TOP 200 TRACKS OF 2016 (101 – 150)
Time for numbers 101-150 in the 12th edition of the Music Like Dirt Top 200 tracks of the year.
Listen to the top 200 at your own leisure with playlists on most of the major streaming sites (it should be noted that they’re all missing tracks so the only way to hear everything is to scroll and play on the blog itself).
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101. Jambinai – They Keep Silence
102. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – I Need You
103. Gypsy & The Cat – I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else
104. Abra – Vegas
105. Not Waving – 24
106. Fat Joe, Remy Ma, JAY Z – All The Way Up (Remix) feat. French Montana & Infared
107. Spectres – Sea Of Trees (Andy Bell mix)
Andy Bell from Ride’s version of ‘Sea Of Trees’, taken from the Spectres album ‘Dead’.
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108. Cabbage – Tell me lies about Manchester
109. Audion – Mouth to Mouth (c2’s Ending Credits Remix)
110. Kanye West – Ultralight Beam / Real Friends
111. BADBADNOTGOOD – Time Moves Slow feat. Sam Herring
112. Pissed Jeans – The Bar Is Low
113. SKEPTA – Man
114. Bonobo – Kerala
115. Stormzy – Scary
116. Frank Ocean – White Ferrari
117. Ray BLK – My Hood (Ft. Stormzy)
118. Ben Sollee – The Long Lavender Line
“Head East, Head West, Continue straight” Sat Nav has never sounded as funky as on ‘The Long Lavender Line’ with Ben Sollee making a welcome return after four years away. The GPS voice works perfectly with a very wonky wavering cello and a beat provided by Jordon Ellis, it’s a fabulously quirky gem topped by Ben recounting a tale of a man so wrapped up in Pokémon he walks straight off a cliff.
Ben Sollee: “Listening to this record is like looking through a scrapbook or reading a diary. Jordon and I stitched together audio memories from our years on the road to inspire new sounds and ideas,”
Jordon Ellis: “This record embodies a unique sonic and musical aesthetic that has been bouncing around in our brains for years, and that we have really wanted to get out and onto a project.”
119. Sofi Tukker – Drinkee (Original Mix)
120. Suuns – Instrument
121. Blown Out – New Cruiser
Newcastle Trio continue on their voyage through deep fuckin’ space. Powerdrive psychedelic rock.
122. Noura Mint Seymali – Ghlana
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123. Moses Sumney – Lonely World
124. Noga Erez – Dance While You Shoot
125. Beyonce – Hold Up
126. Mr. Tophat – Trust Me (Feat. Robyn)
“It’s a match made in dancefloor heaven: Swedish house maestro Mr. Tophat and pop phenom Robyn have come together for ‘Trust Me,’ a three-tracker of dark disco and luscious grooves that only an inspired pairing such as this could conceive of.”
127. Jstar – Deadly Dance feat Brother Culture
This is not exactly new but the full Jstar album is out so that gives me an excuse to replug his collaboration with Brixton sound system veteran Brother Culture. Listen to those horns!
Jstar: “Brother Culture is so busy. We recorded this quite a few years ago in my bedroom cupboard, and my instrumental never really stood up to his vocal power until I applied some real effort into complimenting his gruff style. It’s like Mafia vampires gone dubwise”.
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128. Busy Signal – Play The Horns [47th Floor Riddim]
The likes of Beenie Man, Mavado, Charley Black and more have recorded on Seanizzle’s ’47th floor Riddim’ but for my money it’s the ever reliable Busy Signal who has the definite take referencing the riddims parping ‘toy’ horns in his chorus.
129. D.R.A.M – Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)
130. Dawn Richard – Honest
131. Jeff Parker – Get Dressed
Lead single from Jeff Parker’s forthcoming full-length International Anthem release The New Breed. Released digitally and on limited 7″ phonograph flexi disc with gold foil titles and glossy photo print of Ernie Parker and friends.
132. Martha – Ice Cream And Sunscreen
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133.Collapsed Lung – New Song, Old Band
Collapsed Lung are back AND not with the 34th reissue of ‘Eat My Goal’… it’s an actual new song by a fairly old band (they formed back in 1992 in Harlow).
The Lung initially got back together for (lead rapper) Jim’s 40th, as a “surprise” – i.e. he didn’t know it was happening, and was surprised to find himself doing a Collapsed Lung set at his own surprise party. After a one off concert nothing happened for 5 years partially due to Jim’s other stage persona as Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer, purveyor of Chap-hop.
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134. RC & the Gritz – Good Day To You Sir
The Gritz Band is more of an eclectic super-group than your average hip-hop band. Known by some as Erykah Badu’s band. ‘Good Day to you Sir’ comes recommended by NinjaTune’s very own Mr Scruff.
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135. Illum Sphere – Thousand Yard Stare
136. Babyfather – God Hour (feat Mica Levi)
Dean Blunt returns to Hyperdub with a new album under the Babyfather pseudonym with one of the standout tracks being this Mica Levi featuring diamond.
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137. Bombino – Timtar
138. Jesse Perez – What You Say Bout My Momma (Original Mix)
Miami born turntablelist & producer, Jesse Perez, throws down a booty shaking killer house jam for Edible’s fourth release. “What You Say About My Momma” ripped up dancefloors from the moment it landed in Eats Everything’s hands.
139. Jordan Rakei – Talk to Me
140. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids – Whispering Tenderness
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141. Winsome – Untitled/Dub
142. Melanie De Biasio – Blackened Cities
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143. Solange – Cranes In the Sky
144. Alice Jemima – Liquorice
145. Rodion – Allee Der Kosmonauten (original mix)
146. Asda – Long Grass
Chester Giles and Seb ‘Vessel’ Gainsborough launched their ASDA project in 2015 via a well-received 10″ on the F*ckPunk imprint the latter runs with Ossia. Here they follow it up with a decidedly fuzzy mini-album on No Corner. The duo’s formula – poetic, Sleaford Mods-style spoken vocals over crusty beats and wild, distorted electronics – leaves enough room for quiet eclecticism, as well as intense experimentation. As a result, The Abyss is an impressive set, with vocalist Giles musing on one-night-stands over metallic beats on “Universal Themes”, discussing blood-stained bus-stops and social unease on the clarinet-laden ambient creepiness of “The Desire For Light & Stars & Jubilant Songs”, and sticking two fingers up at the world on the dense, distorted intensity of opener “Killer Of Men”.
147. Frankie Reyes – La Comparsa
Frankie Reyes is the alias of Gabriel Reyes-Whittaker who also records as GB (Gifted & Blessed). Boleros Valses y Mas, his Stones Throw debut, is an album comprised of popular Latin standards, reworked by Reyes with an Oberheim synthesizer.
148. The Magnetic North – Pennylands
149. El Perro Del Mar – Breadandbutter