In September 2016, we relaunched. ShufSounds reincarnate. 2.0.
It's been exciting to find our feet again, to curate each issue as a collaboration of writers from all over the place picking up on our favourite sounds of the moment. But for a whole 9 months prior lies an empty void of the year un-covered (Drake album what?). To make up for it, we've put together a collection of all the albums, EPs, tracks, mixtapes which have not only sweetened our musical tastebuds but have impacted our year as a whole. Nothing below is ranked in order; what you can find instead is a miscellany of some of our favourite things from the past 365 days.
FAVOURITE 25 ALBUMS OF 2016
Angel Olsen: MY WOMAN
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: EARS
Babyfather: "BBF" Hosted By DJ Escrow
Nicolas Jaar: Sirens
Mitsky: Puberty 2
"“The whole album is straight crossover.” With Jeffery Thug is coming more into his own, closer to the place he wants to be at by the time HyTunes arrives, and it shows the extent to which Thug’s massive output since Barter 6 has already altered the mainstream landscape, making his pop ambitions as clear as ever." - Andrew Ward
"There’s something comforting, then, almost familiar, in the inhuman, alien quality of Richard’s voice. It sounds like an appeal to our political times: now more than ever one must embrace the inhuman and the unreal to capture some of the reality of present experience. Redemption is a beacon in dark times, beckoning towards a brighter day--or, perhaps a more fitting word, a new dawn." - Andrew Ward
"Gripping and transformative, introspective and dance-floor ready, Transport is an album to both lose and find yourself to." - Josie Roberts