Wow. What a year. 2016 feels like it was some sort of social experiment. It’s almost as if the establishment is trying to see just how far they can push us before we break. The plot for some sort of reality TV show. Between the battle to save UK club culture, Brexit and the impending fascist Trump regime I’d say we’ve done pretty well in surviving what has been a truly bizarre year.
It hasn’t all been so bad though. There have been golden beams of light that have shot through those troubled grey clouds, most notably in the form of some incredible records. Where might we be had we not had such stunning sound to immerse ourselves in, in a bid to temporarily close the curtains on the harsh realities of the outside world.
Album of the year lists are always tricky. It’s entirely subjective. No two top ten lists will be the same. From the soulful sounds of Kaytranada to the dark and ominous soundscapes of Skee Mask, we’ve really been spoilt this year. Here’s a few LP’s that have aided us on our travels through a troubled and hopeful 2016.
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Bjarki – Б
What a year Bjarki Sigurdarson has had. He’s established himself as one of the most unpredictable producers around, dipping his toes in the sounds of Aphex inspired IDM, old school drums and concrete kicks.
Released under Nina Kraviz’ Trip imprint, Б showcased just how versatile the young Icelandic artist can be. Colourful euphoria, retro semblance and straight up techno make for a thoroughly enjoyable ride.