The sound side of 2016.

It was not all doom and gloom this year as some amazing music was created. I put ten of my favourite tracks from last year in the one place (not a mix). See link below:

See link below:

Huerco S. “For those of you who have never (and for those of you who have)”. I got hooked on this working in Prague in the middle of summer. U spent plenty of long hot evenings in the old town with this glistening in my ears. 

Lingua Lustra “Essence”. “Love is the force” is like standing looking at the waves on the beach on a summers day. As is a lot of the LP. Stunning. 

Steve Hauschildt “Where all is fled”. Broad in scope. The first track “Eyelids gently dreaming” is one of the finest ambient tracks of recent times. Magnificent record and doubtless the soundtrack to many a morning after the night before.

Johann Johannsson “Orphee”
Organs, xylophones, strings the lot. This is a masterpiece and, I think, the most perfectly produced record of 2016. He also sound tracked the “Arrival” movie and is doing Bladerunner 2 OST in 2017 (has there ever been a more challenging sequel to soundtrack?).

Tycho “Epoch”.
I love how tight this band are. Sounds like it’s digitally produced. The live recording of their set at burning man ( as the sun came up was wonderful too. Vaguely trancey in parts. Works well as a unit.

Stefano Guzzetti “Womb”.
Seriously! This one. Wow. “While you sleep” (on the link at top) floors me every time the hook kicks in. I never want this this to end when I play it.

Julien Marchal “Insight II”
An hour of melodic, soft piano ballads that eases the mind.

Hammock “Everything and nothing”
Big fan of Spotify’s annual personalised year in music email that it sends to all its customers. An easy way to recap what you listened to the most. It told me that “Dissonance” from this record was my most played track of the year. Played it non stop during the summer. Standout “guitar” record of the year for me.

Radiohead “A Moon shaped pool”
They’re the modern equivalent of the Beatles. The creativity and bravery of taking new directions. Wasn’t a huge fan of this record in comparison with some of their other work but take it by itself – it stands up.

Illum Sphere “Glass”
Love the production on this. Solid deep house cuts interspersed with some ambient drones. Really cool record. “Paradise” the key tune for me. Perfect production. The fact that Truss saw fit to end of his monthly mixes with some new Illum tells you all you need to know.

Casino Versus Japan “Frozen Geometry”
When I imagine a guitar sound in my mind, this is what’s there. Delay laden riffs full of melody. Think “Unforgettable fire” era U2 & Verve “Storm in heaven” and you’re in the area. There’s 80 tracks and it clocks in at over 3 hours. Wall to wall beauty. Actually maybe *this* is the guitar record of the year 🙂

Convextion “2845”
My number one techno record of the year. Stunning futuristic business from the man.

Julianna Barwick “Will”.
More ethereal sounds on the follow up to “Nepenthe”. Vocals not usually my thing but this is exceptional. There’s a greater scope to this new record too. “Nebula” dips into a more electronic place than previous outings. An artist at the top of her game.

Fiona Brice “Postcards reframed”
The strings on this record are where it’s at. The soaring beauty of “Glastonbury” and “Berlin” sparkle.

Ben Lukas Boysen “Spells”
Typical Erased tapes record: music of the highest quality. Superior workmanship. “Golden Times 1” is my highlight. Exquisitely produced.

Knxwledge “Kaulifflower”
A short and sweet instrumental hip hop record. Love it.

ODDISEE “The odd tape”
Both this and the Knxwledge were recommended by my mate Kev who loves hip hop. Real summery sounds off both of these.

Endless melancholy “In the shadow of the past”
Piano and warm synth sounds hook up to beautiful effect. Stunning.

Marco Marzuoli “Senza Titolo”
One long instrumental track.

Other records I loved (But didn’t have time to write about):
– “Ornamentation” by Yann Novak
– “No further ahead than today” by Ulrich Schnauss
– “Skeleton Tree” by Nick Cave and the bad seeds
– “1976” by Chairman Maf
– “Far and off” by AES Dana
– “The digging remedy” by Plaid
– “Reversed” by Ocoeur
– “The geist cycles” by Off sky
– “dilation” by Grandbrothers
– “The hope six demolition project” by PJ Harvey
– “Ten miles high” by Roisin Murphy
– “The ship” by Brian Eno.
– “The last panthers” by Clarke


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