Music of 2016
Compiled across the year, these are my favourite tracks from the albums I liked in 2016. They’re not ranked; just ordered to a nice flow between genres.
Childish Gambino. The track I have picked (Have Some Love) sounds like Parliment/Funkadelic at their absolute best. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering ‘Riot’ contains a sample of ‘Good to Your Earhole’ and ‘Redbone’ is clearly influenced by Bootsy Collins.
The Claypool/Lennon Delirium. I’m not sure why I still expect good things from Les Claypool recordings. It’s been almost 20 years since The Brown Album which is the last consistently great studio album (despite a glimmer of hope in the shape of Purple Onion and Oysterhead). This album suffers from the same issues as the last few solo Claypool albums - the recording quality isn’t great, and where Les/Sean have decided to handle the drums themselves the playing doesn’t match the standard of the other instruments.
You can always rely on Les Claypool for one thing though: No matter how average the studio album, the live shows that follow will be exceptional. I’ve not been able to see any of this album performed live but the recordings are excellent, especially with King Crimson and Pink Floyd covered flawlessly.
André 3000’s verse (which makes up the entire track) on Frank Ocean - Solo (Reprise) is probably the best 79 seconds of vocals all year.