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11) High Fives 2019 – Isitjustme

This witness protection programme isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; we managed to find our arch-miserablist in a pub in Basildon this week just in time to get his opinions on the perfect storm of the end of a decade and a general election. We blew the whole years’ hospitality budget on Stella and rum and black, but we think it was worth it. Just a word of warning, there’s some fairly fruity... [Read more]

10) High Fives 2019 -Jess Klein

Jess Klein’s album “Back to my Green” was released in February 2019, which seems like a really long time ago now. We loved it then and we love it still, which is why we were really pleased when Jess agreed to contribute to our 2019 High Fives feature. Here are some of Jess’s highpoints from 2019. Bit of a spoiler here, the last one might make you think you have something in your eye.   Touring... [Read more]

09) High Fives 2019 – Allan’s Monochromes (Female)

Well, we gave Allan a free pass with his photos this year and he’s split the black and whites into male and female artists. Here are the female artists: Midori Jaeger This was shot at Pizza Express in Holborn at a gig to launch Daisy Chute’s latest single “Give Thanks”. I’d shot Midori before (at another Daisy Chute gig) and I knew what I was trying to capture this time around. She did a... [Read more]

08) High Fives 2019 – Trucker’s Gear Change

This started the way the best features do, as a conversation in the pub. We’ll let Allan take it from there. It’s one of the oldest tricks in the pop music book; if the song’s on its last legs and you still need another thirty seconds or so to get you up to the optimal time for radio play, then you deploy one the producer’s most potent tactical weapons – the trucker’s gear change. In... [Read more]

07) High Fives 2019 – Bob Bradshaw’s Favourite Americana Songs

Another album that Allan loved this year was Bob Bradshaw’s “Queen of the West”. You can see just how much he loved it here . There’s just a chance that it might appear as one of his top five albums of 2019 – who knows? “Queen of the West” isn’t just a bunch of songs sequenced in some sort of order, it’s an album where the songs fit together to tell a story from different of points... [Read more]