As we approach the midway point of what has been an overwhelming year for new music, here's the ever-evolving list of our favorite records of (roughly) the first half of 2016. Favorite songs of the year (SO FAR) coming later this week:
Lese Majesty's celestial, tone-setting opening track gets some suitably majestic visuals from director Stephan Gray, who calls the "Dawn in Luxor" vid a "daydream on a nightwalk". Images courtesy of NASA's Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit. Watch below + catch your boys Shabazz Palaces opening for Radiohead in LA this summer:
Directed by Chris Hopewell.
Today's second exciting Julianna Barwick update: the artist has put together a beautiful Upfront mix for Boiler Room focusing on her own music, and featuring various rarities including another track from her forthcoming album Will, some of her favorite collaborations, an unreleased Diplo remix, her very rare official Radiohead remix that we posted many years back, and more...
"Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it...
Listen to Jamie xx's two-hour long Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1, featuring tracks from New Look, Koreless, James Blake and a lot more, including Jamie's own new Radiohead rework. Full tracklist after the jump:
Jamie xx :: BBC Essential Mix
Taken from the band's upcoming "From The Basement" session, via Dead Air Space.