Despite the fact that 2016 has been awful for everything else imaginable, music has really shone through and created at least a bit of unity in a not-so-United Kingdom. Without further ado, here are our favourite tracks of the year, in no particular order.
Alaska – Maggie Rogers
Maggie Rogers certainly doesn’t subscribe to a certain genre, mixing folk and dance music seamlessly with influences from right across the board evident in her music. The Brooklyn-born girl shows serious emotion through performance and with two sold-out dates at Omeara coming up, she looks set to hit 2017 hard in the UK and her native USA.
Freedom – The Shimmer Band
The Shimmer Band sound like the love child of Primal Scream and Oasis and that truly is a wonderful concoction when presented in the form of Freedom. The near 5-minute long anthem of psychedelia shows their credentials as one the best emerging bands in the UK at the moment.
Absence – Marsicans
Leeds four-piece Marsicans are really one of our favourite bands of the year and the title track of their new EP sums up their sound perfectly. Everywhere they go, they blow people’s minds and this track is a must-listen. Catch them next year on tour with Hippo Campus throughout the UK.
Life Itself – Glass Animals
Glass Animals have been dominating 2016 and it really is no wonder as to why; their second album How To Be A Human Being is a masterpiece. Life Itself was the first single released off the album and what a way to start a campaign. African-inspired beats cover the track in typical Glass Animals fashion and with strange sounds aplenty, this track is set to be a classic.
Pastel – Moose Blood
The opening track off of Moose Blood‘s second full length Blush is a memorable one. Its a hard-hitting track from the get-go and is generally a perfect way to open an album of this calibre. Start as you mean to go on, boys.
Wild – Trudy and the Romance
Having been featured in almost every list of bands to watch in 2017, Trudy are primed and ready to smash next year and with tracks like Wild it really is no surprise. A doo-wop jam coming straight from Liverpool/the 50’s, this track should really be in your playlists.
7 – Catfish and the Bottlemen
After yet another prolific year which saw Catfish and the Bottlemen release their second album The Ride as well as headline their first festival in the shape of Liverpool’s Sound City and finally fulfil their dreams of hitting the arenas, including a sold out date at Wembley Arena, there was no way we couldn’t include the opener of their second album 7, which is as anthemic as it is brilliant and all round, the perfect opener.
The Sound – The 1975
2016’s biggest band, The 1975, released The Sound as a single off their critically acclaimed sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep. Featuring one of the most catchy vocal hooks of the century and a fuzz-filled guitar solo t0 die for, this track had to be featured in the top 10 of the year.
Wake Up – Circa Waves
The first offering from the Liverpool quartet‘s second album is a hard hitter and if the rest of the album is anything as good as this 3-minute rout of guitar, heavy drums and melody, 2017’s album of the year may already be decided.
Peace & Love – Vant
In a year that has offered very little positives outside of music and Leicester winning the league, we really do need Peace & Love. That’s exactly what Mattie Vant preaches in this track by Planet Earth inhabitants, Vant. Featuring a different sound to their previous singles, the first track from their debut album Dumb Blood is the perfect song to round up their year.