Rough Trade Shops have announced which releases have made their coveted list of the year’s top albums, with an abundance of sonic splendours making their way into the top 100 spots. Headed up by Iggy Pop, Anderson .Paak and Margo Price, the list includes picks from all across the musical spectrum, although a few notable omissions will no doubt come under scrutiny.
Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression may have have taken first place, but in a top ten that includes Mark Pritchard, ANOHNI, Angel Olsen and more it must have been a close call for the Rough Trade higher-ups. Mercury Prize nominees Radiohead, Michael Kiwanuka, David Bowie and Bat For Lashes also finished in the top 100, as did the winner of that same competition, Konnichiwa by grime MC Skepta. Other nominees, such as Laura Mvula, 1975 and Kano, failed to make the cut.
Others who might feel a little aggrieved to fall short of the top 100 include Hessle Audio’s Pangaea, RnB soulstress Jamila Woods and - most significantly - Frank Ocean, whose long-awaited LP Blonde was widely hailed as one of the best releases of the year. Going against the grain this time round, Rough Trade decided to give it the chop…
Rough Trade Shops top ten albums of 2016:
Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
Malibu – Anderson .Paak
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price
Under the Sun – Mark Pritchard
Changes – Charles Bradley
Hopelessness – Anohni
A Weird Exits – Thee Oh Sees
My Woman – Angel Olsen
Sport - Powell
Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
Head here for the full list
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Thee Oh Sees
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