List Week | Top 50 Albums of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the nicest year in recent times, but it is coming to a close. With the New Year looming and Santa Claus gathering his supplies for his World Tour 2k16 it’s time to look back over the last 12 months. All celebrity deaths and ridiculous decisions aside, 2016 has been a great year for Music. We are kicking off List Week! Five days of organising the best Singles, EPs and Albums released this year. Please enjoy, and if you agree with some of the choices below, or disagree, let us know why below.

Today it’s all about the Top 50 Albums 2016! There have been a lot of excellent Albums dropped this year from all over the industry. Below will be an ascending list, with a little sentence accompanying some particular highlights too. Enjoy.

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TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2016

50. Turin Brakes – Lost Property |
49. Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway |
A strong return for the veteran funk-rock band.
48. Peter Bjorn and John – Breakin’ Point |
47. Hinds – Leave Me Alone |
46. Petite Meller – Lil Empire |
45. The Dirty Nil – Higher Power |
Solid punk music designed to bash your face in.
44. NxWorries – Yes Lawd! |
43. Kishi Bashi – Sonderlust |
Sweet tunes filled with Poppy goodness and all kinds of elements.
42. Woods – City Sun Eater in the River of Light |
41. The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab |

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40. Bombay Harambee – Goldmine | Dicks out for solid punk and hard rock.
39. Bad Breeding – Bad Breeding |
38. Pure Joy – Bang Flower |
37. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered |
Even a record of discarded material sounds good.
36. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion Side B | #JepsenitesUnite.
35. The Avalanches – Wildflower |
34. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic |
One of the more surprising records of the year.
33. Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid |
32. SURGEONS IN HEAT – Going Through The Motions |
31. Jeff Rosenstock – WORRY. |

 

30. Shura – Nothing’s Real |
29. Dinosaur Jr. – Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not | Another superb record from these veterans.
28. Two Door Cinema Club – Gameshow |
27. Slaves – Take Control |
Another superb round of heavy hitting Punk Rock.
26. Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being |
25. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree |
24. Chairlift – Moth |
23. Chance the Rapper – Colouring Book |
22. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth |
A wonderful Country record.
21. WTCHS – She Walks, She Creeps |

20. Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ | A strong comeback for Kid Cudi.
19. Viola Beach – Viola Beach | RIP.
18. Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town |
17. Phlake – Slush Hours |
16. Frank Ocean – Blonde |
15. NAO – For All We Know |
Excellent debut for this up and coming RnB artist.
14. Angel Olsen – MY WOMAN |
13. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial |
12. Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!” |
11. Solange – A Seat at the Table |

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10. Weezer – Weezer (White Album) | Weezer have been on a resurgence in this decade, and finally they have hit their best with this new record. Returning to their foundations, the White Album is a solid rock record complete with 10 tracks full of typical Rivers Cuomo heartbreak, longing and overly fun lyricism to create a sound that is seriously entertaining.

09. Street Sects – End Position | This record is freakin’ heavy! Like seriously heavy. Brutal, pummelling guitars are thrown at walls and the eardrums to create songs that are the chesty cough of the music library. Street Sects have produced something filled with unique and interesting ideas, and it is just ear-bleedingly good.

08. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool | Radiohead hit a bit of a slump with the release of The King of Limbs, but this time around they have stabilised into a much more accessible sound. Spurned by the divorce of Thom Yorke’s marriage, this is a record that’s steeped in sadness. The instrumentals are often stripped back with minimal layers of instruments, allowing Yorke’s vocals to be the focal point which allows listeners to truly appreciate his wondrous performances.

07. A Giant Dog – Pile | There’s been a lot of deep, meaningful records released throughout this year, so sometimes it’s nice to have a record that’s straight forward. A Giant Dog’s Pile is a record that is built for fun. Heavy hitting guitar riffs rock the eardrums amongst the band’s frequent boy/girl vocal dynamic, producing a fun, Punk-tinged foundation for the record, but it’s also full of additional elements too. Pianos often contribute fast-paced chords to add a little 50s flair to certain songs, and it really helps expand the record into one that’s filled with variety.

