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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Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightSugar Candy Mountain - 666The Goon Sax - Up to AnythingSwans - The Glowing ManHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesDrugdealer - The End of ComedyNight School - BlushKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChancePrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceThe Coral - Distance in BetweenSteve Hauschildt - StrandsSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelLabirinto - GehennaOmni - DeluxeMitski - Puberty 2Goat - RequiemNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterNots - CosmeticSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyThe Amazing - AmbulanceThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsCool Ghouls - Animal RacesVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionCar Seat Headrest - Teens of Denialpatten - ΨBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhPsychic Twin - Strange DiaryFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceMild High Club - SkiptracingLiving Body - Body is WorkingTOY - Clear ShotXAM Duo - XAM DuoLas Kellies - Friends & LoversLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishAblebody - Adult ContemporariesJulianna Barwick - WillThought Forms - Songs About DrowningKeaton Henson - Kindly NowOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueCass McCombs - Mangy LoveThe Avalanches - WildflowerGoggs - GoggsCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexVHS - Gift of LifeCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightAndy Shauf - The PartySalem's Pot - Pronounce This!DIIV - Is the is AreSpectres - DeadThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Quilt - PlazaKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenPOLIÇA - United CrushersMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolencePlaid - The Digging RemedyPreoccupations - PreoccupationsThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeSlow Season - WestingLVL UP - Return to LoveMatmos - Ultimate Care IICate Le Bon - Crab DayStrata Florida - Falling From GraceDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Tangent - Collapsing HorizonsLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionRed Fang - Only GhostsThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsParquet Courts - Human PerformanceWolf People - RuinsSex Swing - Sex SwingLionlimb - ShooMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Redspencer - PerksPantha Du Prince - The TriadKuro - KuroBlown Out - New CruiserNo Joy - Drool SuckerMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaThe KVB - Of DesireThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesMV & EE - root/voidWild Nothing - Life of PauseGlobelamp - The Orange GlowMONO - Requiem For HellDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Nothing - Tired Of TomorrowFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidThe Early Years - IIAngel Olsen - My WomanHashish - A Product OfChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Bond St. District - A Church On VulcanYeti Lane - L'AuroreTortoise - The CatastrophistKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingSneaks - GymnasticsMajor Stars - Motion SetDavid Bowie - BlackstarThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadTrue Cross - Pure DivorceOkkervil River - AwayPop.1280 - ParadiseTrust Punks - Double BindEZTV - High In PlaceEntrance - PromisesKings of Leon - WALLSUltimate Painting - DuskHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureH.U.M - Trinity WayPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesTy Segall - Emotional MuggerDilly Dally - fkkt EPHMS Morris - Interior DesignFaun Fables - Born of the SunSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageMother Feather - Mother FeatherRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionS U R V I V E -  RR7349Money - Suicide SongsJenny Hval - Blood BitchWovenhand - Star TreatmentNewmoon - SpaceThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorMJ Guider - Precious SystemsPurling Hiss - High BiasBlood Orange - Freetown SoundElias Krantz - Lifelines

Overall Rating (1)

5 out of 5 stars