Will anyone ever forget the year 2016?
2016 has been a strange year. Starting off with the death of David Bowie (pictured below) and ending with nobody in the world quite sure what is going it has been a constant journey of ups and downs.
David Bowie seen in the moving video for Lazarus
But still, there has been some excellent music videos created to match this state of confusion; from Bowie to Anohni, there has always been a constant source of inspiration available in the ever-changing climate. Here we do a recap of our favourite videos of the year, good luck 2017 in trying to match some of these...
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Sheeran was named ‘Songwriter of the Year’ in 2015 and this year ‘Bloodstream’ is nominated for ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’.
Ed Sheeran is among this year’s Ivor Novello Award nominees in the Best Song Musically and Lyrically category. The 25-year-old is nominated for his track ‘Bloodstream’ from his 2014 best-selling album x.
Ed Sheeran has received his third Ivor Novello nomination.
Sheeran faces some stiff competition as he is up against protege Jamie Lawson who is nominated for single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’ and Wolf Alice who received a nod for ‘Bros’. It’s Sheeran’s third Ivor Novello nomination after he was named Songwriter of the Year in 2015 and won Best Song Musically and Lyrically for ‘The A Team’ in 2012.
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Andrew Lockwood picks his favourite albums of 2015.
10. Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime'.
A glorious return to top form for Belle & Sebastian. 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' contains all the bands trade mark signatures as well as introducing a few new ones. The generally up beat, playful tone of the album is full of pathos, dark humour and heartfelt musings. This is Belle & Sebastian back to their creative best. With an arty intellect and a wry take on life they have combined some of their most varied musical scores to date with more of their joyous lyrics.
9. Girl Band - 'Holding Hands With Jamie'.
A wake up call that needs to be heard. 'Holding Hands With Jamie' is a shot in the arm; a torrent of musical mayhem and magnificent noise. Distorted and unrelenting, 'Holding Hands..' is an unapologetic onslaught to the senses and a nerve tingling jolt of excitement. A quite brilliant debut.
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Andy Peterson's picks his top albums of 2015
10. King Midas Sound ft. Fennesz- Edition #1
Kevin Martin (AKA The Bug), poet Roger Robinson and singer Kiki Hitomi joined forces with Viennese avant garde composer Christian Fennesz to chart almost certainly the most enveloping travelogue of the year. The journey itself proved deep and magical.
9. Gengahr - A Dream Outside
One of the features on 21st century music is how 2nd and 3rd generation disciples of truly great bands - in this case golden oldies like the Beach Boys and Teenage Fanclub - are managing to make their inspirations sound so cool. London quartet Gehgahr replaced the now departed retro-future outfit Avi Buffalo in our hearts, to great effect.
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The 12 Mercury Music 'Albums of the Year' were announced on Friday morning.
The Mercury Music Prize nominations for 2015 have been announced, and it’s a list with quite a few surprising omissions and inclusions.
The twelve artists fortunate enough to make the select list were announced over the course of Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Radio show on Friday (October 16th), with Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice being the biggest names among the dozen.
Florence’s third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, which reached Number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic earlier this year, is her second nomination after her debut Lungs in 2009, which was beaten by Speech Debelle. Wolf Alice’s first album My Love Is Cool came out in the same month and made Number 2 in the UK, winning rave reviews in the process.
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Jamie xx says working with the hip hop stars is difficult.
Jamie XX, the superstar producer who describes himself as being a wholly introverted child, has spoken of his sharp rise to fame as he readies his second solo album, In Colour. Real name Jamie Smith, the 26-year-old makes up The xx with Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft though he's since become a world renown producer working with some of the world's biggest artists including Drake and Alicia Keys.
Jamie Smith [R] is also part of acclaimed band The xx
"It's hard, really," he told the Guardian. "Hip-hop, in particular, is really difficult because you have to smoke a lot of weed while you're doing it. I mean, I'm happy to say 'no' but, at the same time, you feel like a nerd. Weed doesn't help me at all: it just makes me fall asleep or want to be sick."
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D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join headliners Billy Joel and Mumford & Sons.
More additions have been announced for Bonnaroo 2015 as the June event draws ever closer. D'angelo & The Vanguard, Kacey Musgraves and Songhoy Blues join an already stellar line-up for this 10-stage bonanza, while the full late night sets are also announced.
Adding to a line-up headlined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Billy Joel and London Grammy winners Mumford And Sons are soul collective D'angelo & The Vanguard, young country star Kacey Musgraves and Mali four-piece Songhoy Blues. As usual, the epic festival - which is set to play host to a massive 85,000 music lovers - presents one of the world's most diverse line-ups as it prepares to hit Manchester, Tennessee this summer from June 11th to 14th.
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Jamie xx will release his debut studio album this year.
English music producer Jamie XX has announced he is to release his debut solo album, In Colour, this year. Real name Jamie Smith, who is also a member of acclaimed band The xx, will release the record via the Young Turks label in June.
Jamie xx [R] will release his debut studio album, In Colours, later this year.
In Colour will feature the previously released tracks Girl and Sleep Sound as well as collaborations with xx band-mate Romy Madleu Croft and a track called Seesaw made with the electronic musician Four Tet.
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What can we expect on the third LP from the Mercury Award winning trio?
The XX are a band who have achieved the rare accolade of matching their critical success with a commercial viability after the minimalist electronic strains of 2010’s self-titled record altered the face of popular music forever. Without the prevalence of The XX’s sultry and deeply affecting electro, artists so clearly influenced by their sound would have turned out hugely different than they did today. The likes of James Blake and London Grammar, for instance, would certainly be viewed with wholly different eyes has The XX not impacted so extensively.
Fans can expect a change in direction and mood on the new XX record.
For their upcoming third release, tentatively entitled LP3, the group have decamped from their native London confines to the climes of some fairly unorthodox locations. In-house producer for XL Records Rodaidh McDonald, who previously worked with the band on second album Coexist, has revealed the band has worked on the new record in Texas and there are trips planned to Iceland and France during the coming summer. As the band absorb the sounds of different continents, McDonald has indicated such international influence will greatly affect the direction of the new record. “There are songs which came out of our experiences in New York and Texas that would never have come out in London” he stated, “the colours and the ideas and the moods on some of these songs are just not things you could write in London.”
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