06. The Drones – Feelin Kinda Free | The Drones return to the scene with a record determined to pummel the eardrums with noise. Thick, naughty slabs of noise rock and experimental music come in droves to deliver what is an absolute mindfuck of a record. The riffs are brutal, the twists and turns are neckbreaking…and it’s great.

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05. David Bowie – Blackstar | While the world lost an icon, the galaxy gained a Blackstar. David Bowie’s swansong came in the form of a record that once again astounded the world into just how creative this man was. Blackstar is no exception, combining all sorts of elements together to produce something that’s steeped in ominous foreshadowing, moody synths and pulsating instrumentals. With numerous directions explored throughout, this record offers up one final journey into the strange before saying goodbye with “I Can’t Give Everything Away” – possibly the greatest farewell song around. Bowie’s strained vocals only add to the eventual context that quickly followed the release of the album, and this record perfectly illustrates his formulas and sound throughout his illustrious career.

04. Anderson .Paak – Malibu | After numerous collabs and contributions Anderson .Paak finally made his own mark with the release of Malibu. Easily one of the more upbeat records of the year, this is a wonderful journey into a world focused solely to rock those hips of yours. With hits such as the Best Single Of 2016 ‘Am I Wrong’ amongst others, this record is one that flows effortlessly through the eardrums and into the good books.

03. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition | We’ve experienced a few meltdowns this year, but Danny Brown’s was easily the most entertaining. Atrocity Exhibition sees the rapper let loose mentally to deliver a record that’s filled with instrumentals that aren’t all right in the head. With numerous references to drugs and sex and all sorts of anxiety, this is all backed up with certain hooks that back up the fragile state perfectly. ‘Ain’t It Funny’ in particular is a perfect accompaniment to your weekly breakdown.

02. Swans – The Glowing Man | Finally, peace.

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01. A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from here…Thank You 4 Your Service | One of the greatest groups in the world of Hip Hop returned for one final hurrah….and hurrah, what a celebration. A Tribe Called Quest have already made their mark on numerous genres, but with the death of Phife Dawg as well as looking at certain events of the year such as the Election Campaign and the general unrest of America’s police system, these guys felt like saying something.

We got it from here…Thank You 4 Your Service is a record that delivers all of the old school traits of ATCQ’s sound – the grooves, the subtle beats, the ongoing percussion – and packed it all in sixteen tracks that revel in the nostalgia while adding a nice modern touch to proceedings. With contributions from Phife Dawg scattered throughout, this is a record that has all of the emotion, context and glory to easily become our favourite record of 2016. Thank YOU 4 Your Service.

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List Week | Top 25 EPs of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the nicest year in recent times, but it is coming to a close. With the New Year looming and Santa Claus gathering his supplies for his World Tour 2k16 it’s time to look back over the last 12 months. All celebrity deaths and ridiculous decisions aside, 2016 has been a great year for Music. We are kicking off List Week! Five days of organising the best Singles, EPs and Albums released this year. Please enjoy, and if you agree with some of the choices below, or disagree, let us know why below.

Today it’s all about the Top 25 EPs of 2016! There have been a lot of excellent EPs dropped this year from all over the industry. Below will be an ascending list, with a little sentence accompanying some particular highlights too. Enjoy.

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List Week | Top 50 Singles of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the nicest year in recent times, but it is coming to a close. With the New Year looming and Santa Claus gathering his supplies for his World Tour 2k16 it’s time to look back over the last 12 months. All celebrity deaths and ridiculous decisions aside, 2016 has been a great year for Music. We are kicking off List Week! Five days of organising the best Singles, EPs and Albums released this year. Please enjoy, and if you agree with some of the choices below, or disagree, let us know why below.

Today it’s all about the Top 50 Singles of 2016! There have been a lot of excellent singles dropped this year from all over the industry. Below will be an ascending list, with a little sentence accompanying some particular highlights too. Enjoy.

