Getintothis guestlist selection Part Two: Liverpool industry figures on 2016

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Liverpool industry figures offer their reflection on 2016

Liverpool music’s movers and shakers offer their thoughts on 2016, giving their top albums, tracks, gigs and tips for the new year.

You can barely move in here for all the elephants in the room. The Bowie thing, the Prince thing. The Brexit situation. Donald fucking Trump. It’s tempting to just not talk about 2016.

We’ve all seen the memes, let’s just never speak of this again. Chalk it up to experience, strike it from the record and move on. But doing that would ignore all the good that it has done us. Keep your eyes firmly fixed on the scenery and 2016 has been as beautiful, as interesting and as rich a year in music as any in memory. Just ignore the fact that the grass is on fire and the trees are on fire and everything is on fire.

It has been an outstanding year for women in music. You’ve only got to cast a glance down Getintothis‘ Top 100 Albums of 2016 to see that, plus stellar albums we didn’t even get around to (like those from Angel Olsen and PJ Harvey to name but a few) and the Knowles sisters stomping around like Mothra vs Godzilla at the top of this year’s Best Of lists. Black lives matter, and black female voices have never been more important.

The music industry machine has been eating itself intriguingly all the while. Vinyl and digital sales are on some sort of grim death march on their way to God-knows-where. Meanwhile Spotify has been flirting with Soundcloud at the bar all year, with Soundcloud proving it’s not that cheap a date. In his last days in power, Obama has tried to legislate against ticket touts. Greater fish and larger frying pans spring to mind, but it was a well-intentioned move, we’re sure.

On a regional level, Liverpool has slid into the UK Festival Awards like a seat-filler at an award show. Even away from those recognised with award nods, the Merseyside festival scene has been fiercely strong, with Psych, Disco and Soul fests all delivering on a national scale. The lumbering beast that is Liverpool Music Week not only saw some amazing gigs, but also brought the house down with a debauched Closing Party the likes of which we seldom see.

The North Dockland setting for LMW’s Closing Party is, looking forward to the future, pegged to pull in major investment from next year. The Ten Streets project is still all talk at this point, but if it goes ahead could see a large part of north Liverpool revitalised for creative purposes.

One thing is definitely for sure, the independent sources of music on Merseyside, be they label heads, promotors, or venue operators, are definitely still our most important port of call for the most vital music. We spoke to some of Liverpool’s movers and shakers on the music scene to gain their two cents on this year. To paraphrase another of 2016’s great losses, we have tried in our way to be free, and we’ll continue to do so as long as there’s fight left in us. – David Hall

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith

Christopher TorpeyBido Lito! Editor

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

David Bowie: Blackstar
“It seems a bit weird that the first album I properly listened to this year is the also the best one I had the pleasure of listening to, but such is life. Or death, I suppose. Bowie’s swan song is still the most complex musical feast I’ve listened to all year, and will probably still be dissected by scholars and fans for a long time to come. It balances emotional heft with some fucking great musicianship, allowing the pained final missives from a timeless artist to be aired in a fitting way.”

Anna Meredith: Varmints
Anna Meredith blew my little head off when I saw her recently at Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, and it opened up the electro/techno/classical delights of Varmints for me. What a stunning piece of music it is – and it really does need to be heard live to fully appreciate it. And loud. Very loud. Nautilus is a contender for the best opening track of an album, I think, ever.”

Kevin Morby: Singing Saw
Former Woods man Kevin Morby continued his solitary ascent with another gorgeous brain massage of a record. Definitely my most-listened-to album of the year.

Fat White Family: Songs For Our Mothers
“Back over in a parallel universe, Fat White Family knocked it out of the park again, dealing with their heroin and Nazi obsessions exceptionally well on Songs For Our Mothers.”

Beach Skulls: Slow Grind
“Locally, Beach Skulls’ debut LP Slow Grind remains the best thing I’ve heard from our crop this year. Pity it wasn’t released just as summer was kicking off cos it would have been massive. I’m well aware that most people won’t agree with me on this, but who cares. I’m sure I’ve missed loads, but I can’t listen to everything, OK?”

