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Albums of the Year 2016

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2016 was another pretty good year for music. Here’s a list of our favourite albums, EP’s and other releases from the past 12 months. Let’s hope 2017 is even better. Happy New Year!

Albums of the Year…

  • A Tribe Called Quest – We Got This… Thank You 4 Your Service
  • BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
  • case / lang / viers – case / lang / viers
  • Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats-Invocation Trex
  • Colin Stetson – Sorrow
  • Common – Black America Again
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield
  • Esperanza Spalding – Emily’s D+Evolution
  • Ian William Craig – Centres
  • isvisible – xxiv
  • Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor
  • Lambchop – FLOTUS
  • Mogwai – Atomic
  • NAO – For All We Know
  • Noname – Telefone
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table
  • Swans – The Glowing Man
  • The Caretaker – Everywhere at the end of time

Best of the Rest…

  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  • Bat For Lashes – Bride
  • Cat Le Bon – Crab Day
  • Deerhoof – The Magic
  • DIIV – Is The Is Are
  • Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
  • Katie Dey – Flood Network*
  • KA – Honor Killed The Samurai
  • Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
  • KING – We Are KING
  • Lorn – Vessel
  • Magic Magic – TV Life
  • Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
  • Saul Williams – MartyrLoserKing
  • Soccer96 – As Above So Below
  • Ultimate Painting – Dusk
  • Wild Nothing – Life of Pause
  • Xiu Xiu – Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
  • Young Romance – Another’s Blood

EPs of the Year…

  • Massive Attack – Ritual Spirit
  • Nine Inch Nails – Not Actual Events
  • Seanh – Sadevillain EP
  • serpentwithfeet – blisters

Compilations and Live Albums…

  • Air – Twentyears
  • Kate Bush – Before The Dawn
  • King Crimson – Radical Action (To Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind)
  • Placebo – A Place for Us to Dream
  • Sun Ra – Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection
  • Ulver – ATGCLVLSSCAP
  • Various Artists – Still in a Dream: A Story of Shoegaze 1988-1995

Ones to Watch in 2017

  • Kadhja Bonet
  • KING
  • Noname
  • serpentwithfeet

Playlist…

Music in 2015

2015 Album Covers

Albums of the Year…

The Very Best:

  • To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
  • From Kinshasa by Mbongwana Star
  • Never Were The Way She Was by Colin Stetson and Sarah Neufeld
  • Y Dydd Olaf by Gwenno
  • Choose Your Weapon by Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Black Messiah by D’Angelo and the Vanguard
  • No Cities to Love by Sleater-Kinney
  • Meliora by Ghost
  • Ones and Sixes by Low
  • Etch and Etch Deep by Haiku Salut
  • Have You In My Wilderness by Julia Holter
  • I Love You, Honeybear by Father John Misty
  • asdfasdf by Katie Dey

The Best of the Rest:

  • Fading Frontier by Deerhunter
  • Currents by Tame Impala
  • Music In Exile by Songhoy Blues
  • Ghost Culture by Ghost Culture
  • Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Simple Songs by Jim O’Rourke
  • f (x) by Carter Tutti Void
  • From Sleep by Max Richter
  • Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
  • The Epic by Kamasi Washington
  • so the flies don’t come by milo
  • Mutilator Defeated At Last by Thee Oh Sees
  • Picture You by The Amazing
  • La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful by Petite Noir
  • Star Wars by Wilco
  • Beach Music by Alex G
  • Viet Cong by Viet Cong
  • Hinterland by LoneLady
  • The Miraculous by Anna Von Hausswolff
  • Another One by Mac DeMarco
  • II by Time Is A Mountain
  • Golem by Wand
  • Elaenia by Floating Points
  • Divers by Joanna Newsom
  • Natalie Prass by Natalie Prass
  • Matador by Gaz Coombes
  • Escape From Evil by Lower Dens
  • My Love is Cool by Wolf Alice
  • Sound & Color by Alabama Shakes
  • I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside by Earl Sweatshirt
  • White Men Are Black Men Too by Young Fathers
  • Chambers by Chilly Gonzales
  • No Stairway by glassine
  • Depression Cherry by Beach House
  • Surf by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment
  • Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit by Courtney Barnett
  • Vulnicura by Björk

Honourable Mentions:

  • In Colour by Jamie xx
  • Architect by C Duncan
  • Itasca Road Trip by Boreal Network
  • The Race For Space by Public Service Broadcasting
  • Born Under Saturn by Django Django
  • Signs Under Test by John Tejada
  • Ivy Tripp by Waxahatchee
  • Discreet Desires by Helena Hauff
  • A Dream Outside by Gengahr
  • Loom by Ms. John Soda

EPs of the Year…

  • Deerhoof Chamber Variations by stargaze and Greg Saunier
  • Crosswords by Panda Bear
  • King of Anxiety by Petie Noir
  • Nymphs II by Nicolas Jaar
  • Nymphs III by Nicolas Jaar
  • A Special Episode Of by Open Mike Eagle
  • I Don’t Want To Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
  • The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam by Thundercat
  • Side By Side by Natalie Prass
  • Lost Worker Bee by Elbow

Reissues, Compilations and Live Releases of the Year…

  • Central Belters by Mogwai
  • Fever 121614 by Deerhoof
  • Utakata No Hibi by Mariah
  • Songs From Suicide Bridge by Kaufmann and Caboor
  • Black Sheep Boy 10th Anniversary Edition by Okkervil River
  • People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest
  • Black Bastards by KMD
  • Re-Loaded by Velvet Underground
  • Five Years by David Bowie
  • Complete Works by Harmonia
  • Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
  • IV/Houses of the Holy/Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin
  • Nowhere by Ride

Live Gigs of the Year…

  • Gang of Four @ Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
  • Speak Galactic @ Texture, Manchester
  • Haiku Salut @ Halle St. Peter’s, Manchester
  • Richard Hawley @ The Dome, Liverpool
  • Gwenno @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester
  • Ghost @ The Ritz, Manchester
  • Chuman @ Texture, Manchester
  • The Bluetones @ The Ritz, Manchester
  • Deerhunter @ Camp & Furnace, Liverpool
  • Public Service Broadcasting @ Manchester Academy

Tracks of the Year…

 

50 Tracks of 2014

Albums of the Year 2014

Honourable Mentions

  • Cymbals Eat Guitars – Lose
  • Fear of Men – Loom
  • Hookworms – The Hum
  • isvisible – xx
  • Loscil – Sea Island
  • Manic Street Preachers – Futurology
  • Morgan Dealt – Morgan Dealt
  • Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
  • Quilt – Held In Splendor
  • Sun Kil Moon – Benji
  • Tape – Casino
  • The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream
  • Thee Oh Sees – Drop
  • Wild Beasts – Present Tense