Words By Dan Ashcroft
Following Monday’s rundown of 2016’s picks, we continue with another handful more than worthy of throwing in as last-minute stocking fillers…
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith // EARS
Bubbling and spacious, this is a brand of ambient electronica set apart from the rest. Her collaboration with the Modern Electronic Chopin, Suzanne Ciani, is also fantastic.
Darkthrone // Arctic Thunder
A suitably fed-back return to form for the black metal pioneers.
Swans // The Glowing Man
Swans’ output since they initially reformed in 2010 has been phenomenal. For a final album in their current incarnation, this two-hour collection of songs is a very appropriate full stop. Or possibly semi-colon.
The Comet Is Coming // Channel The Spirits
Cosmic both in name and nature, this funky psych-jazz trio deserved their Mercury nod for this one.
Tim Hecker // Love Streams
Hecker on form again with shifting, shimmering noises that overlap to create the most wonderful, intangible sounds.
Andy Stott // Too Many Voices
A solid record from Manchester’s best dance producer.
Robert Glasper + Miles Davis // Everything’s Beautiful
As you’d expect, everything’s beautiful on this project, featuring Davis’ voice and trumpet with re-worked versions of his most famous tracks alongside contemporary guest collaborators.