Bella Union staff :: End of 2012 lists

Below you can see lists of the three Bella Union staff’s favourite “MUSIC” and “STUFF” of the year, in no particular order. Simon’s list is now at the bottom too, plus his list of 78 favourite bands of 2012 can be found here also.


Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamaar – M.A.A.D City/
Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
Actress – R.I.P
Holy Other – Held
Dean Blunt + Inga Copeland – Black Is Beautiful
Nas – Life Is Good
How to dress well – Total Loss
Joey badass – 1999 Mixtape
Blanck Mass – White Math/Polymath

Mission Chinese Food in NY – Salt cod fried rice is the best rice in the world. NO QUESTION.
Louis CK @ NY city center
Parm’s Mozzarella Sticks and generally amazing food
Ovenly chocolate cookies
Tim Heidecker’s output this year from his standup to his appearances on comedy bang bang, on cinema, Duncan Trussell’s family hour and his editor in chief roll at rolling stone magazine.
Bron / Broen
Giants winning the World Series
Adorn by Miguel
The many great new seasons of comedy shows and podcasts this year (TV: Louie, Workaholics, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The League, Children’s Hospital, NTSF SD SUV, Bob’s Burgers, South Park, Black Dynamite, Parks and Recreation, Comedy Bang Bang, Alan Partridge Special. PODCASTS: Comedy Bang Bang, How Did This Get Made, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, Who Charted, WTF, On Cinema, Gelmania)
Flight Club
News that Momofuku and Shake Shack are coming to London in early 2013
Dog Bites Man
Red Hook


Lower Dens – Nootropics
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Islands – A Sleep and A Forgetting
Dark Dark Dark – Who Needs Who
Peggy Sue Play The Songs of Scorpio Rising
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Mac DeMarco – MacDeMarco 2
Pure Bathing Culture EP

Peru & Bolivia 3.5 week exploration expedition — THE ANDES mountains, MACHU PICCHU!
See Hear Club summer magic nights at Dalston Roof Park with Luisa and Rosa
Bike riding everywhere, especially the Austrian countryside
Paul Simon at Hyde Park
Leonard Cohen at Wembley
Bella 15th Anniversary at End of the Road
Beach House: Village Underground & The Haunt, Jools, dancing with Alex and Victoria on stage at EOTR to Mark’s silent disco, Heart of Chambers at Roundhouse
Van Dyke Parks.
Reading V. Woolf: To The Lighthouse, The Waves, Orlando, A Room of One’s Own, Night & Day, Mrs Dalloway, diaries, letters…
Writing Britain exhibition at The British Library, Prism at the V&A, Munch at The Tate with Gerlin
Ballet trips – Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet / Swan Lake / La Sylphide
The X Files, specifically: Scully’s suits.
Peggy Sue play the Songs of Scorpio Rising live shows. Related: introducing Katy to Star Wars.
ATP weekend hanging with Dark Dark Dark, specifically: Rye trip + a) late night beach dunes with Nona b) even later night beach dunes with Adam and Yannis
Barbican library.


Actress – R.I.P
Mac DeMarco – 2
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d City
Lower Dens – Nootropics
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber
Beachwood Sparks – Tarnished Gold
Liars – WIXIW
Woods – Bend Beyond
Dean Blunt & Inga Copeland – Black Is Beautiful

“This was tough”.

EDIT: Simon made a list too… we took liberty of imposing him over the below image:


Prince Fatty ‘Drunken Gambler’
Young Man ‘Vol 1’
CK Mann & His Carousel 7 ‘Funky highlife’ reissue
Lewis ‘L’amour’
Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X ‘Zulu Guru’
Bo Ningen ‘Line The Wall’
Mark Stewart ‘Exorcism of Envy’
Arvo Part ‘Adam’s Lament’
St Vincent and David Byrne ‘Love This Giant’
Eternal Summers ‘Correct Behaviour’
Ty Segall ‘Slaughterhouse’
Jon Talabot ‘Fin’

Ai Wei Wei’s ‘Never Sorry’ doc
Marley doc
Only The Young

Breaking Bad
Boardwalk Empire
Modern Family
Parade’s End
The Bridge

Eating out:
Sagar (dinner)
Dinings (lunch)
Greedies Café (Sunday breakfasts)

Cakes and coffee:

Walks with Molly the dog:
Richmond Park/Marble Hill Park/

John Grant returns with second album “Pale Green Ghosts”

Bella Union records are thrilled to announce the return of JOHN GRANT,  whose second solo album Pale Green Ghosts will be released on Monday 11th March 2013.

After a breakthrough year that saw his exceptional solo debut “Queen Of Denmark” win MOJO’s Album of 2010 and countless other accolades, John Grant hasn’t rested on his laurels but created a follow-up that underlines his uncanny and charismatic talents. Recorded in Iceland and featuring Sinead O’Connor on guest vocals, the brilliant “Pale Green Ghosts” adds sublime notes of dark, gleaming electronica to the anticipated velveteen ballads, calling on all of Grant’s influences and tastes, presenting an artist at the peak of his powers…

John Grant has also just announced a headline show at London’s Heaven the week of release, the tickets of which go on-sale Friday morning.

Wednesday 13 March – LONDON – Heaven (£15) Tickets

Directed by regular Bella Union collaborator Alex Southam, the video to “Pale Green Ghosts” has just been unveiled and can be viewed here:

The Belle Game // debut single on limited edition 7″ vinyl on Bella Union

Bella Union is pleased to announce a new liaison with The Belle Game. In tandem with Vancouver-based label Boompa Records, Bella Union will be releasing two new songs by the band – Wait Up For You and Wasted Light – on limited edition 7″ vinyl on Monday 21st January, 2013.

Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, The Belle Game take intricate guitar and keyboard lines anchored by dark pop rhythms, and weave them into gorgeous, graceful melodies whilst retaining the rawness of a boozy confessional.

The Belle Game – Wait Up For You by Bella Union

Their debut full-length album ‘Ritual Tradition Habit’ will follow next spring.

The Belle Game are Adam Nanji, Katrina Jones, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew and Rob Chursinoff.

Beach House “Beach House” and “Devotion” available on vinyl

The first two albums from Beach House, self titled and ‘Devotion’, are now available on vinyl in Europe for the first time. “Beach House” is on white, “Devotion” on blue, and they are available online in our store. Both albums come with a free CD.

If you’re a Beach House fan but have never heard their first two records, you’ll not be disappointed. A band who have consistently put out wonderful music, self titled and ‘Devotion’ are incredible albums.

‘Heart of Chambers’ from ‘Devotion’ –

‘Master of None’ from ‘Beach House’ –

The band will play two nights at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire next March 2013.