2016 in Review: Album of the Year



  • Ash at The MJR Group: P3′ by Periphery
  • Overall, the album is a bit of a step back in the direction I first fell in love with them for – a reminder that they’ve not forgotten how they started. Heavy, technical and groovy. But it also hints of a more melodic times ahead with more stripped back and lighter tracks.
  • My favourite track is ‘Absolomb’ purely because I remember hearing demos of the track 7 years ago and I remember how it made me feel then – hearing nothing like it before. To hear it in it’s final form was a great reward and a reminder that even old songs can still seem fresh.
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Steve at EVOL: Thee Oh Sees – Live in San Francisco

Favourite record of the year by a country mile just because it encapsulates the true essence of one of the worlds greatest live touring groups. You feel like you’re there in the crowd, the energy of the show is in the room with you and it’s a joy to listen to. Truly superb. All the festival memories come flooding back from the times you’ve watched them in far flung places.

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Elliot at Rockfeedback and Jim at Village Underground: ‘We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’ by A Tribe Called Quest

Elliot: A Tribe Called Quest are indisputably one of the most creative, forward thinking, socially engaged and talented hip hop groups ever and this album entirely reinforces their legacy. If this is their last ever album, it is an incredible finale to their career and tribute to Phife Dawg. It’s stuffed full of great songs and I can’t stop listening to it.

Jim: An incredible return to form, great flow, amazing guest MC’s – an all round triumph.

 

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Josh at One Inch Badge: ‘Blanco’ by David Bazan

One of my favourite songwriters (ex frontman / songwriter of Pedro The Lion) of all time released his latest album with a completely different sound. Moving to a new electronic sound but keeping his insightful and fantastically piercing, honest lyrics.

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Maz at Communion: ‘Red Earth & Pouring Rain’ by Bear’s Den

  • Bear’s Den released their beautiful new album in July and it’s just continued my love for this band. Beautiful lyrics and epic soundscapes. Getting to see them perform the album live at Brixton this year was a massive highlight for me. Favourite track? Definitely “Greenwoods Bethlehem”.
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Kelly at DHP: ‘IV’ by BadBadNotGood

Ah, it’s just SO good! 50 minutes of jazzy, dulcet tones & brilliant musicianship. My favourite track is ‘Time Moves Slow’ – Samuel T. Herring’s voice is melancholy but beautiful and fits so well with the song.

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Steve at SSD: ‘Light Upon The Lake’ by Whitney

These guys are so different to anything thats out there at the minute and are just starting to breakthrough, Tracks Polly, On My Own and Golden Days are huge, cant wait to see what comes next for them.

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Mike at Bird on the Wire: ‘Front Row Seat To Earth’ by Weyes Blood

Just listen to the whole thing through at least once and you’ll understand.

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Jamie at DHP: ’22, A Million’ by Bon Iver

Justin Vernon kept us waiting 5 years for his follow up to ‘Bon Iver, Bon Iver’ and it was well worth it. The electronic experimental twist was fresh yet Vernon still managed to keep the album emotive and poignant.

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