This Week’s New Releases: Bruce Springsteen, Louis Tomlinson, Christine and the Queens

There are some big names releasing new music this week. The Boss has put out a collection of “15 soul music greats”, Louis Tomlinson has shared his second solo album, and Christine and The Queens have released ‘Redcar les adorables étoiles’, which sees vocalist and songwriter Héloïse Adélaïde Letissier embodying a new character called Redcar.

Head below for more new music.

Aled Jones and Russell Watson – ‘Christmas With Aled and Russel’ (BMG)

Black Eyed Peas – ‘ELEVATION’ (BEP/Epic/Sony)

The Bloody Hell – ‘Nobody Cares’ (The Bloody Hell)

Breanna Barbara – ‘Nothin’ But Time’ (Fuzz Club)

Bright Eyes – ‘Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion’ (Dead Oceans)

Bright Eyes – ‘I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning: A Companion’ (Dead Oceans)

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Only The Strong Survive’ (Columbia)

Cassyette – ‘Sad Girl’ (Devil Land)

Christine and the Queens – ‘Redcar les adorables étoiles’ (Because)

Deux Furieuses – ‘Songs From Planet Earth’ (Xtra Mile Recordings)

EPICA – ‘The Alchemy Project’ (Atomic Fire)

Fenella – ‘The Metallic Index’ (Fire Records)

Fitz and the Tantrums – ‘Let Yourself Free’ (Elektra)

GloRilla – ‘Anyways, Life’s Great…’ (Interscope)

Gold Panda – ‘The Work’ (City Slang)

Guns N’ Roses – ‘Use Your Illusion I & II – Boxset’ (Geffen)

Heather Trost – ‘Desert Flowers’ (Ba Da Bing!)

Larkin Poe – ‘Blood Harmony’ (Tricki-Woo)

Last In Line – ‘A Day In The Life’ EP (earMUSIC)

Louis Tomlinson – ‘Faith In The Future’ (BMG)

Macie Stewart – ‘Mouth Full Of Glass’ (Full Time Hobb)

Man-Made Sunshine – ‘Man-Made Sunshine’ EP (Sony)

Nas – ‘King’s Disease III’ (Mass Appeal)

Nervous Eaters – ‘Monsters + Angels’ (Wicked Cool)

Ocean Tisdall – ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ EP (Universal)

Pengo – ‘Sensei’ EP (Copyright Control/Zombie Recordings)

Perfume Genius – ‘Live at Electric Lady’ (Matador)

Quinn Christopherson – ‘Write Your Name In Pink’ (Play It Again Sam)

Run The Jewels – ‘RTJ CU4TRO’ (Jewel Runners/BMG)

Sarathy Korwar – ‘KALAK’ (The Leaf Label)

S.C.A.B. – ‘S.C.A.B.’ (Grind Select)

Scene Queen – ‘Bimbocore Vol.2’ (Hopeless)

Secret Emchy Society – ‘Gold Country/Country Gold’ (Broken Clover Records)

Symposium – ‘Do You Remember How It Was? The Best Of Symposium (1996-1999)’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Void Of Vision – ‘CHRONICLES III: UNDERWORLD’ (UNFD)

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This Week’s New Releases: Brandi Carlile, Ray BLK, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

What a week! Brandi Carlile has followed up 2019’s ‘By the Way, I Forgive You’, Ray BLK has dropped her debut LP, and Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have put out a collaborative album of Cole Porter covers. It will be the final studio recording from Bennett as the legendary 95-year-old vocalist revealed earlier in 2021 that he has been battling Alzheimer’s Disease.

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The Allergies – ‘Promised Land’ (Jalapeno)

Babymetal – ’10 Babymetal Budokan’ (Cooking Vinyl)

Black Sabbath – ‘Technical Ecstasy – 2021 Remaster’ (BMG/Sanctuary)

Blood Youth – ‘Visions Of Another Hell’ (Rude Records)

Brandi Carlile – ‘In These Silent Days’ (Elektra)

Christine and the Queens – ‘Joseph’ (EP) (Because)

Everyone You Know – ‘Just For The Times’ (Sony)

Four Stroke Baron – ‘Classics’ (Prosthetic)

Gustaf – ‘Audio Drag For Ego Slobs’ (Royal Mountain)

Hans Zimmer – ‘No Time To Die – OST’ (Decca)

Headie One – ‘Too Loyal For My Own Good’ (Relentless/Sony)