Top 3 Tracks:

Howard Marks: Do Not Go Gentle In That Good Night
“Is there anything more perfect than Howard Marks reading the work of Dylan Thomas to a droney kraut-jazz beat? No, thought not.”

Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
“My second-favourite album of the year was Leonard Cohen’s sign-off, but I’ve just picked the lead track from it to give space to some more stuff. You Want It Darker still sends shivers down my spine when I listen to it. And is there anything more perfect than Howard Marks reading the work of Dylan Thomas to a droney kraut-jazz beat? No, thought not.”

Anonhi: Four Degrees
“Who’d have thought that Anohni Hegarty, Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never would make for a winning dancefloor-doom combination? Certainly not me, until I heard
Four Degrees from this year’s Hopelessness. Class.”

Top 5 Gigs of 2016:

From Liverpool With Love with Johnny Echols at LIMF
“I think I watched this whole set with a massive smile on my face. Not just a massive box ticked to welcome a living Love legend to Liverpool, but also a joy to see so many Love fans come together, in Sefton Park, in the midst of a massive festival atmosphere.” (Getintothis review)

Sleaford Mods at Mountford Hall
“I don’t think I’ve had many live gigs make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end, but this was deffo one. And I’ve seen them twice before too. We should put Jason Williamson in charge of the House Of Commons as the Speaker to shake things up. We need to hear more of this type of stuff in pop music. It’s fucking primal.” (Getintothis review)

Floating Points at Liverpool Sound City
“I was a bit sceptical about the Baltic Warehouse being used for Freeze’s danceathon for Sound City this year, only because of the daylight not being that conducive to getting down and techno. But Floating Points’ set reset my opinion. Techno met jazz instrumentation and I loved it – and so did everyone else losing their shit in there too.” (Getintothis review)

Goat at Albert Hall, Manchester
“This may have been the last time we get to see Goat on these here shores, and they left absolutely nothing in the tank. Everything that marked them out and thrust them to the forefront of what can, at times, be quite a repetitive and un-audience-friendly genre, was amplified. The tribal drums were deeper; the yelps more pained; the acid-fried guitar solos more taut; the jumps and leaps more frenzied. It might also have been the best point to put the whole concept to bed, and allow the musicians to cast off their masks and costumes and be recognised in their own right – but what they’ve told us about our own psyche and relationship with nature and spirituality has been vital. What a way to say goodbye.” (Getintothis review)

Jean-Michel Jarre at Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank
“A brilliant festival in a stunning setting, where Dr Octopus capped things off after AIR had weaved some dreams from the rarefied Jodrell Bank air. What geek dreams are made of.” (Getintothis review)

Event of 2016:

Beyoncé outshining Coldplay at the Superbowl half-time show with her Formation routine was the one for me. I normally nod off two hours in to the mammoth Superbowl extravaganza, but this was a real jolt in the arm. Fiery, political, angry – it was almost a premonition of how the country was going to feel 10 months on when they face the prospect of a nation divided along so many lines. They should just do this every year for the HT show.”

Music Tip for 2017:

Azusena – an artist with exactly the right style, voice and team to succeed. I reckon Azusena could break into the pop mainstream in 2017, and it would be justly deserved. Love the new tune Crosby, such a massive step up in production from Clever Gains. Excitement. Plus The Mysterines are gonna kill it, but I think we all know that now.”

