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It's that time of year again.

 

I'd love to see and/or hear what you guys thought were the best releases of 2016.

 

Let's have 'em!

Soul, R&B, Pop from Los Angeles

http://philipclark.com

 

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I can honestly say that my buddy Francisco's album is the best thing I have heard this year, maybe even the last five years.

 

https://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2818626/Thankfulness_debut_album_by_Fr#Post2818626

 

 

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A top ten, roughly in order of personal preference:

 

Nick Cave - Skeleton Key

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

David Bowie - Black Star

Kanye West - Life of Pablo

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - Ears

Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker

Savages - Adore Life

Michael Kiwanuka - Love & Hate

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

 

 

 

 

 

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Say So - Bent Knee

Magma - Gojira

Adore Life - Savages

Up - Karsh Kale

Sorceress - Opeth

A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Sturgill Simpson

Jomsviking - Amon Amarth

Mythologie - Delerium

 

Top three were definitely the best three. Beyond that, not in anything resembling order.

 

That new Kate Bush live album is a stunner, but I'm just dealing with studio albums here.

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Okay, then I can't resist plugging my own project, which was *my* favorite release of the year. ;-)

 

see

https://forums.musicplayer.com/ubbthreads.php/topics/2820568/Prufrock_album_now_available#Post2820568

 

Nah, I don't really expect it will be too many "best of year" lists. But I'd love to get some feedback. For a quick taste, the itunes link has the song clips, or you can listen to the whole album on Spotify.

Maybe this is the best place for a shameless plug! Our now not-so-new new video at https://youtu.be/3ZRC3b4p4EI is a 40 minute adaptation of T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" - check it out! And hopefully I'll have something new here this year. ;-)

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Scott, I listened to the previews on iTunes and gotta say it sounds really good! It is not music I normally listen to, but I really do appreciate the craftsmanship that shines through.

 

 

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The Honeydogs - Love and Cannibalism

Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution

Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math

 

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Ok, here's my long list. I'll whittle this down to a Top 10 before Christmas, hopefully.

 

Aaron Taylor - Better Days

Adrianne Kshon - Float

After 7 - Timeless

AlexisDavis - The Other Numbers

Amber Ojeda - Geminis & Virgins

Anthony David - The Powerful Now

Anthony Valadez - Fade Away

Ari Lennox - PHO

Azekel - Raw, Vol. 2

B.jamelle - "Here, hear."

Baby Queens - Baby Queens

Barney Artist - Painting Sounds

Bernhoft - Stop / Shutup / Shout It Out

BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind

Black Dylan - Hey Stranger

Black Milk & Nat Turner - The Rebellion Sessions

Bobby Earth - PROGRESSION

Brian Culbertson - Funk!

Brian McKnight - Better

Brittany "B" - AfterHours

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

Chloe x Halle - Sugar Symphony

Collective Peace - Introducing Collective Peace

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

D. Maurice - Mosaic

D'Angelo - D'Angelo Essence Festival Rehearsals 1998

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...

Doobie Powell - Future

Eric Benét - Eric Benét

Felicia Adams - Re-Birth

Frank McComb - Soulmate: Another Love Story

Furns - Only Through Your Eyes

Gedina - Gedina -

Grace - FMA -

Greg Dean - The Greg Dean Project

Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

H.E.R. - H.E.R., Vol. 1

HONNE - Warm On a Cold Night

Incognito - In Search of Better Days

Izzy Bizu - A Moment of Madness

ack Garratt - Phase

Jacob Collier - In My Room

James Vincent McMorrow - We Move

Jamie Lidell - Building a Beginning

Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Javier Colon - Gravity

Jesse Boykins III - BARTHOLOMEW

JMSN - It Is.

JMSN - Live North Hollywood

Jodie Abacus - For Real Life and Not Pretend

John Michael - Duality

JONES - New Skin

Jordan Rakei - Cloak

Kendra Foster - Kendra Foster

Kenya Soulsinger

Khari Cabral & Jiva - Heaven & Earth

Kimyana Reece - That Ain't Me

Kindred the Family Soul - Legacy of Love

KING - We Are KING

King Krab - All In

Kyle Dion - Painting Sounds

Lais - 114

Lamone - Smooth -

Lawrence - Breakfast

Lindsey Harper - New Game

LION BABE - Begin

Marie Dahlstrøm - 0.0

Matti Roots - Beatroot

Mayer Hawthorne - Party of One

Mike Jerel - Neo Soul Symphony

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper - Everything's Beautiful

