Albums On Loop, the 2016 Edition

Partly due to the realisation that having twins is an expensive business, and partly because my CD collection was already running out of control – 2016 was the year that I switched over to the digital world – Apple Music being my provider of choice (convenience won the day). The shift has definitely impacted the way I’ve listened to music, with much more album listening – mostly at the expense of podcasts…

So what I’ve done this year is make a YouTube playlist of tracks from 60 albums that I’ve had on loop at various stages throughout 2016; you can start the playlist by clicking here.

However, I’ve not sorted my playlist with any sort of preference & it is customary to make lists – but there’s no way anyone would read through 60 of them, so here’s my top 21 (with a wee bit of text for the top 6):

  1. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (electronics, strings, piano, guitars, drums and some healthy wailing – possibly their best album to date imo…)
  2. Romare – Love Songs Part 2 (reviews called it ‘experimental psychedelic‘ and ‘disco which incorporates traditional Irish folk music‘ – whatever is going on, it falls into my category of perfect House music)
  3. Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP (a perfect Aphex Twin release. No more words needed).
  4. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound (outstanding production and also a great diversity to this album, which is a rare feat for an R&B album)
  5. Lord of the Isles – In Waves (ambient techno – if you don’t know what that is then you need to check this out, if you do know then I’m sure you will check this out…)
  6. Lone – Levitate (this album captures the essence of 90s Breakbeat and sounds completely fresh / unique; I love it!)
  7. Moderat – 3
  8. Mogwai – Atomic
  9. The Range – Potential
  10. M Craft – Blood Moon
  11. Plaid – The Digging Remedy
  12. Tiga – No Fantasy Required
  13. James Blake – The Colour In Anything
  14. Youandewan – There Is No Right Time
  15. DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall
  16. Mark Pritchard – Under The Sun
  17. BADBADNOTGOOD – IV
  18. Bat For Lashes – The Bride
  19. Floorplan – Victorious
  20. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…
  21. Bjarki – “B”

When you’re through with my album selections – I highly recommend the YouTube playlist that Resident Advisor put together of their top 50 tracks of 2016.

About stuartmdarling

I live in Motherwell & work in Edinburgh in the Oil & Gas sector, which has been taking me around the world for 15 years now. My passion for politics and music go with me every step of the journey...
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