Top 50 of 2016: Part 5 (10-1)

10. Wintersleep – The Great Detachment Release date: March 4, 2016  After the growing success of their previous discography, Wintersleep set out to create a spirited and more organic effort by recording live-off-the-floor. The result: their best record yet. Their energy on stage and sonic presence was almost perfectly transposed into The Great Detachment. Anyone can fill an album with sound and effects, but Wintersleep feverishly stitch together percussion, guitars, keys, bass, and lead singer Paul Murphy’s grizzly vocals into a quilt of rhythm and melody.   Favourite track: “Amerika” 9. Glass Animals…

Top 50 of 2016: Part 4 (20-11)

20. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! Release date: December 2, 2016  Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive. I personally find it refreshing, especially since there has been this sudden surge in the last few years of rebranding of ’70s and ’80s funk, and Glover does his part to do something different. With enough wah-wah…

Top 50 of 2016: Part 3 (30-21)

30. Run The Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 Release date: December 25, 2016  Hip-hop power-duo El-P and Killer Mike spent most of 2016 riding the success of last year’s RJT2, while also teasing fans and hinting at third album sometime in the future. And along with Santa Claus’ arrival bringing gifts, the veteran pair left their third instalment under the trees of fans with a free download on Christmas morning. Sneaking their way onto the Top 50, Run the Jewels have held on to their hard-hitting combination. With El-P once again…

Top 50 of 2016: Part 2 (40-31)

40. Weezer – The White Album Release date: April 1, 2016  Just like the good ol’ days when Weezer would name their albums after a colour, they’ve also returned to their earlier sound of upbeat four-chord rock and unbeatable hooks. It’s not as good as their pre-Red Album work, but it’s right up there with their 2014 record Everything Will Be Alright in the End. White Album is a record that goes down easy, doesn’t make you question their sanity (too much), and can be blasted with the windows down in the middle of the…

Top 50 of 2016: Part 1 (50-41)

It’s been quite a rollercoaster ride for 2016. Although there have been many (a few too many) downfalls this year in a variety of ways, and loss was high this year, there was still a lot to be thankful for and excited about from the past twelve months. The music world gained quite a collection of fantastic albums this year – hip-hop, electronic, rock, folk, and more have taken over this year’s Top 50 list and are cozying up to being some of my favourite albums of all-time. But with every…

In No Particular Order: December 9 – 31, 2016

Well, you’ve stumbled upon the final In No Particular Order of 2016. It also happens to be the shortest version of INPO you’ll find this year, since there are more exciting things in the works. Like, perhaps, the Top 50 Albums of 2016 and all the fun to go along. So these are basically the last few picks of the year for me, so thank you to everyone who is reading this and has read any in the past! Feel free to browse through some of the older posts here,…

Album Releases: Week of December 16, 2016

Injury Reserve – Floss (Hip-hop) White Spaces – Slow Steady (Indie rock/shoegaze) Kid Cudi – Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ (Hip-hop) Omar Rodríguez-López – Some Need It Lonely (Indie rock) Michael Angelakos [Of Passion Pit] – Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields (Holiday) Few Nolder – Ace of Space EP (Electronica) Rebel Kind – Just for Fools (Indie rock/Garage noise) Call of the Void – AYFKM EP (Deathhore) Cattle – Nature’s Champion (Noise-rock) The Funeral Portrait – A Moment of Silence (Metalcore) Little Simz – Stillness in Wonderland (Hip-hop) Aaron Rose – Elixir EP (Hip-h0p) The Lox – Filthy America… It’s Beautiful (Hip-hop) Gucci Mane…

Dune Rats – Scott Green (Official Music Video)

Australian stoner-rock trio Dune Rats are releasing their sophomore album The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit on February 3rd, and from the record, the rambunctious band have shared the lead single “Scott Green” through a wild, interactive music video. The music video takes the viewer on an adventure through a criss-crossing house party as you choose your own direction and drugs. Revolving around the song’s hook, the band need your help to solve the mystery of “who’s Scott Green”. Director Mac De Souza explains: “The concept is the band are heading to a…

Album Releases: Week of December 9, 2016

Alternative / Indie / Rock Peter Broderick – Grunewald EP (Composer/Singer-songwriter) The Coral – Holy Mountain Picnic Massacre Blues EP (Alternative experimental rock) Rosie Crow – Rosie Crow (Singer-songwriter/Indie electro-pop) Enemies – Valuables (Indie experimental/math-pop) Future PEERS – Future PEERS (Indie electro-pop/Experimental rock) Jeen – Modern Life (Indie pop) Stove – Is The Meat That Fell Out (Indie lo-fi/Shoegaze) Maria Taylor – In the Next Life (Singer-songwriter) Neil Young – Peace Trail (Singer-songwriter) Electronic The Colorist Orchestra & Emiliana Torrini – The Colorist & Emilíana Torrini (Electro-pop) Eli Keszler – Last Signs of Speed (Jazz/Percussion) Nina Kraviz – Fabric 91 (Electronica/House) Raf Rundell – The Adventures of Selfie Boy, Pt. 1…

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Alright, forget everything you know about hip-hop for a second – and especially forget Childish Gambino’s 2011 record Camp and 2013’s Because the Internet. This is by no means a follow-up to either of his previous releases; even his handful of mixtapes and releases in-between have no real connection to Awaken, My Love!. Instead, Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive.…