❉ A neat, often illuminating collection of Manchester songs from every big modern era and scene, writes Andy Murray.
❉ It’s the reason for the season – Liz Buckley returns with her favourite albums of this year.
❉ St Etienne’s Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs round up an impeccable collection of cuts by middle-aged artists coming to terms with the late 60s.
❉ The arrangements of Drake’s Admiral, curated by Bob Stanley.
❉ Garage rock, powerpop, bubblegum pop, girl-group angst, gnarly R&B, proto-Americana, and a large serving of soul.
❉ Ace Records’ Liz Buckley on her close encounters of the MES kind.
❉ Liz Buckley on her top five favourite albums of this year. We have music, and dance. But mainly music, as dance needs room and no one can afford to buy a room in 2017.
❉ Music writer, Ace Records compiler and Iggy Pop fanatic Liz Buckley on Amadeus, Paul Dano and more.