Galway club Bap To The Future DJ Laura Lolz picks her top 10 tracks of 2016.
Roy of the Ravers – Emotinium
Cheating slightly with this since it was released on cassette in 2015, however the much sought after 12″ came out in 2016. This is defo my number 1 tune of the year and I can’t help but let all 11mins 45 secs play out. SUCH good vibez.
Sparky – Black Swan
I totally slept on this tune till I heard it in a mix by So Low resident Becky Marshall recently. Released on Optimo Trax this is definitely one of my faves to play out. Taps off hands in the air type of tune.
Sophia Loizou – Glimpses of Death
I absolutely love Loizou’s approach to making music, for Singulacra she combines small fragments of old jungle records and pirate radio station transmissions with vocal samples and field recordings. Glimpses of Death is a fave from the album and has featured in a lot of my mixes and sets this year.
Carla Dal Forno – The Same Reply
Released on the excellent Blackest Ever Black, Dal Forno’s debut album You Know What it’s Like is easily one of my favourite albums of the year. The Same Reply is a good example of what the rest of the album is like- dark, gloomy and melancholic- everything I love.
DVA Damas- In the Clear
Picked this up in RubaDub in Glasgow, and it’s been a firm favourite in my sets since. Wavey EBM style goodness with a killer vocal, what’s not to like.
Not Waving – I Know I Know I Know
Hard to pick just one track off Not Waving’s album Animals which was released on Diagonal this year. This tune is an absolute hammer. It’s a combination of Industrial, EBM, Techno and Acid madness.
Rupert Clearvaux & Beatrice Dillon – A Different River Once
I just love everything about this, experimental and a lot of fun.
Karen Gwyer – Prophase Metaphase Anaphase Telophase
A 9 minute techno journey from one of my fave producers around at the min, superb!!
Melly- Flying Ducks EP
Melly has easily become one of my favourite Irish producers this year. His release on Where to Now is absolute fire. The whole EP is fresh as fuck and I couldn’t pick just one tune so including the full EP! Shout outs to Lumigraph for the ace remix of Skip Fire too.
Beyoncé – Formation
Lemonade was definitely a grower of an album for me, it wasn’t till I saw Beyoncé at Croke Park in June that I fully appreciated a lot of the tunes on it. A toss up between this and Sorry, both have been on heavy rotation at many the after sesh this year.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.