Goat at The Albert Hall, Manchester

Goat at The Albert Hall, Manchester

Steve ‘Revo’ MillerEvol

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Thee Oh Sees: Live in San Francisco
Thee Oh Sees: A Weird Exits/An Odd Entrances
The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Third World Pyramid
Parquet CourtsHuman Performance

Top 3 Tracks of 2016:

Cabbage: Uber Capitalist Death Trade
The Vryll Society: A Perfect Rhythm
Strange Collective: Super Touchy

Top 5 Gigs of 2016:

Peaches at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Silver Apples at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia 
Parquet Courts at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Hot Chip at Festival No. 6, Portmeirion
Crystal Fighters at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)

Event of 2016:

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Music Tip for 2017:

Cabbage

Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts

Jules Bennett: EBGBS

Top Albums of 2016:

Parquet CourtsHuman Performance
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here
Bon Iver: 22, A Million
Hooton Tennis ClubBig Box Of Chocolates

Top Tracks of 2016:

Whitney: No Woman
Jules says: “It’s quite unusual for my track of the year to not be a dancefloor tune, but this is 4 minutes of perfection. Whitney feature big on our Freaks, Geeks and Cliques soundtrack for the 2nd room of Liquidation every Saturday in EBGBS Lone Wolf bar
RadioheadBurn The Witch
Parquet CourtsDust

Top Gigs of 2016:

Peaches at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
“Booking of the year. Gig of the year. Liquidation and all the cool clubs have been big fans of hers since day one, and I know Evol have been trying to book her for 13 years or something. I‘d seen her at a festival a decade or so ago and she was great, but the stage get up wasn’t much more than a bit of carefully positioned gaffer tape.

“She’s risen and is as important an artist now as she has ever been. Happy birthday Peaches! I was grinning from ear to ear from the moment I started queuing in the rain for an hour til the end. A great multi act line up just added icing to the birthday cake. The only gig that’s ever come close for me in a blend of music, art, sensuality and sexuality was Fischerspooner under London Bridge in 2002, so it’s even more empowering that this was on our own home turf.”

U-Roy at The Dixie Queen, London
“He’s “a rebel, rebel in the morning, rebel in the evening” and now, a rebel in the afternoon on the Queen Dixie paddle steamer going under Tower Bridge with 500 ska fans dancing along.”

Radiohead at Nos Alive, Lisbon
“Just life affirming and liberating. A band at the top of their game. Spine-tinglingly beautiful.”

Lady Leshur at Glastonbury
“Probably the only person that gets away with using the word “banter” non-ironically. “I’mma keep it short, paragraph.” ”

Mr Motivator at Boomtown
“Not a gig as such but a highlight of my first Boomtown. So much good music at this festival but having to put down my morning can of Scrumpy Jack to join in with the lunges will last in the memory for a long time.”

Event of the Year:

David Bowie’s death/Boomtown. “I think among my peers, only the death of John Peel had a comparable impact to that which we all felt in January because he’d been part of our musical lives in various ways and was a true creative. Many words have been written, and I’m sure many more will come from people better able to convey the loss we felt and still feel. Painfully missed.

“At the other extreme, the joy of being a newbie at a great festival and the sense of togetherness that comes from spending days and nights with great bands and happy people under the elements is one of life’s ultimate pleasures. It’s not often Glastonbury gets knocked off its perch as my weekend of the year, but this year Boomtown just pipped it for me.”

Music Tip for 2017:

Haarm, Ok, they’re my mates. Chris has been a co-pilot on the decks of Liquidation for a while, and if it goes well for Haarm I’ll be looking for someone to fill that position tout suite! They played Liverpool Music Week and I fell in love. I can picture huge crowds singing their harmonies, whether they are the ones that sound like New Order, or the ones that sound like Queen, or the ones that sound like the future is here right now. Get on board.”

Peaches

Peaches live at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory

Michael Edward: Wrong Festival

Top Albums of 2016:

David Bowie: Blackstar
The Drones: Feelin’ Kinda Free
Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
Ty Segall: Emotional Mugger
Death Grips: Bottomless Pit

Top Tracks of 2016:

The DronesTo Think I Once Loved You
David Bowie: Lazarus
Danny Brown: Ain’t it Funny

Top Gigs of 2016:

Dirty Bernard at EBGBs, Liverpool
Father John Misty 
at Albert Hall, Manchester
SPQR 
at The Magnet, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
The Hyena Kill
at The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Mums 
at Islington Mill, Salford

Event of the Year:

Bowie’s death.

