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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Major Stars - Motion SetLVL UP - Return to LoveSlow Season - WestingSex Swing - Sex SwingPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveAndy Shauf - The PartyMJ Guider - Precious SystemsSteve Hauschildt - StrandsThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsCool Ghouls - Animal RacesAngel Olsen - My WomanSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyMONO - Requiem For HellDilly Dally - fkkt EPMitski - Puberty 2Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainPurling Hiss - High BiasOkkervil River - AwayAblebody - Adult ContemporariesTy Segall - Emotional MuggerGoat - RequiemCass McCombs - Mangy LoveDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceGoggs - GoggsTOY - Clear ShotNothing - Tired Of TomorrowPreoccupations - PreoccupationsWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Sugar Candy Mountain - 666The Coral - Distance in BetweenSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Red Fang - Only GhostsWild Nothing - Life of PauseCate Le Bon - Crab DayDrugdealer - The End of ComedyFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadWovenhand - Star TreatmentLabirinto - GehennaThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingThe Early Years - IISTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereElias Krantz - LifelinesKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceNewmoon - SpaceThought Forms - Songs About DrowningPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryBond St. District - A Church On VulcanDavid Bowie - BlackstarKings of Leon - WALLSOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Local Natives - Sunlit YouthThe Avalanches - WildflowerBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesWolf People - RuinsThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsJenny Hval - Blood BitchSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelUltimate Painting - DuskNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerLionlimb - ShooDIIV - Is the is ArePantha Du Prince - The TriadHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesTrust Punks - Double BindIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionHashish - A Product OfPOLIÇA - United CrushersOmni - DeluxeJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IILas Kellies - Friends & LoversS U R V I V E -  RR7349Mild High Club - SkiptracingEntrance - PromisesXAM Duo - XAM DuoLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceMatmos - Ultimate Care IIJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeMV & EE - root/voidpatten - ΨDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorNots - CosmeticThe KVB - Of DesireNight School - BlushSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesSpectres - DeadTortoise - The CatastrophistMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishTangent - Collapsing HorizonsKeaton Henson - Kindly NowLiving Body - Body is WorkingGlobelamp - The Orange GlowOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueSneaks - GymnasticsSwans - The Glowing ManJulianna Barwick - WillHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureParquet Courts - Human PerformanceBlown Out - New CruiserHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterKuro - KuroFaun Fables - Born of the SunHoneyblood - Babes Never Die The Amazing - AmbulanceHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightBlood Orange - Freetown SoundYeti Lane - L'AuroreFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersStrata Florida - Falling From GraceNo Joy - Drool SuckerThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!The Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Quilt - PlazaMoney - Suicide SongsEZTV - High In PlaceChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Prins Thomas - Principe Del NorteHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceMother Feather - Mother FeatherVHS - Gift of LifePlaid - The Digging RemedyTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPHMS Morris - Interior DesignThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryRedspencer - PerksPop.1280 - ParadiseWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolTrue Cross - Pure DivorceH.U.M - Trinity WayCar Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial