2016's Best Album of the Year (so far)

C’mon, let’s test these boards and share some knowledge/love at the same time.

Which record have you been listening to the most that everyone should hear? And which lesser known records should everyone hear before contemplating doing their year end list?

Favourite: The 1975 - can’t get enough of it. It’s ambitious. Sprawling. Full of hooks. Has sensational production and everything about it is more-ish once you crack its shell. Has moments that are more like Four Tet than you might expect.

Outlier: School of Seven Bells - SVIIB - would hate to think anyone would do an end of year list having not heard this heartbreakingly epic final School of Seven Bells record.


OK, I’ll bite! I just found out this new forum thing happened today (had a holiday yesterday, y’know).

At any rate, I can’t pick one album, so imma throw up my top ten-ish ones so far, in no particular order:

TEEN - Love Yes (whip smart, feminine new wave)
The Gotobeds - Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic (the right kind of stupid)
Deerhoof - The Magic (doi)
Skating Polly - The Big Fit (riot grrrrl duo that can also be as sweet as honey)
Pikelet - Tronc (lovely, very Broadcast-like bedroom solo project)
Dog Chocolate - Snack Fans (surreal silly hissy fits) [now you know who’s writing this]
Future of the Left - The Truth and the Peace of… (also doi)
Helena Celle - If I Can’t Handle Me At My Best, Then You Don’t Deserve You At Your Worst (best title, obvs - also very discombobulated techno)
Eureka California - Versus (home team advantage - clever, self-effacing, and bracing pop punk)
AJ Cornell & Tim Darcy - Too Significant to Ignore (disorienting, hypnotic spoken word stuff; also, not gonna lie, I might have a crush on Tim Darcy)

Mmmkay, that’s it. I’d go into the EPs too, but that’s another thread, innit.



Went completely under the radar on here but the new De Rosa album is superb.

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It’s Hammock - Everything and Nothing


Human Performance might be running away with it
Blackstar was great but i find it really hard to listen to now
Boy King could almost for it, but it’s not quite as good as it could have been
I haven’t sat down with Angel Olsen’s record yet, think that might be a contender when i do tho

Russian Circles - Guidance has been on repeat since release. Keep going back to Big Thief - Masterpiece and Suede - Night Thoughts.

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It’s between Anderson Paak - Malibu and Noname - Telefone and I won’t hear otherwise.


My current AOTY is Suede. A stunning album with builds on their comeback a few years ago.
The Mitski album is amazing that might have got missed by a few people.
The Comet Is Coming album is brilliant too. So glad they get some recognition with a Mercury nomination. I hope they win it.

Field Music
Big Thief
Roisin Murphy
Anderson Paak
Corinne Bailey Rae

Still haven’t listened to this. Need to crack on…

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Marissa Nadler is up there along with Mitski.

Angel Olsen will probably join them after a few more listens.


Forgot about FOTL and The Drones

The Ulver album with the unmemorable name has to be worth a shout.

Big fan of SEPT 5th by dvsn. It’s not often you hear Elliott Smith’s Angeles worked into an R&B track (Angela).

I also can’t get enough of Malibu by Anderson .Paak, Paradise by White Lung, Blackstar by David Bowie, Emily’s D+Evolution by Esperanza Spalding, Hopelessness by ANOHNI, Light Upon The Lake by Whitney, Black Terry Cat by Xenia Rubinos, Teens Of Denial by Car Seat Headrest, Freetown Sound by Blood Orange, Konnichiwa by Skepta, Telefone by Noname, For All We Know by NAO, Puberty 2 by Mitski, Hollowed by Ital Tek, A Good Night In The Ghetto by Kamaiyah, and I’m slowly falling in love with My Woman by Angel Olsen too.

And of course the new Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean & Avalanches albums are great too.


sorry I’m so classic:

Steven Wilson “4 1/2”
Field Music “Common Time”
Radiohead “A Moon Shaped Pool”
Mogwai “Atomic”
Bowie’s “Blackstar”
Explosions in The Sky “The Wilderness”
Lucinda Williams “The Ghost Of Highway…”


:raised_hands: Big Thief :raised_hands:

Probably Angel Olsen to date.
High hopes for the Hamilton Leithauser album coming out in a couple of weeks.

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Future of the Left, Radiohead, Bowie, Exploded View, Sea Pinks, Holy Fuck, Altered Hours