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TOP 50 SINGLES OF 2016 by Sounds Good

50. Delphina Kings – Holding Me Up |
49. HUNCK – Never Had A Dream | Grunge becomes steeped in hooks with this Poppy affair.
48. July Talk – Beck + Call | A heated atmosphere steeped in sensual glory. Oof.
47. Bleeker – Where’s Your Money |
46. Kassassin Street – Hand In My Pocket | Politically-charged lyricism accompanies solid grooves.
45. PREP – Sunburnt Through the Glass |
44. The Mono LPs – L.O.V.E. & H.A.T.E. |
43. Green Day – Bang Bang | The drum solo towards the close is still so good.
42. Carly Rae Jepsen – Higher |
41. Elsee – Eggshells |
Slick basslines, smooth blues rock licks, sweet vocal hooks, this song has it all.
40. Everywhere – Some Other Dude | Holds one of the catchiest choruses of the year. Goddamn.

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39. LANY – like you lots | Adorableness x1000000000000
38. NAO – Girlfriend |
37. Lenno – Fever |
36. Petite Meller – Baby Love |
35. PINS – Trouble |
Dark, brooding sounds with a hint of groove thrown in for good measure.
34. ZHU – Generationwhy |
33. Busty and the Bass – Stages (Don’t Know Why) |
32. Fickle Friends – Swim |

31. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic | Real good vibes that makes me bust out the white boy moves.
30. Kishi Bashi – Say Yeah | Glitchy electronics paired up with smooth, sensual sounds.

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29. Ady Suleiman – What’s the Score |
28. Gallant – Weight in Gold |
27. The 1975 – Love Me |
These guys surprise with a funk-influenced banger. OHH!
26. SURGEONS IN HEAT – You Never Know |
25. Her – Five Minutes |
A sexy song with an accurate timeframe. Not speaking from experience.
24. Metronomy – Old Skool |
23. No Hot Ashes – Goose | One for the future, but not heard from them in a while. Where they at?
22. Donny Benét – Working Out |
21. Mayer Hawthorne – Love Like That | MH croons his way into one of his catchiest singles ever.
20. Nick Leng – Drivers |
19. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me |

18. The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra | Easily one of the most fun singles of 2016.
17. Spencer Ludwig – Right Into U | Sexy saxophones horn themselves into the top half of the list.
16. Iggy Pop – Sunday |
15. Drake – One Dance |
You can’t deny, it’s a great song.
14. Kid Bloom – Lately It Feels Alright |
13. HONNE – Someone That Loves You |
12. Phlake – Pregnant | FINALLY. A sexy song about pregnancy. Yass.
11. Viola Beach – Boys That Sing | RIP.

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10. Diskopunch – Fire | An Indie number steeped in sketchy guitar riffs, slick melodies and a chorus that absolutely knocks you for six. It’s ridiculously catchy.

09. Falcon Punch – Higher | Soft piano chords, shimmering cymbals and a vocal hook that immediately sets the tone. Turn down the lights, light some scented candles, it’s time to get down.

08. White Denim – Stiff | An infectiously catchy track with seriously noodle-y guitars, bluesy vocals and an undeniable sense of quality throughout. It’s fun, and in a year filled with horribleness it’s the sort of thing we need to break away from reality.

07. Radiohead – Burn the Witch | A strong return for Radiohead sees them drop their biggest single since 2007. Pummelling strings and an overwhelming sense of unease swoons this track alongside Thom Yorke’s forever drawling vocals. Superb single.

06. Weezer – Thank God For Girls | For a track that references a cannoli it’s pretty good. The whole religion theme paired up with Weezer’s forever lovestruck formula makes for some brilliant layering, and the solid rock instrumental helps propel it into becoming one of Weezer’s best singles of the past decade.

05. Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions | TDCC have been steadily reforming themselves into a Poppier stance over the past couple records, and Bad Decisions is their hit for the change. Effortlessly groovy guitar riffs, synths and wonderful falsetto makes for easy listening.

