Albums of the Year 2016 - - Soundblab

Albums of the Year 2016

2016 will go down as the year the world truly turned on its head. I could go on about Trump, Boris and all of the other idiots but I'm sick to the back teeth of politics. Sadly, we had to deal with losing some of the greatest artists of all time this year as well, David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, to name just three.

But if there's one thing that will never let you down it's new music. If you're reading this then you'll know what I'm talking about, that moment when you hear a new album for the first time and it just blows you away. And there have been plenty of those moments this year. For me personally, nothing tops Bowie's Blackstar. To bow out in such style is one thing but to have been making challenging, experimental music after all those years says it all about the genius of the man.

So here's our top albums of 2016, in no particular order, just a list of great albums that you should check out because great music is still being made, you just have to dig a little deeper to find it.

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XAM Duo - XAM DuoKuro - KuroRed Fang - Only GhostsSwans - The Glowing ManJenny Hval - Blood BitchPOLIÇA - United CrushersDavid Bowie - BlackstarNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerStrata Florida - Falling From GraceLiving Body - Body is WorkingSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelElias Krantz - LifelinesLas Kellies - Friends & LoversLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!patten - ΨCass McCombs - Mangy LoveSlow Season - WestingHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionUltimate Painting - DuskPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainJulianna Barwick - WillOmni - DeluxeThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidPurling Hiss - High BiasPreoccupations - PreoccupationsThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingMother Feather - Mother FeatherMoney - Suicide SongsEZTV - High In PlaceHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Prins Thomas - Principe Del NorteKeaton Henson - Kindly NowIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassBlood Orange - Freetown SoundOkkervil River - AwaySunflower Bean - Human CeremonyGlobelamp - The Orange GlowOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueDilly Dally - fkkt EPThe Early Years - IIDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotMV & EE - root/voidFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorWovenhand - Star TreatmentFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightMitski - Puberty 2Entrance - PromisesKings of Leon - WALLSSteve Hauschildt - StrandsThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsTortoise - The CatastrophistSneaks - GymnasticsCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialParquet Courts - Human PerformanceBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhBlown Out - New CruiserVHS - Gift of LifeSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Head Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceMild High Club - SkiptracingPlaid - The Digging RemedyMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsTy Segall - Emotional MuggerNight School - BlushGoggs - GoggsLVL UP - Return to LoveGoat - RequiemJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageLabirinto - GehennaTangent - Collapsing HorizonsBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceDIIV - Is the is AreFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightBond St. District - A Church On VulcanTrust Punks - Double BindMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Wild Nothing - Life of PauseThe KVB - Of DesireMatmos - Ultimate Care IISpectres - DeadNots - CosmeticJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IITrue Cross - Pure DivorceThe Coral - Distance in BetweenCate Le Bon - Crab DayTOY - Clear ShotSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesThe Avalanches - WildflowerWolf People - RuinsThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Cavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishAndy Shauf - The PartyRedspencer - PerksPop.1280 - ParadiseMJ Guider - Precious SystemsLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthNewmoon - SpaceLionlimb - ShooNothing - Tired Of TomorrowFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingFaun Fables - Born of the SunNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Ablebody - Adult ContemporariesThe Amazing - AmbulanceMajor Stars - Motion SetThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeS U R V I V E -  RR7349Psychic Twin - Strange DiaryA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaSugar Candy Mountain - 666MONO - Requiem For HellSex Swing - Sex SwingKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceAngel Olsen - My WomanHMS Morris - Interior DesignQuilt - PlazaMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesDrugdealer - The End of ComedyMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionPantha Du Prince - The TriadThought Forms - Songs About DrowningYeti Lane - L'AuroreHashish - A Product OfCool Ghouls - Animal RacesThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryNo Joy - Drool SuckerH.U.M - Trinity WayThe Orange Drop - Stoned In Love