So what kind of blog would this be without a brief moan and recognition of the Mercury Music Awards shortlist?
I thought instead of rambling I would just keep it short and snappy. So here we are;
Richard Hawley 'Standing at the Sky's Edge' - Your Dad will love it
Lianne La Havas 'Is Your Love Big Enough?' - Your mum will love it (and deservedly so)
The Maccabees 'Given To The Wild' - Underrated and should get tons more praise for such a fantastic third album
Alt J 'An Awesome Wave' - The most refreshing thing I've heard all year
Plan B 'Ill Manors' - Obviously a groundbreaking record but not worthy (in my mere opinion) of heightening his already catapulted status
Field Music 'Plum' - Pop/folk at its most catchiest and undoubtably an entertaining performance
Jesse Ware 'Devotion' - A fresh approach for a female soloist with some beautiful tracks... but sadly not fresh enough
Django Django 'Django Django' - A good whole hearty piece of musicianship which should receive more recognition
Ben Howard 'Every Kingdom' - A gorgeous debut, staple record which everyone should own
Michael Kiwanuka 'Home Again' - A grittily raw blues and soul album
Roller Trio 'Roller Trio' - The obligatory jazz ensemble who hold some unexpected twists
Sam Lee 'Ground of It's Own' - The true folk 'boundary' pusher.