Wipe Out Music’s Top 10 Tracks Of The Year

 

The staff here at Wipe Out Music have come together and through (mostly) civilized discussion reached an agreement on which tracks we have fallen in love with over the past twelve months.

These tracks are highlights for us in a year full of great music, as both the artists and ourselves reach lofty new heights. Perfect for sync and all round great tracks they are (in no particular order) as follows:

 

Apollo Junction – This Could Be The Day

Signed after witnessing an electrifying live performance from this indie-pop band at a festival, this track secured several Radio 2 plays and was used by ITV’s ‘This Morning’. In the process of signing to a label, we have huge expectations for them next year. – Liam

Avalanche Party – Solid Gold

This year Avalanche Party have become an unstoppable, snarling beast of band by playing the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds festivals. They’ve kept up with this momentum by signing to the prestigious Amazing Records and have found themselves with a BBC Radio 6 session along with being placed alongside other great acts on ‘Amazing Radio’s B-list’. Avalanche Party’s first single under Amazing Records ‘Solid Gold’ shows there’s no slowing them down. – Matty

Buffalo Skinners – Sugar Cane

This track was in all the team’s Top 10 list. Americana with beautiful harmonies, their second album ‘Cease Your Dreaming’ was produced by Colin Elliot (Kylie Minogue, Richard Hawley) who managed to create an album that Americana Magazine described as “fresh and inviting”. Highlights included radio play from: Janice Long, Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and a BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park appearance. – Liam

Coquin Migale – Pt2

Coquin Migale have managed to stand out among giants in a year of great music. After signing a record deal with the fantastic indie label Fierce Panda, they would go on to headline the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds festivals. A band on all staff members “Best of the Year” lists. The powerful indie single ‘Pt2’ is an exclamation mark on an excellent year from the band. – Matty

Daniel Meade – Please Louise

After two self-released albums, Glasweigan  Daniel signed to At The Helm for this year’s ‘Let Me Off At The Bottom’ album and toured with The Proclaimers, Sturgill Simpson and Diana Jones, appeared on BBC TV, BBC Radio 2 and is presently in Spain playing with Ocean Colour Scene. – Liam

Mouses – Hollywood

Mouses single, the lo-fi energetic ‘Hollywood’ is taken from their debut LP ‘The Mouses Album’ and was Huw Stephens Tip Of The Week in July, receiving great support including the rarity of back to back plays by the Radio 1 presenter as well as being championed by Tom Robinson on BBC 6Music. As such, Mouses were the third up and coming band on the Wipe Out roster chosen to play BBC Introducing stage at Reading/Leeds in 2016. – Mark

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra – Cats & Chickens

This year saw the band who are impossible to classify, but ragtime hokum may give you some idea, release their third album ‘Something Blue’. In support they played almost 150 gigs from India, to a beach in Tynemouth to the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury, appeared on BBC TV and performed more radio sessions that we could possibly list. – Liam

Sleaford Mods – TCR

Sleaford Mods are currently at the top of their game. TCR is the lead track taken from their Total Control Racing EP, released via Rough Trade Records in October, and which saw them tour the UK with sold out shows at London’s Roundhouse and consecutive sold out shows in their hometown of Nottingham. In 2017 the duo will release their new album ‘English Tapas’ via Rough Trade and continue their upward momentum into the future. – Mark

The Cult of Dom Keller – Shambala Is On Fire

The heavy-psych droning of The Cult of Dom Keller has reached an ear-shattering new volume with their 2016 album ‘Goodbye To The Light’ released on the famous Fuzz Club label. The band have set their sights on a world-conquering tour of noise for next year with dates in China (!) and a headlining slot at Barcelona Psych-Fest. ‘Shambhala Is on Fire’ is the Cult of Dom Keller at their very best and very loudest. -Matty

The Spitfires – So Long

‘So Long’ by Watford band The Spitfires went right to the top, hitting No. 1 of the Vinyl Singles Chart. The single was take from their second album ‘A Thousand Times’, which the band toured extensively in 2016 with festival appearances at Isle of Wight and Y-Not Festival among others. ‘So Long’ caught the discerning ear of BBC 6Music’s Steve Lamacq who repeatedly played the single, and the band have been championed by such iconic British acts as Paul Weller and The Specials, having supported both in the recent past. – Mark