Sunday, 16 December 2012


It’s time for the Monkey Picks of 2012 playlist. There are some notable omissions as I’ve only chosen songs available on Spotify which rules out the year’s highlights from Kontiki Suite ("Music Man") and Jacco Gardner ("Clear The Air") and there isn’t anything from Bob Dylan’s Tempest album as I couldn’t find a way to shoehorn him in without upsetting the rhythm of the sequencing (which was difficult enough as it was) or from Paul Weller’s Sonik Kicks as I wanted to keep it to 20 tracks and thought those interested would be familiar with “Green” already.

Kontiki Suite’s On Sunset Lake wins the Monkey Picks Album of the Year by a considerable distance and should be purchased forthwith. 

2012 Playlist:

Beachwood Sparks – Forget The Song
Dr John – Revolution
Two Wounded Birds – Together Forever
The Primitives – Turn Off The Moon
Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me
Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista
Willy Mason – I Got Gold
Stealing Sheep – Shut Eye
Mary Epworth – Black Doe
Shrag – Devastating Bones
Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
The Sunchymes – Aquarius Summer
The Junipers – Dandelion Man
The Sufis – Sri Sai Flora
Mysterious Monks – The Moneylender
The Lovely Eggs - Allergies
Lightships – Sweetness In Her Spark
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Panic In Babylon
Bobby Womack – Deep River
Spiritualized – So Long You Pretty Thing

Click  Monkey Picks of 2012 for Spotify Link.


  1. Hey, this is an awesome playlist. You have introduced me to a whole swag of new artists. I love it. And really well programmed, too.

  2. Job done then! Cheers CJ, that's great to hear. Really appreciate the feedback. Any particular favourites?

  3. Great playlist Monkey. My faves are The Sufis and Tame Impala (just orderfed their album today). I'll buy Kontiki Suite's album when it gets released - checked on Amazon and the release has been put back another month.

  4. Nice one Ady. There's a great instrumental on the Sufis LP called "Lemming Circle Dance" which is my fave track on their LP but didn't fit on this playlist. The Kontiki Suite will be worth the wait.

  5. Stealing Sheep, Shrag and Jagwar Ma are my faves. I already loved The Lovely Eggs and Shrag remind me of them. Oh, and Beechwood Sparks make a great opener.

  6. Catching up on my blog reading. Man, I dig these music picks! Really makes me want to explore more of these sounds.