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 DuoLVL UP - Return to LoveGoat - RequiemFaun Fables - Born of the SunDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Savoy Motel - Savoy MotelEntrance - PromisesNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Olivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceH.U.M - Trinity WaySteve Hauschildt - StrandsThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhOmni - DeluxeLabirinto - GehennaKuro - KuroPOLIÇA - United CrushersThought Forms - Songs About DrowningThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingDIIV - Is the is AreTangent - Collapsing HorizonsMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathSunflower Bean - Human Ceremonypatten - ΨMild High Club - SkiptracingHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureS U R V I V E -  RR7349Frankie Cosmos - Next ThingSugar Candy Mountain - 666Tortoise - The CatastrophistPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTMatmos - Ultimate Care IIAblebody - Adult ContemporariesThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsThe Avalanches - WildflowerLionlimb - ShooPreoccupations - PreoccupationsHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadDilly Dally - fkkt EPRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersTrue Cross - Pure DivorceVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionBond St. District - A Church On VulcanVHS - Gift of LifeThe KVB - Of DesirePop.1280 - ParadiseSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereGlobelamp - The Orange GlowThe Early Years - IIWild Nothing - Life of PauseKings of Leon - WALLSKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceRed Fang - Only GhostsMother Feather - Mother FeatherPurling Hiss - High BiasSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceCate Le Bon - Crab DayCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexCool Ghouls - Animal RacesUltimate Painting - DuskThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightNothing - Tired Of TomorrowNo Joy - Drool SuckerWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightJenny Hval - Blood BitchHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesThe Amazing - AmbulanceWolf People - RuinsCass McCombs - Mangy LoveAndy Shauf - The PartyHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceMONO - Requiem For HellYeti Lane - L'AuroreLiving Body - Body is WorkingJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IITOY - Clear ShotPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryHMS Morris - Interior DesignMV & EE - root/voidNight School - BlushGoggs - GoggsNewmoon - SpaceThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialRedspencer - PerksDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorAngel Olsen - My WomanPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingTy Segall - Emotional MuggerPantha Du Prince - The TriadStrata Florida - Falling From GraceThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainWovenhand - Star TreatmentMJ Guider - Precious SystemsSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Keaton Henson - Kindly NowBlood Orange - Freetown SoundThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeDrugdealer - The End of ComedyDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPThe Coral - Distance in BetweenElias Krantz - LifelinesTrust Punks - Double BindDavid Bowie - BlackstarSneaks - GymnasticsSlow Season - WestingLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Plaid - The Digging RemedyFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!NZCA Lines - Infinite SummerLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveEZTV - High In PlaceMajor Stars - Motion SetLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Sex Swing - Sex SwingThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryParquet Courts - Human PerformanceBlown Out - New CruiserMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesMitski - Puberty 2Julianna Barwick - WillMoney - Suicide SongsHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Spectres - DeadA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceLas Kellies - Friends & LoversNots - CosmeticQuilt - PlazaHashish - A Product OfOkkervil River - AwaySwans - The Glowing Man