Tuesday, January 03, 2017

No Tangkap Twenty this time round....

...but here are 10 excellent tracks from 2016, in no particular order

Toulouse Low Trax - Rushing Into Water

I was once an anthropologist, really.

PJ Harvey - The Community of Hope

Fuck Star Wars, this is PJ Harvey. Herein lie real stories of the downtrodden not some melodramatic fantasy about "rebellion".

Kula Shaker - Death of Democracy

Actually about the Greek debt crisis, but might as well be about 2016.

Radiohead - True Love Waits


Koffkoff - Road Home

The first track of an album still work-in-progress. Where do strays go when they die?

The Observatory - Brutal Blues

My favourite track on this album. Brutally blue, minimally intense.

Cigarettes After Sex - K

The most beautiful song of the year. The closest one can get to the borders of mushy whilst remaining beautiful.

King Creosote - You Just Want

Accidentally discovered this track on youtube auto-play while having a foot massage in KL.

Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval - The Spoils

No, actually, this is the most beautiful song of 2016. Massive Attack, Hope Sandoval, Cate Blanchett.

David Bowie - Lazarus

Was actually 2015, but also 2016. This is death, this is immortality.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Tangkap Accent's 20 favourite albums of 2016

moving on....

20. Teenage Fanclub - Here

The only one who is growing old better is Boy George.

19. Bin Idris - S/T

Bin Idris is Sigmun frontman Haikal Azizi. He once said I am hard to please. This pleased me.

18. Tim Hecker - Love Streams

Love. Streams.

17. Russian Circles - Guidance

Everyone needs some guidance.

16. Nerv.ous - S/T

When the comeback is a debut album.

15. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

RIP Rachel Owen. True love waits.

14. Moderat - III

Not surprised anymore. This is even better than II.

13. Wire - Nocturnal Koreans

This is the best Wire album, ever.

12. David Bowie - Blackstar

Ain't that just like me

11. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame

10. BABEL - Ceci n'est pas le feu sacré (Nos. 1 and 2)/This Is The Sacred Fire (Nos. 1 and 2)

Two double-albums.

9. Sophia Loizou - Singulacra

Deep dark hints of Bristol.

8. The Observatory - August Is The Cruellest

When finance capital and agribusiness destroy our world....

7. Mogwai - Atomic

Re-worked from a score for a documentary about the atomic bomb.

6. The Future Sound of London - Environment 6 and 6.5

Back on form! Double album!

5. V.A. - Absence: Compilation of Iranian experimental music

Compilations don't usually count. This one must.

4. Kula Shaker - K 2.0

What a surprise! Their best album ever! And its very good.

3. ASC - No Stars Without Darkness

No nights without James Clements.

2. Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions - Until The Hunter

Oh, the beauty!

1. 破地獄/Scattered Purgatory - God of Silver Grass

I'm growing old. Harsh, dark and laid-back.