End Of Year Lists · Features · List Central

TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART TWO: 50-1

On Christmas Day we counted down the first half of our bumper end of year albums list, and now it’s time for the top 50. Feel free to let us know how very wrong we are… Seratones – Get Gone   Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book   Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony   DIIV… Continue reading TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART TWO: 50-1

End Of Year Lists · Features · List Central

TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART ONE: 100-51

It’s that time of the year again… Here are the first fifty records that made 2016 a beautiful, sad, profound and memorable year for us, with two of the year’s most important, devastatingly beautiful records coming from great tragedy and loss. This year we’ve compiled a bumper list, ranking the 100 best records of the year.… Continue reading TOP 100 ALBUMS OF 2016 – PART ONE: 100-51

Album Reviews · Reviews in a Nutshell

SAD13 – SLUGGER

Anyone who read my review of Speedy Ortiz’s second LP last year knows how highly I rate Sadie Dupuis. Her ensnaring, spiky riffs and razor-sharp wordplay have turned her band into a real rock gem, but with her debut solo record, she has substituted the cutting, interlacing guitars for sparkling, synth-laden pop. The sugar-sweet melodies provide a different breed of… Continue reading SAD13 – SLUGGER

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JUSTICE – WOMAN

Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay are back after five years away with Justice’s 3rd LP, continuing with a fundamentally organic approach to their Technicolored disco sound. Woman is an album full of tracks drenched in psychedelic swirls and pounding, abrasive electro, but the amount of light illuminating the pelvis-thrusting soundscapes turns the record into a weightless affair. The exhilarating slap-bass of opening track Safe and Sound governs the… Continue reading JUSTICE – WOMAN

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HONEYBLOOD – BABES NEVER DIE

Glaswegian duo Honeyblood’s second LP arrives with the work of half of its original lineup, with drummer Shona McVicar upping and leaving the band shortly after their self-titled debut was dropped in 2014. Cat Myers replaced McVicar not long afterwards, and her presence in the band has gone an awful long way to sharpening up the fuzzed-out, grunge-tinged indie pop. Honeyblood’s songwriting relies heavily on… Continue reading HONEYBLOOD – BABES NEVER DIE