Staff Picks: Best Albums of 2016 — Artists you love, and acts you’ve never even heard of

Best Albums 2016

The crew at Grimy Goods, have shared their 10 selections for the best albums of 2016! As always, it’s all about quality and variety when it comes to music at Grimy Goods. Spanning all genres, you’ll find a robust selection of music from well-known artists, as well as acts you’ve never heard of. From new artists such as Von Sell, Cruel Youth and Bishop Briggs, to familiar acts like Frank Ocean, Savages, and Radiohead — there is something for everyone here. Take a look below at what our staff has been listening to on repeat this past year, and stream select albums via our Spotify playlist below!

Please note, all albums are listed in no particular order.

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 Ceethreedom

Photographer

 Danielle Gornbein

Photographer

Local Natives
Sunlit Youth
Loma Vista Recordings

James Vincent McMorrow
We Move
Faction Records

From Indian Lakes
Everything Feels Better Now
Triple Crown Records

Twin Peaks
Down In Heaven
Grand Jury

Glass Animals
Life Itself
Harvest Records

Whitney
Light Upon The Lake
Secretly Canadian

Young The Giant
Home of the Strange
Fueled By Ramen

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
XL Recordings

Daughter
Not To Disappear
Glassnote Records

Grouplove
Big Mess
Atlantic Records

 

Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits
Castle Face Records

Sweet Shop Boys
Cashmere
Customs

The Frighners
Nothing More To Say
Daptone Records

DIIV
Is This Is Are
Captured Tracks

The Blind Shake
Celebrate Your Youth
Goner Records

Thee Oh Sees
An Odd Entrances
Castle Face Records

Blank Blue
Invisible Threads (EP)
Psychic Fortitude

A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Epic Records

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall
Mass Appeal Records

Feels
S/T
Castle Face Records

 Sandra Burciaga

Editor-In-Chief

 Emily Saex

Editor

A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Epic Records

Savages
Adore Life
Matador

David Bowie
Blackstar
Columbia Records

Cruel Youth
+30mg (EP)
Disgrace

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
XL

The Kills
Ash & Ice
Domino Records

Miike Snow
iii
Downtown / Atlantic

Von Sell
S/T (EP)
Self-Released

Bishop Briggs
S/T (EP)
Island Records

The Weeknd
Starboy
Republic Records

 

The Pack A.D.
Positive Thinking
Cadence Music

A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Epic Records

The Heavy
Hurt & The Merciless
Counter Records/Bad Son Recording Co.

Mavis Staples
Livin’ on a High Note
Anti-Records/Epitaph Records

Deftones
Gore
Reprise

DJ Shadow
The Mountain Will Fall
Mass Appeal

Ex-Sage
Out Of The Blue (EP)
Self-Released

Pill
Convenience
Mexican Summer

Charles Bradley
Changes
Daptone Records

The Dead Ships
Citycide
Nevado Records

 

Anderson .Paak
Malibu
Steel Wool/ OBE/ Art Club/ EMPIRE

Cage The Elephant
Tell Me I’m Pretty
RCA Records

Charles Bradley
Changes
Daptone Records

David Bowie
Blackstar
Columbia Records

Flume
Skin
Mom + Pop

Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
GOOD Music

Kendrick Lamar
Untitled Unmastered
Aftermath

Massive Attack
Ritual Spirit
Melankolic Recordings Limited

Santigold
99 Cents
Atlantic Records

Justice
Woman
Ed Banger/ Because Records

 

 Brissa Sanchez

Writer

 Jamie Lawlor

Writer

Frank Ocean
Blonde
Boys Don’t Cry

Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
GOOD Music

Bon Iver
22, A Million
Jagjaguwar

Kendrick Lamar
Untitled Unmastered
Aftermath

Nao
For All We Know
RCA

Drake
Views
Young Money / Cash Money / Republic

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
XL

Big Black Delta
Tragame Tierra
Master of Bates

M83
Junk
Mute Records

Metronomy
Summer ’08
Because Music

 

 Brandon Espeleta

Photographer

 Zoe Elaine

Writer

Ngaiire
Blastoma
Self-Released

ANOHNI
Hopelessness
Secretly Canadian

Gallant
Ology
Warner Bros Records

Von Sell
S/T (EP)
Self-Titled

Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch
Sacred Bones

Noname
Telefone
Self-Released

LANKS
Viet Rose (EP)
Self-Released

Julia Jacklin
Don’t Let the Kids Win
Polyvinyl Records

Still Parade
Concrete Vision
Lefse Records

Ricky Eat Acid
Talk To You Soon
Terrible Records

 

Logic
Bobby Tarantino
Def Jam Records

Isaiah Rashad
The Sun’s Tirade
Top Dawg Entertainment

Travis Scott 
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
Epic Records

A$AP Mob
Cozy Tapes Vol. 1
Epic Records

YG
Still Brazy
Def Jam Records

Vic Mensa
There’s A Lot Going On
Roc Nation

Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
GOOD Music

Kendrick Lamar
Untitled Unmastered
Aftermath

Frank Ocean
Blonde
Boys Don’t Cry

Schoolboy Q
Blank Face LP
Top Dog Entertainment

 

 

 Steven Ward

Photographer/Writer

 Michael Espeleta

Photographer

 

A$AP Mob
Cozy Tapes Vol. 1
Epic Records

Travis Scott 
Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
Epic Records

Drake
Views
Young Money / Cash Money / Republic

Kanye West
The Life of Pablo
GOOD Music

DJ Khaled
Major Key
Epic Records

Vic Mensa
There’s A Lot Going On
Roc Nation

Rihanna
Anti
Roc Nation

 

The Weeknd
Starboy
Republic Records

Meek Mill
DC4
MMG / Atlantic

Beyonce
Lemonade
Parkwood Entertainment

 

 

 

 

Eliot Sumner
Information
Island Records

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project
Island Records

The Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You’ve Come to Expect
Domino Records

Yeasayer
Amen & Goodbye
Mute Records

M83
Junk
Mute Records

Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool
XL Recordings

The Kills
Ash & Ice
Domino Records

Grouplove
Big Mess
Atlantic Records

Kishi Bashi
Sonderlust
Joyful Noise

Anderson .Paak
Malibu
Steel Wool/ OBE/ Art Club/ EMPIRE

 

 

 Anne-Marie Schiefer

Photographer/Writer

 Zach Bilson

Writer

Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate
Polydor Records

Whitney
Light Upon The Lake
Secretly Canadian

Sturgill Simpson
A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
Atlantic Records

The Kills
Ash & Ice
Domino Records

Robert Ellis
S/T
New West Records

Fruit Bats
Absolute Loser
Mute Records

Band of Horses
Why Are You Ok
Interscope

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
Glass Note Records

Jim James
Eternally Even
ATO / Capitol Records

Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
Domino Recording Studio

 

The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Dirty Hit

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Pretty Years
Sinderlyn

Frank Ocean
Blonde
Boys Don’t Cry

The Hotelier
Goodness
Tiny Engines

Hope Sandoval & the Warm Intentions
Until The Hunter
Tendril Tales

Jessy Lanza
Oh No
Hyperdub

Death Grips
Bottomless Pit
Third Worlds

Yumi Zouma
Yoncalla
Cascine

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
In Summer
Geographic North

Nicolas Jaar
Sirens
Other People

 

 

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