Almost 10 years ago I wrote “You can’t have a music related blog and not have an end of year chart” and so it remains, as this particular edition reaches 51-100. Thankfully there’s equally as much ridiculously good music as there was back in 2005.

If you’re a got a spare month to time travel you could browse the previous years (2005, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13)

There are various flavours of playlist below, Whyd has the most tracks, whereas Spotify is missing almost a quarter of the selection.

Whyd.com  / Youtube / Spotify (Web / Player) / Soundcloud

51. Lil’B – No Black Person Is Ugly

“Ya’ll got a voice, stand up against violence
If it’s close to your home, stand up against rape
No means no, clean up the streets”

THE MOST POWERFUL SONG OF THE DECADE!.. or so says the title on YouTube. Although recorded before Ferguson and #ICan’tBreathe, the song is a timely burst of positivity in an otherwise bleak year. Lil’B himself had a busy 2014, addressing students at MIT, rush releasing “ICan’tBreathe” in response to Eric Garners last words and more questionably recording a rap/rant against child support payment claims.

52. George The Poet – If The Shoe Fits ft. Mega

Why does she have to leave traces, I can see?
Why don’t you put in any effort when you lie to me?

An alumni of Kings College Cambridge, George The Poet offers social commentary through spoken word and hiphop but is no where near as humourless as that sounds. “If The Shoe Fits” is a witty but powerful denouncement of cheating dads and the reverberations that follow. It’s the first track from ‘The Chicken and The Egg EP’, that looks at the cycle of fatherlessness.
Although he’s been around a few years, George was nominated in the BBC Sound of 2015 poll and for the forthcoming BRITS.

53. Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – Live On Planet Earth – Sozialbao

Thanks go to Martin Posegga who inadvertently alerted me to Andromeda Mega Express. While enjoying Martin’s latest Sax workout ‘Gaudia’ (also in the best of this month) Soundcloud ‘recommended’ that I listen to Andromeda.

54. MiKill Pane – Full Clip (feat Jodie Abacus)

“I’m not pulling out real guns to use,
But I’ve got a good caliber of love for you”

A word of warning, the video for Mikill Pane’s Full Clip starts with him spunking over a pineapple before setting off to unload over half of London so maybe dont watch it at work! But dont let a gallon of jizz put you off the music, Full Clip shares the savvy ability Mike Skinner had in his early years to combine commercial hooks and proper songwriting while retaining credibility and smoking of edge. You get the impression Pane could be huge any time he feels like it (actually given the video that sounds vaguely filthy but you get what I mean).

55. Kemikel Ali – What You Want (feat. Freeway)

What you want? Hot beats and rhymes is what I got

Phily born and raised, Richard Harris aka “Kemikel Ali” has been rapping since he was 14. ‘What You Want’ has the perfect old school “bah bapa bah” sample which has probably been used many times before but I defy anyone not to nod there head once the beat kicks in.

56. Tei Shi – Bassically

57. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Oblivious

“I’m waiting for more horse shit from you
You say you’ve told all there is to know”

58. Tomas Tello – Cumbia de Yuko

59. Gage – Send Mi (Raw)

“Send mi dirty text”

There’s no where near enough dancehall on this list but Gage earns his place with a unbelievably catchy if fruity ode to mucky text messaging. Not for the faint hearted or those offended by juvenile references to kitty cats. Also featured in my Notting Hill 2014 selection.

60. Anti-Lilly & Envy Hunter – For The Love Of The Money

61. Threes and Will & Huerequeque – Amudarja (ver 1)

62. C.P.I. – Proceso (Barnt Remix)

63. Melanie De Biasio – I’m Gonna Leave You

64. Ten Walls – Walking With Elephants

65. Fel Sweetenberg – Drinkin Again

66. Låpsley – Painter (valentine)

67. Vessel – Red Sex (NSFW video)

68. Clap! Clap! – Kuj Yato

69. Copeland – Advice To Young Girls

70. Girl Band – Lawman

71. Sonzeira – Southern Freeez

72. clipping. – Taking Off

73. Cutty Ranks – I Don’t Believe It

74. A. G. Cook – Beautiful

75. Real Lies – North Circular

Kev Kharas aka Real Lies told Quitus he’s more influenced by the A406 than any band in the last 5 years:
You go through the rich areas like Golder’s Green, there’s Hoo Hing, that massive Chinese food depot, the closed down Irish Times place, Wembley Stadium over here, A-Road pubs, the pub where the bikers congregate every Saturday and Sunday. There’s a weird plastic surgery/dentist place on the Hanger Lane Gyratory

It’s a decade since The Streets “A Grand Don’t Come For Free” but North Circular with it’s London references, house beat and half spoken half rapped lyrics could easily pass for Skinner in his pomp.

