The litany of lists continues. After compiling all those Best of 2015 lists, music scribes are now turning their attention to the year ahead, making choices as to the most highly anticipated albums set for release in 2016.
We were pleased to note that Exclaim!'s Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums of 2016 included five by Canadian artists. Those were upcoming releases from Polaris shortlisted indie jazz combo BADBADNOTGOOD (release date tba), violinist/singer/songwriter Sarah Neufeld (The Ridge - due Feb. 26 on Paper Bag), songstress Basia Bulat (Good Advice- Feb. 12 on Secret City), and electro-popsters Junior Boys (Big Black Coat- Feb. 5 on GEEJ/City Slang Records). Their unsurprising top choice?: Drake's Views from the 6 (release date unknown).
The Globe and Mail's Brad Wheeler chimed in with his own list, a more selective grouping of four albums from Toronto-based artists due for release in early 2016. Basia Bulat and Drake also made the cut here, alongside singer/songwriter Jason Collett (Song and Dance Man - Feb. 5 on Arts & Crafts) and fiery soul-rocker SATE (formerly Saidah Baba Talibah) with her new album Red, Black & Blue (release date tba).
Over at the Montreal Gazette, the focus was on local artists their music critics "pick to click" in 2016. Erik Leijon singled out anglophone hiphop trio the Posterz and bilingual pop singer/songwriter Charlotte Cardin, a finalist on La Voix in 2013. On the classical music side, Arthur Kaptainis chose pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, named silver medallist at the 17th International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw last October. The rock pick, via contributor Jordan Zivitz, was new electro-rock duo 30 Frames, whose self-titled debut record came out last summer.
Sources: Exclaim!, The Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette