2016 Records of the Year

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