The Motet - Totem

The Motet & Jam in the Van - Jam in the Van

Muhsinah - April

Muhsinah - February

Muhsinah - January

Muhsinah - July

Muhsinah - June

Muhsinah - March

Muhsinah - May

Musiq Soulchild - Life on Earth

Mýa - Smoove Jones

NAO - For All We Know

Nia Andrews - From Here

Noname - Telefone

Nuf Said - Rise

Panax - Eleanora

Pearl - Closer

Pegasus Warning - PwEP2

People Under the Stairs - The Gettin' Off Stage, Step 2

Phonte & Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

PJ - Rare

PJ Morton - Sticking to My Guns

Raleigh Ritchie - Mind the Gap

Raquel Rodríguez - The 31

Ravyn Lenae - Moon Shoes

Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Restless Soul Band - Fun!

Ro James - ELDORADO

Robert Glasper Experiment - ArtScience

Roy Woods - Waking at Daw

Sebastian Kole - Sebastian Kole

Sebastian Kole - Soup

Selah Sue - Reason

Seramic - Found

Shakka - The Lost Boys

Shawn Mendes - Illuminate

SiR - HER

Smoove & Turrell - Crown Posada

Snakehips - All My Friends

Snoh Aalegra - Don't Explain

Soia - H.I.O.P.

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Takuya Kuroda - Zigzagger

Tamara Wellons - Pretty

Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits

Tom Misch - Reverie

Trevor Wesley - Chivalry Is Dead

Tweet - Charlene

Will Fraker - Will Fraker

Xavier Omär - The Everlasting Wave

Yuna - Chapters

ZAYN - Mind of Mine

2nd Exit - 2nd Exit

The Get Down (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)

Sing Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

Soul, R&B, Pop from Los Angeles

http://philipclark.com

 

Cannonball Gerald Albright Signature Alto, Yamaha YC73, Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno-106, Yamaha MX61, Roland VR-09, MicroKorg XL, Maschine Mikro, Yamaha Reface CP, Roland MKS-50

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Ok, here's my long list. I'll whittle this down to a Top 10 before Christmas, hopefully.

 

Aaron Taylor - Better Days

Adrianne Kshon - Float

After 7 - Timeless

AlexisDavis - The Other Numbers

Amber Ojeda - Geminis & Virgins

Anthony David - The Powerful Now

Anthony Valadez - Fade Away

Ari Lennox - PHO

Azekel - Raw, Vol. 2

B.jamelle - "Here, hear."

Baby Queens - Baby Queens

Barney Artist - Painting Sounds

Bernhoft - Stop / Shutup / Shout It Out

BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind

Black Dylan - Hey Stranger

Black Milk & Nat Turner - The Rebellion Sessions

Bobby Earth - PROGRESSION

Brian Culbertson - Funk!

Brian McKnight - Better

Brittany "B" - AfterHours

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

Chloe x Halle - Sugar Symphony

Collective Peace - Introducing Collective Peace

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

D. Maurice - Mosaic

D'Angelo - D'Angelo Essence Festival Rehearsals 1998

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...

Doobie Powell - Future

Eric Benét - Eric Benét

Felicia Adams - Re-Birth

Frank McComb - Soulmate: Another Love Story

Furns - Only Through Your Eyes

Gedina - Gedina -

Grace - FMA -

Greg Dean - The Greg Dean Project

Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

H.E.R. - H.E.R., Vol. 1

HONNE - Warm On a Cold Night

Incognito - In Search of Better Days

Izzy Bizu - A Moment of Madness

ack Garratt - Phase

Jacob Collier - In My Room

James Vincent McMorrow - We Move

Jamie Lidell - Building a Beginning

Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Javier Colon - Gravity

Jesse Boykins III - BARTHOLOMEW

JMSN - It Is.

JMSN - Live North Hollywood

Jodie Abacus - For Real Life and Not Pretend

John Michael - Duality

JONES - New Skin

Jordan Rakei - Cloak

Kendra Foster - Kendra Foster

Kenya Soulsinger

Khari Cabral & Jiva - Heaven & Earth

Kimyana Reece - That Ain't Me

Kindred the Family Soul - Legacy of Love

KING - We Are KING

King Krab - All In

Kyle Dion - Painting Sounds

Lais - 114

Lamone - Smooth -

Lawrence - Breakfast

Lindsey Harper - New Game

LION BABE - Begin

Marie Dahlstrøm - 0.0

Matti Roots - Beatroot

Mayer Hawthorne - Party of One

Mike Jerel - Neo Soul Symphony

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper - Everything's Beautiful

The Motet - Totem

The Motet & Jam in the Van - Jam in the Van

Muhsinah - April

Muhsinah - February

Muhsinah - January

Muhsinah - July

Muhsinah - June

Muhsinah - March

Muhsinah - May

Musiq Soulchild - Life on Earth

Mýa - Smoove Jones

NAO - For All We Know

Nia Andrews - From Here

Noname - Telefone

Nuf Said - Rise

Panax - Eleanora

Pearl - Closer

Pegasus Warning - PwEP2

People Under the Stairs - The Gettin' Off Stage, Step 2

Phonte & Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

PJ - Rare

PJ Morton - Sticking to My Guns

Raleigh Ritchie - Mind the Gap

Raquel Rodríguez - The 31

Ravyn Lenae - Moon Shoes

Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Restless Soul Band - Fun!

