Bill E is a Wellington DJ behind the regular Atomic and 24 Hour Party People club nights. His Hang The DJ New Year’s Eve gig at the San Fran is something of an institution – in fact it turns 10 this year. Here’s all the details for the event. And here are five albums he’s loving right now…
1 – SJD, Saint John Divine: This year I’ve been trying not to do any advance previews/streaming of albums or reading too many reviews until after getting records, to try and not prejudge anything and to approach things with a relatively open mind. I picked this up on spec when it first came out, hadn’t heard much about it, and it has become ingrained into the fabric of my 2015. This was cemented by the live show at the Paramount some months ago. It’s slick, but heartfelt and genuine, a quality pop record, and I need to start investigating the back catalogue.
2 – Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See: I pulled this out to play just the other day and I’ve been really enjoying this one again. Coming after the disappointing (to me) Humbug, this one is the bridge from the first record to 2013’s AM. There’s some great songs on here, and Alex Turner is on fine form. He’s a great vocalist, and there’s an air of melancholy across this record that I really like.
3 – Sleaford Mods, Austerity Dogs: I’ve got Chubbed Up and Key Markets, but this one I keep coming back to. It’s rough and ready and excellently sweary. It’s nice to hear some genuine anger, and the fact that it’s coming from two forty-something blokes from Nottingham in thick East Midlands accents means both everything and nothing. It paints a grim picture of life in Britain, but at the same time there’s a humour and vitality here that’s really worth coming back to.