The best year for the "dying" LP in recent memory.  Thank you 2016.  Check out our playlist below.  

10) Vanishing Twin - Choose Your Own Adventure:  This is an oddball LP that snuck up on me this year.  It reminds me of a modern take on Stereolab.  Let me know what you think.  

9) Kaytranada - 99.9%:  Hip hop and electronic music walking hand-in-hand.  

8) Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool:   How these guys keep putting out great records at their age and after all these years, I have no idea! Could be that many of these songs were written when they were still in their 20's.  But these songs are beautiful and crushing! 

7)  Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book:  For the record, he is not calling this his debut album.  We might get that next year.  The heir to Kanye is off to a great start 

6) Kadhja Bonet - The Visitor:  As if Billie Holliday or Nina Simone were around in 2016.  

5) Bon Iver - 22, A Million:  Justin Vernon simply pours his heart into another LP.  Everyone is calling this their electronic album but it feels just as acoustic as anything else he's done. 

4) Frank Ocean - Blonde: Get's better and better with each listen.  I'm convinced that Frank will continue to amaze us as time goes on.  

3)  David Bowie - Black Star:  What can be said about a nearly perfect album from a nearly 70 year old man that was to die three days after it's release?  How about FUCKING AMAZING?

2) Anderson .Paak - Malibu:  Is it me or was this guy every decent rap song from 2016?  This album is probably better than the LP he did with Knxwledge

1) James Blake - The Colour In Anything: Well, I only just liked this album when I first heard it.  I thought some gems and some filler.  It was definitely too long.  Fast forward a month or so and I was like okay, if he just cut it down to ten songs it would be album of the year.  Fast forward to a month after that and I was in deep with 17 of the most intense songs of the year. 

 

 

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25) The Caretaker  - Everywhere at the End of Time

24) Jessy Lanza - Oh No

23) Kanye West - The Life of Pablo

22) Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

21) Gojira - Magma

20)  Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch 

19)  Nicolas Jaar - Sirens 

18) Bad Bad Not Good - IV

17) Preoccupations - Preoccupations

16) Johann Johannsson - Orphee 

15) Mitski - Puberty 2

14) A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service

13) Solange - A Seat at the Table and Beyonce - Lemonade

12) Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"

11) NxWorries - Yes Lawd! 

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What a year!  

50) Gonjasufi - Callus

49) Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus

48) Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate 

47)  Prince Rama - Xtreme Now 

46)  Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate 

45) Porches - Pool 

44) Soft Hair - Soft Hair 

43) S U R V I V E and Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein  - RR7349 and Stranger Things 

42) Jessy Lanza - Oh No 

41)  Honne - Warm on a Cold Night 

40) Anhoni - HOPELESSNESS

39)  Lady Wray - Queen Alone 

38) LVL UP - Return to Love

37) Liss - First 

36) Whitney - Light Upon the Lake 

35) Gallant - Ology 

34) Angel Olsen - My Woman 

33) Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had a Dream That You Were Mine 

32)  The Avalanches - Wildflower

31) Inc. No World - As Light As Light 

30) Alaskan Tapes - Beyond the Streets 

29) Aldous Harding - Aldous Harding

28)  Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing 

27) The Radio Dept. - Running out of Love 

26) Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

 

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So things haven't been great in the US and A of late but usually when I am down it is music that pulls be back up. Appropriately, one of my favorite artists of all time has returned with a pretty poignant record.  

If you haven't listened yet, now's your chance to.  

 

 

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