Music Tip for 2017:

Michael says – “Probably has to be False Advertising“.

False Advertising

False Advertising

Samuel GarlickFiesta Bombarda/Skiddle/Bam! Bam! Bam!

Top Albums of 2016:

Machinedrum: Human Energy
Anderson .PaakMalibu
James Vincent McMorrow: We Move
Romare: Love Songs Part 2
Kaytranada99.9%>

Top Tracks of 2016:

ModeratReminder
Danny Brown: Aint it Funny
Folded like fabric: Falling and You Caught Me

Top Gigs of 2016:

Jamie Woon at Tramshed, Cardiff
Moodymann at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Sufjan Stevens at Manchester Apollo
Loyle Carner at 24 Kitchen Street (Getintothis review)
Moderat at Albert Hall, Manchester

Event of the Year:

Gottwood – Samuel says “As good as the line up was, the location and organisation was the most outstanding element here – to keep it still so intimate despite the huge demand is what makes it so special.”

Music Tip for 2017:
“I’m going to start my own DJ collective called 2 Many Buckfasts, headline V Fest, only play Burial’s first EP and retire undefeated. Aside from that, 2017 is the year of Rumjig & Afro Cluster!”
Loyle Carner at 24 Kitchen St

Loyle Carner at 24 Kitchen St

Dave McTague: Mellowtone

Top Albums and Top Tracks of 2016:

Dave says: “I never have a top three LPs, songs etc … but the live stuff below”

Top Gigs of 2016:

Saul Williams at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
“Powerful stuff.  And to top it off, he managed to silence a Saturday night Kitchen St crowd with acapella words. Stunning.”

Nick Ellis at Leaf, Liverpool / Scandinavian Church, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
“I couldn’t decide between Nick‘s EP and LP launches. So will have to say both – two very different but truly magical evenings.”

Steve Mason at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
“An amazing performance from Mr Mason, a good few Beta Band tracks, … and a beautiful rendition of Boys Outside.”

Channel One Soundsystem at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
“Heavy.”

Event of the Year:

Day One at Africa Oyé Dave says: “Old, young, rich, poor, black, white and everything in between. Once again a wonderful atmosphere, and Oyé‘s busiest ever single day.”

Music Tip for 2017

Dave says: “Biased I know. But Nick Ellis is going from strength to strength. Following from strong local supports and his LP launch, Whispering Bob has just picked up on him, and he’s playing an in store at Rough Trade West this December. His star is in the ascendancy.”

Nick Ellis at the Scandinavian Church

Nick Ellis at the Scandinavian Church

Rory Taylor: Rebel Soul and Positive Vibrations

Top Albums of 2016:

Charles Bradley: Changes
DJ Vadim: Dubcatcher 2 (Wicked My Yout)
Soul Jazz Records: Nigeria Freedom Sounds (Popular Music and The Birth Of Independent Nigeria 1960-63)
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
Vaudou Game: Kidayu

Top Tracks of 2016:

Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate
DJ Vadim feat. Demolition ManFussin n Fighting
Vaudou GameLa vie c’est bon

Top Gigs of 2016:

Anoushka Shankar at Glastonbury Festival
Amadou and Mariam at The Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
BKO Quintet at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Quantic at Constellations, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Awesome Tapes From Africa at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

Event of the Year:

Rory says: “Very selfish, but I’m going to say The Voodoo Ball and Wake the Dead Halloween Parade (part of the same event). It was our first year at The Invisible Wind Factory (since the closure of the Kaz). With it being a new venue out in the sticks, plus the fact that there were loads of other amazing events going on in the city, I was unsure on how it would turn out.

However, the Voodoo ‘eads didn’t let me down, they never do. It’s always overwhelming how much people embrace the event – the dressing up, the partying, joining the parade, the mad trek to the venue.

Music Tip for 2017:

Positive Vibration – Festival of Reggae. “We won ‘Best New Festival’ at the UK Festival Awards, and have big plans for next year’s festival.

