The Best Singles of 2016, #16

16. The Last Shadow Puppets, “Miracle Aligner” I hadn’t caught on to the Last Shadow Puppets’ output this year until I decided on the spur of the moment to wander across the grounds at the Osheaga festival and check the band out at the other end of the park. When I got there the band […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #17

17. Japandroids, “Near to the Wild Heart of Life” In a year when the most critically acclaimed indie rock band is the woefully milquetoast Car Seat Headrest, thank freaking goodness for the long-awaited return of Japandroids. And what a return, as their first track in four years is a welcome burst of energy and joy. […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #18

18. Banks, “Fuck With Myself” Jillian Banks has enormous potential as a singer-songwriter, capable of edgy, minimalist electro-pop, steamy R&B, and just enough Kate Bush weirdness to set her apart from her peers. While her 2016 album The Altar overshot its target, slipping too far from avant-pop to forgettable triteness, “Fuck With Myself” was an […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #19

19. Låpsley, “Operator (DJ Koze’s Disco Edit)” When I saw Låpsley perform at Osheaga this past summer, while I liked what I heard, I was wishing the UK singer would be a little less rigid onstage. The same goes for her album, which had its share of moments but needed more of a pulse. Thanks […]

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The Best Singles of 2016, #20

20. Sälen, “Copper Kiss” Here’s a track that came from out of nowhere to surprise me late in the year. I happened to hear it while waiting for a BBC studio session to begin, and I was awfully impressed with its minimal synthpop arrangement, the playful vocal melody, and the weirdly violent lyrics: “You’re so […]

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