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Anderson Paak is artist of the year for me, absolutely stunning live with his band The Free Nationals. Singer, rapper, drummer, piano player, producer of soul, funk, hip hop and house. Even rocks it on this special. Talented lad. 


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Drift recently released their top 100 for the year.


Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits


David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar)

Avalanches - Wildflower

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee

Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered

Kaytranada - 99.90%

Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Cavern Of Anti-Matter - void beats/invocation trex

Preoccupations - Preoccupations

Wilco - Schmilco

Factory Floor - 25 25

Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung

Ultimate Painting - Dusk

Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best


Yorkston / Thorne / Khan - Everything Sacred

Stephen Steinbrink - Anagrams

Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

Kevin Morby - Singing Saw

Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light

Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft Bounce

Kneebody & Daedelus - Kneedelus

Skepta - Konnichiwa

Death in Vegas - Transmission

Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood

Szun Waves - At Sacred Walls

Mitski - Puberty 2

DIIV - Is The Is Are

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Black Mountain - IV

M Craft - Bloodmoon

White Denim - Stiff

Mark Pritchard - Under The Sun

Parquet Courts - Human Performance

Amber Arcades - Fading Lines

Anohni - Hopelessness

D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated

Swans - The Glowing Man

William Tyler - Modern Country

Quilt - Plaza

The Parrots - Los Niños Sin Miedo

nonkeen - The Gamble

Holy Fuck - Congrats

Goat - Requiem

C Duncan - The Midnight Sun

Warpaint - Heads Up

Tim Hecker - Love Streams


Steve Gunn - Eyes on the lines

Jherek Bischoff - Cistern

Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's Of Imhotep

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth

Be - One

Brian Eno - The Ship

Boys Forever - Boys Forever

Anna Meredith - Varmints

Pill - Convenience

Hinds - Leave Me Alone

Chris Cohen - As If Apart

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

School of Seven Bells - SVIIB

Ash Koosha - I AKA I

Meilyr Jones - 2013

Howes - 3.5 Degrees

The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits

Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos

Allah-Las - Calico Review

Julia Jacklin - Don’t Let The Kids Win

King Creosote - Astronaut Meets Appleman

Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau

The Lucid Dream - Compulsion Songs

The Early Years - II

Savages - Adore Life

Not Waving - Animals

Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound

The Mystery Lights - The Mystery Lights

DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall

Grumbling Fur - Furfour

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II

Luke Roberts - Sunlit Cross

Ben Lukas Boysen - Spells

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger

Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow

Throws - Throws

exmagician - Scan The Blue

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide To Earth

The Range - Potential

Teleman - Brilliant Sanity

Douglas Dare - Aforger

King Gizzard And the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity

LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing


I have missed out on quite a bunch from the list. Need to get caught up.


Any list that includes Wilco should just be ignored, fuck they are boring.

A Weird Exit is good but far from the best Thee Oh Sees have released; they are just about to release another album, Odd Entrances, on 2 Dec which from the streams is better than a Weird Exit. 

The older I get the more I realise music journos and magazines are generally clueless.

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My worst year yet for music.  Think I'm at the dad stage where I need to concentrate on the artists I know I like rather than listening to something new every time i get the chance to put my earphones on.


The Ty Segall album is the only one I've got to know from start to finish.  Only the second of his many albums I've got.  Loved it all.

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CFM - Still Life Of Citrus and Slime

Besnard Lakes - A Coliseum Complex Museum

Animal Faces - Other Places

Pinkshinyultrablast - Grandfeathered

Wild Nothing - Life of Pause

Bat For Lashes - The Bride

Tortise - The Catastrophist

The Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Radiohead - Moon Shaped Pool

PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project

Zeahorse - Torana Dreamin'

Carla Dal Forno - You Know What It's Like

avoid!avoid! - Particle and Wave

Cowtown - Paranormal Romance

Gooch Palms - Introvered Extroverts

Public Memory - Wuthering Drum

Dinosaur Jr - Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not


Honourable mentions:

Savages - Adore Life

Thee Oh Sees -  A Weird Exit

Mogwai - Atomic

65daysofstatic - No Man's Land: Music for and Infinite Universe

Explosions In The Sky - The Wilderness

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Don't listen to much new stuff but I loved the Lone album (Levitate). Probably because it sounded like it was made in about 1993.

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I really like his Emerald Fantasy Tracks album too. Which also sounds like it was made in the 90s :lol:

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Anderson Paak - Malibu 

Whitney - Light Upon the Lake  

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from here.... Thank you 4 your service 

Radiohead - A moon shaped pool

The Avalanches - Wildflower 

Tindersticks - The Waiting Room

Nick Cave and the bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Bon Iver - 22, a million 



Nearly a top 20, one space left for loads of albums have not even heard yet. 

All of those are excellent.  Radiohead, Bowie, Whitney, Anderson Paak & De La Soul (even though I've only had it a couple of weeks) are my favourites of the year.  I also really like Andrew Bird, The Monkees, Isiah Rashad, Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon & Underworld

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2 tracks 5 starred on first listen.  Good start.


Maybe I was being harsh on the OC's and in the scheme of 2016 it is up there but I still think it's not one of their best.

HF if you ever get a chance to see them live make sure you take it, they are brilliant.

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I really like his Emerald Fantasy Tracks album too. Which also sounds like it was made in the 90s :lol:


What did you think of Galaxy Garden?

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They certainly are, consistently releasing an album full of perfect melodic guitar pop every few years. The albums are nowhere near as grungy as Bandwagonesque was. 

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