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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Head Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceEntrance - PromisesSwans - The Glowing ManKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceMONO - Requiem For HellNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Thought Forms - Songs About DrowningHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceCate Le Bon - Crab DayDIIV - Is the is AreKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceSlow Season - WestingThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Keaton Henson - Kindly NowGoggs - GoggsThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsPlaid - The Digging RemedyRed Fang - Only GhostsJulianna Barwick - WillMother Feather - Mother FeatherTortoise - The CatastrophistTy Segall - Emotional MuggerXAM Duo - XAM DuoThe Amazing - AmbulanceVHS - Gift of LifeThe Coral - Distance in BetweenTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenMatmos - Ultimate Care IIMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathLionlimb - ShooThe KVB - Of DesireUltimate Painting - DuskSugar Candy Mountain - 666Big Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhAndy Shauf - The PartyBlown Out - New CruiserCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainParquet Courts - Human PerformanceMild High Club - SkiptracingJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceNo Joy - Drool SuckerSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowherePop.1280 - ParadiseCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryPreoccupations - PreoccupationsLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthTrust Punks - Double BindPantha Du Prince - The TriadGoat - RequiemPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTWild Nothing - Life of PauseCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightSex Swing - Sex SwingTOY - Clear ShotThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryLas Kellies - Friends & LoversPurling Hiss - High BiasMJ Guider - Precious SystemsThe Avalanches - WildflowerLabirinto - GehennaThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceTrue Cross - Pure DivorceAblebody - Adult ContemporariesThe Early Years - IIHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Night School - BlushDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Yeti Lane - L'AuroreHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureSteve Hauschildt - StrandsSneaks - GymnasticsVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveDilly Dally - fkkt EPOmni - DeluxeKings of Leon - WALLSSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesFaun Fables - Born of the SunRedspencer - PerksPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteMitski - Puberty 2Dodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleKuro - KuroNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerDavid Bowie - BlackstarChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Radiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotNothing - Tired Of TomorrowWolf People - RuinsGlobelamp - The Orange GlowWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingCass McCombs - Mangy Lovepatten - ΨPOLIÇA - United CrushersOkkervil River - AwayFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPLiving Body - Body is WorkingElias Krantz - LifelinesOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueBlood Orange - Freetown SoundMV & EE - root/voidFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingCool Ghouls - Animal RacesStrata Florida - Falling From GraceThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidTangent - Collapsing HorizonsFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesJenny Hval - Blood BitchBond St. District - A Church On VulcanWovenhand - Star TreatmentSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelMourn - Ha, Ha, He.The Wytches - All Your Happy LifeNots - CosmeticSpectres - DeadThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Angel Olsen - My WomanFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeHMS Morris - Interior DesignThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesMajor Stars - Motion SetThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveS U R V I V E -  RR7349EZTV - High In PlaceNewmoon - SpaceLVL UP - Return to LoveThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsH.U.M - Trinity WayMoney - Suicide SongsQuilt - PlazaWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightDrugdealer - The End of ComedyHashish - A Product OfMinor Victories - Minor Victories

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5 out of 5 stars