Following on from their previous doomy single (which made my tracks of the year), Manchester experimental rock duo Pool Art are back with another woozy dirge made up of strident percussion and shoegazey vocals. It’s not as immediately creepy, the chorus almost feel triumphant, but then the whole track dissipates into an effects-soaked howl that sounds like something between cosmic whalesong and those menacing robots from War of The Worlds. Being creative with a guitar in 2016 is difficult, but these guys are pushing things forward.
You really shouldn’t go on appearances. From the haircut, I expected some Lil-Yachty-style party rap, but what ensued instead was a sensually crooned r&b slowjam. If a song could make you pregnant, this would be it. In fact, slip some condoms over your headphones whilst listening. Better safe than sorry.
Bolton-based plinky plonky pop band Limbs (check out my interview with them earlier this year) have just released a Christmas EP. This humorous yuletide ditty takes the idea of a bird-in-a-bird-in-a-bird to new levels, with a crazy cook luring various feathered creatures into his kitchen to be part of his Frankenstein’s experiment. And you thought all the original Christmas song ideas had been taken?
Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins and Canadian producer Kaytranada have both released critically acclaimed debut albums this year, so to see them both tie off 2016 by collaborating on a track is quite the treat.