1 – Tame Impala, Lonerism: The best album I’ve heard all year. I love how the writer Kevin Parker has arranged the album to suit mixer Dave Fridmann’s unique style. A rare album where the songwriting is excellent and the arrangement/sounds/production is just as good. Should probably stop listening to this over and over before I kill it for myself.
2 – The Temptations, Greatest Hits: From what I’ve listened to so far The Tempations are at their best when they’re releasing awesome A-sides. They released this in 1966 and a lot of it is written by Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore and Eddie Holland. So amazing.
4 – The Mint Chicks, Screens: Kody and Ruban Nielson are two of my favourite songwriters in NZ. I love how they ditched the noisy punk thing on this record and went for a bizarre Zombies psychedelic thing. It’s really strong melodically and so consistent.
5 – The Cosbys, How’m I Gonna Lose You This Christmas: Only two songs, but what a single. And a Christmas one too. Wish these guys would get their shit together and release more stuff.