The Kondoors – ‘Glorious’ (Fabyl)

Meek Mill – ‘Expensive Pain’ (Maybach/Atlantic)

Ministry – ‘Moral Hygiene’ (Nuclear Blast)

Moist – ‘End Of The Ocean’ (Known Accomplice)

Neil Young – ‘Carnegie Hall 1970’ (Reprise)

Pond – ‘9’ (Spinning Top)

Ray BLK – ‘Access Denied’ (Island)

Roger Taylor – ‘Outsider’ (Nightjar/Universal)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – ‘Bond 25’ (Decca)

The Script – ‘Tales From The Script: Greatest Hits’ (Sony)

Shad – ‘TAO’ (Secret City)

The Specials – ‘Protest Songs 1924 – 2012’ (Island)

Sugababes – ‘One Touch (20th Anniversary Edition)’ (London)

They Fell From The Sky – ‘Decade’ (Say Something)

Tirzah – ‘Colourgrade’ (Domino)

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – ‘Love For Sale’ (Columbia)

YES – ‘The Quest’ (InsideOut)

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Competition Winners: Christine and the Queens/All Points East Tickets

Congratulations to Lydia Kirk, Rebbecca Oddy, Katie Gould, Nicholas Brown, and Alex Goddard, the winners of our recent Christine and the Queens/All Points East tickets competition.

They’ve each won a pair of tickets to see Christine and the Queens headline at All Points East festival in London’s Victoria Park on May 26.

The French singer-songwriter, who released ‘Chris’ last September, will make the step up to festival headliner following sets from a stacked supporting cast, including James Blake, Metronomy, Kamasi Washington, Maribou State, Beach House, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Toro y Moi among others. Head here to buy tickets.

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Things We Love This Week: Panda Bear, James Blake, Christine and the Queens

This week, I learned what krumping is. Why, you ask? I’ll get to that. Patience, young music lover.

Panda Bear – Buoys

I’m not entirely sure why, but I can’t stop looking a French bulldog with human teeth. It’s an image that will haunt me for probably about an hour. The latest video from Noah Lennox, otherwise known as the experimental pop musician Panda Bear, is an… interesting watch.

We all love dogs. There’s nothing new there — but dogs hosting game shows? Someone call HBO! You’ve got yourself a hit TV show.  Beatrice the Frenchie is looking for love in the Danny Perez-directed video, which is full of wacky, ‘70s inspired graphics and colours.

Panda Bear plays Electric Brixton next week. Head here for tickets.

James Blake: ‘Assume Form’ Tour

James Blake kicked off the UK leg of his ‘Assume Form’ tour this week, and I was lucky enough to nab some tickets to the second Bristol show. With songs galore from his new album, as well as audience favourites like Retrograde, The Wilhelm Scream, and Limit To Your Love, he took the O2 Academy’s breath awayI had never felt bass vibrations in my nostrils before, but goddammit James you made it happen.

Although the record has a what feels like hundreds of collaborations on it, Blake didn’t bring anyone on tour with him. He did an excellent job with vocal samples instead. The vibe transcended expectations, ranging in mood from intense and brooding on Mile High, to club-like trance toward the end of Voyeur and back down to earth again with Lullaby For My Insomniac, performed solely on loops, to close.

Blake finishes off the tour with two London dates next week. Head here for tickets.

Christine And The Queens – Comme Si Video

As promised, here is your lesson in krumping. A horrible word that sounds like something your stomach might do after eating something out of date, it actually has a more wholesome definition. It’s a form of street dance popular in the US as a way to express emotions in a non-violent, but equally as powerful way.

So why all the krumping talk? Christine and the Queens can explain through the power of motion picture. Héloïse Letissier is an impressive dancer, and in her latest video, Comme Si, she performs a routine inspired by Orphelia, a painting inspired in turn by the Shakespeare play Hamlet.

Check out the superb video here, then, it’s pretty much a given that you’re going to want to purchase tickets to her All Points East show.

That’s all for now, folks! Tune in next week for another episode of Things We Love This Week, where I’ll be discussing more gigs, videos and tracks. #FridayFeeling

 

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This Week’s Top Tickets: Florence and the Machine, Robbie Williams, Muse, Christine and the Queens, Bring Me The Horizon, BST Hyde Park, All Points East, Jess Glynne, Noel Gallagher, Pete Tong, Anderson Paak, The Script, Teenage Cancer Trust Series, Hall and Oates, Hugh Jackman, Michael Ball and more

Two more headliners have been confirmed for London’s British Summer Time Hyde Park series with Florence and the Machine topping the bill on July 13 followed by Robbie Williams the next day. Over at Victoria Park, meanwhile, Christine and the Queens will headline All Points East on May 26 with Bring Me The Horizon set to perform on May 31.

