01. Best albums
From the balls-to-the-wall power of Russian modern metal band From Sky To Abyss to the lyrical intricacy of Scottish singer-songwriter Finn Anderson, from the amazing pop chemistry of duo Arrow & Olive to the smooth RnB vibes of Mickey Blue, 2016 brought a great amount of talents and masterpieces! Discover all our favorite albums and emerging artists from 2016!
The year started off powerfully, with a smashing return from the Russian modern metal outfit. On this sophomore release, they show impressive evolution and strong personality in their sound and songwriting.
- #postrock #electronica
Rag & Bones see Mathieu Poterie brilliantly emancipating from his former band Figures In Motion with a subtle, mesmerizing, remarkable first album of post-rock and abstract electronica.
- #soul #rnb
Niki J. Crawford’s first EP is carried by soaring and multi-layered vocals, finely attuned by magnificent RnB hooks and soul instrumentations.
- #hiphop #rnb #funk
From old-school hip-hop to funk, from soul to pop, AJC & The Envelope Pushers have easily set themselves apart from others by seamlessly fusing music and ultimately becoming genre-less. True masters of genre-jumping!
- France, USA, Japan, South Korea, Germany
- #hiphop #triphop #electronic
Packed with creative and intricate hip-hop beats, "Sadtimes" is a passionate testimony of French beatmaker Wasaru's deep love for hip-hop, supported by a fantastic cast of international indie rappers.
- #electronic #pop #house
JekK's fresh return to the forefront is extatic, and feels catchy and smooth at the same time. Immerse yourself in "Roses", approaching to the popular tropical house sound, with perfectly orchestrated deep-house instrumentals.
- #alternative #rock
While the band’s core sound is rock, as seen on the hit single "On Sale", Golden Duck Orchestra also incorporates different styles such as pop, Brazilian folk elements, electronic music and other surprising twists. Brilliant effort!
- #alternative #rock
Remember The Bourgeois's last effort? It was hit on Jamendo Music last year! The Oklahoma alt-rock trio returns to hit the nail harder: produced by Trent Bell (The Flaming Lips) & Rob Schnapf (Beck), "Designer Genes" is a pure sonic tsunami!
- #indie #rock
This Ukrainian four-piece has already attracted a lot of attention from local radio & TV. Rightly so: their debut album "Scintilla Wave" is a pure indie psychedelic rock gem!
- #electronic #ambient #experimental
"Rapidly Unexpected" is the Greek duo's excellent latest effort, this time composed and mastered with new techniques aimed at opening your mind more than ever!
- #pop #indie
Raised in Montreal and established in Tel-Aviv, Dorine Levy delivers a compelling collection of confident, accomplished indie pop songs that already managed to catch a lot of attention from the public and the media in several countries.
- #indie #artpop
Embracing his penchant for poetic and theatrical storytelling, Scottish artist Finn Anderson's songs are characterised by their lyrical intricacy and his distinctive baritone voice. An accomplished artist!
02. Best Newcomers
They emerged in 2016 on Jamendo Music and delt a great amount of really memorable amazing tunes. Here are some great new talents that may make waves in 2017!
Kate Carlson and Michael McEachern bring together sultry passion and sunny soul to create a fresh sound that you can't help but get caught up in. They have this amazing artistic chemistry that you can easily witness in their songs. Irresistible!
- #rock #alternative
Ukrainian outfit Roller Genoa will give you a hell of a time with their impudent and unashamed garage rock influenced by the likes of The White Stripes or Kings of Leon!
- #rap #rnb
Missing some fierce hiphop tunes? Y'all need to have a listen to those splendid songs from talented artist Just Matthew from Los Angeles!
The Parisian band navigates brilliantly through the sounds of 70's reggae, meticulously exploring the grooves and succeeding in sounding just like a Jamaican band!
- #rnb #soul #hiphop
Mickey Blue has been quietly dropping awesome singles on Jamendo Music in the past few months, it's time for you to get acquainted with this rising talent!
Close your eyes and let yourself drift away to the warm voice and smooth beats of American singer Sydney Leigh. Her pop songs are absolutely breathtaking!
- #metalcore #numetal
Great to see that the Spanish metal scene is thriving with badass-sounding bands like Swim to Drown from Zaragoza! Discover their crushing blend of metalcore, nu metal and hiphop!
- #darkwave #rock #indie
The British duo Portrayal is expert in fusing alternative genres, sounds and melodies to create a unique and cinematic darkwave rock sound. A stunning debut album!