Sam Hockley-Smith

December 26, 2021

Calling In 2021

  • Julian Brimmers
  • Sam Hockley-Smith

Sam Hockley-Smith


Welcome back to our December special of Calling in a Favour, the show where we play all the tracks you might have missed this year.

In order to create the best End-of-Year experience for you, our cherished listener, we invited none other than the esteemed US music critic and editor Sam Hockley-Smith. Sam started out his career in music journalism with an internship at The Fader, where he later became a senior editor. His freelance work appeared in outlets such as New York Times Magazine, Pitchfork, GQ, Grantland, and he’s been the music editor at New York Magazine before relocating to the West Coast again.

Here, Sam and Julian reflect on a year of enjoying music without having to think about its immediate usability, as well as Sam’s personal path in music journalism, and the tracks that made him tick in 2021.
Expect absolute bangers by Armand Hammer, Doss, Space Afrika, Myriam Gendron, and many more.


––Julian Selection––
Jondo – WhoWhuWho feat. DJ Plead
Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders – Movement 6
Drakeo The Ruler – Too Icey

––Sam Selection ––
Armand Hammer – Scaffolds
Bruiser Brigade pres. Fat Ray & Zeelooperz – Superhero
DJ Manny – Smoke ’n’ Fade Away
Kevin McCormick & David Horridge – Last Chances
CFCF – Life is Perfecto
Doss – Strawberry
Lil Ugly Mane – VPN
Louise Bock & PG6 – Traces Disappearing
Space Afrika – yyyyyy2222
Myriam Gendron – Go Away from My Window

Calling In A Favour

“Calling In A Favour” is a platform for friendship, music and art, anti-algorithmic behaviour, and community building. Once a month, Cologne-based writer and cultural critic Julian Brimmers welcomes bright minds and kind souls doing their bit to make the world of arts & culture more complex, confusing and overall exciting.

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