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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No Joy - Drool SuckerAngel Olsen - My WomanMinor Victories - Minor VictoriesSneaks - GymnasticsThe Orb - COW/Chill Out, World!Virginia Wing - Forward Constant MotionLionlimb - ShooPop.1280 - ParadiseThe Goon Sax - Up to AnythingTOY - Clear ShotBlood Orange - Freetown SoundDinosaur Jr. - Give a Glimpse of What Yer NotS U R V I V E -  RR7349Ultimate Painting - DuskEZTV - High In PlaceThe Cosmic Dead - RainbowheadBeyond The Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft BounceSavoy Motel - Savoy MotelHeron Oblivion - Heron OblivionMONO - Requiem For HellPlaid - The Digging RemedyLou Barlow - Apocalypse FetishGoat - RequiemElias Krantz - LifelinesMoney - Suicide SongsVHS - Gift of LifeHooton Tennis Club - Big Box of ChocolatesDodge Meteor - Dodge MeteorFrankie Cosmos - Next ThingOmni - DeluxeHashish - A Product OfStrata Florida - Falling From GraceBond St. District - A Church On VulcanThe Early Years - IIH.U.M - Trinity WayMother Feather - Mother FeatherTortoise - The CatastrophistCass McCombs - Mangy LoveKristin Hersh - Wyatt at Coyote PalaceLVL UP - Return to LoveMitski - Puberty 2A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your ServiceSwans - The Glowing ManMatmos - Ultimate Care IIKikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall GrassRadiohead - A Moon Shaped PoolThe Wytches - All Your Happy LifeTy Segall - Emotional MuggerMild High Club - SkiptracingThe Wave Pictures - Bamboo Diner in the RainOlivia Wyatt and Bitchin Bajas - Sailing a Sinking SeaSugar Candy Mountain - 666Tangent - Collapsing HorizonsLocal Natives - Sunlit YouthThe Altered Hours - In Heat Not SorryXAM Duo - XAM DuoLabirinto - GehennaPurling Hiss - High BiasQuilt - PlazaRed Fang - Only GhostsThe Avalanches - WildflowerThe Brian Jonestown Massacre - Third World PyramidDIIV - Is the is AreAblebody - Adult ContemporariesTrue Cross - Pure DivorceDavid Bowie - BlackstarSalem's Pot - Pronounce This!Living Body - Body is WorkingThe Amazing - AmbulanceWarhaus - We Fucked a Flame Into BeingSunflower Bean - Human CeremonyThe Coral - Distance in BetweenPrins Thomas - Principe Del NorteFlower Girl - Tuck In Your Tie-DyeNick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree MJ Guider - Precious SystemsHMS Morris - Interior DesignFat White Family - Songs for Our MothersCool Ghouls - Animal RacesBig Naturals and Anthroprophh - Big Naturals and AnthroprophhPreoccupations - PreoccupationsLorelle Meets The Obselete - BalanceJosefin Öhrn + The Liberation - MirageDe La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...NZCA Lines - Infinite SummerHoly Wave - Freaks of NurtureThe Radio Dept. - Running Out of LoveIggy Pop - Post Pop DepressionThe KVB - Of DesireNight School - BlushDrugdealer - The End of ComedyThe Cosmic Range - New LatitudesMV & EE - root/voidPsychic Ills - INNER JOURNEY OUTKuro - KuroSubRosa - For This We Fought the Battle of AgesThe Lucid Dream - Compulsion SongsMargaret Glaspy - Emotions and MathSex Swing - Sex SwingChildish Gambino - Awaken, My Love!Goggs - GoggsRedspencer - PerksCavern of Anti-Matter  - Void Beats/Invocation TrexLas Kellies - Friends & LoversHoneyblood - Babes Never Die Dilly Dally - fkkt EPAndy Shauf - The PartyYeti Lane - L'AuroreNothing - Tired Of TomorrowGlobelamp - The Orange GlowEntrance - PromisesWild Nothing - Life of PauseTrust Punks - Double BindKeaton Henson - Kindly NowTwin Peaks - Down in HeavenJulianna Barwick - WillNots - CosmeticParquet Courts - Human PerformanceMourn - Ha, Ha, He.Wovenhand - Star TreatmentFaun Fables - Born of the SunFlowers Must Die - Sista Valsen EPJenny Hval - Blood BitchThought Forms - Songs About DrowningHope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions - Until The HunterThe Comet Is Coming - Channel the SpiritsPsychic Twin - Strange DiarySTRFKR - Being No One, Going NowhereCult of Dom Keller - Goodbye To The LightBlown Out - New CruiserThee Oh Sees - A Weird ExitsSteve Hauschildt - StrandsWoods - City Sun Eater in the River of LightJohn Carpenter - Lost Themes IIpatten - ΨWolf People - RuinsCate Le Bon - Crab DayMajor Stars - Motion SetPantha Du Prince - The TriadSlow Season - WestingKandodo/McBain - Lost Chants/Last ChanceOdonis Odonis - Post PlagueOkkervil River - AwaySpectres - DeadCar Seat Headrest - Teens of DenialHead Wound City - A New Wave of ViolenceNewmoon - SpaceMethyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman SpectaclePOLIÇA - United CrushersThe Orange Drop - Stoned In LoveKings of Leon - WALLS

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