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Not that we need an excuse to talk about TM Fave Robert Wyatt, but with a fascinating repackaged and re-mastered collection out now by his first band The Wilde Flowers - a band that didn't ever actually release an album (the release being a collection of demos and live tracks) but featured Soft Machine and caravan alumni Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, Mike Ratledge, Hugh and Brain Hopper, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlin - we thought it high time we dug out our old Class Act feature on possibly the nicest, most down to earth bloke you could ever hope to meet. Plus we have found a rather splendid Mixmaster Morris online mix originally put together for the great mans 70th last year, featuring tracks from all points in his career, and we reckon is well worth an hour or so of your time....
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Track Of The Year

Lars and Martin Horntvedt and Mathias Eick. It's not often that one single track bonds the entire TM-Towers team into a homogenous whole rather than a group of bickering duffers obsessed with 'their' music, but Jaga Jazzist actually managed such a feat this year with the utterly gobsmacking prog-jazz breakbeat lunacy of 'Starfire' (from the album of the same name), and then went one stage further and recreated it better live for a radio broadcast in the US - just watch the grin-inducing wired intensity of drummer Martin Horntvedt...
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Mexrrissey

El Gato In El Sombrero OK, so it's not the most 'out there' idea we've ever heard (Hayseed Dixie's bluegrass metal covers and Dread Zeppelin's skanking makeover of the rock behemoths back catalogue for two) but a Mexican Morrissey covers band is right up there with those ideas that scream 'really?' Moz fans will already be aware of the almost mythical regard the be-quiffed one is held in Mexico so it's not quite as mad as it sounds and what makes it worthy of attention is that it is done with such gusto, check this cover of 'Suedehead' ('Estuvo Bien')
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Best of 2015

top twenty albums 2015 Another year another avalanche of repackaged old record company goods (some of 'em pretty good to be scrupulously fair), but in amongst the re-masters and re-releases there are still plenty of 'new' releases to entice and excite (plus depress and disappoint, but we have no interest in those), and so we come to that time of year once again where we look back over the year and then cherry pick the 20 best new releases just for you so that you know what to listen to without wading through the dross.
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