It’s that time of the year again guys! Damn, this year has flown by real quick hasn’t it? I didn’t even have time to properly analyze all the music that’s been released this year. I’m writing this while on vacation so forgive me if this piece seems a bit rushed. Anyway, I think 2016 was a quite an incredible year for music. Although I feel underwhelmed by some releases, generally the music released was stellar. If you’re expecting to find Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce or Kanye West on this list then you’re on the wrong list. I’m only mentioning the LPs that really stood out to me and that I feel came out at significant points of these artists’ careers.
Hey peeps, swear I got a problem with myself. I’ve been listening to so much music but I can’t find the time or energy to actually sit down and review it for y’all. But I decided to stop slacking and get my shit together for this particular album. Any of you who listen to my Sound Cloud playlists that I curate every so often have probably seen this guy in a bunch of them. I’ve been hooked to his music all year long. In the current age where literally anyone making music whether in a studio or a bedroom can post their songs online, platforms like Sound Cloud are really where it’s at if you want to discover fresh, experimental and interesting sounds.
When Just a Band announced their 2 year hiatus earlier this year, a lot of fans were reasonably devastated. Blinky Bill promised a debut solo album titled ” “Everyone’s Just Winging It & Other Fly Tales” by the end of the year but a day after his birthday on August 26th he surprised us with a free E.P which was uploaded to Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
The greatly anticipated sophomore album by Frank Ocean is finally here. Frank has officially pulled a Lazarus on us, but he came back better than before. He also released a visual album “Endless” which is impressionistic to say the least. I must say the announcement was underwhelming at first probably because I didn’t even think it was true. Every week there would be a lot of buzz about him dropping the album which turned out to be bullshit. The disappointment would kill me every single time. For us die hard Frank Ocean fans, it’s the end of a long wait…I’m low-key going to miss all the funny memes and trolls though. On a more personal note, “Nostalgia Ultra” got me through a lot of shit in the past so I mean it when I say I needed this album. I actually had to listen to “Channel Orange” one more time before diving wholeheartedly into “Blonde”. It’s safe to say right now that my heart wasn’t ready.
I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to review this album yet it’s one I’ve been bumping on repeat for months now! Perhaps I thought this band is a little too indie for my blog , but it’s good music so why not! Mothxr (pronounced as Mother) is an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve posted about them before but they released their debut album , Centerfold, in February.
British grime artist Skepta just blessed us with his fourth studio album, Konnichiwa. Skepta’s roll of success has been unstoppable lately, and just when I thought it was gonna die down, he brings forth this very solid LP. I predict this album is gonna be a huge hit, not only in the UK but worldwide so if you meet a couple of youngins trying to speak in roadman slang after this then you know the reason.