Other big announcements include a handful of Noel Gallagher summer shows, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra presenting Ibiza Classics at some of the UK’s biggest arenas, Hall and Oates spring dates and the Teenage Cancer Trust concert series’ return to London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Script have also set up their own run of intimate shows in March. There’s also Michael Ball tour dates in April and May plus Hugh Jackman’s debut world tour, which will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at UK arenas next summer.

Florence and the Machine at BST Hyde Park

Florence + the Machine have announced a huge show in London next year, topping the bill at British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13. They will be joined by the National, Lykke Li, Khruangbin and Nadine Shah, with more acts due to be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Robbie Williams at BST Hyde Park

Robbie Williams has announced he’ll return to London for a massive show at next year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park. The X Factor judge, former Take That member and solo artist will top the bill on the Great Oak Stage at London’s Hyde Park on July 14. Tickets are on sale now.

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Muse

Muse have added a show at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium on June 5 to their Simulation Theory world tour, with plans also in place to call at London Stadium on June 1 and Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on June 8. Tickets for the Bristol stop are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Christine and the Queens at All Points East

Christine and the Queens will top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park next spring, making the step up to festival headliner for the first time on May 26. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Bring Me The Horizon at All Points East

The metal giants, who will release ‘Amo’ on January 25, are set to top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park on May 31, alongside Run The Jewels, Nothing But Thieves, Idles, Scarlxrd and Yonaka. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Jess Glynne

Fresh from wrapping up an arena run of her own, and with plans in the diary to open for the Spice Girls on their comeback tour next year, Glynne has lined up stops at Thetford Forest, Delamere Forest, Sherwood Pines Forest, Dalby Forest and Cannock Chase Forest during June and into July. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Noel Gallagher

The former Oasis guitarist will be accompanied by his backing band, the High Flying Birds, at huge summer shows in Cardiff, Norwich, Manchester, Dublin and Exeter during May and June. Tickets go on general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra

Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra have announced a new arena tour for December 2019. Tickets go on general sale at 9.30am on December 7.

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Anderson Paak

Fresh from the release of ‘Oxnard’ the multi-instrumentalist has lined up March shows in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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The Script

The pop-rockers, who released their ‘Acoustic Sessions’ EP earlier this year, will head to Bath, Carlisle, Halifax, Southend and Portsmouth in the build up to a Teenage Cancer Trust date at the Royal Albert Hall in London next March. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Teenage Cancer Trust live series with Rudimental, Take That, Doves, the Script and Levellers

Rudimental will top the bill on March 25 and will be joined by Ghetts, Take That will perform on March 28, Doves will take to the stage for the first time in nine years the following day, the Script will headline on March 30 and the run will end on March 31 with A Beautiful Night Out featuring and curated by Levellers. Supporting acts will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Hall and Oates

The legendary pop duo will head to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April and into May, with tickets on sale at 10am on December 7. Head here for pre-sale tickets.

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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has announced his first world tour. The Man. The Music. The Show. will see the Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winner performing hit songs from The Greatest ShowmanLes Miserables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra at Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena for two dates in early June. Tickets go on general sale at 9am on December 7.

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Michael Ball

Dubbed Coming Home To You, the tour will take the vocalist to Nottingham, York, Glasgow, Hull, Gateshead, Bristol, Liverpool, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Ipswich, Brighton, Southampton, Oxford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Cardiff, Blackpool and Leicester during April and May. Tickets are on sale at 9am on December 7.

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Also announced this week:

Sleaford Mods, Lower Than Atlantis, Taking Back Sunday, James, Circa Waves, The Nightmare Before Christmas Live, Olly Murs, Midnight Oil, the Lounge Kittens, Rudimental, Toto, Gipsy Kings, Kew the Music, Wet Wet Wet, Soak, Sports Team, the Australian Pink Floyd Show, Easy Life, Joyce Manor, Black Peaks, the Coral, the Lemonheads, Stella Donnelly, Clean Cut Kid, Can’t Swim, Young Fathers, Yak, Restorations, Ben Elton and more. Head here for more information and to find your tickets.

