Mural of Stevie Wonder in Detroit. Stevie Neavling

When I get round to putting down a few more Recent Decents, I often feel the need to come up with three tracks that compliment each other or represent a theme. I usually spend more time trying to think of that than actually writing.

In the end, I almost always…

Lauryn Hill. By Città di Parma —

Each month, every pleasing sound I hear ends up on that month’s “Recent Decents” playlist and the selection here is a good example of the typical sounds that make the cut each month.

Classic jangly guitars, R&B deep cuts, and gateway hip-hop all regularly make their way onto my monthly…

MF DOOM/King Geedorah. Flickr@Kmeron.

These 3 tracks come straight out of the queue for the recycling centre on a typical Saturday morning. With bags of garden waste piled up to my neck around me in the car, I’ve got a guest DJ spot to a very receptive crowd of one.

These are the tracks…

The most expensive record ever sold inside a silver and diamond encrusted box, Wikicommons.

The two most expensive records in history were both sold at auction in 2015. One of those albums was the first-ever copy (serial number: 0000001) of the legendary 1968 album, The White Album by the Beatles. …

“A Basket of Roses”, used as the artwork for New Order’s Power Corruption & Lies,

Best served through headphones, these 3 tracks all create their own space in time.

The first track, “Go!”, is from an ambitious album telling the story of the Space Race through guitars, drums and archive audio.

A few times a week, I drag my creaking legs on a 5 or…

Made Kuti,

In every hope that we’re turning some sort of corner (or at least peeping around it) in 2021, only 1 of these 3 Recent Decent tracks focuses on the impending doom of our civilisation.

The other 2 are simple, easy-going heartbreakers.

Amongst all the madness, it feels like we might…

Jackson Sisters — Jackson Sisters (

The stories of 4 albums that all faded into obscurity as quickly as they were released, before going on to be hailed retrospectively as lost classics of their time.

Jackson Sister — Jackson Sisters (1976)

Free Your Mind by Amnesty. Source: Amnestyfunk on Bandcamp

This edition of Recent Decents slipped right out of my fingers. Having only just discovered the first track, “Can I Help You?” by Amnesty, in the last week, I instantly knew it would be straight into this mix.

Despite being a fan of the longer slow-build tracks, rightly or wrongly…

Soft Cell’s Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret album, containing “Tainted Love”. Source: Classic Pop Magazine

In 1981, Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” was about to set new records and provide the soundtrack of the decade. The song is a genre-defining track which is the pinnacle of the electro-pop sound of the ’80s. …

Sleaford Mods. Source: New Noise Magazine.

As with the rest of the world, there is a lot happening right now in the UK.

Despite 4 elections in a decade, we’ve been through 10 difficult years of Conservative rule who started the decade with bleak austerity before branching out into divisive Brexit politics, then ending it with…

Oliver Norris

Music discovery, connections and history.

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