Ro James - ELDORADO

Robert Glasper Experiment - ArtScience

Roy Woods - Waking at Daw

Sebastian Kole - Sebastian Kole

Sebastian Kole - Soup

Selah Sue - Reason

Seramic - Found

Shakka - The Lost Boys

Shawn Mendes - Illuminate

SiR - HER

Smoove & Turrell - Crown Posada

Snakehips - All My Friends

Snoh Aalegra - Don't Explain

Soia - H.I.O.P.

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Takuya Kuroda - Zigzagger

Tamara Wellons - Pretty

Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits

Tom Misch - Reverie

Trevor Wesley - Chivalry Is Dead

Tweet - Charlene

Will Fraker - Will Fraker

Xavier Omär - The Everlasting Wave

Yuna - Chapters

ZAYN - Mind of Mine

2nd Exit - 2nd Exit

The Get Down (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)

Sing Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

I envy your listening habits - I'm not sure I even listened to that many new records in 2016!

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Ok, here's my long list. I'll whittle this down to a Top 10 before Christmas, hopefully.

 

Aaron Taylor - Better Days

Adrianne Kshon - Float

After 7 - Timeless

AlexisDavis - The Other Numbers

Amber Ojeda - Geminis & Virgins

Anthony David - The Powerful Now

Anthony Valadez - Fade Away

Ari Lennox - PHO

Azekel - Raw, Vol. 2

B.jamelle - "Here, hear."

Baby Queens - Baby Queens

Barney Artist - Painting Sounds

Bernhoft - Stop / Shutup / Shout It Out

BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind

Black Dylan - Hey Stranger

Black Milk & Nat Turner - The Rebellion Sessions

Bobby Earth - PROGRESSION

Brian Culbertson - Funk!

Brian McKnight - Better

Brittany "B" - AfterHours

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

Chloe x Halle - Sugar Symphony

Collective Peace - Introducing Collective Peace

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Heart Speaks in Whispers

D. Maurice - Mosaic

D'Angelo - D'Angelo Essence Festival Rehearsals 1998

De La Soul - and the Anonymous Nobody...

Doobie Powell - Future

Eric Benét - Eric Benét

Felicia Adams - Re-Birth

Frank McComb - Soulmate: Another Love Story

Furns - Only Through Your Eyes

Gedina - Gedina -

Grace - FMA -

Greg Dean - The Greg Dean Project

Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

H.E.R. - H.E.R., Vol. 1

HONNE - Warm On a Cold Night

Incognito - In Search of Better Days

Izzy Bizu - A Moment of Madness

ack Garratt - Phase

Jacob Collier - In My Room

James Vincent McMorrow - We Move

Jamie Lidell - Building a Beginning

Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Javier Colon - Gravity

Jesse Boykins III - BARTHOLOMEW

JMSN - It Is.

JMSN - Live North Hollywood

Jodie Abacus - For Real Life and Not Pretend

John Michael - Duality

JONES - New Skin

Jordan Rakei - Cloak

Kendra Foster - Kendra Foster

Kenya Soulsinger

Khari Cabral & Jiva - Heaven & Earth

Kimyana Reece - That Ain't Me

Kindred the Family Soul - Legacy of Love

KING - We Are KING

King Krab - All In

Kyle Dion - Painting Sounds

Lais - 114

Lamone - Smooth -

Lawrence - Breakfast

Lindsey Harper - New Game

LION BABE - Begin

Marie Dahlstrøm - 0.0

Matti Roots - Beatroot

Mayer Hawthorne - Party of One

Mike Jerel - Neo Soul Symphony

Miles Davis & Robert Glasper - Everything's Beautiful

The Motet - Totem

The Motet & Jam in the Van - Jam in the Van

Muhsinah - April

Muhsinah - February

Muhsinah - January

Muhsinah - July

Muhsinah - June

Muhsinah - March

Muhsinah - May

Musiq Soulchild - Life on Earth

Mýa - Smoove Jones

NAO - For All We Know

Nia Andrews - From Here

Noname - Telefone

Nuf Said - Rise

Panax - Eleanora

Pearl - Closer

Pegasus Warning - PwEP2

People Under the Stairs - The Gettin' Off Stage, Step 2

Phonte & Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

PJ - Rare

PJ Morton - Sticking to My Guns

Raleigh Ritchie - Mind the Gap

Raquel Rodríguez - The 31

Ravyn Lenae - Moon Shoes

Reginald Omas Mamode IV

Restless Soul Band - Fun!

