As the end of the year slowly approaches, I thought now might be a good time to take stock of 2014, in anticipation of all that 2015 has in store.

While this year has been the quietest on the live front in aeons, I have been glad to have had the time to sort out the final element of the online Banco back catalogue – Rewritten Histories Vol.3 – and oversee the revamp of the Banco website.

It was also great fun revisiting Maya and compiling the 20th anniversary edition. I was touched by your support and the messages I received as part of the pre-orders, and am tickled that it still means so much to so many of you.

You will probably not be surprised that a similar edition is being created to mark next year’s 20th anniversary of Lhasa (I know – where did the time go!?) – I will update you on this in the new year.

The other wonderful thing about having time this year has been to finally open my Disco Gecko label to other artists, and I am stoked to have launched with two very different, but equally wonderful releases: dr trippy’s Invasion by Osmosis and Andrew Heath’s The Silent Cartographer.

I have been collecting tracks for a compilation, which will see the light of day early in the new year, as should the debut release by my long term musical compadre Andy Guthrie under his 100th Monkey guise.

In the meantime, we have just launched the Disco Gecko website and to celebrate that, from now until December 19th, I am offering free shipping on all orders within the UK, or free shipping to anywhere in the world if you buy 2 or more CDs, plus the cheapest CD free if you buy 4.

As our system can’t unfortunately automate either part of this, we will have to manually refund you the shipping after you have ordered. For the second offer, please just order the 3 titles you want, and then put the name of the free 4th title in the ‘Order Notes’ section of the ‘Checkout’ page’.