Trojan Sound System at Positive Vibration

Trojan Sound System at Positive Vibration

Chris Carney: Threshold Festival 

Top Albums of 2016:

BADBADNOTGOOD: IV
Chris says: “Accessed this through the Sam Herring track and now I’m a huge fan. Love discovering an act seemingly from nowhere.”

Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
A massive album, I hear something new every time I listen, he’s created a masterpiece here. The strings alone. Just listen to the strings.

RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool
“Lived up to its hype with absolute grace. A total grower though, at first I struggled to put it all together, but now it’s up there with In Rainbows for me.”

A Tribe Called QuestWe Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Late contender for me, only listened twice. Out the park, so f*ckin fresh.

Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsSkeleton Tree
“A devastating album, it just blew me away. Knowing the back story and the catharsis this album serves. Unreal.”

Top Tracks of 2016:

Lindstrøm: Closing Shot
“Big festival tune for me, played this out every time I played this year. And now I’ve booked him for a festival next year, can’t wait to see the whole live show.”

Michael KiwanukaBlack Man In a White World
“Standout track on one of my top albums of year. A very poignant song.”

Nils BechWaiting
“This guy is one to watch, recently signed to DFA, we saw him play a secret gig in Oslo in the summer and well, he’ll be coming to Liverpool pretty soon.”

Top Gigs of 2016:

Science of The Lamps at Threshold Festival, Liverpool
“I know, could this look more nepotistic? But this was a brilliant moment for Kaya and for us at Threshold. Every year we convene for the Lamps gig and this was my favourite moment of the whole festival.”

LCD Soundsystem at Glastonbury Festival
“I’d been initially dubious about their comeback, being essentially an uber fanboy. Though, of the 5 times I’ve seen them, this was their best by a very long way. The atmosphere in the crowd was phenomenal too. Long live LCD.”

Massive Attack at Øyafestivalen, Norway
“Big tick off my list here and they didn’t disappoint. Massive Attack’s live show is something that needs to be seen. The juxtaposition of their classic cuts with overtly up to date political visuals brought fresh relevance to the sounds and lyrics. Unfinished Sympathy as an encore… I think I had a bit of dust in my eye.”

Blick Bassi at Liverpool Sound City
“I didn’t get to catch him at Bramley Moore but saw his mini-set at Constellations the night before. When an artist grabs your attention with that kind of unreal talent, eclectic performance and absolute humility, it’s a real cynicism killer. There are wonderful musicians out there just waiting to be discovered.”

Wrangler & John Grant at Barbican Centre, London (Rough Trade 40)
“Now in a very privileged position to be working with both of these acts, it was great to see them share a stage for this. Some fans were disappointed that they didn’t get to hear John play the hits. I was blown away to see them roll out a set (for the first time ever) of specially created techno, electronica and weirdness. It may never be repeated, so that’s a good a reason as any to make it one of my top five.”

Event of the Year:

Voodoo Ball

Music Tip for 2017:

Mersey Wylie

Mersey Wylie LIMF 2016

Mersey Wylie LIMF 2016

Andrew Hill: Abandon Silence

Top Albums of 2016:

Frank OceanBlond
SolangeA Seat at the Table
Omar-SThe Best
Kanye WestLife of Pablo
Leon VynehallRojus

Top Tracks of 2016:

MidlandFinal Credits
Traumprinz2 Da Sky
Frank OceanSelf Control

Top Gigs of 2016:

Yussef Kamaal at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Soichi Terada at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Kruanghbin at Tisno, Croatia
Hunee & Joy Orbison at Camp and Furnace, Liverpool
Larry Heard at Pula, Croatia

Event of the Year:

Dimensions Festival, Croatia

Music Tip for 2017 :

