Tag Archives: 2016

Pillar Point ‎- Dove (2016)

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Good morning folks. Influenced by the likes of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem and Caribou, Seattle-based Scott Reitherman used his Pillar Point solo project to explore his own sythpop sound. In 2016, he released the single ‘Dove’ along with its eye-catching video of the visual artist Kia Labeija dancing through the city of Bogotá in search of her lover. Have a great week.

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DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels ‎- Nobody Speak (2016)

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Yesterday I mentioned DJ Shadow (aka Josh Davis) and it’s been a while. In 2016, 20 years after he exploded onto the scene with his masterpiece Endtroducing…, the crate-digger extraordinaire released the The Mountain Will Fall. In his turntablism, Davis has drawn on music from a wide array of genres, but this album was firmly rooted in hip-hop. In fact, the second track is a collaboration with Run The Jewel’s Killer Mike and El-P. ‘Nobody Speak’ is an old-school battle with a video to match.

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Kaytranada feat. River Tiber ‎- Vivid Dreams (2016)

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Haitian-born music producer and DJ Louis Kevin Celestin relocated with his family to Montreal as a youngster. He has since been reborn as Kaytranada and one half of hip-hop duo The Celestics. In 2016, Kaytranada released the excellent 99.9% – an album of collaborations with the likes of Vic Mensa, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon etc. I have picked out Vivid Dreams… a slice of nostalgic garage house music that he created with Tommy Paxton-Beesley, also known as River Tiber. Have a great weekend.

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KiD CuDi feat. Willow Smith ‎- Rose Golden (2016)

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At the end of 2016 (which feels like a long long time ago), Kid Cudi released his sixth studio album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’. The album features ‘Rose Golden’, “the story of the chosen”. Chosen in this case for its splendid groove and horn orchestration. The ambitious arrangement includes Will Smith’s daughter Willow, a Cudi fan, on support vocals.

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Men I Trust ‎- Lauren (2016)

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The Montreal dream pop trio Men I Trust comprise Emma Proulx (Lead Singer), Jessy Caron (Bass / Guitar) and Dragos Chiriac (keyboard and mixer). Together they make a warm, blissed-out sound that, frankly, lends itself to watching a clip of a girl cycling along the side of a valley. The band released ‘Lauren’ as a single in 2016.

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Lambchop – NIV (2016)

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When I first heard Lambchop’s 2016 album Flotus, I did not know what to make of it. Having been quiet for 3-4 years before its release, the band had obviously been eyeing up something completely different. Citing the influence of hop-hop and audio technology, Kurt Wagner and team were suddenly experimenting with sound more in tune with krautrock than country-soul. The vocoder, the electronics, the metronomic beat… an unexpected vision of Laurie Anderson came to mind.

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Sofi Tukker – Drinkee (2016)

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New York duo Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern (aka Sofi Tukker) are probably best known for their song ‘Best Friend’ which featured in an Apple commercial. But it’s not half as good as their single ‘Drinkee’, all sung by Hawley-Weld in perfect Brazilian Portuguese, with a video that catches the eye. It was released on the independent NYC label Ultra Music in 2016.

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Mild High Club – Homage (2016)

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Alexander Brettin and team wrote this song about J.S. Bach’s standard chord progression which is lifted by so many songs. The lyric “Someone wrote this song before and I could tell you where it’s from” says it all. So, Mild High Club wrote an original psychedelic song about the origin of a chord progression. How originally unoriginal. ‘Homage’ features on their 2016 LP Skiptracing.

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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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