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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LVL UP - Return to LoveMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTTOY - Clear ShotVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Local Natives - Sunlit YouthUltimate Painting - DuskFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPPOLIÇA - United CrushersVHS - Gift of LifeRedspencer - PerksThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceDrugdealer - The End of ComedyCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightThe Amazing - AmbulanceThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathKeaton Henson - Kindly NowHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Holy Wave - Freaks of NurtureOkkervil River - AwayGoat - RequiemTortoise - The CatastrophistRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolSlow Season - WestingThe Coral - Distance in BetweenGlobelamp - The Orange GlowHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesLiving Body - Body is WorkingThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingMoney - Suicide SongsCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialRed Fang - Only GhostsBlood Orange - Freetown SoundH.U.M - Trinity WayLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishPlaid - The Digging RemedyPurling Hiss - High BiasDilly Dally - fkkt EPGoggs - GoggsBlown Out - New CruiserMJ Guider - Precious SystemsSteve Hauschildt - StrandsSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereThe Avalanches - WildflowerThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!The KVB - Of DesireOmni - DeluxeFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeTangent - Collapsing HorizonsLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionHashish - A Product OfThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeNight School - BlushS U R V I V E -  RR7349The Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassXAM Duo - XAM DuoSex Swing - Sex SwingSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyParquet Courts - Human PerformanceThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorrySneaks - GymnasticsNewmoon - SpaceNots - CosmeticMild High Club - SkiptracingPop.1280 - ParadiseWild Nothing - Life of PauseWovenhand - Star TreatmentAblebody - Adult ContemporariesFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingSugar Candy Mountain - 666Fat White Family - Songs for Our MothersPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenMatmos - Ultimate Care IIThought Forms - Songs About DrowningDIIV - Is the is AreThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueMajor Stars - Motion SetMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleJulianna Barwick - WillPantha Du Prince - The TriadCool Ghouls - Animal RacesWolf People - RuinsThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhSwans - The Glowing ManThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsQuilt - PlazaTy Segall - Emotional MuggerLas Kellies - Friends & LoversNothing - Tired Of TomorrowLionlimb - ShooPreoccupations - PreoccupationsMONO - Requiem For HellStrata Florida - Falling From GraceBond St. District - A Church On VulcanTrust Punks - Double BindCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceEntrance - PromisesMV & EE - root/voidCass McCombs - Mangy LoveSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelCate Le Bon - Crab Daypatten - ΨNo Joy - Drool SuckerDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...The Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidSpectres - DeadDavid Bowie - BlackstarNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceFaun Fables - Born of the SunJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingEZTV - High In PlaceKings of Leon - WALLSMother Feather - Mother FeatherChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionElias Krantz - LifelinesKuro - KuroTrue Cross - Pure DivorceThe Early Years - IIMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Olivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaLabirinto - GehennaNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Andy Shauf - The PartyDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightMitski - Puberty 2Jenny Hval - Blood BitchJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIAngel Olsen - My WomanHMS Morris - Interior DesignSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteYeti Lane - L'Aurore