Better late than never! In order to compensate for the shockingly late arrival of this selection, I've worked extra hard to make it as good as possible, and I think it may even be the best one I've done yet. You all know what to expect by now – download here, enjoy, and as ever, please comment! What's your favourite?
1. Isobel Ann Martin – "Làmh a’ Bhuachaille" ("The Herdsman’s Hand"), from the album "Duslach is Òr"
exquisitely beautiful love song from one of Gaelic music's brightest
young stars, who won the coveted gold medal at the Royal National Mòd on
her very first attempt aged just 18, and whose voice is (whisper it)
arguably as beautiful as Julie Fowlis's.
2. The Cranberries – "Tomorrow", from the album "Roses"
After more than a decade in the wilderness, the Irish indie-pop legends blast
back with their best album in years and one of their greatest ever songs
in the shape of this stunning slab of prime 90s-style college rock.
3. L’Âme Immortelle – "Absolution", from the album "Momente"
Austrian electro-industrial Vordenker Thomas
Rainer returns to the cult band in which he made his name, bringing
with him some of the club-ready darkness of his side-project Nachtmahr.
4. Shed – "I Come by Night", from the album "The Killer"
track from Berlin techno maven Rene Pawlowitz, which builds up slowly
from a tribal shuffle to an out-and-out club smasher replete with
blaring "foghorn" synth stabs. Play LOUD for maximum dancefloor
5. Piko – "Online", from the album "2Piko"
gorgeous and romantic electro-pop from the lad with the astonishing
three-and-a-half octave range (yes, that is a man singing, believe it or
6. TK – "Haze", from the album "Flowering"
anthemic, tumbling rock number from Toru Kitajima, helium-voiced
frontman of cult Japanese math-rockers Ling Tosite Sigure, is somehow
simultaneously melancholic and uplifting.
7. Dolly – "Koushoku no Kanaria" ("Rainbow Canary"), from the album "Träumerei"
Dance your cares away under the disco ball to this fantastically catchy, propulsive oshare hit.
8. Delain – "Hit Me with Your Best Shot", from the album "We Are the Others"
in front of 80s-inspired Dutch gothic metal band Delain, flame-haired
siren Lotte Wessels calls out her haters with this sardonic missive.
9. The Ghost Inside – "White Light", from the album "Get What You Give"
Jonathan Vigil literally roars his heart out on this spine-chilling tribute
to his fallen brother, which features one of hardcore’s most
sing-along-able choruses ever.
10. Plastic Tree – "Joumyaku" ("Vein"), from the album "Ink"
their 15th anniversary, the best band in the world whom you've never
heard of turn in this staggering chunk of rough-hewn alt-rock goodness.
11. Grendel – "Timewave: Zero", from the album of the same name
colossal, apocalyptic industro-trance from the Dutch dark electro
soldiers, still filling dancefloors after nearly a decade in the game.
12. Cali Gari – "Anchuu Roman" ("Covert Romance"), from the album "11"
Crack out your dancing shoes for this superb homage to the 80s from the originators of "erotic grotesque".
13. Mix Speaker's, Inc. – "Promise", from the album "Hoshifuru Yuuenchi"
A beautiful, epic power ballad from the crazily costumed concept band, from their best and most serious album to date.
14. Heimataerde – "Allein" ("Alone"), from the album "Gottgleich"
a trip to the dark heart of mediaeval Europe with Ashlar von Megalon
and his undead Templar knights, who here turn in the best thing they
have committed to tape since their unsurpassable masterpiece "Vater".
15. Hans Zimmer – "Rise", from the album "The Dark Knight Rises"
outdoes himself with this stunning musical conclusion to Christopher
Nolan's brilliant Batman trilogy, simultaneously epic, awe-inspiring and
16. Simone Dinnerstein – "Impromptu No.3 in G Flat Minor, Op.90" by Franz Schubert, from the album "Something Almost Being Said"
transcendent, aching beauty undimmed by almost two centuries, this late
piece from the Austrian maestro is here lovingly unfurled by American
Simone Dinnerstein, who launched herself to stardom with a self-financed
album of Bach’s "Goldberg Variations".