Top 25 Albums of 2016

2016 has been an amazing year, and among the many disappointments, there have been some unforgettable twists, like the birth of the Anohni project or the personal evolution of Danny Brown and the unpredictable transformation of Bon Iver. But above all, this was the year where our long awaited journey started and developed with unexpected results. Day by day we’ve worked hard to improve Soul Feeder under every aspect thanks to the increasing support of our fans who we want to specially thank with our personal top 25 albums of the year. Hoping not to disappoint you, here it is:

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25. Andy Stott – Too Many Voices

The new record from the Manchester producer is his less claustrophobic work yet. The dark atmospheres of his previous work are still intact but they have lost their peculiar creepiness, enlightened and made less heavy by the presence of clean 80’s and 90’s synths, well fitting Stott’s industrial, grimy palette. Is this the end of the noise trilogy started in 2012 with Luxury Problems? (Michele Sinatti)

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24. Xiu Xiu – Plays the Music of Twin Peaks

Xiu Xiu managed to make the music from Twin Peaks even more sinister and mysterious than the original one, translating the dark jazz and dream pop of the original composition by Angelo Badalamenti, into a noisy, dark ambient soundtrack. Every second of this album is so disturbingly eerie, and I don’t think you’ll forget Blue Frank-Pink Room or Dance of the Dream Man anytime soon. (Fabio Calissi)

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23. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial

An indie rock record that goes back to the lo-fi roots of the genre, winking an eye at Pavement, Sebodah and Neutral Milk Hotel, and still refreshening it with its great matching of music and lyrics, and incredibly original arrangements.
Toledo’s fast, distorted guitar and Kazt’s powerful drums fit perfectly together with the brilliant honesty of the lyrics, showing the contradictions and fears of an entire generation of “indie kids” that are not so young anymore. (Michele Sinatti)
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22. Kaytranada – 99.9%

KAYTRANADA’s debut album is a groovy cornucopia of sounds and genres that never loose its grip over the listener. Swinging trough present and past, KAY combines jazz, soul, R’n’B, house, funk, and even some of the sounds of his homeland, Haiti, with great coherency. The artists chosen by the Haitian-Canadian producer to ride his beats fits perfectly with the funk attitude of this danceable and trippy record, winner of 2016 Polaris Music Prize. (Michele Sinatti)

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21. Anderson .Paak – Malibu

With his second LP under the Anderson .Paak moniker, the rapper (and producer) from Oxnard carries the listener trough a kaleidoscope of moods and atmospheres, realising his ambitious project of a record in which he can switch from R’n’B to trap, from 70’s funk to 90’s hip-hop freely and still flowing smoothly.
A personal and touching work, in which Paak opens up completely, sharing both joys and pain with a groovy melancholia that melts the heart with its warmness. (Michele Sinatti)

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20. The Avalanches – Wildflower

The Australian six-piece came back after 16 years of inactivity but they never lost the joy of sampling and patchworking different sounds into a cohesive journey. Wildflower has an urban print all over it, thanks to the featurings (MF DOOM, Danny Brown are the most significant) and the sound scope. The 22 songs, highlighted by If I Was A Folkstar and Subways, are incredibly various, playful and unified by its great production: personally I couldn’t have hoped for a better comeback by The Avalanches. (Fabio Calissi)

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19. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book

Chance the Rapper’s third album, Coloring Book, is a positive, motivational and passionate work. The incredible attitude of the Chicago artist, the solid features (Young Thug, Kanye, Future…) and the flawless instrumentals make it one of the best 2016 hip hop albums. (Carlo Casentini)

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18. Sumac – What One Becomes

As you can see from our list, heavy music isn’t going through the best period ever in our opinion, but sometimes there are still some magical conditions in which great metal music pops out once and a while, What One Becomes is a perfect example. Whats rests of the band Isis is reborn under another form but, underneath the harsh wall of sound, the quality is still extremely intact and alive. (Thomas Borgogni)

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17. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens

Trough this a-systematic work, the Chilean-American composer shows that he has a perfect knowledge of his own palette and the way to play with it, although the novelty of the record is more lyrical than musical. Sirens is an excellent record that musically shares Jaar’s personal vision of politics and history, both past and present, but it’s not an essay rather an open stream of consciousness. Like the mythological sirens, the record has an amphibious nature and ends up mixing the opposites, both lyrically and musically, constantly diving the listener into meditative, ambient atmospheres just to waking him up with frenetic drum loops. It is Nicolas’ way of creating a dialogue and its up to the listener to answer to his call or not. (Michele Sinatti)

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16. Skepta – Konnichiwa

London boys, active boys! Skepta is back with his Boy Better Know crew, confirming his role of leader in the rapidly growing english Grime scene. Konnichiwa is a perfect mix of grime essentials and new sounds, borrowed from american hip hop and trap. The result is an explosive album, a real masterpiece of its genre: the future of grime never looked so bright. Energy! (Carlo Casentini)

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15. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo

Yeezus never misses a shot, even in one of his darkest years. The Life of Pablo is a majestic album, full of passion and drama. Tracks like FML and Wolves perfectly depict the troubled mind of the Atlanta rapper, and they seem to predict the harsh times ‘Ye has gone trough in the months following the album release. TLOP isn’t Kanye’s best work, but its contents certainly make it a milestone in West’s career and in popular culture. (Carlo Casentini)

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