As another year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on the past years highlights, and lets face it, it’s been a cracking year for music. Here’s the highlights from January 2017.
Produced by Jamie Smith and Rodaidh McDonald, ‘I SeeYou’ is The XX at their boldest yet, performing with more clarity and ambition than ever before.
Oczy Mlody sounds like Syd Barrett meets A$AP Rocky and they get trapped in a fairy tale from the future.
‘Migration’, a record that combines Bonobo’s beautiful, emotive, intricate music with his most credible production work to date.
‘Hang’ features a 40 plus piece symphony orchestra on every track. Trey Pollard from Spacebomb arranged and conducted the orchestral parts, with additional arranging from Matthew E.White.
On ‘Apocalipstick’ the band worked with ‘rock ‘n’ roll wizard’ Joe Chicarelli (White Stripes, The Shins, The Strokes).
Lead singer and guitarist Dylan Baldi maintains simple, admirable standards in quality. “A thing I like to do with all of my records is drive around with them,”
The debut of guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rogers is unconventionally well-formed. Their tightly-wound art punk unspools their anxiety and turns it into something worth celebrating.
Ty Segall keeps you guessing, bracing your skin with a welcome astringency, seeking to stem the bleeding with chunks and splashes of guitar.
Borders is Emptyset ’s Thrill Jockey debut following limited and sold out releases for Raster Norton, Subtext, Future Days and Caravan Recordings.