2022: Universed, PinkPantheress, Meat Wave and more...
The new PinkPantheress and Sam Gellaitry collab is a banger. Other artists featured this week include Universed, Meat Wave, Slo Cheetah, As Loud As A Mouse and Bella Poarch.
Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Review of ‘Funk Wav Bounces Vol 2’ by Calvin Harris
Friday, 12 August 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 12/08/2022: Open Mike Eagle, Duckwrth, Wooze and more…
This week I go on a rant about DJ Khaled and confess my love for WILLOW. Artists featured this week include Open Mike Eagle, Duckwrth, Wooze, Carter & The Capitals, WILLOW and DJ Khaled.
Friday, 5 August 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 05/08/2022: Dry Cleaning, The Garden, Muse and more…
The new Dry Cleaning song is delightfully deranged. Meanwhile, Muse have gone full-on metal. Plus more cool tracks from The Garden, Jesse Maxwell and Boy Pablo.
Friday, 22 July 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 22/07/2022: Young Fathers, Lasse Matthiessen, Joe Holt and more...
Here are the tracks I’ve been listening to during the heatwave. Artists featured this week include Young Fathers, Lasse Matthiessen, Joe Holt, Chat Pile, Montaigne and Calvin Harris.
Thursday, 21 July 2022
Review of 'Super Champon' by Otoboke Beaver
Friday, 15 July 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 15/07/2022: Anderson Paak, Jungle, Amy Steele and more…
It’s a mix of soul and breakbeat this week. Artists featured include Anderson Paak, Jungle, Amy Steele, Mall Grab, Partiboi69 and Bring Me The Horizon.
Friday, 8 July 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 08/07/2022: Regressive Left, Alvvays, Cardi B and more...
It's been an entertaining week. I'm yet to see the The Rise of Gru at the cinema (I still haven't dug my suit out), but I have enjoyed watching the fall of Bojo. The music this week has not been bad either. Here are the tracks that stood out. Artists featured this week include Regressive Left, Alvvays, Greytooth, Biig Piig, Mieko Shimizu and Cardi B...
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
Review of 'Harry's House' by Harry Styles
Minus points for the silly album title. It sounds like a CBeebies programme. This album also contains some of Styles' most boring ballads. But otherwise, there are some fun bops here.
Monday, 4 July 2022
Review of 'Honestly, Nevermind' by Drake
Friday, 1 July 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 01/07/2022: Strongboi, Chat Pile, Osees and more…
It's a mix of vicious and dreamy this week. Artists featured include strongboi, Chat Pile, Osees, Sail, Ruru, There's Talk, Eminem & Snoop Dogg and Rina Sawayama.
Monday, 20 June 2022
Review of 'Famously Alive' by Guerilla Toss
Friday, 17 June 2022
BEST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 17/06/2022: Jockstrap, Pharrell Williams, Meat Wave and more…
I was spoilt for choice this week when it came to rad music. Consequently, there are no ‘worst’ tracks this week. It’s all bops, no flops. Artists featured this week include Jockstrap, Pharrell Williams, Meat Wave, Big Scary Indian, Chrome Daphne, Fox Fagan and more…
Friday, 10 June 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 10/06/2022: Jockstrap, Jack Harlow, The Koreatown Oddity and more…
From Jockstrap to Jack Harlow, there’s something for all types of music listener this week. Other artists featured include The Koreatown Oddity, Greytooth, EVNTYD and St Vincent.
Wednesday, 8 June 2022
Double Review: ‘Immutable’ by Meshuggah and ‘Parrhesia’ by Animals As Leaders
Immutable and Parrhesia both succeed in being face-meltingly heavy and impressively complex metal albums - even if they are both utterly exhausting to listen to.
Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Review of ‘Mr Morale & The Big Steppers’ by Kendrick Lamar
Mr Morale & The Big Steppers is a masterpiece – and quite possibly my favourite Kendrick album to date.
Friday, 27 May 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 27/05/2022: Kendrick Lamar, Rina Sawayama, OSEES and more…
It’s time to round up the most fantastic singles of the fortnight (yeah, I skipped a week again). This week’s roundup features bangers from Kendrick Lamar, Rina Sawayama, OSEES, Ocean Flaws, Carly Shea, Josephine Philip and Palps.