Or:La 

Or:La

Or:La

 Krystian Hudson: Yeah Buddy!
Top Albums of 2016:
Frank OceanBlond
Danny BrownAtrocity Exhibition
Bon Iver22, A Million
David BowieBlackstar
Sweet Deals on SurgeryThe Snake and the Snoozer
Top Tracks of 2016:
Takotsubo Men5ft Vicious
Kanye WestUltralightbeam
SPQRPlink
Top Gigs of 2016:
Fucked Up, Strange Collective, Ohmns, Salt the Snail at EBGBs, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Animal Collective at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Three Trapped Tigers, LawoftheLand, Taws at Buyers Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Cleft, Alpha Male Tea Party, Poly-Math at Maguires Pizza Bar, Liverpool
Disastronauts, Possum, Secateurs, Three From Above at Jacaranda, Liverpool
Event of the Year:
Smithdown Road Festival – Krystian says: “What an incredible weekend.”
Music Tip for 2017:
Krystian says:SPQR are going to hit the year hard. Disastronauts are going to turn a lot of heads. Lilium have the potential to breakout of Liverpool and onto the national scene. Queen Zee and the Sasstones have had an amazing 2016 and will only pick up more steam.”
Three Trapped Tigers

Three Trapped Tigers

Andrew Ellis: Samizdat
Top Albums of 2016:
Mikael Seifu: Zelalem
Raime: Tooth
Mica Levi & Oliver Coates: Remain Calm
Rachel’s: Systems/Layers (extended re-issue)
Julius Eastman: Feminine
Top Tracks of 2016:
Oathbreaker: Needles In Your Skin
Happy Meals: If You Want Me Now
Gold Panda: In My Car
Top Gigs of 2016:
Steve Reich, LCO & Bill Morrison at Edge Hill Station, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
John Carpenter at Olympia, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Immix Ensemble & Dialect/ James Canty at Buyers Club, Liverpool
In Atoms & Philip Jeck at Cosmolodge, Kazimier Gardens, Liverpool
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Event of the Year:
Andrew says: “Let’s never speak of 2016 again!”
John Carpenter's 'The Fog'

John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’

Craig McVeigh: I Love Live Events
Top Albums of 2016:
Frank OceanBlonde
Pinegrove: Cardinal
Kanye West: Life of Pablo
Boston Manor: Be Nothing
DIIV: Is the Is Are
Top Tracks of 2016:
The Magic Gang: She Doesn’t See
Chance The Rapper: Same Drugs
Basement: Blinded Bye
Top Gigs of 2016:
Arcade Fire at Razzmatazz, Barcelona,
Citizen & Turnover at Winston Kingdom, Amsterdam
Wolf Alice at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Modern Baseball at Studio 2, Liverpool
Basement at Sefton Park Palmhouse, Liverpool
Event of the Year:
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Music Tip for 2017:
Wolf Alice - Arts Club

Wolf Alice – Arts Club

Karis Griffith: Meraki & Babylon Fox
Top Albums of 2016:
SolangeA Seat at the Table
Onoe CaponoeSpells from the Cyclops
Frank Ocean: Blonde
Abra: Princess
Kaytranada: 99.9%
Top Tracks of 2016:
LUNA: Without Love
Banks: Mother Earth
Kanye West: Fade
Top Gigs of 2016:
Dimensions Festival opening concert at Pula Roman Ampitheatre, Croatia
Ghost Face Killah at Waterfront, Norwich
Dele Somsi at Outlook Festival, Pula, Croatia
Talib Kweli at 24 Kitchen Street (Getintothis review)
Kano at El Dorado Festival, Ledbury
Event of the Year:
Dimensions Festival – Pula, Croatia
Music Tip for 2017:
Balamii
Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Ste Vondy: X&Y Festival
Top Albums of 2016:
Whites Lies: FriendsSte says: “That will do me.”
Top Gigs of 2016:
White Lies at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Wolf Alice at Arts Club, Liverpool
Sundara Karma at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Frank Turner at Sefton Park Palmhouse, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Moose Blood at Arts Club, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Event of the Year:
Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Music Tip for 2017:
Frank Turner