76. Bling Dawg – Beng Beng (Beng Beng Riddim) feat. Jus Chris

77. Kalbata & Mixmonster – Congo Beat The Drum feat. Major Mackeral

78. Lee Fields – Just Can’t Win (Marco Polo Remix)

Marco Polo brings his signature slamming drums to the table but balances them out with smooth keys and the raspy delivery of the man himself, Mr Lee Fields. Polo has done production for the who’s who of Hip Hop music including Pharoahe Monch, Masta Ace, M.O.P., and Large Professor to name a few.

The original’s taken from the Truth & Soul Records release Lee Fields & The Expressions “Emma Jean”

79. Sturgill Simpson – Turtles All The Way Down

According to the ever useful Genius site, Country singer Sturgill Simpson says this song sprouted not only from experimentation with hallucinogenics, but from a combination of life experience, “heady reading” — French philosopher/Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s The Phenomenon of Man, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, and hallucinogen expert Dr. Rick Strassman’s The Spirit Molecule.

80. Billie Black – I Waited For You

81. Karen Gwyer – Lay Claim To My Grub

82. Rome Fortune – Tropical

83. Kendrick Lamar – i

84. Bracken – We Put the Pop In Unpopular

85. Little Simz – Mandarin Oranges Part 2

86. soonbe – Tanuki

Scotland is a cold country. When I travel, I know that there is sun and opportunity elsewhere. Tanuki’s sounds take me to those places. I can hear the beach of Naoshima where I slept. The slow rush of Kyoto. Spending all my money on the food in Osaka. Everywhere, ignoring the girl.

In an odd coincidence I totally missed Soonbe’s original email to the blog – the one above describing the echoes of Naoshima and Kyoto – as I was away in Naoshima and Kyoto. Although where snoobe slept on the beech, I visited a bizarre James Bond museum and attempted to fall off a motorised bike while taking Vine’s and in Osaka I spent most of my money on Sumo, not food.

Thankfully I noticed on my return and also featured his phenomenal remix of Biggie’s “Suicidal Thoughts” which has sadly vanished but Soundcloud but can still be heard over on the Hype Machine.

Ever slow to the uptake I’ve also just discovered snoobe (or snooze as my autocorrect is insisting) is the drummer from the Young Fathers.

87. Kevin Drew – Good Sex

88. Nick Monaco – The Stalker (Tanner Ross’ Hiding in the Bassbins Remix)

89. NoEmotion Goldmask – Wet Dolphins

“Beautiful…whales fucking…Beautiful…seals fucking”

Welcome to the surreal world of No Emotion, a variety of sea creatures procreating, OJ Simpson, knowledge of trucks…there are virtually no subjects left untouched within the wordplay of one of his tunes. Negro Vagina Glow is another example, twisting Nina Simone’s Four Women into an ode to the darker skin. “My Skin is black” croons Nina… “So is mine, baby” growls No Emotion.

90. Tendaji and Donje – Wheelin On Ya Bike

91. Tears For Tears – Shout ( 1963 Remix )

“You Don’t Know Shit” says the writing on the back of producer 1963’s jacket on his Soundcloud page and it’s true… I don’t know shit about 1963. He does however succeed in making Tears For Fears sound fresh but somehow authentically analogue. Fears frontman Roland Orzabel is locked in an echo chamber so dense that his refrain of “you shouldn’t have to sell your soul” barely seeps through its walls. Shout was always a great track but I never thought I’d hear it reimagined as an obscure Human League B-Side.

92. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – Standard

93. Grace Weber – Till I Hurt You

94. Lion Babe – Jump Hi (feat. Childish Gambino)


Lion Babe – Jump Hi (Feat. Childish Gambino) / BMF by Blak_Music_First

95. Lone – 2 Is 8

96. Animals – Gooey

97. Silk Rhodes – Pains

98. Hurray for the Riff Raff – The Body Electric

99. Cookin Soul – Best Times of My Life

100. Mungo’s Hi-Fi – Dancehall School Ft Solo Banton