Issue 153

Sampha’s Process will end up among the year’s best, but few singles will have the punch of Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human.” Plus, an interview with SUSTO and a look back at the best of 2016.

Heavy Rotation

What We're Listening To

Vinculum is a difficult, but rewarding, electronic-influenced classical composition inspired by the folk music of Russia and Algeria. Read more.

Rory Graham’s first feature-length album strips back some of the rock influence and gives him room to breathe as the tremendous singer and performer he is. Read more.

Alejandro Bento’s latest album is a transcendent experience. His piano playing is beautiful, but equally impressive are the remixes of each of his tracks on the record. Read more.

Sampha’s solo debut is ambitious electronic R&B, but what makes it memorable is the pure emotion and energy of the whole package. Process is an early contender for Album of the Year. Read more.

The first Surfer Blood album to be written entirely by frontman John Paul Pitts, Snowdonia sees the indie rock band working through the death of former guitarist Thomas Fekete. Read more.


A Few of Our Favourite Things

One year. Twenty-one records. You shouldn’t miss any of them.