Normally this seems a good time to throw in a silly “junk” post about this blog satisfactorily fulfilled all its goals in the last year, but 2016 has been a funny one. A few very good things have happened, and an awful lot of very bad ones too.
Rather than pick any of them out by name, as we look forward to the nuclear holocaust that 2017 looks like being, let’s just enjoy this glorious celebration of one of the many true greats who was lost in the last twelve months.
We can now count down the entirety of this blog’s top ten tracks of the year:
10. Yello – Cold Flame
9. I Monster – The Bradley Brothers realise the transmutation of the Chamberlin to the MELLOTRON
8. C Duncan – Wanted to Want It Too
7. Royksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Never Ever
6. Delerium feat. Phildel – Ritual
5. Clarke Hartnoll – Better Have a Drink to Think
4. Shit Robot – End of the Trail
3. Massive Attack feat. Hope Sandoval – The Spoils
2. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
At number one, breaking a primary rule of this blog’s countdown (only one entry per artist allowed), it’s another track from Pet Shop Boys, this time collaborating with Jean-Michel Jarre, who this year released two more albums, meaning he has now put out three in just over a year. Which is impressive, to say the least – and the best of the bunch is this, Brick England.
With just a week left, 2016 dealt us yet another savage blow yesterday, with the sad loss of George Michael. I had another post lined up to go today, but nothing else really seems appropriate. Rest in peace, Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.
Of all of Vince Clarke‘s recent electro albums, this year’s 2Square, released with Paul Hartnoll as Clarke Hartnoll, seems to be thought of as the least good. But it still has its moments, including the brilliant single Better Have a Drink to Think.