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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Trust Punks - Double BindKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageAndy Shauf - The PartyNight School - BlushFaun Fables - Born of the SunMother Feather - Mother FeatherSlow Season - WestingBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceThe Amazing - AmbulanceMatmos - Ultimate Care IIHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceS U R V I V E -  RR7349Mild High Club - SkiptracingMONO - Requiem For HellTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenSwans - The Glowing ManMV & EE - root/voidKeaton Henson - Kindly NowThe Avalanches - WildflowerWovenhand - Star TreatmentVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionHashish - A Product OfKings of Leon - WALLSPop.1280 - ParadiseStrata Florida - Falling From GraceThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotH.U.M - Trinity WayCool Ghouls - Animal RacesGoat - RequiemXAM Duo - XAM DuoRedspencer - PerksRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteLabirinto - GehennaDIIV - Is the is AreTrue Cross - Pure DivorceThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Heron Oblivion - Heron OblivionA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainBond St. District - A Church On VulcanPantha Du Prince - The TriadElias Krantz - LifelinesThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeSneaks - GymnasticsThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveTy Segall - Emotional MuggerTOY - Clear ShotThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyTangent - Collapsing HorizonsQuilt - PlazaOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueSex Swing - Sex SwingDilly Dally - fkkt EPEntrance - PromisesBlood Orange - Freetown SoundOkkervil River - AwayPreoccupations - PreoccupationsHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterUltimate Painting - DuskTortoise - The CatastrophistSpectres - DeadThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsAngel Olsen - My WomanMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesNo Joy - Drool SuckerHMS Morris - Interior DesignThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveMitski - Puberty 2Wild Nothing - Life of PauseThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Cult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceCate Le Bon - Crab DayMourn - Ha, Ha, He.The Coral - Distance in BetweenLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexPOLIÇA - United Crusherspatten - ΨDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...EZTV - High In PlaceDrugdealer - The End of ComedyIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionLas Kellies - Friends & LoversSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelNots - CosmeticAblebody - Adult ContemporariesYeti Lane - L'AuroreGoggs - GoggsPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryMJ Guider - Precious SystemsJenny Hval - Blood BitchThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingWolf People - RuinsPlaid - The Digging RemedyOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhRed Fang - Only GhostsMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleMajor Stars - Motion SetJulianna Barwick - WillSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Newmoon - SpaceMoney - Suicide SongsPurling Hiss - High BiasVHS - Gift of LifeNothing - Tired Of TomorrowCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialThe Early Years - IILou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Globelamp - The Orange GlowKuro - KuroSugar Candy Mountain - 666Steve Hauschildt - StrandsLionlimb - ShooBlown Out - New CruiserSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightOmni - DeluxeKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassCass McCombs - Mangy LoveDavid Bowie - BlackstarThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesLVL UP - Return to LoveHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceThe KVB - Of DesireParquet Courts - Human PerformanceLiving Body - Body is WorkingThought Forms - Songs About DrowningDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorNZCA Lines - Infinite Summer