Best albums of 2016: 20 to 11

In my penultimate 2016 albums post we have David Bowie’s final album, crisp hip hop from Kano and Common, Bat for Lashes’s latest art piece, Kate Tempest’s thunderous spoken word epic, plus we two of best hidden gems in the form of Tall Black Guy’s second LP and the debut album from London jazz-hip hop collective, Fur.

20. David Bowie – Blackstar
19. Corinne Bailey Rae – The Heart Speaks in Whispers
18. Common – Black America Again
17. Fur – Soon at the Latest
16. Tall Black Guy – Let’s Take a Trip
15. Bat for Lashes – The Bride
14. Kano – Made in the Manor
13. Kate Tempest – Let Them Eat Chaos
12. White Denim – Stiff
11. BadBadNotGood – IV
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Jam of the Week: White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)

White Denim - Ha Ha Ha Ha single (600x338)Texan group White Denim make music for you to live large to. The four-piece has been cooking up a flavoursome blend of blues rock, psychedelia and dub for over 10 years. After hearing their thoroughly absorbing live performance at last weekend’s 6 Music Festival in Bristol, their upcoming album, Stiff, has graduate from ‘maybe someday’ to ‘must-have right away’. Continue reading