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November 2018
Feature

The Albums of the Year 2016

The definitive list of the best 50 albums of 2016, apart from the ones we forgot.
Published: 9:33 am, December 20, 2016
The Albums of the Year 2016
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Make a list of the best albums of the year, they said. Everyone does it, they said. What's the worst that could happen? In a year where at least the music kept up its end of the bargain, here's fifty albums worth your attention. Be it because they're fun, exciting, important, smart or just plain brilliant - dive in.


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}
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I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]How do you define the voice of a generation when you can’t even define the generation itself? Enter The 1975 and Dork’s Album Of The Year, ‘I Like It When You Sleep...’

For The 1975 life is messed up, glorious and heartbreaking all at the same time. They chronicle real life and scrapes we all get into. They represent modern pop culture and all the craziness that it entails but in a way that is deeply human. This is the album where Matty Healy bares his soul like never before, and takes his band to the next level in every conceivable way.

It’s a statement album. The sound of a band unabashed and unafraid to revel in and rub people’s noses in their own ridiculousness, like on opening banger ‘Love Me’.

Across its 16-track excessiveness, it represents the band in all their brilliance. The production is crisp and on point, while the songs are strong and incisive. Where it’s really special though, is in the finer points: the details that mark The 1975 out as a band to treasure.



In many ways the album is a sequel in the truest sense, nothing the band do is ever in isolation and their entire career is one long increasingly compelling story. See for example Matty wistfully remembering the girl that, ‘used to have a face straight out of a magazine’ before lamenting that he ‘never found love in the city’ in one of numerous brilliant call backs to their debut album. The 1975 are smart, and they know that this stuff matters.

Adoration is key to Matty’s psyche. He revels in it but also finds it a bit scary. On this album he goes deep into his soul and questions his very being, but he does it in a way that’s very self-aware. By the end you’re fully invested and full of compassion as he relates the feeling of hopelessness and desolation prompted by the death of a loved one and cruelness of illness on heartbreaking duo ‘Nana’ and ‘She Lays Down’. The 1975 have more bangers than anyone, but their softer side is what makes them really special.