Frank Turner

Samuel Lamont: 303
Top Albums of 2016:
Gold Panda: Good Luck And Do Your Best
Tuff City Kids: Adolesscent
Nicolas Jaar: Sirens
The Field: The Follower
Moderat: III
Top Tracks of 2016:
Alter EgoRocker (Tuff City Kids Remix)
Isaac Tichauer: Higher Level (Bicep Remix)
Max Cooper & Tom Hodge: Trust
Top Gigs of 2016:
Henry Saiz at Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool
Bicep Boat Party at Electric Elephant Festival, Croatia
Ame & Dixon at Albert Hall, Manchester
Cream Classics at Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Robert Hood at Williamson Tunnels, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Event of the Year:
Hans Zimmer Live in Concert – London
Music Tip for 2017:
Samuel says: “From the Nu-Disco scene I’d say Red Axes. They dominated the scene this year and look forward to hearing them play more in the UK next year.”
Conducting Classic Cream

Conducting Classic Cream

 Chris Tyler: Bam! Bam! Bam! and The Kazimier
Top Albums of 2016:
A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here…
Beyonce: Lemonade
Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus
Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition
Kamalyah: A Good Night In The Ghetto
Top Tracks of 2016:
Kanye West: Ultralight Beam
Kadjha: The Visitor
Frank Ocean: Nikes
Marta: St Paul’s (Westberg Comprehensive)
Top Gig of 2016:
John Carpenter at Olympia, Liverpool
Saul Williams at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Danny Brown at Brixton Academy, London
LCD Soundsystem at Primavera Sound, Barcelona
Skepta at Alexandra Palace, London
Event of the Year:
Chris says: “Am I allowed to say Liverpool Music Week? I’m going to say Liverpool Music Week. Oh and Psych Fest too.”
Music Tip for 2017:
 Peter Parsnip x Steve Sprout
Saul Williams

Saul Williams

Rebecca Ayres: Sound City
Top Albums of 2016:
Goat: Requiem
Justice: Woman
Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool
Ty Seagall: Emotional Mugger
Allah-Las: Calico Review
Top Tracks of 2016:
Justice: Safe and Sound
Nimmo: My Only Friend
Frank Ocean: Pink and White
Top Gigs of 2016:
Brian Jonestown Massacre at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Yak at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Peaches 
at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
Nimmo 
at Kendal Calling
Psychemajik
at Festival No. 6, Portmeirion
Event of the Year:
Kendal Calling
Music Tip for 2017:
Agar Agar
Brian Jonestown Massacre

Brian Jonestown Massacre

Steven Longworth: M62 Records

Top Albums of 2016:

Superior Cornrows: Children of the Cornrows
Alborosie: Freedom & Fyah
Crowbar: Serpent Only Lies
Lucent: Place Burn Down
SirPixalot: Wartime

Top Tracks of 2016:

Sir Spyro: Topper Top feat Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann, Killa P
Young H, Notion & Dread MC: Money & Drugz
King Hydra: Get Funky

Top Gigs of 2016:

Russian Circles at Constellations, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
George Clinton at O2 Academy, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Gentlemans Dub Club at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
The Bendal Interlude at DropTheDumBulls, Liverpool
Peaches at Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Event of the Year:

Madam X & Zed Bias at 24 Kitchen Street 

Music Tip for 2017:

Steven says: “Bit of self promotion but I’m already hyped for 2017 with a whole arsenal of tracks ready from M62 Records to mash up the dance. Look out for Hayden Perry, Docka, Tubz and Wolfe just to name a few. “

Russian Circles

Russian Circles

Tom Page: Disjointed Reality Records

Top 5 albums 2016:

Tadeo: Chronicles Of The Future
Dany RodriguezGalaxies Compared
Saint Cole: Star Child
AvalanchesWild Flower
A Tribe Called QuestWe got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

Top 3 tracks:

Tico Torres: Shes Been Gone So Long
Johannes Heil: By Night (Part Three)
Setaoc MassLost Lakes

Top 5 Gigs:

MORD Showcase featuring Bas Mooy, SHXCXCHCXSH, Sleeparchive, Stanislav Tolkachev, Tripeo, UVB, and Zadig at Mantra Warehouse, Manchester
ARTS Showcase featuring Emmanuel and I Hate Models at Corsica Studios, London
Speedy J
, Dave Clarke, and Phil Kieran at Constellations, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Sunil Sharpe 
at 24 Kitchen St, Liverpool
Cleric 
at Buyers Club, Liverpool

Event of 2016:

Solfest 2016

Artist tip for 2017:

Saint Cole

Speedy J - Constellations

Speedy J – Constellations

Aoife NiblockOlympia, Liverpool

Top 5 Albums:

Blossoms: Blossoms
Skepta: Konnichiwa
DIIV: Is the Is Are
David Bowie: Blackstar
Walking on Cars: Everything this Way

Top 3 Tracks:

Blossoms: Charlemagne
New Atlas: Young Hearts
Wretch 32: Antwi

Top 5 Gigs:

Primal Scream at Olympia, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at Islington Assembly Hall, London
Bluetones & Cast at Manchester Academy
The LaFontaines at Arts Club, Liverpool
The Stony Browder Jr Band at Sofar Sounds at Ziferblat, Liverpool

Event of 2016:

Liverpool Music Week

Tip for 2016:

Aoife says: “A band I recommend? New Atlas.”

Primal Scream

Primal Scream

Russ GeorgeBold Street Coffee

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

Eagulls: Ullages
Grind the Line Band: Ride or Die
Discharge: End of Days
Ty Segal: Emotional Mugger
Sheer Attack: EP

Top 3 Tracks:

RixeCoup Blessures
Publicist UKLevitate the Pentagram
Jamie TTesco Land

Top 5 Gigs:

Fucked Up at EBGBs, Liverpool
John Carpenter at Olympia, Liverpool
The Shrine at DropTheDumbells, Liverpool
Imarhan at Philharmonic Music Room, Liverpool (Getintothis review)
Lecherous Gaze at Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Liverpool

Event of 2016:

Bold Street Coffee Brew Nights
Defend Vinyl
Mersey Grit Skateboard
Jamie Reid at The Florrie
Acia Bowls
Bold Brew

Music Tip for 2017:

Sheer Attack

Fucked Up

Fucked Up

Paddy QuinnNo Fakin

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

A Tribe Called Quest: We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
Yussef Kamaal: Black Focus
BadBadNotGood: IV
Frank Ocean: Blonde
NxWorries: Yes Lawd

Top 3 Tracks:

Paddy says: “Too many to single out but I’ve been playing loads of Tall Black Guy and Stro Elliot beats. Oh and DJ Platurn turned in a great edit of Solange‘s Junie.”

Top 5 Gigs:

John Carpenter at Olympia, Liverpool
George Clinton at O2 Academy, Liverpool
Yussef Kamaal at 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool
Cypress Hill at Brixton Academy, London
Anderson .Paak at Ruby Lounge, Manchester

Event of 2016:

Paddy says: “2016 was one giant traumatic event but with a bloody great soundtrack.”

Tip for 2017:

Lost Art Radio

George Clinton & Parliament - Funkadelic

George Clinton & Parliament – Funkadelic

Yaw OwusuLiverpool International Music Festival

Top 5 Albums of 2016:

Kanye West: The Life Of Pablo
Frank Ocean: Blonde
Anderson Paak: Malibu
Kaytranada: 99.9%
Kano: Made In The Manor

Top 3 Tracks:

XamVolo: Down
Vic Mensa: 16 Shots
Frank Ocean: Nike

Top 5 Gigs:

Kano: Made In The Manor Tour (Getintothis review)
El Row
Samm Henshaw: Liverpool Sound City
LIMF presents… House Nation, with Circus (Getintothis review)
XamVolo: Ritz, Manchester

Event of 2016:

LIMF 2016

Music Tip for 2017:

SUEDEBROWN

Kano at the Arts Club

Kano at the Arts Club

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