04. Sports – Someone You’d Rather Be Dating | A heartbreakingly honest tune about having the “breakup chat” with somebody. Resigned to knowing that your SO would rather be with somebody else, Sports dazzle this track with bold basslines, echoed synths and a chorus that drearily slips it’s way into your heart.

03. Childish Gambino – Redbone | Donald Glover shifted into a funkadelic vibe for his new record, and that decision has gifted us with Redbone. Silky smooth synthesisers provide a solid backdrop for a ridiculously sexy guitar lead and vocals that shift and swoon their way into the bedroom. An excellent track, and one that always warrants an attempt to match Donald’s awesome pitch range.

02. David Bowie – Blackstar | While the world lost an icon, the galaxy gained a Blackstar. David Bowie’s swansong came in the form of a record that once again astounded the world into just how creative this man was. Blackstar is no exception, combining all sorts of elements together to produce something that’s steeped in ominous foreshadowing, moody synths and pulsating basslines. Bowie’s strained vocals only add to the eventual context that quickly followed the release of the album, and this single perfectly illustrates his formulas and sound throughout his illustrious career.

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01. Anderson .Paak – Am I Wrong | The main thing I like to hear in music is groove. If a song has a sweet bassline or a beat that seeps into the hips then I’m gonna like it. This track goes way beyond that however, as Anderson .Paak delivers the best single of the year.

Am I Wrong immediately gets things underway with an atmosphere that’s destined for the dancefloor, creating a beat that could make even myself look good dancing. The instrumentation is packed with hints of percussion, solid drumming, synths, guitars and a bassline that scatters itself amongst the sound. It’s tempo maintains a pace that allows everybody to get involved, and it succeeds in it’s purpose to put a smile on everybody’s faces.

It’s an excellent tune and one that will be repeated whenever somebody needs to have a good time, and arguably, that’s the biggest thing we ask from Music.

An Interview With | Mytacism Music

Last week we did something a little different and interviewed a fellow music blogger. Oh no! Was that the right thing to do? Had we just given a bunch of free buzz to a competitor? A rival??!? Goodness gracious! Nah it was great, and Jeff from Eclectic Music Lover is a little sweetheart and considering how very well detailed his answers were it was an absolute pleasure. This week we’ve had An Interview With another music blog which I’m a huge fan of: Mytacism Music. Another music blog determined to showcase the good stuff and throw shade on saying anything negative is what makes the world a happier place, especially in music. Emily from MM is a superb writer and is killing it on the daily Song of the Day’s so once again, it’s our pleasure to ask her some questions. Please enjoy, and check out and support Mytacism Music because it’s a great source of getting good taste.

Hey Emily, how’s it going? Hey! I’ve just discovered how amazing Eagulls are and currently have their album Ullages on repeat so I guess I’m pretty good.

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Terra Lightfoot – All Alone | Single Review

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People have some badass names y’know? Burt Macklin, Felix Baumgartner, Josh Homme, Mother Teresa and now Terra Lightfoot, a singer songwriter signed to Sonic Unyon Records. This is her new single All Alone from her record ‘Every Time My Mind Runs Wild’ and with the video of her playing the guitar on her own, it’s all very fitting indeed.

All Alone is a track that combines sturdy, fuzzy power chords with little sprinkles of melody thanks to some expert finger picking and the occasional pinkie contribution on the higher strings too. This forms a sound that perfectly captures the heartfelt emotion of being all alone, which is driven wonderfully by Terra’s powerful vocals. The odd bluesy lick is thrown in for good measure, providing a main hook for the track to suddenly become embedded in your music taste. It’s a good little listen for those wanting a bit of depth to their music.

10 Bands | to Look Out For in 2017

One of the best things about music is hearing new artists tipped to “be” something in the near future. Whether it’s through years of hard graft and touring like a mothahfuckah before finally releasing a single, or recording a set of bedroom jams and releasing it to the Internet or simply releasing a debut single that gets everybody excited, there are gonna be bands featured on a lot of “LOOK OUT FOR THESE GUYS” or “NEXT BIG THING” lists who might succumb to the pressure or rise from the expectation like glorious Phoenixes. Below are 10 particularly acts we believe are gonna make some waves within the next year, no pressure guys. Who are your favourite discoveries? Let us know below.