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Pre-Sale Tickets: Florence and the Machine at BST Hyde Park, Christine and the Queens at All Points East, Hall and Oates, Kew The Music, Toto, Gipsy Kings and Midnight Oil

Florence and the Machine at BST Hyde Park

Florence + the Machine have announced a huge show in London next year, topping the bill at British Summer Time Hyde Park on July 13. They will be joined by the National, Lykke Li, Khruangbin and Nadine Shah, with more acts due to be announced soon.

Pre-sale opens at 9am on December 6, prior to general sale at 9am on December 7.

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Christine and the Queens at All Points East

Christine and the Queens will top the bill at London’s All Points East festival in Victoria Park next spring, making the step up to festival headliner for the first time on May 26.

Pre-sale tickets are on sale at 9am on December 6 with general sale beginning at 9am on December 7.

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Hall and Oates

The legendary pop duo will play arena shows in Birmingham, London, Manchester and Glasgow during April and into May.

Pre-sale is open now, prior to general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Kew The Music with Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jools Holland, Craig David and Rick Astley

Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean, Jools Holland and Rick Astley have been confirmed to perform at next year’s Kew The Music series in west London next summer. They join Craig David at the series, with further acts to be announced in the coming months.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on December 6 ahead of general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Live at Chelsea with Toto and Gipsy Kings

Toto and Gipsy Kings have been announced for next year’s Live At Chelsea series, with Toto performing at London’s Royal Hospital Chelsea on June 13, followed by a set from Gipsy Kings on June 14.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on Thursday, December 6. General sale starts 24 hours later at 10am on December 7.

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Midnight Oil

As part of a European tour supporting their recent ‘Armistice Day’ live album, the iconic Australian rock band will play June shows in Manchester and Dublin prior to a night at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

Pre-sale opens at 10am on December 6, prior to general sale at 10am on December 7.

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Things We Love This Week: Christine and the Queens, Everything Everything, Estrons

Summer has well and truly gone. We now peer out of the window, watching the rain and wind as it hammers into our grey landscape. It’s the wettest week we’ve ever seen, from the standpoint of water. So why not dry off with some lovely musical things that happened this week?

Christine and the Queens – La Marcheuse

In her latest video, Chris becomes a bullfighter. Or does she? Instead of squaring up to the animal, she whips off her traje de luces and makes friends with it. It follows her around and they have a little cuddle at the end. Heartwarming and wholesome, the warm-hued video captures the mellow indie pop of La Marcheuse. Have a watch to feel some good vibes.

Her new album, ‘Chris’, is out now.

Everything Everything at the Mercury Prize ceremony

I CAN’T GET OVER HIS VOICE. Jonathan Higgs, frontman of the eccentric pop band Everything Everything, has the most mental voice. It’s low, its high, it’s staccato and agitated, but its power really stands out during the exceptionally long notes. Higgs is backed by an exceptionally tight rhythm section and some bright synths, but his voice really takes over everything (everything) about their performance. I love it. They didn’t win (congrats, Wolf Alice), but check out their performance of Night Of The Long Knives from their Mercury-nominated album ‘A Fever Dream’.

Shout out to further nominees Nadine Shah and Everything Is Recorded, too.

Estrons – Body

Estrons have shared another track from their upcoming album, ‘You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough’, which is due on October 5.

Body explores how art has, for too long, set the paradigms for how we should look. Tali Källström, vocalist, said of the new track and its video, that reveals close ups of her body: “It suppresses us, it creates the unreachable which leads humanity into a pit of judgement, self denial and depression. This video is about studying the real. Celebrating yourself. Sexualising yourself, and letting go of the concept of flaws by flaunting who you really are.”

Catch the band touring the UK in November.

Have a fun weekend sheltering from the rain xo

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This Week’s New Releases: Christine And The Queens, Slash And Suede

The bombardment of new albums continues this week. Christine And The Queens, for this record just known as Chris, have released their second LP, Suede have followed up 2016’s ‘Night Thoughts’ and Slash has put out a new solo record featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

Still want more? Head below.

