Wednesday, December 07, 2016

One WMBR Co-Music Director's Favorite 31 Records of the 2016

Completely subjective, I get that. Even so, these are better than most other things out there now.


I made a Spotify playlist you can check out if you are interested here (I think you need a Spotify account to access it however):

[N.B. Some artists or albums aren't on Spotify and thus aren't included in the playlist. They are Yusef Lateef, Gloria, Sao Paulo Underground, They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy. I've linked each artist to a website where you can hear music from the albums below.]

[Albums in no particular order for insanity's sake]

The Urges - Time Will Pass (Mersol Music)

Jon Bryant - Twenty Something (Self Released?)

Helms Alee - Stillicide (Sargent House)

The Golden Grass - Coming Back Again (Listenable Records)

Yusef Lateef - Live at Ronnie Scott's (Gearbox Records)

Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds (Atlantic Records)

The Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming (Red House Records)

Gloria - in excelsis stereo (Howlin' Banana Records)

Barbara Hannigan / Hans Abrahamsen / Andris Nelsons - let me tell you (Winter and Winter)

Putnam Smith - 99 Desires (Self Released?)

The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome (Interscope)

Black Black Black - Altered States of Death and Grace (Aqualamb Records)

Emitt Rhodes - Rainbow Ends (Omnivore Recordings)

Garden Gate - Dark Harvest (Golden Brown)

Red Fang - Only Ghosts (Relapse)

Sao Paulo Underground - Cantos Invisiveis (Cuneiform Records) 
Ural Thomas and the Pain - S/T (Mississippi Records)

Chocolate Genius - Truth vs Beauty (NØ FØRMAT!)

De La Soul - and the ANONYMOUS NOBODY (A.O.I., LLC)
Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate (Polydor, Ltd.)

The Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood (4AD)

They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy - Far from the Silvery Light (Tofu Carnage Records)

Charles Bradley - Changes (Dunham/Daptone Records)

Eli "Paperboy" Reed - My Way Home (Yep Roc)

The Excitements - Breaking the Rule (Penniman Records)

Benji Hughes - Songs in the Key of Animals (Merge Records)

Ulrika Spacek - The Album Paranoia (Lefse Records)

The Yearning - Evening Souvenirs (Elefant Records)
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic)
The Early Years - II (Sonic Cathedral)

Matt Berry - The Small Hours (Acid Jazz)