It was a very strong year for music in 2016 and with festival line ups for 2017 starting to creep out, the prognosis is looking good for this year too. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to highlight all of the great music we would have liked during the year that has just passed, so we’ve used the festive break to catch up a bit.
With some grateful assistance from our hombres Quellequs and SpigelSound, here’s our run down of tracks and videos we first picked up on in 2016 (some of them may have come out during 2015!) that we didn’t get to feature on Dash ‘n’ Verve but that deserved to be.
Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You
The rhythms, the tone of the drums, the synth stabs, the shifted vocal. So Jessy Lanza, so good. As was the rest of her ‘Oh No’ album, released this year on Hyperdub.
Fat Freddy’s Drop – 10 Feet Tall
The global dub dons released their fourth studio full length in late 2015, and they are really back to their best. This video hit the web waves in 2016 and complements our favourite album track sublimely.
Seanh – SadeVillain EP
This one took us back. Who’d have thought that 2012’s biggest selling UK artist in America (yes Sade outsold Adele that year despite 21 being as big as it was) and US resident but UK born MF Doom would mash up so delightfully.
Oh, and for those of you who didn’t get it first time around, ‘Operation Doomsday’ has been reissued on vinyl with the option to buy a copy with the original or redesigned cover. Get it direct from Doom.
Mickey Pearce – August
We mentioned this track in our feature on his most recent EP release. It truly deserves your attention as does the beautifully crafted video. Pick up the full length ‘Michael’ on Swamp 81.
Yves Tumor – The Feeling When You Walk Away
As mellow as they come this one, even the slightly distant drum that comes into frame two thirds of the way can’t knock you off your cloud as you float into the distance. Part of the ‘Serpent Music’ album that came out earlier this year on PAN.
Alister Johnson – Ago (feat. Rahan Boxley)
A glitchy, atmospheric rumbler with a synth break that grows at the pace and to the size of Jack’s beanstalk. Taken from the rather excellent ‘Broken Body’ release, out on Do Right! Music.
Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair
A stripped back, brooding piece of modern R&B from an artist who continues develop a sound that is very much her own. Huge shout to UK’s Sampha on this one too.
Tayá – Deeper
Newbie on the scene and Liverpool local delivers some strong yet sweet R&B ad libs over a dark and bounding rhythm. Shout to Drums Eat Everything for the heads up on this one.
Coco – My G
Building on the ‘Big Bou Yah’ and ‘Big ‘n’ Serious‘ releases, Coco came with some pure fire on ‘My G’. Sheffield grime is looking strong with this man behind the wheel.
Steve Spacek – Follow Me
Scatty with his rhythm, smooth with his vocals, this one’s had us in a spin ever since it dropped in September. Apparently if you plug your Christmas tree into your stereo whilst this is playing the lights dance in time and colour to the beat. We haven’t tried it and nor should you, but imagine how cool it would be. Get it now on EgloRecords.
Enjoy and Happy New Year all.