If you’re looking for new music to listen to on your morning run, commute to work or to kitchen-dance to while the kids eat breakfast, here’s a round-up of the coolest tunes for 2016 by journalist and editor Emma Barlow…
Do you feel like you’re stuck in a musical rut? Still listening to the same albums you loved in 2009 perhaps? Or do you occasionally turn on 6 Music or some other slightly trendy radio station and realise that – shockingly – you have literally no idea who the bands and artists are coming out of the radio?
Well, you’re not alone. And it’s no big deal! Keeping up with new music is so effortless when you’re in your teens and early twenties but it can suddenly become a bit of a chore when you start getting on… with living life.
So if you’re keen to recognise one god damn new band at the Mercury’s this year, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a whistle stop tour of some the new artists that the cool kids are listening to right now (not in like, 2007)…
New Music for 2016
Khruangbin – Two Fish And An Elephant
Khruangbin create the sort of music that makes you want to be slinking around a Californian condo in the 1960s with a short drink in hand. It’s all cool bass lines, guitar solos and barely there vocals.
Blossoms – Charlemagne
Feeling nostalgic for the guitar bands of old? The big choruses and 80s-style guitars of Blossoms may be the perfect fix and the critics are tipping them to make it big in 2016.
Cigarettes After Sex – Nothing’s Gonna Hurt You Baby
Another band that has looked to previous decades for musical inspiration is Cigarettes After Sex. Specialising in moody, melodic shoe-gaze – this could be a forgotten track from a Mazzy Star album circa 1993.
Jamie XX – Good Times
I’m pretty sure even those people living under rocks have heard of Jamie XX but in case he’s passed you by, it’s definitely worth checking out this forward-thinking beatmaker.
Courtney Barnett – Dead Fox
Her star has been rising for a couple of years now but it certainly looks like Courtney Barnett won’t be going anywhere in 2016. And when she can make singing about road kill this witty and cool, you can see why…
Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’
Like Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile has been on the ascendance for a while but last year’s B’lieve I’m Going Down album – full of laidback, prettily fingerpicked ditties – contains some of his best work yet. He’ll be a regular fixture on the festival circuit this summer.
Jack Garratt – Worry
He came top of BBC’s Sound of 2016 list and it’s not hard to see why. He’s essentially a one-man music-making machine – he sings, writes, plays numerous instruments and produces his own records.
Vaults – Midnight River
Fans of electronic pop look no further than this London trio. Whether it’s the moody Cry No More from last year or the upbeat 90s-sounding new single Midnight River, Vaults are killing it right now.
Money – You Look Like a Sad Painting On Both Sides of the Sky
Money may not be the first Manchester band to marry lyrics of deep sadness with guitars but they certainly do that particular genre justice. Get album Suicide Songs on your speakers now.
What new music are you listening to at the moment? We’d love to hear your favourites in the comment section below…