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Staff Editorial: Music Emissions’ Top Albums/EPs/Mixtapes of 2016

posted January 2, 2017, 12:32 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Best Of, Staff Editorial | comment Leave a Comment

hintergrund-tapete-20172016Reflecting back on a year with extreme highs and lows, where we spent a good part of the year mourning the loss of irreplaceable music legends, now’s the time to commend the artists that provided the few bright spots of 2016. Waiting to see if there were any last-minute surprises in December yielded some well deserved final entries. Scope the international staff multi-genre picks below!

Nick Fry

1. Sulk – “No Illusions”
2. Alcest– “Kodama”
3. Sea Pinks– “Soft Days”
4. David Bowie– “Blackstar”
5. The Fylls– “Interrupted”
6. MONEY– “Suicide Songs”
7. Sivert Hoyem – “Lioness”
8. Pity Sex-“White Hot Moon”
9. Mudcrutch– “2”
10. Sunflower Bean– “Human Ceremony”

Maddy Johnson

1. Blink-182– “California”
2. David Bowie– “Blackstar”
3. K.Flay– “Crush Me”
4. Billy Talent– “Afraid of Heights”
5. Childish Gambino– “Awaken, My Love!”
6. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds– “Skeleton Tree”
7. The Kills– “Ash & Ice”
8. Iggy Pop– “Post Pop Depression”
9. M.I.A.– “AIM”
10. Tegan and Sara– “Love You To Death”


In no particular order. During this tough year, all these dope artists made me smile

Anderson Paak– “Malibu”
Beyoncé- – “Lemonade”
Kaytranada– “99.9%”
Los Rakas– “Los Rakas”
Danny Brown– “Atrocity Exhibition”
JoJo– “Mad Love. (Deluxe)”
Hirie– “Wandering Soul”
Xenia Rubinos– “Black Terry Cat”
Meghan Trainor– “Thank You”
Rival Sons– “Hollow Bones”
Karmin– “Leo Rising”
Selah Sue– “Reason”
Childish Gambino– “Awaken, My Love!”
Chantae Cann– “Journey To Golden”
Rihanna– “ANTI”
Lianne La Havas– “Blood Solo EP”
Raleigh Ritchie– “You’re A Man Now, Boy”
Kendrick Lamar– “untitled unmastered.”
Common– “Black America Again”
Kendra Foster– “Kendra Foster”
Demun Jones– “Beast”
Rabbit Wilde– “The Heartland”
Lyrics Born– “Now Look What You’ve Done, Lyrics Born!-Greatest Hits”
Demrick and Dizzy Wright– “Blaze With Us”
Emeli Sandé– “Long Live The Angels”
MAHD– “After”
Oddisee– “Alwasta”
NxWorries– “Yes Lawd!”
Black Milk and Nat Turner– “The Rebellion Sessions”
Solange– “A Seat At The Table”
De La Soul– “and the Anonymous Nobody…”
Muhsinah– “January”
Rapsody– “Crown”
Diamond D– “Hatred, Passions and Infidelity”
Ray Goren– “Slaves To The Money”
Various Artists– “The Hamilton Mixtape”
Lion Babe– “Begin”
All Cows Eat Grass– “Self-Help”
GoldLink– “And After That We Didn’t Talk- The Remixes”
Planet Asia– “Egyptian Merchandise”
Gaby Moreno– “Ilusión”
The Underachievers– “It Happened in Flatbush”
Esperanza Spalding– “Emily’s D+Evolution”
NAO– “For All We Know”
Terrace Martin– “Velvet Portraits”
Robert Glasper Experiment– “ArtScience”
A Tribe Called Quest– “We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service”
Snarky Puppy– “Culcha Vulcha”
Open Mike Eagle and Paul White– “Hella Personal Film Festival”
Run The Jewels– “RTJ3”

Chiara Colasanti

1. Tiziano Ferro– “Il Mestiere Della Vita”
2. Shawn Mendes– “Illuminate”
3. Various Artists– “Empire” Original Soundtrack
4. The Chainsmokers-“Closer”
5. Achille Lauro– “Ragazzi Madre”
6. Thegiornalisti— “Completamente Sold Out”
7. Animal– “Més enllà de les paraules”
8. Buhos– “Lluna Plena”
9. Ramon Mirabet– “Home Is Where The Heart Is”
10. Lost Frequencies– “Less Is More”

Nathaniel Lathy

1. Jillian Kohr – “Free”
2. Green Knuckle Material– “Back To Your Roots”
3. Drew Cole– “Let Me Off The Hook”
4. Scott Smith– “Sum of Life”
5. Todd Adfel– “Reflections”
6. Noah James Hittner – “Flesh and Metal”
7. Jas Patrick -“Inky Ovine”
8. Evan Mix– “Chips For Boy”
9. Nic Nassuet– “Eleutherios”
10.Five Hundredth Year– “A Rose From Ashes”

Gary Hill

In no particular order.

  • Kiefer Sutherland – “Down In A Hole”
  • Levin Minnemann Rudess – “From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess”
  • Anderson/Stolt – “Invention of Knowledge”
  • Sailor Free – “Invention of Knowledge”
  • Alex Carpani – “So Close, So Far”
  • Anti- Nowhere League – “The Cage”
  • Darryl Way – “So Close, So Far”
  • The Lowest Pair – “Fern Girl & Ice Man “
  • Andy Jackson– ” 73 Days at Sea”
  • Edensong – “Years in the Garden of Years”
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