Top tracks of 2016 #16 – Jean-Michel Jarre, Edward Snowden & Warpaint


After a tranquil visit to an Icelandic church yesterday it’s time to dive back into the global madness of  2016 with this track from Jean-Michel Jarre’s excellent Electronica 2 album.

It’s a second album of collaborations featuring many fine songs with the likes of Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, Julia Holter, The Orb, Primal Scream. For me, I put Jarre in the same category as Numan in that they changed music radically, were largely derided at the time for their commercial success and only recently are now hailed in hindsight as the pioneers they were all along. The Oxygene/ Equinox / Magnetic Fields trilogy is one I often return to.

This track is a project with Edward Snowden that, you guessed it, focuses on data and surveillance. To further add to its edgy sense of paranoia, let us reflect on who is going to be in charge of the NSA from January 20th…

” Saying that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide, is no different to saying that you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say…”

Scroll down for Roy’s nomination for today and see the list so far here


6 thoughts on “Top tracks of 2016 #16 – Jean-Michel Jarre, Edward Snowden & Warpaint”

  1. This album had passed me by, thanks for flagging up via the Numan track. Smart move this by JMJ to show how influential he has been by collaborating with more established electronic artists. Like this but IMO, the Numan,Orb and PSB tracks are better.

    1. I probably agree but this felt very 2016 to me, whereas the Numan and PSB sound very like Numan and PSB singles would… Actually the track I like the most is the Cyndi Lauper one – Swipe to the Right – which sounds very Ladyhawke/ St Vincent

  2. Number 16 is a New Song. Warpaint must have spent hours coming up with that title but there’s no denying that the sultry dance grooves and west coast FM vocals are a potent mix

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