Ben’s Top 25 Albums of 2016

25. Tomppabeats – Harbor LP

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: YouTube beat tapes, Short songs, Self-reflection, Nujabes, Soulja Boy samples, Feelings

Biggest Banger(s): “Emotional Crank”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: ‘Summer Crush,” “You’re Cute,” pretty much any song honestly

24. Ari Solus – Fearman [Tapeslave]

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Substance abuse, Releases that defy genre-categorization, Loneliness, That scene in Good Will Hunting where Robin Williams says “It’s not you fault” to Matt Damon

Biggest Banger(s): “patient,” “solus freestyle”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “kzsc”

23. Lil Uzi Vert – Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World  

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Melodic delivery, Metro Boomin, Having fun, TV references

Biggest Banger(s): “Money Longer”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “P’s & Q’s”

22. Não Ao Futebol Moderno – Vida Que Segue

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Shoegaze, Insisting shoegaze isn’t dead, Attempting to learn Portuguese exclusively through reverb-drenched vocals

Biggest Banger(s): “Carlinhos”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Laços De Família” maybe but I don’t actually know what the lyrics are so it’s a bit of a gamble

21. Pleasure Model – Kendo Dynamics

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Dancing, House music, Car chases, Daniel Avery

Biggest Banger(s): “Eat Itself,” “Sweetner V’enst,” “Bealichtbach,” every other track, too

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: Eh

20. Ice Choir – Designs in Rhythm

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Borrowed nostalgia for the unremembered ‘80s, Super Monkey Ball, Big hooks, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Synthpop

Biggest Banger(s): “Windsurf,” “Noosphering”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Amorous In Your Absence”

19. Elysia Crampton – Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Experimental electronic, “musical epic poems,” Disorienting music

Biggest Banger(s): “Red Eyez”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: Don’t

18. Sheer Mag – III 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Rawk n’ roll, Wishing Alabama Shakes were better, Riffs, Thin Lizzy, Bar fights

Biggest Banger(s): “Can’t Stop Fighting,” “Night Isn’t Bright”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Nobody’s Baby,” perhaps

17. Parquet Courts – Human Performance

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: The Velvet Underground, Witty lyrics, Being a slacker, Post-punk

Biggest Banger(s): “Outside,” “Two Dead Cops”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Steady On My Mind”

16. DJ Earl – Open Your Eyes

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Footwork, Drank, Kush, Barz, DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Embracing the future of electronic music, OPN

Biggest Banger(s): “Smoke Dat Green”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: Eh

15. Mumrunner – Gentle Slopes EP

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Energetic dream-pop, Flyying Colours, Reverb, Browsing European shoegaze blogs, DIIV, Not having the attention span necessary to sit through an entire LP

Biggest Banger(s): “Cascais”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Gentle Slopes”

14. Babyfather – BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Being British, Dean Blunt ;), Unique sounds, Grime, Soothing English voices, Arca, Experimental music

Biggest Banger(s): “Greezebloc,” “Motivation,” “Juice,” “Killuminati,” “Deep (feat. Arca)”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “God Hour (feat. Micachu)”

13. Krill – Krill 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Pile, Tough goodbyes, Subtly infectious melodies, Whenever the words “jagged” or “angular” are used to describe music

Biggest Banger(s): Every damn one

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Happy”

12. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma – In Summer

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Ambient, Blankets, Distortion, Tim Hecker, Desperately clinging to any remaining semblance of Chillwave

Biggest Banger(s): “Love’s Refrain”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “In Summer”

11. Hovvy – Taster

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Alex G, Cozy melancholy, Pop, Thinking about past relationships, That gimmicky double v thing that Alvvays and Wavves have already beat into the ground

Biggest Banger(s): “Problem,” “Pretend”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “In My Head”

10. Warehouse – Super Low

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Gruff vocals, Krill, Cheese fries, Post-punk

Biggest Banger(s): “Simultaneous Contrasts,” “Audrey Horne”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Reservoir”

9. Noname – Telefone

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Conscious hip-hop, Urgent lyricism, Strong features, Saba, Beautiful shit in general

Biggest Banger(s): Nah

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “All I Need”

8. Death Grips – Bottomless Pit 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Breaking shit, Electro-punk-hop, Everything else that this band has ever released, Getting yelled at by your parents

Biggest Banger(s): “Bubbles Buried In This Jungle,” “Three Bedrooms In A Good Neighborhood”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: Would not recommend

7. Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Dream-pop, Air France (the band, not the airline), Poptimism, Having songs stuck in your head, Lush production, Synthpop

Biggest Banger(s): “Yesterday,” “Short Truth”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Text From Sweden,” “Keep It Close To Me”

6. Frank Ocean – Blonde

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Sex, Nostalgia, R&B, Sexual intercourse, Miguel, Feelings, having sex

Biggest Banger(s): “Nights”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Ivy,” “Self Control”

5. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Smith Westerns, Girls, Summertime, Falsetto vocals, Trumpets, Just sippin’ some brews with your buds on a lazy Summer’s day

Biggest Banger(s): “Golden Days,” “No Matter Where We Go”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “No Matter Where We Go”

4. Pinkshinyultrablast – Grandfeathered 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Electronics blended with live instrumentation, Shoegaze, Having literally no idea what is being said, Whirr, Huge choruses

Biggest Banger(s): “I Catch You Napping,” “Kiddy Pool Dreams,” “The Cherry Pit”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Comet Marbles”

3. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Deism, Religion, God

Biggest Banger(s): “Waves,” “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1-2,” Highlights”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Highlights” maybe?

2. DIIV – Is The Is Are 

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Captured Tracks-core, Dream-pop, Emulating Kurt Cobain, Krautrock, Beach Fossils, Spotting trains

Biggest Banger(s): “Out Of Mind,” “Dopamine,”

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: “Healthy Moon”

1. Young Thug – JEFFERY / Slime Season 3 / I’m Up

Recommended If You’re a Fan Of: Androgyny, Atlanta trap, Melodic genius, Innovation, Migos, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane

Biggest Banger(s): literally every song

Song(s) to Put On Mixtape For Your Crush: literally every song

Written by Ben Weinstein

 

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