The latest album chart is in from Socialist RnB! It’s full to bursting with new entries, with Darren Hayman’s just-released indiepop hymnal Chants for Socialists making the Top 5 on the strength of pre-orders alone.
Anti-Tory/UKIP band of the year Sleaford Mods have clearly resonated with the Socialist RnB audience since the chart was last compiled, and quality new albums from stalwarts Smith, Johnson and Petrie make a strong showing, competing with the back catalogue of ultra-left folkie David Rovics and a box set reissue from sarky Marxist C86-sters McCarthy.
A strong showing for home-grown queercore this time too, with “the one-man-punk-Soft-Cell” Ste McCabe’s Cockroaches and transgender riot grrrls Not Right’s Tory Scum pushing demand for their respective albums into the Top 10.
But the real news here is the Socialist RnB chart breakthrough of Steve White & the Protest Family, East London’s premier percussion-phobic agit-folkers. Putting the fallout from the 2012 Bookmarks Payola scandal behind them, The Family produced their best album yet in 2014, and were apparently beaten to the top spot only by a sudden UK demand surge for Bambu’s brand of deeply conscious Filipino hip hop.
Will Thee Faction, Lone Groover and Hurriers get their new albums out in time for the next chart? Stay tuned!