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Manou’s Top 20 albums of 2016

Apart from icons dying all over the place, I don’t consider 2016 to have been a top year for music. Some of my least favourite acts of all time dominated the end of year lists, like Radiohead and Nick Cave. And whatever happened to Britpop that a mediocre album by an ennobled boy-band like the 1975 is NME’s top pick of the year? It’s clear that the most interesting and innovative records of the year were made by R&B artists like Beyonce and her sister Solange and Hip Hop artists like Chance The Rapper and A Tribe Called Quest.  It’s a bit of a bummer if, like me, you really, really don’t like R&B and Hip Hop. Despite all this misery, here’s 20 albums that kept me going in 2016.

1 Blood Orange Freetown Sound UK/US Domino
2 Merchandise A Corpse Wired For Sound US 4AD
3 Field Music Commontime UK Memphis Industries Records
4 Jessy Lanza Oh No CN Hyperdub
5 Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions Until the Hunter US Tendril Tales
6 Wild Beasts Boy King UK Domino
7 Roosevelt Roosevelt DL Greco-Roman
8 Rosie Lowe Control UK Polydor
9 Parquet Courts Human Performance US Rough Trade
10 Amber Arcades Fading Lines NL Heavenly Recordings
11 Chairlift Moth US Columbia
12 Shura Nothing’s Real UK Polydor
13 Kate Jackson British Road Movies UK Hoo Ha Records
14 Julia Jacklin Don’t Let The Kids Win AU Transgresive records
15 Metronomy Summer 08 UK Because
16 Jenny Hval Blood Bitch NR Sacred Bones Records
17 Flock of Dimes If You See Me, Say Yes US Partisan
18 Katie Dey Flood Network AU Universal
19 Eleanor Friedberger New View US French Kiss
20 Whitney Light upon the lake US Secretly Canadian

 

Metronomy – Summer 08

If we disregard the brilliant accident of The English Riviera, then Summer 08 is arguably Metronomy's best album to date. It's no use comparing anything in Metronomy's discography to the anomaly of their third album. It wasn't fair calling Love … [Continue reading]

Wild Beasts – Boy King

It's been a while and I can't promise that this post isn't the last convulsion of Indiefuzz. What I can promise is that it will be a lot shorter than earlier posts. People only read the first six sentences of Internet articles anyway and being the … [Continue reading]

6 tips for Eurosonic 2016

In order of appearance: 1. Aosoon (A Lot of Something Out of Nothing) (UK) Boy-girl duo that sounds like The XX having a Bed-in with Lianne La Havas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvLRS9Jgp4U WO 13 JAN, VERA 19:30 - 20:00 DO 14 JAN, … [Continue reading]

K-Man’s Top 20 Albums of 2015

Indiefuzz Best of 2015

After Manou published his Top 20 earlier, here are my favorite records of 2015. Bask in its glorious magnificence and enjoy these great tunes with the Spotify embeds! 20. Kid Wave - Wonderlust (UK) 19. Foals - What Went Down … [Continue reading]

Manou’s Top 20 albums of 2015

Indiefuzz Best of 2015

The Fuzz hasn't been very active in 2015. You won't hear me say that there's more to life than music. But there is more to life than writing about music. That doesn't mean we didn't search or listen as intensely as we did in the years before. We just … [Continue reading]

Live review: China Crisis at De Boerderij

I had a choice between Zoetermeer, generally viewed as the least enjoyable city in our part of the country and Hengelo, a cozy little town very close to the middle of nowhere. Because attending my first China Crisis gig in Holland was going to be an … [Continue reading]

Django Django – Born Under Saturn

I'm afraid that Django Django's self-titled debut (2012) might be one of those albums that were hailed in the year of their release, but viewed in a larger time frame will be forgotten/ignored. The band's follow-up album will undergo no such fate … [Continue reading]

Field Music – Music For Drifters

Field Music are in the process of recording their fifth long player to be released sometime in 2016. In the meantime they've released an instrumental album titled Music For Drifters which is by no means a casse-cro?te. The Brewis brothers were … [Continue reading]

Dutch Uncles – O Shudder

The seventh half year recap album involves a band whose relative success keeps surprising me. I can't think of a fan profile other than my own, suited to appreciate Dutch Uncles: growing up with Japan, admiring XTC, ?delighting in falsettos, … [Continue reading]