Best Of The Week 09/01-15/01
A week that delivered snowmageddon, it was definitely music that came out on top as we sat indoors and kept warm. The 2017 Brit nominations were supported by a number of highly anticipated albums and a cryptic video message that can only mean one thing.
Daft Punk are Alive 2017
Daft Punk, possibly the most elusive duo in music history have never shied from a conspiracy or two. For decades, fans of electronic music's favourite children have been plagued by teases of a tour and in 2017, ten years after their last performance, those fires are well and truly stoked. Earlier in the week, a 51-second video appeared on a random YouTube channel with the title 'ALIVE' and reignited those rumours thanks to a familiar looking neon shape. The stage that made up the duo's 1997 and 2007 Alive tours is prominent which begs the question - is 2017 the year?
David Bowie Keeps Winning
Love him, hate him, or just don't understand him, David Bowie has to be regarded as one of the most accomplished British musicians to have ever lived. Whilst he unfortunately passed away early in 2016, the anniversary of his death has been fittingly marked by his nomination for Best British Male Artist and Best Album at the 2017 Brit awards. Whilst he has some stiff competition from the likes of golden boy Skepta, it'll be a crime against humanity if Brixton's own doesn't claim the prize from the grave.
Battle Of The Albums
The week saw a number of last year's most anticipated albums all come to fruition at once. Whilst Bonobo's Migration and SOHN's Rennen may have gone a little under the radar for most, it is perhaps the latest releases from The xx and grime-favourite Wiley that have stolen the headlines. The band have been back in the studio and have produced a masterpiece in the form of I See You. A totally different sound to that of their previous work, but one that's definitely taken inspiration from Jamie xx's success with In Sound back in 2015. Wiley does however take top spot with Godfather thanks to his trademark punchy lyrics and a little help from the BBK boys. All in all, Eskiboy shows the likes of Skepta and Stormzy who's boss and why he's regarded as grime's OG.