The Dissemination Awards

Every year since the dawn of time, (or 1997 at least) @ColByrne and I have picked out our favourite tracks and albums of the year… the Dissemination Awards.

Named after our short-lived, ill-advised and at times almost passable hospital radio show, it’s a chance for us to say “Yeah, you lot might be “EXPERTS”, with your “journalistic integrity” and “knowledge” but we are making it up as we go along. So Ner.”

It’s been a good year all in all – what with the continued Folk resurgence, a bit of electro-pop through the summer and a very strong local scene here in Leeds.

SO. It’s time to reveal my nominations for the Dissemination Awards 2009.

Album of the year

A strong year – and these three have been battling it out in my head for the past few months!

3rd place – I Concur, Able Archer

I was already pre-disposed to love this album, having followed the Ike and Cur boys for years, but they really exceeded expectations with the debut album.

Runner up – Bat for Lashes, Two Suns

Dark, moody, packed with emotion, great for driving in the dark to!

Winner – Mumford & Sons, Sigh no more

A worthy successor to last years winner Laura Marling… (her old drummer :) ) Dripping with tweed and heartbreaking tunes, this one grows and grows.

Song of the year

Now, My favourite favourite songs of the year are probably on the albums above, but as usual I seem to have avoided them to give the awards to songs on albums that didn’t make the cut… and thanks to the magic of Spotify, you can hear them all (well most of them anyway) here!

Runners up (In no particular order)

In for the Kill – La Roux
Drumming Song – Florence & the Machine
I am Leaving – Blue Roses
My Delirium – Ladyhawke
French Navy – Camera Obscura
Hurt Feelings (Tears of a Rapper) – Flight of the Conchords
Crying Lightning – Arctic Monkeys
Little Boots – New in Town
Wild Beasts – Hooting And Howling

And Song of the year is:

Papillon – Editors
They might have gone a bit weird and traded in their guitars for Korgs and Nords, but by jiminy does this one get the heart racing.