2016 will be remembered for many pretty horrible reasons but by far the most cheering event was the elevation of Matty Healy to true icon status. Think of the outfits, the hair, the posturing and the posing and one thing is certain: this was The 1975’s year. Martyn Young[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]2[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Skepta
Konnichiwa
If there’s a record that signifies ground-moving punk defiance in 2016, then it’s ‘Konnichiwa’. After years of anticipation, Tottenham’s finest delivered his state of the nation address, and it was nothing short of spectacular. From trading sharp barbs on ‘Lyrics’ and ‘Corn On The Curb’, delivering knockout blows on ‘Shutdown’ and ‘That’s Not Me’, or thriving with confidence on ‘Crime Riddim’ and ‘It Ain’t Safe’ - ‘Konnichiwa’ is not only a landmark album for 2016, but a turning point in modern British culture. Nothing will be the same from here on out.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]3[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Christine & The Queens
Chaleur Humaine
‘Chaleur Humaine’ is the perfect tonic for 2016, finding a home with the depths of darkness and fear by shining brighter than any beacon ever could. Across twelve tracks, Héloïse Letissier introduces the world to Christine and the Queens, gliding over lush and infectious electro-pop highs and seizing the crown of pop royalty with ease. In ‘Tilted’, she not only brought back the pure joy of pop, but redefined what a star is in 2016 with a remarkable and life-affirming record.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]4[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To
Only one band truly captured youthful abandon in 2016, and that was Spring King. ‘Tell Me If You Like To’ is a bristling collection of sweet pop nuggets, ripped with a primal urgency that grabs you and holds you close from start to finish. It breathes from the melodic swoons of ‘The Summer’ to ‘Detroit’ and its moshpit inciting rush, and more than anything manages to capture the raw magic of being in a band and enjoying life to the fullest. There’s no filters, no pretending - and that’s where the true beauty of it all lies.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]5[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Bon Iver
22, A Million
For a while, it seemed that another Bon Iver record was just a distant daydream rather than a reality, but that changed with ’22, A Million’. A succinct and powerful blending of folk, electronica, distorted flourishes and dark blues - it’s Justin Vernon’s most direct and all-encompassing LP to date. Spiritual in places but emotional throughout, ’22, A Million’ is the sort of record that’ll provide comfort and hope for years to come, and for that it’s nothing short of stunning.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]6[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]David Bowie
Blackstar
This final release from one of music’s brightest and boldest stars was the perfect swan song. Inspired by everything, including his own apparent oncoming death, ‘Blackstar’ was his last stand and it couldn’t have been more apt. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]7[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Frank Ocean
Blonde
‘Blond’. ‘Blonde’. Whichever. In 2016 Frank Ocean dropped two albums, and built a staircase. What did you achieve? Exactly.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]8[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Beyonce
Lemonade
Striking out of nowhere with a video concept album that united the world with cries of “Slay!” and “Queen Bey”, ‘Lemonade’ made sure everyone remembered why Beyonce is such a powerful and prominent figure in both music and culture.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]9[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Daughter
Not To Disappear
Stunning, enchanting and staggeringly beautiful, ‘Not To Disappear’ is a glorious and heart-rendering record that places Daughter firmly in the upper leagues of acclaimed genius. If you’re not holding back waves of emotion, you’re in awe of the moment where they became an entity of intangible significance.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]10[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
Whenever Radiohead release something it’s a big deal, but nobody expected just how powerful and gripping ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ would be. One of the most complete and breath-taking albums of their career, it once again proved that Radiohead are still leading the pack when it comes to the ultimate artistic album.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]11[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Shura
Nothing's Real
The glorious world of Shura burst into life with ‘Nothing’s Real’, a true kaleidoscopic journey into the mind of a future-pop svengali. It’s vulnerable, euphoric and a fully-formed portrait of an artist flourishing before our eyes, and no matter what - you can’t turn away.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]12[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Kaytranada
99.9%
When the Canadian producer stepped into the limelight, boy did he seize it. Sounding like the product of an international diet of beats, bass and boogie - 99% is a transcendent descent into the highs of liberating dance that’s as welcoming as it is essential.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]13[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Honeyblood
Babes Never Die
Loud, fun and with an aura that makes you wish you could be in their gang, ‘Ready For The Magic’ is the clear-cut statement of everything Honeyblood stand for. It’s a record that spills straight into your head, full of unmistakable hooks and moves - and before long has your heart too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]14[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Kanye West
The Life Of Pablo
Only Kanye West could release an album and then keep re-releasing with constant changes. Both powerful and self-aware, ’TLOP’ gave Kanye an outlet for his personal life while remaining filled with impressive guest appearances and memorable lyrics. ‘Famous’, anyone?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]15[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Tegan & Sara
Love You To Death
They’d been teasing it for a while, but ‘Love You To Death’ was finally the moment Tegan & Sara became a larger than life pop force to be reckoned with. ‘U-Turn’, ‘Boyfriend’ and ‘Stop Desire’ are just a trio of hits that make it a record of absurd brilliance.e.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]16[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Whitney
Light Upon The Lake
Like sipping a glass of iced lemonade on a boiling hot porch, ‘Light Upon The Lake’ is the sort of record destined to cool you off after a long day. Drenched in smooth and wistful Americana, it catapulted Whitney into the big leagues and the album into many a record collection. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]17[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Glass Animals
How To Be A Human Being
Bursting like a box of frogs, ‘How To Be A Human Being’ is packed with edges, flourishes and destinations that refuse to play any corner by half-chances. It’s an international line in the sand, as shown with the monumental ‘Life Itself’, that confirms just how needed Glass Animals are right now.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]18[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]The Lemon Twigs
Do Hollywood
A dizzying tumble through glam, power pop and technicolour baroque’n’roll, the D’Addario duo’s 4AD debut packed more harmonies, instruments and madcap ideas into its forty-three minutes than almost anything else this year. “Is 2016 a bit of a struggle?”, they asked. “Then why not join us back in 1974?” Why not, indeed?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]19[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Jamie T
Trick
Jamie T burst back into shot a few years ago, but with ‘Treat’ he well and truly returned to form. A record that managed to juggle the harrowing depths of ‘Carry On The Grudge; with the gritty urgency of ‘Panic Prevention’ - it’s the sound of a man with his hands firmly back on the steering wheel.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]20[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Chance The Rapper
Coloring Book
