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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Mild High Club - SkiptracingMajor Stars - Motion SetNots - CosmeticLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthThe KVB - Of DesireCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightJulianna Barwick - WillNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Kandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionAndy Shauf - The PartySex Swing - Sex SwingMV & EE - root/voidPreoccupations - PreoccupationsPantha Du Prince - The TriadTrust Punks - Double BindPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeTy Segall - Emotional MuggerSneaks - Gymnasticspatten - ΨVHS - Gift of LifeElias Krantz - LifelinesCass McCombs - Mangy LovePsychic Twin - Strange DiaryFaun Fables - Born of the SunSpectres - DeadLVL UP - Return to LoveNothing - Tired Of TomorrowSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingDilly Dally - fkkt EPDrugdealer - The End of ComedyThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageSteve Hauschildt - StrandsDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorKeaton Henson - Kindly NowStrata Florida - Falling From GracePurling Hiss - High BiasPOLIÇA - United CrushersHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveXAM Duo - XAM DuoLionlimb - ShooFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeMONO - Requiem For HellJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Twin Peaks - Down in HeavenThe Amazing - AmbulanceGoat - RequiemLabirinto - GehennaWild Nothing - Life of PauseHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterQuilt - PlazaBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceTrue Cross - Pure DivorceSwans - The Glowing ManSugar Candy Mountain - 666Kings of Leon - WALLSBlown Out - New CruiserAblebody - Adult ContemporariesMitski - Puberty 2The Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelCate Le Bon - Crab DayThought Forms - Songs About DrowningThe Coral - Distance in BetweenSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyGlobelamp - The Orange GlowTOY - Clear ShotDIIV - Is the is AreWovenhand - Star TreatmentMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Car Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialParquet Courts - Human PerformanceRedspencer - PerksHashish - A Product OfLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionUltimate Painting - DuskPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteThe Early Years - IILiving Body - Body is WorkingCool Ghouls - Animal RacesMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleTortoise - The CatastrophistGoggs - GoggsLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceOkkervil River - AwayBond St. District - A Church On VulcanOmni - DeluxeWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingS U R V I V E -  RR7349Odonis Odonis - Post PlagueSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassNo Joy - Drool SuckerBlood Orange - Freetown SoundNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainThe Avalanches - WildflowerNight School - BlushThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceHMS Morris - Interior DesignThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryTangent - Collapsing HorizonsJenny Hval - Blood BitchKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceEZTV - High In PlaceThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Yeti Lane - L'AuroreSlow Season - WestingFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPAngel Olsen - My WomanMother Feather - Mother FeatherWolf People - RuinsIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionH.U.M - Trinity WayMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!The Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!MJ Guider - Precious SystemsRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolNewmoon - SpaceThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveMatmos - Ultimate Care IIEntrance - PromisesMoney - Suicide SongsRed Fang - Only GhostsLas Kellies - Friends & LoversFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersPlaid - The Digging RemedyDavid Bowie - BlackstarHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesPop.1280 - ParadiseKuro - Kuro