#1 Alice Ivy
When 2018 began I was scouring the internet for new music when I came across electronic-soul musician & producer Alice Ivy. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia she was originally a guitarist in a soul band, before venturing-out on her own. Citing fellow Australian act & sampling masters, The Avalanches as one of her biggest influences, Ivy uses samples and loops to create a collage of sound. She does insist, though, that every sound should be clearly defined.
“I’m Dreaming” is the debut LP from Alice Ivy. It came-out in February and not only is this my favorite record of 2018, it also contains my favorite song of 2018. Featuring Bertie Blackman on guest vocals, it’s called “Chasing Stars” and it’s #1 on the Lights, Camera, 30 countdown!
Camera: Photo #1
My favorite photo of 2018 comes from an early January morning when we were out in the helicopter covering a breaking-news story in Swampscott. As we got set-up, I looked-out my window to the East and saw first-light breaking-over Nahant, Massachusetts. The actual sight was ten-times more breathtaking than the photo, but I'm still pretty happy with this shot!
#1 The Church
On the Anniversary-30 countdown, we have an album that was just-out as I started my radio career back in 1988. "Starfish" was the fifth LP from Sydney, Australia band The Church, but it was the one that got them noticed here as the record went Gold in America.
Throughout my time in college radio I often gravitated to the melodic side of alternative rock over the angry hardcore and industrial music that many of my fellow DJ’s favored, so this album was right-up-my-alley. While this song did climb to #24 on the Billboard Hot-100, it was a much bigger college radio hit. It’s called “Under the Milky Way” and its #1 on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Thank you so much for listening and being a part of my December celebration of music! See you in 2019! -Love, Kristen