Review of the year – Jonski Mason

Favourite Album: Afro Celt Sound System – Flight

This is the first album in ages that has made me want to go around telling people “You have to listen to this album all the way through at least once”. Having also seen Afro Celt Sound System live for the first time recently at the Dome and really enjoying the gig, this band get my overall band of the year award. They seem to be a fun group who enjoy making music and it’s infectious. My choice of album was between this and Black Peaks’ All That Divides, which is also an impressive album.

Favourite Gig: Love Supreme Festival 2018

Another first for me, a trip to the local Love Supreme festival to see Mr Jukes, Tom Misch, Zara McFarlane, Mavis Staples, Earth, Wind & Fire, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Level 42, James Taylor Quartet, Elvis Costello and more all in one blistering hot weekend. The weather was as good as the music and so much talent on the stages that I’ll never forget that weekend.

In fact, I’ve seen a great number of impressive performances at some of the smaller festivals in Brighton too this year including Utopia All-Dayer at Green Door Store, Bad Pond Festival at The Arch, SPECTRUM: All Day Special at Brighton Dome and one of my favourite festivals, At The Edge Of The Sea at Concorde 2.

One We’ve Missed: Therapy? – Cleave

If nothing else because a new album from Therapy? is another excuse to listen to ‘Screamager’ again. It’s good to see a band like this is still going and still turning out good music. The album has made me fall in love with the band again and after all who doesn’t need a bit of Therapy?

Jonski Mason

Top Three Tracks:

Afro Celt Sound System – ‘Thunderhead’
Black Peaks – ‘Home’
Heirloom – ‘Femme’