Friday, 13 May 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 13/05/2022: Kendrick Lamar, black midi, Personal Trainer and more…
Kendrick Lamar is finally back! Plus there’s a new loony track from black midi. Other artists featured this week include Personal Trainer, SONS and Huwbergine.
Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Review of ‘Mainstream Sellout’ by Machine Gun Kelly
Friday, 6 May 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 06/05/2022: Flume, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and more…
The new Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber tracks are not great. But the new Flume song slaps. And there’s some great underground singles from M(h)aol, Otoboke Beaver and Meltt.
Friday, 29 April 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE MONTH 29/04/2022: 100 Gecs, Empress Of, Kirk Hammett and more…
It’s time to round up the best and worst tracks from the last week… wait, no the last month! ALASDAIR, WHERE THE FUCK HAVE YOU BEEN??? I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I spent the last three weeks trapped in an Easter egg induced coma after eating 7000 eggs. JUST KIDDING, I didn’t get any Easter eggs and spent the last three weeks crying non-stop into my pillow. Anyway, I'm back now now, so let’s do this blogging shit. Artists featured this week include 100 Gecs, Empress Of, Kirk Hammett, Flume, Similar Kind, Automatic, Bearcubs and 6ix9ine.
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Review of 'Melt My Eyez See Your Future' by Denzel Curry
Denzel is sounding less aggressive and more introspective here. And he’s jumping on some of the most stylistically diverse beats of his career. It’s an exhilarating album – but is it better than his 2018 masterpiece TA1300?
Friday, 8 April 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 08/04/2022: Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and more...
Did you watch the Grammys? Absolutely riveting, wasn’t it? Totally, cured my insomnia. Anyway, it’s weekly roundup time. Artists featured this week include Father John Misty, Toro Y Moi, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Brendon Moon, Billain and Schoolboy Q.
Friday, 1 April 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 01/04/2022: Chance the Rapper, Nigo, Ghum and more…
Justin Bieber has made it into my best tracks of the week (not an April Fool’s joke). Meanwhile, the new Nigo/Pharrell/Gunna song slaps harder than Will Smith at the Oscars. Plus, fantastic new tracks from Chance the Rapper, Ghum and The Derevolutions.
Thursday, 31 March 2022
Review of 'Few Good Things' by Saba
Saturday, 26 March 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 26/03/2022: Guerilla Toss, Otoboke Beaver, Fontaines D.C. and more...
It's mostly wild rock tracks this week. Artists featured this week include Guerilla Toss, Otoboke Beaver, Les Ailes, Fontaines D.C., As Loud As A Mouse and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Friday, 18 March 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE FORTNIGHT 18/03/2022: Benny The Butcher, Meat Wave, The Chainsmokers and more…
I didn’t do a track roundup last week, so here’s a track roundup of the last two weeks. Artists featured this week include Benny the Butcher, Meat Wave, goldenbloom, Quiet Man, Kalopsia and The Chainsmokers.
Friday, 11 March 2022
Review of 'Ants From Up There' by Black Country, New Road
The loony art-rockers are back with their second (and possibly final?) album. The songs are less unhinged this time around, but equally creative.
Friday, 4 March 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 04/03/2022: Jack White, Meshuggah, Charli XCX and more...
Pop bops. Brutal metal moshers. This week has it ALL! Artists featured in today's roundup include Don't Connect (ft. Flyboy Jetty), Mallrat, Jack White, Meshuggah, Charli XCX and NBA Youngboy.
Friday, 25 February 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 25/02/2022: Denzel Curry, Tame Impala, Toro y Moi and more...
It’s time to round up the latest songs from this scary week. No stem player required! Artists featured this week include Denzel Curry, Tame Impala, Just Mustard, Toro y Moi, Foals and Bloc Party…
Wednesday, 23 February 2022
Review of 'Dawn FM' by The Weeknd
Dawn FM is a gauntlet of synthpop bangers that takes the form of a purgatory-based radio station. It’s The Weeknd’s most energetic and conceptual album to date – and possibly his best.
Friday, 18 February 2022
BEST AND WORST NEW TRACKS OF THE WEEK 18/02/2022: Vince Staples, Fontaines D.C., Benee and more...
It's been a bit windy today. Here are the songs I've been listening to while taking shelter from flying bins and trampolines. Artists featured this week include Vince Staples, Fontaines D.C., Benee, Oberka, Morning Silk and Yeat.