Well here it is, the Piccadilly Records 2011 top 100! And the winner is... Peaking Lights! Originally out at the end of February on Not Not Fun (now reissued on Weird World), "936" became an instant Piccadilly hit, working its post-punk twisted psych-disco charms on pretty much everyone here - I'm sure you'll love it too. If you do, make sure you check out Maria Minerva and Washed Out as well - all three sit together under the synthwave / chillwave umbrella (whatever that is!). Another shop stereo favourite is the Harvey / Locussolus album. Disco, house, Balearic, dub, pop - everything you might find in one of Mr Bassett's DJ sets, in fact, but on a CD!
Pipped at the post is Kurt Vile, whose melodic, slacker-rock outing "Smoke Ring For My Halo" has been an almost permanent fixture on our shop CD player. If guitar-based music is your thing, then we can heartily recommend the rocking out of Wooden Shjips, the Kills, Pure X, Black Lips and PJ Harvey, while Real Estate and Dum Dum Girls will appeal if you enjoy pop vocal hooks along with the riffs.
For mellower moments, we reckon you'll need the Phoenix Foundation's dreamy, engaging psychedelic pop, the intimacy of Widowspeak, Balearic-tinted, blissed-out "The Errant Charm" by Vetiver, hazy, melodic Jonathan Wilson, or Other Lives' epic, softly-crafted melodies. Even J. Mascis got in on the mellow act with the amazing acoustic set "Several Shades Of Why"!
So, that's the top 20, I'll leave you to amble through the other 80 albums yourself!
And don't forget our End Of Year Review Booklet is available now, you can pick one up here, or free instore.