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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Pantha Du Prince - The TriadDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorSugar Candy Mountain - 666Parquet Courts - Human PerformancePsychic Twin - Strange DiaryJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MiragePsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaPlaid - The Digging RemedyDrugdealer - The End of ComedyLionlimb - ShooWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadThe Coral - Distance in BetweenBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BouncePrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteBond St. District - A Church On VulcanVHS - Gift of LifeXAM Duo - XAM DuoMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Frankie Cosmos - Next ThingThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsNo Joy - Drool SuckerUltimate Painting - DuskPOLIÇA - United CrushersMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishMONO - Requiem For HellLas Kellies - Friends & LoversSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyHMS Morris - Interior DesignAndy Shauf - The PartyWild Nothing - Life of PauseThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidDIIV - Is the is AreSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...Angel Olsen - My WomanFaun Fables - Born of the SunLVL UP - Return to LoveFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPSneaks - GymnasticsPreoccupations - PreoccupationsDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotMoney - Suicide SongsSlow Season - WestingMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectacleHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceMV & EE - root/voidH.U.M - Trinity WayRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolTangent - Collapsing HorizonsStrata Florida - Falling From GraceVirginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Pop.1280 - ParadiseThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsKuro - KuroKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceCool Ghouls - Animal RacesWovenhand - Star TreatmentHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Local Natives - Sunlit YouthSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelElias Krantz - LifelinesTrust Punks - Double BindCate Le Bon - Crab DayKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceOkkervil River - AwayTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenBlood Orange - Freetown SoundCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsDavid Bowie - BlackstarSpectres - DeadNothing - Tired Of TomorrowThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesDilly Dally - fkkt EPIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionBlown Out - New CruiserEZTV - High In PlaceRed Fang - Only GhostsFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersHashish - A Product OfJulianna Barwick - WillRedspencer - PerksFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeKeaton Henson - Kindly NowMJ Guider - Precious SystemsThe Amazing - AmbulanceNewmoon - SpaceLiving Body - Body is WorkingThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesTy Segall - Emotional MuggerTortoise - The CatastrophistThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeOmni - DeluxeS U R V I V E -  RR7349Major Stars - Motion SetSTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereGoggs - GoggsEntrance - PromisesGlobelamp - The Orange GlowThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not Sorrypatten - ΨThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!True Cross - Pure DivorceThought Forms - Songs About DrowningA Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIMitski - Puberty 2Swans - The Glowing ManLabirinto - GehennaGoat - RequiemWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureYeti Lane - L'AuroreSex Swing - Sex SwingNight School - BlushThe KVB - Of DesireTOY - Clear ShotMatmos - Ultimate Care IIThe Avalanches - WildflowerSteve Hauschildt - StrandsBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhJenny Hval - Blood BitchWolf People - RuinsAblebody - Adult ContemporariesThe Early Years - IINick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree Purling Hiss - High BiasQuilt - PlazaCass McCombs - Mangy LoveNots - CosmeticHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassMother Feather - Mother FeatherNZCA Lines - Infinite SummerKings of Leon - WALLSCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightMild High Club - Skiptracing

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5 out of 5 stars