The best albums of 2016 | Page 2 of 11 | Soundspace

The best albums of 2016

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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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kaytranada, ansome, jessy lanza, grant, skee mask, dj earl, skepta, kahn, neek, tycho, bjarki, soundspace
09 / 10
DJ Earl – Open Your Eyes

DJ Earl’s Open Your Eyes arrived with quite the reputation. It was the first complete solo outing on DJ Rashad’s Teklife to feature entirely new tracks and featured three collaborations with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) alongside work with DJ Manny and DJ Taye.

The names of tracks have been chosen in typical footwork fashion. Whilst the record shows flashes of the genres manic aesthetic, there are also moments of reserve. It’s still party music, but Earl demonstrates a will to experiment in order to take this beloved Chicago sound down a different road than the legends that came before.

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