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2016 - The best music releases - Part Two

Thursday 22nd December 2016

2016 has been a year of highs and lows and while we lost some greats (Bowie, Cohen, Prince), musically 2016 has been exceptional. Below is part two of two for what Fred Perry Subculture has crowned 2016's 20 best musical moments. The list appears in no specific order.

In case you missed it, read part one here.

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression (Album)

Iggy Pop's 23rd Studio album and 17th as a solo artist (staggeringly impressive numbers by anybody's standards), is the first made with Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, and later enlisting the aid of his QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertitia and Arctic Monkeys Matt Helders.

At the time of its release we posed the question - Did Punk start with The Stooges?

Viola Beach - Viola Beach (Album)

The tragic loss of one of indie pop's brightest stars was made bittersweet when the band's family members released an album of their songs to celebrate their lives and it went straight to #1 on the official albums chart. Coldplay also made a suiting tribute by covering 'Boys That Sing' during their headline set at Glastonbury Festival.

Charles Bradley - Changes (Album)

The Brooklyn-based undisputed current king of soul released his eagerly awaited third album this year and it did not disappoint. It's critical response had him being likened to legends such as Al Green and James Brown.

The XX - Hold On (Single)

In November electro-indie outfit the XX made a triumphant return with their single 'Hold On'. The single signals a more diverse and energetic direction on album number three which is called 'I See You' and is due out in January 2017. 

Black Honey - Headspin (EP)

The Brighton outfit fronted by the enigmatic Izzy dropped this EP back in April, a record that has us even more eagerly awaiting a debut album. Check out some exclusive live videos of Black Honey performing at SubcultureLive back in 2015 here.

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool (Album)

Thom Yorke and co returned to release their first album in 5 years to widespread acclaim. The addition of previously unreleased fan-favourite 'True Love Waits' had fans (and some critics) musing on whether this could be Radiohead's last ever album.

Trampolene - Divided Kingdom (Single)

This single from October was described as "a pissed off paean to post-Brexit Britain". It's been a good year for Jack Jones, performing his poetry in support of The Libertines arena tour and playing lead guitar in Pete Doherty's solo band the Puta Madres. See more of Trampolene here or check out our playlist and interview with Jack Jones here.

Skepta - Konnichiwa (Album)

The long awaited 4th album from grime pioneer Skepta which won the Mercury Prize this year. An album which cemented Skepta as a stalwart and leader of the genre as it continues to pick up momentum beyond Britain on an international stage.

Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (Album)

The Rolling Stones first album of new music in over decade took the rock n roll icons back to their roots - a passion for the blues. A passion that has remained at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones throughout their illustrious career.

Savages - Adore Life (Album)

Post-punk revivalists Savages follow up to 2013's 'Silence Yourself' saw them carve out their own path through the world's new music landscape with their distinctive and intense form of art-rock-noir.

Temples - Certainty (Single)

Temples headlined SubcultureLive for us back in 2014 (see exclusive videos here) and we couldn't have been happier when the neo-psych outfit returned with 'Certainty', the first single from their second album 'Volcano' which is due out in March 2017.

The Big Moon - Silent Movie Susie (Single)

Another band we eyed on our New Noise 2016 piece at the start of the year, The Big Moon released this stomping hook-laden indie rocker earlier this year that had been a live fan favourite for some time. Debut album 'Love In The 4th Dimension' is due to drop April 2017. 

TOY - Clear Shot (Album)

Toy returned with their third LP this year, subtle synths and chiming guitars gave a more polished pop-tinged edge to the psychedelic/shoegaze sound. Check out our playlist interview with bassist Maxim Barron and exclusive video of them performing at Dot To Dot Festival here.

The Amazons - In My Mind (Single)

The Reading rockers released a host of singles this year (Stay With Me, Nightdriving, Little Something) but this is our favourite. All their songs sound like stadium filling sing-alongs, melodic riffs and catchy choruses.

Childish Gambino - Awaken, My Love! (Album)

Donald Glovers latest album see's him shift away from hip-hop and firmly into a realm that you could easily describe as experimental funk and has been described as cosmic soul. Thoroughly progressive, excellently produced and well worthy of a spot on this list.

Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony (Album)

We called the New York trio's debut album an impressive and comprehensive re-invention and stylish updating of American alternative rock crossing over into edgy yet completely accessible indie-pop. 

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