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Top 100 tracks of 2016

31st of December seems to be the perfect day to publish the end-year list with the best tracks. And 2016 was a very good year when it comes to songs and I had to deal with it while making this list. If I’m counting correctly, 48 positions are associated in one way or another with women which is good. There are are also three remixes, two names appear more than once, five tracks are longer than 10 minutes and four are shorter than 3 minutes. There is also one artist who is included for the fifth year in a row. Interesting fact – English is not included in any of the songs from the first three places.

All the best in 2017. See you here in a year!

(don’t miss everything that happened in 2016 in tropical music, another list by me)

100. YAEJI – New York 93 (Single Version)

99. SANTS – Rajada

98. JUNIOR BOYS – What You Won’t Do for Love

97. FATIMA AL QADIRI – Blows

96. BEACON – Better or Worse

95. SEI A – Ancestors

94. VIMES – Kyra

93. SMERZ – Blessed

92. POMRAD – Knights (album version)

91. OYINDA – Never Enough

90. YUKSEK – Golden Age

89. KAYTRANADA – Bullets (feat. Little Dragon)

88. LABRADOR – Stile

87. SANTIGOLD – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself (feat. B.C)

86. YELLO – Limbo

85. ALEX SMOKE – Dust

84. SAMARIS – T3mp0

83. SHIT ROBOT – Lose Control

82. PILLOW PERSON – On Your Way

81. MNTJY – Aparentemente

80. BABYFATHER – Meditation (feat. Arca)

79. DANNY L HARLE – Ashes of Love (feat. Caroline Polachek)

78. EMIKA – Flashbacks

77. CASSIUS – Action (Feat. Cat Power & Mike D)

76. OLGA BELL – Randomness

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2016 in tropical music

Ok, so I guess this needs (and deserves) an explanation. Since October 2015 I have been hosting a weekly radio show on Radio Luz in Wrocław, Poland which is called Basy Tropikalne and is all about tropical music. The name of the show means – at least more or less – tropical bass but at the same time it is a kind of wordplay in Polish as by exchanging only one letter you obtain lasy tropikalne – and that means tropical forests. The reason I am mentioning this is because the name of the show can be in fact somehow misleading as it may suggest that a genre called tropical bass is in the centre of my attention. But it is not. Of course it may appear and most certainly has appeared few times in the tracklist of some of the shows but Basy Tropikalne brings definitely many more sounds.

What is tropical music for me then? Well, I have not come up with any elaborate definitions. Instead of that I am just looking for music which has been either produced in Latin America or Africa (or any other tropical region) or which contains traditional elements of cultures from that areas or whose authors come from those distant parts of the world. In fact, if there is any decent connection between the sound itself or its producers and a particular tropical region – such composition may make it to the show.

The list you can see below is a very brief summary of what happened in 2016 in tropical music from my perspective. Since I am very much a single person this list is brutally limited and without any doubts incomplete but it contains almost everything that I think is worth mentioning – it can be a song, an album or something else. There are no specific places as you simply cannot compare gqom to digital cumbia. The order is also completely random, just to make it fair (for the eagle-eyed among you – yes, it’s a little bit chronological). Enjoy and have a tropical 2017.

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AL-90 – CODE-915913

Fuselab, a label that is a home to OSOM favourites Galun and Ishome, seems to have rebranded itself. There is a new logo, website and apparently also a new musical direction. Fortunately – and most importantly – the change is not drastic as their releases still possess that appealing factor that have been making the previous ones particularly valuable and it is proved by the newest position in their catalogue which is a full-length album CODE-915913 by Russian artist AL-90.

The Murmansk-based musician debuted last year with an album for UK label Reckno in which he presented his interpretation of house music which is now known as so called post-house or tape-house. This fresh genre is characterized by deep and dreamy compositions with beats that are somehow slightly muted to create a peaceful atmosphere. Have a listen below!

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