No record this year may be as important as ‘Coloring Book’. A masterpiece that’s been on the cards for a number of years, it cements Chance The Rapper in an elite group of names who can take any genre and make it theirs. A gospel offering from a holy trailblazer.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]21[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Panic! At The Disco
Death Of A Bachelor
Who’d of thought that Brendon Urie had this in him. Taking the reigns firmly in his hands, ‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is a bonkers re-introduction that opens Pandora’s box through Jungle Book swing, late-night croons and explosive arena rock to leave the greatest album of his career so far.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]22[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Mystery Jets
Curve Of The Earth
Expecting summery indie strums? Think again. With ‘Curve Of The Earth’ taking Mystery Jets into space-sized orbits that overlook us all. With the panoramic screens of tracks like ‘Telomere’, ‘1985’ and ‘The End Up’ ringing out, it sits as a record you’ll be going back to again and again.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]23[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
After Carly Rae and Frank Ocean, ex-Vampire Weekender Batmanglij brought his production smarts to bear on this timeless, woozily charming collection. July’s lead single ‘A 1000 Times’ is worth the entry price alone, but stay for the raggedly glorious ‘Rough Going’, waltzing wedding speech ‘The Bride’s Dad’ and dazzling closer ‘1959’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]24[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Two Door Cinema Club
Gameshow
Revitalised and unrestricted, entering Two Door’s ‘Gameshow’ is a thrilling ticket through disco, pop, indie and electronica merged into one delectable cocktail. Shimmering brighter than ever, it’s a record that oozes swagger and an attitude that’ll have them heading up the biggest stages and venues around the globe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]25[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Wild Beasts
Boy King
Strutting and dripping with neon-lit sex appeal, ‘Boy King’ was one of the head-turning returns of the year. Brooding and menacing with synth-laden licks and underground vibrations, it found Wild Beasts once again doing what they do best. Reinventing and refreshing everything around them.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]26[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]JAWS
Simplicity
Returning sure of themselves and in mesmeric wrapping, ‘Simplicity’ is the coming of age record that defines what JAWS can be for many years to come. Stunning portraits are painted with the likes of ‘What We Haven’t Got Yet’ and ‘Just A Boy’, ushering in shoegazed indie glory like never before.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]27[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]SWMRS
Drive North
Loud, proud and more direct than a Leicester City counter attack, SWMRS’ assault on 2016 was so complete they even scored their way onto scene-king label Fueled By Ramen. This story isn’t run yet.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]28[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Weezer
Weezer
Weezer’s return to form was so miraculous that it was almost enough to forgive ‘Raditude’. Almost. Back to their very best, their previous full-length ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’ knew it all along.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]29[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Muncie Girls
From Caplan To Belsize
Muncie Girls know what’s going on. Bursting out of the UK underground with a batch of catchy-as-fuck bangers with a message, they needed no help to claim their turf.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1482142467959{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]30[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Milk Teeth
Vile Child
Another of UK rock’s new breed of heroes, Milk Teeth started the year buzzing and ended it ready for a second assault. In ‘Vile Child’ they’ve released an album that has more tricks than a Hogwarts graduate, but parties far, far harder.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482160404835{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]31[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Mitski
Puberty 2[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482160167941{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]32[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Car Seat Headrest
Teens Of Denial[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482157766561{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]33[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Weaves
Weaves[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482157672147{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]34[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Angel Olsen
My Woman[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482157631054{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]35[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]White Lung
Paradise[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482156979061{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]36[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482156965557{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]37[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Frank Iero & The Patience
Parachutes[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482155142869{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]38[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Let's Eat Grandma
I, Gemini[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482155016274{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]39[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Deap Vally
Femejism[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482154902009{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]40[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Black Foxxes
I'm Not Well[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482153580727{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]41[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Blood Orange
Freetown Sound[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482153505297{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]42[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Moose Blood
Blush[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482153288135{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]43[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Tacocat
Lost Time[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482153052742{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]44[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Doe
Some Things Last Longer Than You[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482152391353{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]45[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Yak
Alas Salvation[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482151768726{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]46[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Eagulls
Ullages[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482151656744{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]47[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Blossoms
Blossoms[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482151482503{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]48[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Bat For Lashes
The Bride[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle" css=".vc_custom_1482150515775{margin-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-width: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 25px !important;border-bottom-color: #0a0a0a !important;border-bottom-style: solid !important;}[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]49[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Oscar
Cut And Paste[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column width="1/6[vc_column_text]50[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width="5/6[vc_row_inner equal_height="yes" content_placement="middle[vc_column_inner width="1/4[vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width="3/4[vc_column_text]Savages
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