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Rad Releases 22 – Gavin Brown

December 23, 2022

Rad Releases 22 – Gavin Brown

Our annual end-of-year feature is finally here, we spend the final two weeks of the year discussing the music that made 2022 special. Our special Rad Releases feature is now 12 years old and we love sharing the site with musicians, labels, and promoters as we discuss their year in music. We take a personal look back on familiar names’ most loved releases of the past 12 months. It’s a time we enjoy and look forward to, through the contributions we get to find new music discoveries, and releases we may have missed throughout the year. 

Our next feature comes from one of, if not the most dedicated music journalists we’re so proud to have as part of our team. Gavin Brown is committed to helping promote and capture the magic of the releases he’s reviewing. Over the last few years Gavin has shared his time dedicated to reviewing new music, festivals, gigs, and interviewing artists across the globe, and every time we have a new piece from the writer we are left in awe over the detail and what he captures within his words. Gavin continues to introduce us to artists worldwide and we are honoured to have those features on our site.

Here’s Gavin’s year in music..

AA Williams – As The Moon Rests

A brilliant collection of songs that demonstrate exactly why AA Williams is so highly thought of as an artist. Haunting, beautiful and sublime, As The Moon Rests is a perfect encapsulation of the power of Williams and her voice. 

Ho99o9 – SKIN

Intensity reigns supreme on SKIN as the duo of the OGM and Eaddy turn up the energy on their industrial/punk rock/hip hop hybrid with devastating results on a collection of high octane tracks. 

RJ Payne/Stu Bangas – My Life Iz A Movie 

Brooklyn rapper RJ Payne teamed up with producer Stu Bangas to deliver an album that is a trip through the whole of New York City with premier storytelling rhymes and beats that perfectly match them to create a modern hip hop masterpiece. 

Hudson Mohawke – Cry Sugar

The long awaited follow up to 2015s Lanterns album didn’t disappoint with Glashow electronic maestro Hudson Mohawke firing on all cylinders with an album that took in so many styles all delivered impeccably on anthemic soundscapes. 

Dead Cross – II 

Full on blistering anger and energy on an album that destroyed everything in its path with its furious power with vocalist Mike Patton in particularly fine form. 

The best show you have attended

Pearl Jam – Hyde Park, July 9th 2022 

Having been a fan since the Ten days, the chance to see finally Pearl Jam live was amazing. On a beautiful and hot summers day in the great setting of Londons Hyde Park, the band gave a rock masterclass with a career spanning set that saw them play the majority of the Ten album plus so many other great songs from their back catalogue (including personal favourite State Of Live & Trust)  and ending with a cover of Baba O Riley by The Who to an enthusiastic crowd that Pearl Jam had in the palm of their hand throughout. The two hour plus set was nothing short of breathtaking and was worth the three decade wait to see them live! 

Honourable mentions: 

Petrol Girls/Johnny Marr at Hyde Park – Also on the bill at the Pearl Jam show we’re these two standout sets. The former,  an intense maelstrom of anger and inspiring defiance. The latter, the epitome of swaggering cool with a set that took in Smiths/Electronic and solo hits all delivered flawlessly,

Fucked Up playing David Comes To Life in full at Leeds Belgrave Hall in April. A phenomenal performance of a truly life affirming album that was a joy from start to finish. 

Ho99o9 tearing the roof off Nottingham Rescue Rooms in November with a truly fiery,  intense and eclectic set that saw them detonating audio bombs from their latest album in style. 

Irvine Welsh DJing at Back To Basics in Leeds. Dropping Acid house, Bowie and Born Slippy in his set, Welsh was on fine form at the infamous and amazing Leeds  clubbing institution with Basics founder Dave Beer and Happy Mondays Rowetta delivering the goods as well. The vibes were off the scale at this one! 

Best discovery this year?

Coast Contra, Harbor Kidz, the whole Backwoodz Studios crew Billy Woods, Shrapknel, Curly Castro). It’s been a great year for quality underground hip hop. 

Artist/Band to watch for 2023

All artists with new releases from the Church Road records roster especially Ohmms 

The long awaited return of Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs 

Bob Vylan

Caity Baser

The Bobby Lees

Soul Glo

Mimi Barks 

Plans for the New Year

More reviews, more interviews, more gigs! 

Gavin, so grateful for your time with Circuit Sweet as always totally enjoy your articles!

For those who want to read more from Gavin click here.

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