In many ways, having started my career writing music for pictures, almost all my work has been collaborative, whether it was with advertising creatives, film directors, or TV producers. From these experiences, I have learnt to look for a common 'language' between all the people involved.
From here on in I propose the Baggy Pussy Brigade or Lily's Baggy Fanny Fan Club. Who wouldn't want to join such a salubrious sounding group? Fxxk fanny flying ping pong balls - our kind of Bangkok Babes will be popping forth basket balls. Yikes did I just write that?
Think of Sly and the Family Stone, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Specials. Then think again, because the clue's in the name. Their sound is a fine blend of all that has come to pass, from the blues and early R'n'B, all the way up through to soul and ska and the new wave, so theirs is a solid musical grounding.
In a year which has seen releases from some of the most innovative names in music, it's two jazz albums that find themselves among the very best.
When an artist friend of mine shared a news story on his Facebook wall echoing the familiar 'my-song-has-been-played-a-million-times-and-I-earned-nothing' lament of the post-Napster music industry I thought I would ask Spotify directly - just how do artists get paid when their songs are played on Spotify?
Now alongside Sam Bailey, Tamera Foster is one of my personal favourites but she looked uncomfortable with her song and at one point forgot the words. Yes she pulled it around and yes she still hit the high notes out of the park, but it just felt flat after the error.
Letlive are an American post-hardcore/punk band who are here to destroy the myth that rock is dead (music magazines are always fond of saying this so they say rock is back three issues later).
In "The Story of Bo Diddley" The Animals mockingly refer to the Beatlemania phenomenon, almost to imply that the Liverpool lads might be more successful, but the Newcastle gang pay homage to American bluesmen in a more much respectful manner.
Despite the empowering message of the song, the video for Hard Out Here has received a lot of criticism, particularly for it's supposedly racist undertones. However, I completely support Allen in what she is trying to achieve, and I wish that others - particularly women - would do the same.
Despite the quality of song writing (for the first three albums, at least) being fairly consistent, Keane have struggled to appear relevant, and are forced to release a Best Of already.
A couple of weeks back I was in the bowels of Heath Street Baptist Church in Hampstead for an evening of French jazz, courtesy of Lilly Zazou. Lilly, aka Elise Lefay is an extraordinarily accomplished mademoiselle, able to turn her vocal cords to anything from Piaf to Poulenc.
When someone from England says to me "why are you studying Cornish? It's a 'dead' language", I can reply that if they consider themselves to be a Briton then in fact I'm learning and helping to preserve the language of their ancestors too.
While it is completely possible that Lily chose the women at random - selecting them on their twerking abilities - it is difficult to understand why she thought that the video wouldn't receive negative feedback.
Jhené Aiko, R&B's best underground artist has coasted into the mainstream by topping the US iTunes charts with her 'Sail Out' EP. Released this week, the EP has already entered top 10 in the UK, and has seen the songstress greeted with open arms on both sides of the Atlantic.
Miley, you might feel like you're taking risks and pushing the envelope but right now you look stuck in a belated teenage rebellion. If you really want to embrace feminism, please (and I mean this kindly) come back when you've grown up a bit.
For fans used to this man's rants about the music industry, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see his cause in lights. In case you're still unaware, he has produced five rock/electro albums and has had his music featured in arguably two of the world's best TV series - with one being The Sopranos.