TMF July Playlist

With most of TMF keyboard jockeys sunning themselves in balmier climes (or at least on a lilo moored somewhere off the Norfolk coast), only time for a few contributions to this month's hot picks and tips, but what crackers they are!

King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown - The latest stop on my exploration of dub, this album, released in 1976, includes the talents of at least three reggae heavyweights: King Tubby, Robby Shakespeare (of Sly & Robbie fame) and Augustus Pablo, king of the melodica. (JD)

The Best of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - About twenty years too late, I know. Having only a passing acquaintance with Cave, I was inspired to delve a little further after watching his televised Glasto appearance. A good mix of scary and tender, but y'all probably know that already. Where to next, I wonder? (JD)

Brad Carter - Morning Always Comes Too Soon (Kalista Remix) - Rewind to 2004 and the big Ibiza anthems were Deep Dish's Flashdance and Shapeshifter's Lola's Theme. Of the same vintage is the overlooked Morning Always Comes Too Soon. Okay, the original is rather cheesy trance, but the Kalista remix, flecked with guitar, is beautifully Balearic and absolutely perfect for summer groovin'. (JD)

Arctic Monkeys - Cornerstone - A rare highlight from an album that takes its place alongside 2009's other middling third efforts from the class of mid-decade. (DB)

Dizzee Rascal feat. Calvin Harris & Chrome - Holiday - You'll be hearing this whether you wish to or not, such is the extent to which Dizzee has well and truly landed. It may not be subtle but, when I'm drunkenly dancing to it in the mud in a few weeks, I'll be glad that the UK is producing shamelessly sunny singles despite another weather washout. (LM)

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers - Far from beastly, Hayden Thorpe's falsetto vocal brings welcome drama to the humdrum indie landscape, while the tunes themselves sound epic without resorting to White Lies' existential gloom. (LM)

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest - A long-player that has snuck up on me over the last couple of months, Veckatimest's pleasures lie beneath the fur of its untamed, harmonic pop experiments. (LM)

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