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Hi, I'm Neil. I'm almost, very nearly, if not quite actually helplessly lost in music. This site is part of my never-ending quest to understand just why and how music moves me the way it does.

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Retrospective RRP’s Favourite Albums of 2015 In a year where I've come to the end feeling like I've missed a sackful of essential releases, representing 12 months in 25 albums was a daunting proposition. Several elimination rounds later, here's the best of 2015. >>
RRP Recommends Sennen – Autopilot At this special time of year, the minds of music fans everywhere are taken up with the all-important, all-consuming task of coming up with the definitive account of the last twelve months in music (aka The End Of Year List Of Best Albums Bar None). Little room is left to take on new sounds, except those that would make their list even better than best. >>
News Blog Sound of 2016 The Blog Sound of 2016 is a poll of UK based bloggers to determine the most popular and favourite emerging acts among those polled. >>
RRP Recommends Wry – Waves Fighting back waves (uh-huh) of nostalgia, I'm nonetheless bound to admit that Waves delivers an ocean (uh-huh x2) of memories of the first time I heard music like this and knew I needed it in my life. >>
RRP Recommends Butterfly Child – Holding On With a first album in nearly eighteen years on the way, Joe Cassidy, aka Butterfly Child, has announced a second track from the album. Holding On is dream pop with a classic twist: something a reflective Richard Hawley and Jason Pierce might come up with, it contains harmonies, heavenly gliding strings, and a hint of old-time twang. >>
RRP Recommends Public Service Broadcasting – Sputnik Sputnik is the literally pulsing first half of a double a-side, the fourth release from Public Service Broadcasting's 2015 album The Race For Space. It's a mesmeric, metronomic track that brings to life the awe and wonder that must have been felt around the world after the launch of this strange, beeping creation. >>
RRP Recommends Otherkin – Feel It if Radio X are giving air time to Otherkin and their rapscallion ilk (assumptions: they have ilk, they are rapscallions. Probably true) they can't be all bad. >>
RRP Recommends Saltwater Sun – Wild First there was the blistering Habit on My Mind, then came the Foals-meets-The-Cardigans of Making Eyes. Now Saltwater Sun have completed the release cycle for their debut release Wild with the EP's title track. Happily and predictably, it's another corker, all textures, depth and harmony, and some sort of guitar/vocal alchemy. >>
RRP Recommends Fieu – Running Running may call itself synthpop, but don't let that lull you into looking forward to a quiet evening in - it's fizzing with effervescent electropop sparkle. >>
RRP Recommends Meilyr Jones – How To Recognise A Work Of Art How To Recognise A Work Of Art, the new single from the former Race Horses frontman Meilyr Jones, is no less of a thrill than his stellar recent live performances supporting Richard Hawley. >>
RRP Recommends The Lonely Wild – Snow When I started watching the new video for Snow, the opening track to The Lonely Wild's 2015 album Chasing White Light, I knew that I had to add one more to my fuzzy list of albums I've missed out on in 2015. >>
RRP Recommends Ski Lodge – Heaven is Now For Heaven is Now Ski Lodge make the transition from mid-to-late 80s indie pop to a slightly earlier new wave period in the same decade. While the guitar owners union might gently weep at such a move, in reality it's a gentle, subtle shift - a differently shaded polo neck perhaps >>