We gave you numbers 25 through to 11 last week, now it’s time for the bottom half of our top ten
10 : Saint Etienne Home Counties is one of our most listened to albums this year, and Saint Etienne would have score even higher if more than just one of the trio lived in the city. Pete Wiggs is also half of The Séance DJ duo alongside James Papademetrie, and have just released a track called Chetwynd Haze on compilation All The Merry Year Round for the experimental music site A Year In The Country.
9 : Alien Stadium
There was a period when I was younger when supergroup was a dirty word – a sign of excess and mutual back slapping. However, Living in Elizabethan Times – The Super Furry Animals-esque aliens-are-watching concept mini-album made by Steve Mason and Primal Scream’s Martin Duffy – doesn’t overstay it’s welcome with only four tracks, and sounds like two world class musicians making the music that they want to make, free of the constraints of delivering a dozen three minute songs to make an album for a record label.
8 : Porridge Radio
Technically Porridge Radio’s album Rice, Pasta and Other Fillers originally came out in last year, but it’s vinyl pressing only came out in March and the number of barnstorming gigs they’ve played this year have earned them a place in our top ten.
7 : Dog in the Snow
Helen Brown’s debut album Consume Me was released in very busy autumn for her. As well as her own launch shows, she’s also been part of the touring band for Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizon’s project.
6 : Physics House Band
Physics House Band are one of those local acts I’d implore everyone to see live, simply to marvel at their musicianship and incredible talent. On top of that they’ve had a fantastic album out this year – Mercury Fountain which came out in April.
Making end of year lists is tough, especially for us. No, hear us out – this isn’t just some sob story. Most of the bands we write about are just starting out, so haven’t had albums out yet – should they be lower down the list or even omitted because they haven’t put out a long player? And conversely what about the bands who have released an album – surely they shouldn’t be higher in the list by default. And what about the more established bands – should we be including them at the expense of smaller bands? And how are we going to get around the fact that bands with more recent release or live dates are nearer the front of our mind than those who put records out at the start of the year? It’s a metaphorical minefield, so our list is rather arbitrary. It could easily have been twice as long, and as usual we’ve gone for bands rather than tracks or albums to get around it. Here’s numbers 25 through to 11:
So Rob always has his top ten Brighton albums of the year and it’s always very good and there are usually one or two overlaps with Jon’s but they’re never the same, so in the spirit of diversity and a reflection of the excellent year 2016 has been for music, Jon thought he’d drop a few Rob failed to mention and which happen to be top of his list. Continue reading →
Our favourite band this year is one that haven’t released a whole album, but have put out two thirds of one. Fujiya and Miyagi have however put out EP1 and EP2, with a promise of EP3 in the new year, with the tracks from the three releases coming out on a self titled album. When we interviewed David Best earlier this year, he spoke about Feeling really good about the band, and listening to the EPs it’s easy to hear why – from the funky Seratonin Rushes through to the arpeggiated electro of Extended Dance Mix, the band have never sounded better. But it’s not just musically that they’re on top form. The lyrics of Extended Dance Mix are as self deprecating and witty as anything they’ve put out, and To The Last Beat of My Heart rhymed Jupiter with Stupider which is surely equal to Hal David rhyming “pneumonia” with “phone yer”. We can’t wait to hear EP3.
At number two in our list is Fear of Men, who released their second album Fall Forever back in June and shifted away from their more indie guitar based roots into more ethereal territory. Despite only playing a couple of gigs in Brighton in 2016 Fear of Men have been on the road for most of the year touring America twice and spending a lot of time in Europe too.