2016 Records of the Year

Issue twelve of our Deluxe magazine covers our favourite 100 albums released in 2016. Alongside the big list, some compilations, some reissues and a few other things we snuck in, there are also two interviews we're very proud of. We spoke to Tim Smith - formerly of Midlake - and Alasdair Roberts interviewed Shirley Collins about her splendid new album, two music makers we have been wild about for years.

** Spoiler; If you do not want to read the issue in full, the top 100 albums are listed below...




You can browse and shop the top 100 albums here; www.driftrecords.com/ROTY2016




okay then...


  1. Thee Oh Sees - A Weird Exits
  2. BADBADNOTGOOD - IV
  3. David Bowie - ★ (Blackstar)
  4. Avalanches - Wildflower
  5. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
  6. Angel Olsen - MY WOMAN
  7. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
  8. Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like a Levee
  9. Heron Oblivion - Heron Oblivion
  10. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
  11. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered
  12. Kaytranada - 99.90%
  13. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
  14. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
  15. Cavern Of Anti-Matter - void beats/invocation trex
  16. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
  17. Wilco - Schmilco
  18. Factory Floor - 25 25
  19. Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
  20. Ultimate Painting - Dusk
  21. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
  22. LNZNDRF - LNZNDRF
  23. Yorkston / Thorne / Khan - Everything Sacred
  24. Stephen Steinbrink - Anagrams
  25. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch
  26. Kevin Morby - Singing Saw
  27. Woods - City Sun Eater in the River of Light
  28. Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve - The Soft Bounce
  29. Kneebody & Daedelus - Kneedelus
  30. Skepta - Konnichiwa
  31. Death in Vegas - Transmission
  32. Lemon Twigs - Do Hollywood
  33. Szun Waves - At Sacred Walls
  34. Mitski - Puberty 2
  35. DIIV - Is The Is Are
  36. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
  37. Black Mountain - IV
  38. M Craft - Bloodmoon
  39. White Denim - Stiff
  40. Mark Pritchard - Under The Sun
  41. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
  42. Amber Arcades - Fading Lines
  43. Anohni - Hopelessness
  44. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
  45. Swans - The Glowing Man
  46. William Tyler - Modern Country
  47. Quilt - Plaza
  48. The Parrots - Los Niños Sin Miedo
  49. nonkeen - The Gamble
  50. Holy Fuck - Congrats
  51. Goat - Requiem
  52. C Duncan - The Midnight Sun
  53. Warpaint - Heads Up
  54. Tim Hecker - Love Streams
  55. GØGGS - GØGGS
  56. Steve Gunn - Eyes on the lines
  57. Jherek Bischoff - Cistern
  58. Hieroglyphic Being - The Disco's Of Imhotep
  59. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
  60. Melt Yourself Down - Last Evenings On Earth
  61. Be - One
  62. Brian Eno - The Ship
  63. Boys Forever - Boys Forever
  64. Anna Meredith - Varmints
  65. Pill - Convenience
  66. Hinds - Leave Me Alone
  67. Chris Cohen - As If Apart
  68. PJ Harvey - The Hope Six Demolition Project
  69. School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
  70. Ash Koosha - I AKA I
  71. Meilyr Jones - 2013
  72. Howes - 3.5 Degrees
  73. The Comet Is Coming - Channel The Spirits
  74. Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
  75. Allah-Las - Calico Review
  76. Julia Jacklin - Don’t Let The Kids Win
  77. King Creosote - Astronaut Meets Appleman
  78. Karl Blau - Introducing Karl Blau
  79. The Lucid Dream - Compulsion Songs
  80. The Early Years - II
  81. Savages - Adore Life
  82. Not Waving - Animals
  83. Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound
  84. The Mystery Lights - The Mystery Lights
  85. DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall
  86. Grumbling Fur - Furfour
  87. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band - The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II
  88. Luke Roberts - Sunlit Cross
  89. Ben Lukas Boysen - Spells
  90. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
  91. Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
  92. Shearwater - Jet Plane and Oxbow
  93. Throws - Throws
  94. exmagician - Scan The Blue
  95. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
  96. The Range - Potential
  97. Teleman - Brilliant Sanity
  98. Douglas Dare - Aforger
  99. King Gizzard And the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
  100. LUH - Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing