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Richmond Fontaine ‎- I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake Up And Remember (2016)

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Portland’s beloved Richmond Fontaine disbanded in 2017 before frontman Willy Vlautin wrote a fifth novel (Don’t Skip Out On Me) and convinced his pals to reunite to write an instrumental soundtrack for it. So the band’s last real album was 2006’s You Can’t Go Back If There’s Nothing To Go Back. The band may have reached their peak with 2003’s americana masterpiece Post to Wire, but a slow-burner track like ‘I Can’t Black It Out If I Wake up And Remember’ was a reminder of the wistful and widescreen landscape they are able to create in sound.

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Lizzo ‎- Good As Hell (2016)

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We finish the week with one of the best pop songs of the last decade. Melissa Viviane Jefferson is professionally known as Lizzo, the Detroit-born rapper, singer-songwriter and actor. After founding indie hip hop group The Chalice, Jefferson released a couple of solo albums. But it wasn’t until she teamed up with producer Ricky Reed, worked on her vocals and signed with Atlantic Records that things went stratospheric. Soon after, she released the EP Coconut Oil; it featured the anthem ‘Good As Hell’ and its collective “hair toss”. Have a great weekend.

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Jim James ‎- Here In Spirit (2016)

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The resurfacing of Jim James’s distinct voice is always cause for celebration. In 2016, the My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James released his sophomore solo album. The third track on the album is a heartfelt affair that he wrote shortly after the tragic shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. “The stone is thrown it’s coming fast/ The next thing you know/ It’s crashing through the glass.”

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Mitski ‎- Happy (2016)

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Good morning readers and listeners. I did not know much about Mtski and her work until relatively recently. The ambitious Puberty 2 is the fourth studio long player by Japanese-American wunderkid Mitski Miyawaki. Released by Dead Oceans in 2016, the album opens with ‘Happy’ an exploration into the fleeting nature of joy. Have a great week.

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Michael Kiwanuka – Final Days (2019)

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A couple of years ago, I featured the opening track (‘Cold Little Heart‘) off Michael Kiwanuka’s second album Love & Hate. Last week, he released his latest full-length effort to a very warm reception indeed.  Such is the strength of Kiwanuka and its Danger Mouse production that I could have selected half a dozen songs. Keeping with the the downbeat titles, I have plumped for the beautiful sound of ‘Final Days’.

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Martin Roth ‎- An Analog Guy In A Digital World (2016)

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… and now for something completely different. In 2016, German DJ and producer Martin Roth self released the single ‘An Analog Guy In A Digital World’. I think a lot of us can empathise.

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Joakim Karud – Vibe With Me (2016)

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Joakim Karud is a music producer from Sweden best known in YouTube and Soundcloud spheres for his instrumental hip hop. ‘Vibe With Me’ was a catchy number from 2016… you get the gist.
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Marian Hill – Down (2016)

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‘Down’ is a song recorded by Marian Hill and was released as a single from their debut album Act One. Originally released in 2016, the song became a Shazam-driven sleeper hit a year later after its commercial adoption by Apple.

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Lee Fields & The Expressions – Precious Love (2016)

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I am just squeezing in a post before the day is up here in Blighty. I spent some time in a local park today to the soul soundtrack of Lee Fields & The Expressions’ 2016 album Special Night. The best came last; the single ‘Precious Love’ closes the long player perfectly.

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Rüfüs – Innerbloom (2016)

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Cross the bridge between electronica and house music, Sydney-based Rüfüs experiment on ‘Innerbloom’. It’s blissful, personal and nearly 10 mins long. Have a great weekend.

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Childish Gambino – Redbone (2016)

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In 2016, after more than two years of no music, Childish Gambino resurfaced with his third studio album Awaken, My Love! Zeitgeist Gambino showed that he had been wasting no time. Channeling the sound of Prince and Connan Mockasin (now there’s a notion), he carefully moved away from rapping; listening to the standout single ‘Redbone’, you can hear, funk, soul and sadness. Talent.

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Palace Winter – Positron (2016)

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An awesome track from Copenhagen-based duo Palace Winter. Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman and Danish keyboard wizard Caspar Hesselager named themselves after an old hotel in Menton where Carl stayed in the summer of 2014. In just two years, the band had blossomed into something special. ‘Positron’ is off their debut album Waiting For The World To Turn. Enjoy.

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Jamila Woods – HEAVN (2016)

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Like Kali Uchis, Jamila Woods has quite a few friends. She released her debut album HEAVN in 2016 and was already able to showcase collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Noname and Donnie Trumpet amongst others. The result is a collage of soul, jazz and hip-hop, with all the authenticity you would expect from someone raised on the Southside of Chicago. The album’s title track is a great way to kick of the week. Have a good one.

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Anderson .Paak – Put Me Thru (2016)

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I featured Anderson .Paak plenty on this blog in 2016, after the release of his revelatory long player Malibu. I overheard another one of that album’s standout tracks – ‘Put Me Thru’ – this week and I was reminded of his breezy blend of funk, soul and hip hop. Enjoy and have a good weekend.

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Andy Shauf – The Magician (2016)

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Saskatchewan-born singer-songwriter Andy Shauf does not hide how much Elliott Smith has influenced him. But to me, he gives off a much sunnier disposition. “Do-do-do-do” as he says a lot in the opening track ‘The Magician’ off his 2016 album The Party; and all to the slightly psychedelic instrumentation of late-1960s pop. The Sgt. Pepper-style video can be no coincidence; there are other influences at work here.

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