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Albums of the Year 2016

After the usual careful deliberation, here are our Albums of the Year.

Top 50 Albums Top 50 Reissues Top 50 Bestsellers 'Near Misses'

Bestseller of the Year 2016

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Thom Yorke and his merry pals return with one of their finest albums from their fine careers.

Introspective and dreamy, 'A Moon Shaped Pool' showcases a band at their top of the game and lines them up as one of the increasingly rare breed of artists who combine innovative and thoughtful music with phenomenal international success.

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2.

GAS
BOX

Comprehensive and utterly essential edition of the complete works of Wolfgang Voigt's seminal techno project Gas. Comes in highly collectible 10LP+4CD box set, including art book with previously unreleased artwork and edits never before released on vinyl. Voigt produced these seminal albums between 1995 and 2000...view item »
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3.

Karen Gwyer
Kiki The Wormhole

Initially released on cassette only on Opal Tapes this is a much required vinyl re-issue of Karen Gwyer's stunning synth and drum machine workout. Featuring just three, slowly unfurling tracks, the record takes influence from '70s cosmic synth soundtracks with mind bending deep techno moves and strange...view item »
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4.

Goat
Requiem

Colourful Scandinavian psychedelic crew Goat are back with their third album 'Requiem' which the be-robed psych-sters claim is going to be their 'folk' opus. We'll wait to see on that but in an age of internet transparency, Goat manage to keep a cloaked mystery to their movements which of course makes them way more fascinating t...view item »
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5.

Pixies
Head Carrier

Here comes the second post-reunion album from the legendary Boston outfit whose previous effort 'Indie Cindy' garnered mixed notices but was still at times a fine blast of noisy avant rock. Now having finally settled on a bassist with the Kim clone Paz Lenchantin now snugly ensconced into the line up, it's time to see whether the band reall...view item »


6.

Angelo Badalamenti
Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is an all-time television masterpiece. The best reason to own a TV during the early 90s, it was a game-changer that brought weekly instalments of cinema-level quality entertainment into homes long before The Wire and Breaking Bad. The world hadn't seen anything like it before or and hasn't really seen anything like it since....view item »


7.

Bracken
High Passes

Excitement alert. Brand new album from Chris Adams (Hood/Downpour/On Fell etc) under his Bracken moniker. Now you will all remember that his previous album 'Exist/Resist' won our coveted Album of the Year award in 2014, previous to that he released his debut 'We Kno...view item »
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8.

The Cosmic Dead
Rainbowhead

Typically wild new action from The Cosmic Dead, the Glaswegian psych-heavyweights. Rainbowhead features the group raging their way through jams that are weighty, frantic, riff-tastic and experimental all at the same time. This LP is pressed to ‘coke bottle clear’ vinyl (ooh!) on Blackest Rainbow, in a limite...view item »


9.

Monster Squad
Rock Till You Drop

Think back to your 80’s childhood (if your childhood wasn’t during the 80’s, this may not work for you), and remember how much you loved The Monster Squad, the fun-and-games TV show that had all your favourite horror monsters hanging out together. This 7” on Mondo has the o...view item »
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10.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid

Their previous album 'Revelation' was to my mind one of the finest of their career so we are all hoping that the Brian Jonestown Massacre's late renaissance continues with this their 15th studio album. Anton hasn't exactly been sat around in the meantime, there's been tours, albums with Tess Parks, the ...view item »


11.

The Lucid Dream
Compulsion Songs

One of those rare outfits producing music from the depths of the Cumbria, The Lucid Dream are up to their third full-length album. Compulsion Songs has a little of the weirdness you’d expect from such isolation, freely mixing krautrock, dub, garage-noise and plenty more. I was occasionally reminded of Clin...view item »
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12.

Aphex Twin
Cheetah

The king of the bleeps descends from his Scottish castle to sell us a new piece of plastic music made by old synths, haggard robots, and your ringtone. Judging by the ludicrous, 50s-product-ad press release supplied by the good folks at Warp, you will be buying an actual synthesiser, but instead he'll probably encode the circuit diagrams into th...view item »
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13.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree

The subject of a much-anticipated forthcoming documentary by Andrew Dominik, 'Skeleton Tree' is the latest offering from much-revered Aussie dark overlord Nick Cave and his inimitable Black Seeds. Hot on the heels of 2013's critically acclaimed 'Push the Sky Away', this new work will no doubt delight Cave's many admirers. Released the day after ...view item »


14.

Various
Lost Highway

Soundtrack to David Lynch’s 1997 outer-body nightmare Lost Highway. Produced and compiled by Trent Reznor, features tracks from David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, The Smashing Pumpkins, and original material from long t...view item »
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15.

Mogwai
Atomic

Mogwai penned Atomic as the soundtrack to Mark Cousin’s documentary Atomic: Living In Dread And Promise which was released summer 2015. The record consists or reworks of the original pieces into an album pieces, and are explorative, electronic, slowed down and krautrock inspired. Atom...view item »
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16.

