I don’t always do one of these lists at the end of the year, because I’m old and lazy and I don’t think anybody really cares what I think, and all this needless self-deprecation is no-doubt making you sick. The main thing you need to know is that I did one of these this year, and this is it.
2016 was a tough year (hot take, I know), but some very good music rose out of the carbonated black horror of populist reactionaries and their taking the wheel of Western civilisation and swerving into oncoming traffic. Who’d have thunk, all it took for fascism to rise again was a looming refugee crisis and a pack of malicious self-interested shit stirrers preying on the wilful ignorance of idiots.
Anyway… Music, huh? That’s still good sometimes.
It wasn’t too hard to draw up a long list, but I am loath to arbitrarily put things in order. My long-list was about 6-7 albums short of where it ought to have been due to extensive travel, broken headphones, and an intense malaise about the future of Western civilisation. But in the new year I will catch up with the new Run the Jewels, A Tribe Called Quest (RIP Phife), and of course my annual care package from Montréal’s finest, Constellation Records.
Anyway, that’s enough faffing about. Here are ten records that came out in 2016, that I loved in 2016:
- Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
- Christine & the Queens – Chaleur Humaine (English version)
- Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
- clipping. – Splendor & Misery
- Kayo Dot – Plastic House on Base of Sky
- David Bowie – Blackstar
- Mamiffer – The World Unseen
- Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
- Disasterpeace – Hyper Light Drifter (soundtrack)
- Ben Babbitt – Kentucky Route Zero – Act IV (soundtrack)