We're Approaching Grammy Season, Here Are Our Award Winner Predictions

            Now that January is well underway, we’re setting our sights on the gild of Grammy season.

            The 59th annual Grammy Awards ceremony is nearly a month away, set to premiere live on the CBS network on February 12, 2017. Hosted at the Staples Center in LA, the awards ceremony will honor the best “recordings, compositions, and artists” of 2016. Grammy nominations were formally announced on December 6, 2016.

            Of particular—and hardly surprising—interest to us are the nominees recognized under the “Dance/Electronic Music” field. The genre claims two categories of nomination: “Best Dance Recording,” and “Best Dance/Electronic Album.” The nominees for the Grammy award for “Best Dance Recording” include Bob Moses for “Tearing Me Up,” The Chainsmokers & Daya for “Don’t Let Me Down,” Flume & Kai for “Never Be Like You,” Riton & Kah-Lo for “Rinse & Repeat,” and Sofi Tukker for “Drinkee.” It would have been hard to miss “Don’t Let Me Down,” and “Never Be Like You”; both tracks enjoyed radio time in addition to general and widespread listening popularity. Given our familiarity with both The Chainsmokers and Flume, we better acquaint ourselves—and you—with the other nominees.

       Bob Moses: A live electronic act comprised of Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance, Bob Moses focuses on the production of alternative dance music complete with elements of punk and grunge. Their gritty sound materializes on the nominated track “Tearing Me Up,” a reflective instrumental piece that recounts the ambiguity of a romantic relationship. The track appears below.

      Riton & Kah-Lo: The U.K. born Riton engineers house music while Kah-Lo, a Nigerian musician, supplies the vocals on their track “Rinse and Repeat.” The song’s house influence is unmistakable, listen below.

        Sofi Tukker: Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern combine to form the NY based duo, “Sofi Tukker.” Their nominated song, “Drinkee,” appears on their EP, “Soft Animals,” released on July 8th of 2016. Adapted from a Brazilian poem, the song bespeaks a unique production approach, both in terms of lyrics and in the instruments implemented.

          Our prediction for the Grammy award winner for “Best Dance Recording?” Flume, Never Be Like You. Why? The song blends raw vocals with chilled drops reminiscent of the trap genre and a gentle ambiance. The song’s complexity emerges in its ability to work with hard and soft auditory elements in a consistent push/pull exchange. The single reflects Flume’s maturity as an artist/producer.

            “Best Dance Recording” aside, the nominations for “Best Dance/Electronic Album” likewise offer a wealth of talent. Nominees include “Skin” by Flume, “Electronica 1: The Time Machine” by Jean-Michel Jarre, “Epoch” by Tycho, “Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future” by Underworld, and “Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII” by Louie Vega. The manufacturer of distinct ambient/chillwave sounds that have garnered attention for their unique qualities and makeup, Tycho is one to watch as a potential winner of the nomination. Will Flume sweep the field? We wouldn’t be disappointed if he did, and in consideration of the degree to which “Skin” may be considered a musical masterpiece indicative of growth and skill, we assert that it’s entirely possible. Tune in February 12th to see if we were right in our Grammy award winner predictions (and expect an “I told you so” if we indeed are).