- 19 December 2016
This year has been completely overwhleming with the amount of great music released! Just when I feel I'm on top of my latest favourite album, another one comes along to learn the lyrics for!
Mix of many genres here, all wonderful and good to hear/see such a collection of positive hip-hop music.
Favourite song: Come Down
Carly Ray Jepsen Emotion Side B
Great pop music - the "leftovers" from her great Emotion album last year.
Favourite song: Cry
Chance the Rapper Coloring Book
Chance calls this a Mixtape. It's a wonderfully happy and joyous collection of songs. I love what Matthew from FluxBlog says about him here.
Favourite song: No Problem
Kate Tempest Let Them Eat Chaos
Great spoken word/rap/poetry album, which also has a poetry book release to accompany it. Gritty stories of life in London, England.
Favourite song: Ketamine For Breakfast
Koi Child s/t
One of my favourite live shows of the year, epic debut from this 7-piece hip-hop band from Fremantle, Australia.
Lucy Dacus No Burden
Just a gal with a guitar who sings beautifully tragic songs.
Favourite song: Direct Address (live version from AudioTree)
Margaret Glaspy Emotions and Math
Another gal with a guitar - singing great introspective songs.
The amount of times I've listened to this album! Such a great mid-Western USA sound, with wonderfully poetic songs, intellectually-stimulating lyrics, and emotive songs about love, life, friendships, and finding your place in the world.
Ray Blk Durt
This is a Mini-album (7 tracks) so I can't wait to hear the full-length album when it's released. Great hip-hop, soul, rap, pop music from London.
Tkay Maidza Tkay
SO excited that Tkay's debit album is now out! A lot more poppy than I thought it would be - but that's never a problem - great debut from Australia's-own rap star! Didn't get to see Tkay live this year due to a lot of travel, but her live shows last year were a couple of my favourites - check her out live when you get the chance!
A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here … Thank You For Your Service
Just the album we all needed after getting Trumped. Great energy, meaningful lyrics, and beats.
Favourite song: We the People...
The 1975 i like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
SO obsessed with this album when it came out! A lot of my music friends got a copy of this album and Koi Child from me as they were released around the same time. So much pop, (real) 80s sound and self-depreciating lyrics from Matty. Great to see live too - though better at smaller venues as the teenage screams are ear-piercing.
My favourite songs are the most 80s-pop-sounding ones with great guitar/sax solos eg The Sound, This Must Be My Dream, She's American (live Beats 1). The BEST song on the album is however Somebody Else.
Still waiting on the new Haim and Fleetwood Mac albums, thought/hoped they would be released in time for my birthday (4th December), but will have to wait until the new year. Also, will always be devastated that I can't add another Prince/3rd Eye Girl to my end of year lists...
Here's some other favourites for the year:
Where I find new music:
This year my music selection was opened even wider once I discovered the truly wonderful AudioTree: recording audio and visual live performances of independent artists in their studio, releasing online, and giving the artist 50% of the takings via Bandcamp. A lot of my favourites from above (eg Pinegrove and Lucy Dacus) featured here this year, plus others including The Soorleys, Julien Barker (who I saw live a few weeks back). I discovered a lot more, most notable Yuna, and (math-core with) Save Us From The Archon.
Here are a few of my favourite music writers you can follow on Twitter:
- Amanda Petruchich - her top 3 songs of the year
- Matthew Perpetua - his 2016 survey mix
- Steven Hyden - his albums of the year list
What have YOU been listening to?