Hintermass
The Apple Tree

Hintermass is the duo project of The Advisory Circle’s Jon Brooks and Tim Felton of Broadcast. In appropriate Ghost Box style, they slink around they combine sweet melodic song with uncanny electronic touches: komische was a particularly strong influence h...view item »


17.

The xx
I See You

Are you ready to weep? Here come sad Londoners the XX with a brand new album and following on from Jamie's solo success it sounds like they've brought some upbeat dance floor energy into their misery. Hall and Oates sampling lead single 'On Hold' shows them sounding relatively upbeat.  Comes on all sorts of different format...view item »


18.

Coil
The Ape of Naples

The Ape Of Naples marks the end of the long, strange journey of Coil, being completed after the death of Jhonn Balance by Peter Christopherson. The nature of its origin gives this record a particularly melancholy and spiritual tone. The LP edition has etchings on the D-side, and bo...view item »
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19.

Kandodo / McBain
Lost Chants / Last Chance

Fans of the Heads should move quickly for this album of pummelling kraut rock and psych which features one member of US stoner rockers Monster Magnet and no fewer than three members of the Heads. Full of riffs and drones that have been wafted back and forth across the atlantic ocean this is sure to vomit out of ...view item »
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20.

Pinkshinyultrablast
Grandfeathered

Grandfeathered is Pinkshinyultrablast follow up album on Club AC30, a more experimental pop affair than their debut, a more expansive and layered fuzzy pop sound. Warm swathes of fuzz peeling back to playful Foals esq beats and picks. Chuck in some of Braids’ beauty and some of ...view item »


21.

Manyfingers
Our Worn Shadow

'Our Worn Shadow' was the second album by Bristol native Chris Cole who has worked with Movietone, Matt Elliott, Soeza and Bracken amongst others. Following on from his self titled debut on Moteer, 'Our Worn Shadow' album is one of the true high water marks of neo-classical...view item »
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22.

The Hanging Stars
Over The Silvery Lake

Debut full-length from The Hanging Stars, a London gang who spent time in California during the recording of the album. Whatever is in the air out there seems to have seeped into Over The Silvery Lake, which stretches itself out in classic 60’s style, as if on a cool-breeze beach. Out on The Great Pop Supplement....view item »
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23.

Tim Hecker
Love Streams

Brand new full-length from Tim Hecker, who here brings his flaring waves of electronics into contact with woodwinds and the Icelandic Choir Ensemble (as arranged by Johann Johannsson). Love Streams builds on previous album Virgins, and was partly recorded in the same Reykjavik ...view item »


24.

Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Roug...view item »


25.

Minor Victories
Minor Victories

Minor Victories is a new group, perhaps even a supergroup: it comprises members of Editors, Slowdive and Mogwai. Although the original intention was all-out noise, what seems to have arisen is an album of dramatic, vocal-led songcraft. This self-titled debut album is out on Play...view item »


26.

Angel Olsen
My Woman

Angel Olsen has made some really good records that are sorta singer and quite songwriter but equally rock and quite roll, too: Burn Your Fire was a complex and sprawling record at times, jubilantly anthemic at others, and occasionally isolated in its acoustic balladry. 'My Woman' is her third...view item »
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27.

Lush
Blind Spot

A full two decades down the line, brand new music from Lush appears! What a time to be alive. After such a time apart, it is impressive to hear how smoothly the members of the band slip back into their roles: the 4 tracks of Blind Spot are immediately recognisable from the lyrics, the melodies, and the production. On Ed...view item »
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28.

Anohni
Hopelessness

Anohni of Antony And The Johnsons presents her solo project. Production assistance from big-guns Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never make this a kaleidoscopic electronic experience, her ever-soaring vocals above a busy dance-swirl. Ecstatic and experimen...view item »


29.

Pye Corner Audio
Stasis

Synth expert Martin Jenkins rolls another one out as Pye Corner Audio. This is his second LP on Ghost Box and in a way it is a sequel to 2012's 'Sleep Games'. What you can be sure of is massive big old fashioned synth sounds that reference all the greats including Jean Michel Jarre, Vangelis and...view item »
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30.

Sleaford Mods
T.C.R

This is the first new material from Sleaford Mods now that they've handed the keys over to the man at Rough Trade. Not that their sound has changed at all. 'TCR' sees them just as angry and sweary as before with five new tracks recorded earlier this year. The title track details the travails of a man who escapes to the pub only ...view item »


31.

Piano Magic
Son De Mar

First time on vinyl for Piano Magic's wonderful, evocative soundtrack for the Bigas Luna film 'Son de Mar' (which translates as 'Sound of the Sea'). Mixing Godspeed like string arrangements with beautiful Max Richter like neo-classical compositions and rustic field recordings, Piano Magic made a soundtrack ...view item »
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32.

Ekca Liena
Slow Music For Rapid Eye Movement

Originally released in a tin box on Dead Pilot in 2008 our very own imprint Public House Recordings have now given this stellar ambient/post rock/drone/electronica lost classic a brand new vinyl lease of life. Stretched out ambient music with a collage-y feel, like the best bits of Stars of the Lid, Lo...view item »
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33.

