Melting Vinyl: Bringing the cream of live music to Brighton.

Posted December 4th 2015

Melting Vinyl 2015 highlights

Bye bye to 2015, what a splendid year it’s been. Here’s what we loved and we’re looking forward to in 2016!

ANNA (Boss Lady)

Top 5 albums of 2015
The Boombox Ballads by Sweet Baboo
Ones and Sixes by Low
Howl by Rival Consoles
Chorus Girl by Chorus Girl
Capital by The Drink

Top 5 shows of 2015
Blank Mass @ St George’s Church The Great Escape
Sweet Baboo @ Revelation St Mary’s
Slum of Legs @ Shackwell Arms
Low @ The Round House
Drinks @ Hope and Ruin

What release/s are you looking forward to in 2016?
Where Have You Been All My Life by Villagers
PJ Harvey new album

What shows are you looking forward to in 2016?
PINS at the Prince Albert (18 February)
The Drink at The Prince Albert (16 January)



HELEN (Marketing & Booking)

Top 5 albums of 2015
Culture of Volume by East India Youth
Continuing expansion of sounds and ideas in the EIY palette; challenging the so-called boundary between the commercial and the experimental (I don’t think there is one).

Architect by C Duncan
A different world is entered with this album. A glistening, mirage-esque sonic escape.

Divers by Joanna Newsom
Joanna Newsom can do no wrong. Divers is maybe the least “metaphorical”, and also most certainly her shortest album to date, but none of that takes away from her lyrical genius and musical prowess, and in fact distills it into a concentrated, magical juice.

Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
Again, another artist who has reduced the conceptual for the more direct and personal. ‘Blue Bucket of Gold’ is a beautiful song, and when performed live its ending is turned into a ten minute drone outro, yes.

Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
This is definitely not the year for concept albums, Julia Holter has also created an album that is more personal in nature, each song a snapshot of a particular mood, shrouded in a smoky, shimmering vision. No other song makes me feel how ‘Feel You’ makes me feel.

Top 5 shows of 2015
5 The Soft Moon @ Green Door Store
4 Big Freedia @ The Haunt
3 Julia Holter @ Komedia
2 Joanna Newsom @ The Dome
1 Sufjan Stevens @ The Dome

What release/s are you looking forward to in 2016?
Fear Of Men second album is going to be GREAT.
Blackstar by David Bowie!!!!

What shows are you looking forward to in 2016?
Ezra Furman at Concorde 2! <3

ELLIOT (Ticketing & Accounts)

Top 5 albums of 2015
Welcome Back to Milk by Du Blonde
The Race For Space by Public Service Broadcasting
Matador by Gaz Coombes
No No No – Beirut
Something More Than Free by Jason Isbell

Top 5 Shows of 2015
Seth Lakeman @ St George’s Church
Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi @ Komedia
Gaz Coombes @ St. George’s Church (The Great Escape)
Du Blonde @ Green Door Store
Two Gallants @ The Haunt

What release/s are you looking forward to in 2016?
Where have you been all my life by Villagers

What shows are you looking forward to in 2016?
The Great Escape – Just such a great mix of music and people how can you not get excited over such a showcase!

CHLOE (Production & Repping)

Top 5 albums of 2015
Architect by C Duncan
Perpetual motion people by Ezra Furman
Culture of volume by East India Youth
Matador by Gaz Coombs
Tales From The Barrel House by Seth Lakeman

Top 5 Shows of 2015
5. Seth Lakeman @ St George’s Church
4. PINS @ The Hope & Ruin
3. Back In Time @ St George’s Church
2. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi @ Komedia
1. Lau @ Komedia

What release/s are you looking forward to in 2016?
Each Other by Aidan Knight
Where Have You Been All My Life by Villagers

What shows are you looking forward to in 2016?
EZRA FURMAN
Explosions in the sky

JORGE (Distribution & Repping)

Top 5 albums of 2015 (+4!)
Isswat by Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud
Dis Side Ah Town by Roger Robinson
I Am a Problem: Mind In Pieces by Wolf Eyes
Beneath Swooping Talons by Laura Cannell
Magnetoception by Joshua Abrams
Near Unison by Zomes
To Those Of Earth…And Other Worlds by Sun Ra & His Arkestra
The Original Faces by Helen
Sun Kills Vampires by Van Coeur

Top 5 Shows of 2015
Micachu & The Shapes @ Green Door Store
Matana Roberts @ Prince Albert
Sweet Williams @ Cowley Club
Richard Dawson @ West Hill Hall // Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Brighton Dome

What release/s are you looking forward to in 2016
Tortoise
Sweet Williams

What shows are you looking forward to in 2016?
Vieux Farka Toure (Jan 20 @ Komedia)
Tatty Seaside Town X2 (Feb 20/21)
Lewes Psychedelic Festival (March 19)
Low