My Albums Of The Year List: 2016

February 01, 2017

I started a tradition of posting my AOTY list at the end of January the following year to be different and left some of them marinate in my mind. There's always a rush to get the lists out and there's really no need.

I've added a new feature this year by splitting all the albums I've listened to into three categories - Yay, Nay and Desirée. Yay albums are the ones I enjoyed, Nay are the ones I didn't and Desirée are the ones I wasn't 100% sure about.

(Oh, and they're not in order. I've stopped doing that too.)

Yay

  • Scott Xylo - Analogue Eyes, With Digital Minds
  • Craig Hartley - Books on Tape, Vol. II
  • Anderson Paak - Malibu
  • blue (aka isle child) - a boy and his dog
  • David Bowie - Blackstar
  • De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody
  • Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. - Adventures In Technicolour
  • Kaytranada - 99.9%
  • Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered
  • Yumi Rose - Heaven Only Knows
  • Dave Douglas - Dark Territory
  • Uri Caine - Calibrated Thickness
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet - Upward Spiral
  • Ray Obiedo - Latin Jazz Project, Vol. 1
  • Bearcubs - Chroma
  • Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
  • Sadevillain - Sadevillain EP
  • Snarky Puppy - Culcha Vulcha
  • PhybaOptikz - Shades of Alejandro
  • Gregory Porter - Take Me To The Alley
  • A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here…
  • The Olympians - The Olympians
  • Sarathy Kowar - Day To Day
  • Joshua Redman - Nearness
  • Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN
  • Solange - A Seat At The Table
  • Swet Shop Boys - Cashmere
  • Childish Gambino - Awake, My Love!
  • Julian Lage - Arclight
  • Lady Gaga - Joanne
  • Alfredo Rodriguez - Tocororo
  • Alicia Keys - HERE
  • Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
  • John Legend - Darkness & Light
  • Common - Black America Again
  • Lee Fields & The Expressions - Special Night
  • Marquis Hill - The Way We Play
  • Justice - Woman
  • Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
  • Vaults - Caught in Still Life
  • Robert Glasper, Miles Davis - Everything's Beautiful
  • Theo Croker - Escape Velocity
  • Ben L'Oncle Soul - Under My Skin
  • Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing
  • clipping. - Splendor & Misery
  • Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid
  • Jay Som - Turn Into
  • Jamie Lidell - Building A Beginning
  • Ryuichi Sakamoto - Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son
  • Reginald Omas Mamode IV - Reginald Omas Mamode IV
  • Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics
  • Black Milk - The Rebellion Sessions
  • Alexis Davis - The Other Numbers
  • Raycord - Exotic Jazz
  • Xiomara - Seven Nineteen
  • Little Simz - Stillness In Wonderland
  • Apollo Brown - The Easy Truth
  • Mndsgn - Body Wash
  • Vulfpeck - The Beautiful Game
  • NxWorries - Yes Lawd!
  • Hodgy - Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide
  • Tech N9ne - The Storm
  • Rihanna - Anti
  • Phonte & Eric Roberson - Tigallerro
  • Deerhoof - The Magic
  • James Blake - The Colour In Anything
  • Quantic presents Flowing Inferno - 1000 Watts
  • Alsarah & the Nubatones - Manara
  • Josef Leimberg - Astral Progressions
  • Brutalist - Brutalist Mixtape

Nay

  • M.I.A. - AIM
  • Joyce Manor - Cody
  • Romare - Love Songs: Part Two
  • The Weeknd - Starboy
  • Logan Richardson - Shift
  • YG - Red Friday
  • Kanye West - TLOP
  • deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/
  • Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Desirée

  • Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
  • Mitski - Puberty 2
  • J Cole - 4 Your Eyez Only
  • BROOKZILL! - Throwback To The Future
  • Samiyam - Animals Have Feelings
  • Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene 3
  • Frank Ocean - Blonde
  • 9th Wonder - Zion
  • Elzhi - Lead Poison