Aborted – ‘TerrorVision’ (Century Media)

Amy Helm – ‘This Too Shall Light’ (Yep Roc)

Beak> – ‘>>>’ (Invada Records/Temporary Residence)

Billy Gibbons – ‘The Big Bad Blues’ (Concord)

Christine and the Queens – ‘Chris’ (Because/Caroline)

Joe Bonamassa – ‘Redemption’ (Provogue/Mascot)

Josh Groban – ‘Bridges’ (Reprise)

Joyce Manor – ‘Million Dollars To Kill Me’ (Epitaph)

Macy Gray – ‘Ruby’ (Mack Avenue)

Mandy Barnett – ‘Strange Conversation’ (Dame/Thirty Tigers)

Metric – ‘Art Of Doubt’ (BMG/MMI/Crystal Math)

Mountain Man – ‘Magic Ship’ (Bella Union)

Mutual Benefit – ‘Thunder Follows The Light’ (Transgressive)

Prince – ‘Piano & A Microphone 1983’ (NPG/Warner Bros)

Say Lou Lou – ‘Immortelle’ (A Deux)

Slash – ‘Living The Dream (featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators)’ (Snakepit/Warner)

Suede – ‘The Blue Hour’ (Warner Bros)

Therapy? – ‘Cleave’ (Marshall Records)

Villagers – ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ (Domino)

Voivod – ‘The Wake’ (Century Media Records)

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Staff Picks: Jennifer Geddes

Albums

Singles

  • Tilted – Christine and the Queens
  • Nobody Speak – DJ Shadow
  • When The Light Gets In – Primal Scream
  • Life Itself – Glass Animals
  • Wedding Singer – Modern Baseball
  • Pool Party – Julia Jacklin
  • Emotions and Math – Margaret Glaspy
  • Shut Up Kiss Me – Angel Olsen
  • Fill In The Blank – Car Seat Headrest
  • Black Man In A White World – Michael Kiwanuka
  • Silly Me – Yeasayer
  • Scattered Ashes – Minor Victories

New Acts

  • The Big Moon
  • Pumarosa
  • Girl Ray
  • Catholic Action
  • Bossy Love
  • Breathe In The Silence
  • Strong Asian Mothers
  • Raye

Live

  • Fickle Friends
  • Appleseed Cast
  • Modern Baseball
  • Pinegrove
  • Pins
  • At The Drive In
  • Meilyr Jones
  • My Name Is Ian

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Staff Picks: Liam Turner

TOP 5 ALBUMS OF 2016

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’

‘I Like It When You Sleep…’ is an overproduced, overwrought and overindulgent mishmash of a thing. So, just how Matt Healey and co. have managed to take such inauspicious ingredients and turn them into the musical equivalent of a moreish Eton mess is all the more mind boggling. Indie-pop has never had it quite so good.

Bon Iver – ‘22, A Million’

Cryptic and convoluted, Bon Iver’s third full-length release may have lacked appeal on paper. However, on ‘22, A Million’ mainman Justin Vernon does what he does best by distilling raw human emotion into a delicate, finely crafted musical experience. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know what the bloody hell he’s on about, only that you feel what it is that he’s saying.

Conor Oberst – ‘Ruminations’

Featuring just a guitar, harmonica, piano and, of course, Oberst’s voice, ‘Ruminations’ is easily one of the most sparse records of 2016. Such minimalism completely works in the record’s favour, though, as we are truly able to focus on the carefully-woven tales of heartbreak and tragedy that Oberst so plaintively tells. Sometimes the simplest music really is the best.

Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Love & Hate’

From the epic grandiosity of opener Cold Little Heart, you know you’re in for a treat with Kiwanuka’s second full-length LP. The album certainly doesn’t hold back in terms of its scope, with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink thrown in. But rather than its scale, its Kiwanuka’s increasing ability to blend sentiment with soul that truly sets ‘Love & Hate’ apart.

David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’

A swansong like no other, ‘Blackstar’ is Bowie’s final gift to the world.The record represents the singer’s unparalleled ability to turn even the most lamentable of circumstances into something worth celebrating, while simultaneously bookending what is an incredibly vast and varied body of work. An artist in the true sense of the word.

Honourable mentions: Radiohead – ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’, Teleman – ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Metronomy – ‘Summer 08’, Green Day – ‘Revolution Radio’, C Duncan – ‘The Midnight Sun’.

TOP 5 SINGLES OF 2016

Francis and the Lights – Friends (feat. Bon Iver)

The 1975 – Somebody Else

Two Door Cinema Club – Bad Decisions

Warpaint – New Song

Christine and the Queens – Tilted

Honourable mentions: The xx – On Hold, VANT – PEACE & LOVE, Blossoms – Charlemagne, Mystery Jets – Bubblegum, Creeper – Suzanne

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