Ro James - ELDORADO

Robert Glasper Experiment - ArtScience

Roy Woods - Waking at Daw

Sebastian Kole - Sebastian Kole

Sebastian Kole - Soup

Selah Sue - Reason

Seramic - Found

Shakka - The Lost Boys

Shawn Mendes - Illuminate

SiR - HER

Smoove & Turrell - Crown Posada

Snakehips - All My Friends

Snoh Aalegra - Don't Explain

Soia - H.I.O.P.

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Takuya Kuroda - Zigzagger

Tamara Wellons - Pretty

Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits

Tom Misch - Reverie

Trevor Wesley - Chivalry Is Dead

Tweet - Charlene

Will Fraker - Will Fraker

Xavier Omär - The Everlasting Wave

Yuna - Chapters

ZAYN - Mind of Mine

2nd Exit - 2nd Exit

The Get Down (Original Soundtrack from the Netflix Original Series)

Sing Street (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

 

I envy your listening habits - I'm not sure I even listened to that many new records in 2016!

 

That's about 1/5 of what I listened to total.

Soul, R&B, Pop from Los Angeles

http://philipclark.com

 

Cannonball Gerald Albright Signature Alto, Yamaha YC73, Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno-106, Yamaha MX61, Roland VR-09, MicroKorg XL, Maschine Mikro, Yamaha Reface CP, Roland MKS-50

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I forgot to post my final list of faves. In alphabetical order by artist...

 

Anderson .Paak - Mailbu

Barney Artist - Painting Sounds

Bernhoft - Stop / Shutup / Shout It Out - EP

BJ the Chicago Kid - In My Mind

Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book

D. Maurice - Mosaic

Doobie Powell - Future

H.E.R. - H.E.R., Vol. 1

JMSN - It Is.

Jordan Rakei - Cloak

King Krab - All In

Lawrence - Breakfast

Marie Dahlstrøm - 0.0 - EP

Phonte & Eric Roberson - Tigallerro

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Terrace Martin - Velvet Portraits

Tom Misch - Reverie - EP

Soul, R&B, Pop from Los Angeles

http://philipclark.com

 

Cannonball Gerald Albright Signature Alto, Yamaha YC73, Fender Rhodes, Roland Juno-106, Yamaha MX61, Roland VR-09, MicroKorg XL, Maschine Mikro, Yamaha Reface CP, Roland MKS-50

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I second Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution, but I must add Steve Porcaro's "Someday / Somehow" as well.

Hardware

Yamaha MODX7, DX7, PSR-530, MX61/Korg Karma/Ensoniq ESQ-1

Behringer DeepMind12, Model D, Odyssey, 2600/Arturia Keylab MKII 61

 

Software

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Honestly, Bruno Mars' 24K Magic album is off the chain! I can't stop listening to it.

I'm a little surprised it hasn't been discussed here more with all the classic-sounding synth work on it. I think it's pretty cool in that regard and fun overall. Also, the lyrics can be hysterical, such as the title track, Chunky, and Perm! :laugh:

"I'm so crazy, I don't know this is impossible! Hoo hoo!" - Daffy Duck

 

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Scott, I listened to the previews on iTunes and gotta say it sounds really good! It is not music I normally listen to, but I really do appreciate the craftsmanship that shines through.

Thanks, zen.

 

This thread has reminded me how unaware I am of new music. I seem to very rarely listen to anything new unless it's on a list of songs I need to learn for a gig.

 

It was nice that you an analogholic included youtube links, to make it so easy to hear an example of what it is you really liked. (Similar to how you felt about my music, these selections were not of styles I normally listen to, but I could see the quality in them.) For people willing to take the time, I think it's great if people link to the music they are suggesting. For those with long lists, maybe a shared spotify playlist, with, say, their favorite song or two from each of their listed albums?

Maybe this is the best place for a shameless plug! Our now not-so-new new video at https://youtu.be/3ZRC3b4p4EI is a 40 minute adaptation of T. S. Eliot's "Prufrock" - check it out! And hopefully I'll have something new here this year. ;-)

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