Brian Eno
The Ship

A new Brian Eno album is always something to get excited about, but particularly after a four year wait and in collaboration with the iconic Warp records. The Ship is Eno on classic form, creating beautiful ambient music built from minimalist drones. Here he's also particularly fascinated w...view item »
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34.

Death And Vanilla
Death And Vanilla

The year was 2012 when we first got offered copies of this, the first album from Death and Vanilla. It was a Normans favourite but like all good things disappeared very quickly. Fire Records have since helped take the band to new levels of popularity by unleashing the band's second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' and now that they are playing ...view item »
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35.

Death And Vanilla
EP

Oh kind people at Fire Records, fresh from issuing Death and Vanilla's much loved second album 'Where the Wild Things Are' have now embarked on a re-issue programme of the bands earlier work including this now impossi-find debut EP. This was the record that first informed us that there could indeed be life after Broadcast. ...view item »
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36.

Dean & Britta
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright / Hey Paula

Dean and Britta, or Galaxie 500’s Dean Wareham and his co-member in Luna Britta Philips, are back making rich, dense pop music. Here they affectionately cover ‘Hey Paula’ together and Britta gives us Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’ solo. ...view item »
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37.

Bat For Lashes
The Bride

After time spent dabbling with the Sexwitch side-project, Natasha Khan returns to her original moniker for the first Bats For Lashes album in 4 years. At the core of the record is the dark tale of The Bride, a figure whose husband-to-be is killed in a car crash: a suitable narrative for...view item »


38.

John Carpenter
Lost Themes II

The horror master returns with a swiftly followed up sequel to his 2014 album 'Lost Themes'. Several collaborators from that project remain including Carpenter's son Cody but this time the composers had the luxury of spending time collaborating in the same city. This has led to a more focussed work with a wider palette of sounds. Next stop for C...view item »
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39.

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From sn...view item »


40.

Preoccupations
Preoccupations

First up we had Women and once that band imploded we got Viet Cong and now we have Preoccupations which is basically the new name for Viet Cong. If last year's previously self-titled record is anything to go by this will be another strand of magical avant rock from the Calgary crew. They special...view item »


41.

Dälek
Asphalt For Eden

Welcome to the first new Dälek release since Gutter Tactics, released a whole 7 years ago! Asphalt For Eden reawakens their mission to meld hip-hop with experimental sonics, with  a line-up that now includes DJ rEk and Mike Swarmbots in addition to MC Däl...view item »
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42.

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits

Didn’t Thee Oh Sees split up a year or so ago? I’m pretty sure they did, but it obviously didn’t last long, because they are back back back with a new album! I guess John Dwyer just couldn’t hold the garage-rock energy back any longer. A Weird Exits is extra-rhythmic (two drummer...view item »
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43.

SWANS
The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all...view item »


44.

Bon Iver
22, A Million

That isolated cabin in the woods feels a long way away now: Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver seem to have made new album 22, A Million in a cabin in the internet instead. Lots of auto-tune, lo-fi crunch next to high-fi shimmer, and track titles to trump any vaporwave you could throw at it. Take your pick ...view item »
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45.

Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition

The new Danny Brown lands on Warp Records. Atrocity Exhibition is his third full-length, and it pulls no punches at all. Guest producers include Evian Christ and Black Milk, and guest vocalists include Kelela, Earl Sweatshirt and Kendrick Lamar...view item »
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46.

The Avalanches
Wildflower

Not many bands allow sixteen years to pass between their debut album and the follow-up, but Aussie electro-trip hop outfit The Avalanches aren't like many bands. Highly acclaimed first LP 'Since I Left You' attracted a lot of attention, and fans of the band (now sixteen whole years older) will no doubt be frothing at the mouth at the prospect of...view item »


47.

Concretism
Electricity

Following up the hugely successful 'Town Planning' Concretism delves deep into his archives to collect together several tracks only previously available as download only. Very popular with our customers, Concretism makes vintage synth tunes for fans of Boards of Canada, the Advisory Circle, ...view item »
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48.

North Sea Radio Orchestra
Dronne

Joyful whimsy and mild dischord from North Sea Radio Orchestra on Dronne, their fourth album after a four year break where guitarist Craig Fortnam has been beavering away on his solo projects. Lots of influences come through, including Cardiacs, early Kraftwerk and Britten to make a wholly English sound. Limited...view item »


49.

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Stranger Things: Season 1 - Volume 1

I don't really have to sell this to you do I? First up it's the soundtrack for Netflix new telly programme that Phil tells me is good. Secondly it has a synth vibe reminiscent of all those synth guys you know and love. You can bet your house that the first name I'm going to throw at you is John Carpenter closely followed by...view item »
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50.

Coil
Astral Disaster (Prescription Edition)

Originally released on Gary Ramon of Sun Dial’s short run label Prescription, and later on Coil’s own Threshold House, what we have here are the original masters from the former. Reproduced with the same artwork also, so a real treat for people who can’t afford the price tag of...view item »
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