2016 has been a healthy year for music, especially in the U.K where we have seen the emergence of future stars & existing talent becoming house-hold names abroad.
In this special edition of Track of the Week, we take a look back at 5 of our favourite tunes from 2016, spreading across all the genres we love: bass, garage, grime, funky & house.
Bass: Skepsis ft Bru-C – Most High
London producer Skepsis has been making big waves in the bass scene the past 2 years. It’s been great seeing a scene which often London fails to appreciate be spearheaded by a producer from the capital. What’s even more fulfilling is seeing this London to Midlands link up between Nottingham’s Bru-C & Skepsis.
Most High certainly was one of the biggest bass bangers of the year: a festival favourite which recieved radio play from DJs such as 1Xtra’s Sian Anderson & Rinse’s Marcus Nasty.
The UK Bass scene is looking healthy and with the likes of Skepsis and Bru-C producing such magic, 2017 is bound to produce more of the same.
Garage/Grime: Ghetts – You Dun Know Already
By some people’s admission, Ghetts has had a quiet 2016. Nonetheless, quality is better than quantity. In a year flooded by so many releases, it only took one track from Ghetts to get people talking. You Dun Know Already was a hit adored by garage heads, grime heads and the mainstream.
The Oh No! So Solid refix was executed to perfection and Ghetts’ skippy flow made the track a must have for all club DJs this year.
Grime: Sir Spyro ft Teddy Brukshot, Lady Chann & Killa P – Topper Top
Teased via radio DJs the previous year, 2016 finally saw the release of Sir Spyro’s Topper Top, via Deep Medi. The track resonated with grime and bass heads across the country, smashing the festival circuit whilst elevating the status’ of Lady Chann & Killa P.
Both Topper Top and Side by Side has shown that Sir Spyro is not just THE grime DJ but also THE grime producer right now in the game.
Funky: Majora – Rio Citrus
Majora has had a fantastic 2016. Fact. Rio Citrus, for us, was the pinnacle of Majora’s great work this year.
The track fuses tribal and funky elements, such a fusion which encapsulates Majora has a producer. Never one to rest his laurels on one sound, Majora has become a leading producer for blending various genres to make something entirely fresh, with Rio Citrus being no exception.
House: Floorplan – Tell You No lie
We saw many producers in 2016 experiment with disco sounds in their productions; however, none so better than Floorplan’s Tell You No Lie.
A feel good floorfiller record from producer Robert Hood (Floorplan’s real name), Tell You No Lie is a stunning rework of Ann Nesby’s Lovin’ Is Really My Game, receiving rave reviews from Resident Advisor (4/5) and Mixmag (10/10).
Written by David Akosim