KID BLOOM | Having been responsible for the releases of two solid singles, Kid Bloom are certainly going to make some more noise in 2017. From the hard rocking sounds of ‘Lately It Feels Alright’ to the smooth kiss of ‘Electric U’, the band from the USA have given themselves a great start in introducing themselves to the world. Their debut EP A Different State of Mind showcased five tracks that revelled in a sound steeped in nostalgic goodness and a slice of modern touch to create material full of hooks and accessibility, marking the start of what should be a solid career.

KASSASSIN STREET | Since 2015 these guys have been maintaining a steady stream of momentum by dropping hit after hit. With songs like ‘Radio Silence’, ‘Hand In My Pocket’ becoming their biggest so far, they’re backed up by a discography that revels in the band’s knack to produce some entertainingly good instrumentals. Last single ‘Do or Die’ is another solid reminder that they’re close to releasing something good, and I’m hoping that comes in the form of a debut album in 2017.

CORTES | Cortes have been doing things a little differently as a new band. Usually social media profiles are made, singles are released and an introduction is made, but they had none of that going on by the time they received radio play. Their demo track ‘Facing My Fear’ was being played on the radio while there was no official release, no Facebook page and nothing on Twitter either, but have managed to get themselves sorted for this year.

Their new single is ‘Facing My Fear’ and everything’s a lot more professional this time round. With hard hitting riffs, tons of suspense and a big payoff in the form of a stonking chorus, Cortes reveal that they know how to create a banging track. They’re set to release their debut EP early next year, and I cannot wait to hear it.

SLUMBERS | Anybody that gets me thinking about sleep is good in my book, so when female trio Slumbers burst onto the scene I was stoked. Their debut single ‘Battle’ was a sleepy-eyed listen full of hooks and reasons to get excited for this new act, and fortunately their debut EP Come Over was also very good too, so it’d be nice for them to add a little more to their short discography in 2017.

HOWLIE | A particular favourite of mine. Howlie arrived in my inbox with an email detailing all of his intimate songs topics, bedroom recording sessions and all of the sweetness in the world. I fell in love with this guy’s simple but hard hitting music, and loved the laid back vibes of his “man and guitar” formula. It’d be great to see him release an official single or an EP in 2017.

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HEAT | Having just recently featured as part of our Song of the Week series, we did mention that it was “time to add them to list of bands to look out for in 2017” and well, now it’s confirmed. The release of new single ‘Lush’ brought forth an intense display of Shoegaze and Pop elements all wrapped up in a pretty package that it sparked a lot of excitement for the release of the band’s new album ‘Overheat’, set to be released in January next year.

ID IOTA | These guys are possibly the reason why our An Interview With series took off, as their wonderful answers provided a lot of information and reasons why it’s best to let other people do the talking on this blog. Id Iota are a band from Canada who released their debut EP Maudlin Fair  earlier this year and made a huge fan out of me, as their blend of grunge and rock music provided a lot of entertainment over the course of four tracks, warranting repeated listens throughout the day. I’m hoping to hear from these babies soon – my inbox was waiting.

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BLEEKER | It’s probably a bit selfish to demand more music from people but Bleeker are set to release their debut album Erase You in February. Having blown my mind with the release of their single ‘Where’s Your Money’ earlier in the year, I have been obsessed with having more of their QOTSA-tinged rock and roll music in my eardrums.

NO HOT ASHES | With the release of ‘Goose’ earlier this year came a lot of buzz and attention about these boys. No Hot Ashes made us fangirl extremely hard over this single way back in April, but there has been little else from them since. Where you at No Hot Ashes? We miss you.

MOUSE SUCKS | There’s not really much else I need to say to explain why we need to hear more from this guy. Just…read the justatethebootyandifeelgreat EP review and you’ll know…trust me, you’ll know.