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2016faveJesus frickin’ Christ, what a year. And not in the way you’d expect. Yes, it’s been a very very shitty year for progressive politics but it’s been an incredibly great year for music. And I know I’ve only listened to a fraction of the good stuff that’s out there.

I managed to whittle it down to 32 of my favourites from the year, but it could have easily been 40 or more, check the honourable mentions below.

Rather than the old Purple Radio mix server, I’m now uploading my shows to Mixcloud. Look I can embed it!

If you’d like to listen via Spotify, I have handily embedded it here. Spotify is an easy way to get access to the full albums though, of course, I recommend you go out there and put your money down directly.


  1. OySpace Diaspora from Space Diaspora
  2. LoscilAnthropocene from Monument Builders
  3. David BowieGirl Loves Me from Blackstar
  4. Xenia RubinosBlack Stars from Black Terry Cat
  5. Beyoncé feat. Jack White Don’t Hurt Yourself from Lemonade
  6. SavagesSad Person from Adore Life
  7. Anna MeredithShill from Varmints
  8. PlaidBaby Step Giant Step from The Digging Remedy
  9. Factory FloorDial Me In from 25 25
  10. AudionThere Was A Button from Alpha
  11. SurgeonEGS-zs8-1 from From Farthest Known Objects
  12. Pet Shop BoysBurn from Super
  13. Tudor AcidNever Let Me Go from Crossing
  14. Black Peaches Suivez-Moi from Get Down You Dirty Rascals
  15. TortoiseShake Hands With Danger from The Catastrophist
  16. Beth OrtonPetals from Kidsticks
  17. Jameszoo featuring Steve Kuhn – The Zoo from Fool
  18. Exploded ViewNo More Parties in the Attic from Exploded View
  19. Julianna Barwick Heading Home from Will
  20. Laura CannellA New Theory of Eclipse from Simultaneous Flight Movement
  21. Oliver CoatesThe Irish Book of Death & Flying Ships from Upstepping
  22. IchiWakka P from Maru
  23. MogwaiPripyat from Atomic
  25. Klara LewisElse from Too
  26. Jenny HvalThe Great Undressing from Blood Bitch
  27. Meilyr JonesRefugees from 2013
  28. Agnes ObelStone from Citizen Of Glass
  29. Modern Studies Black Street from Swell to Great
  30. TindersticksWere We Once Lovers? from The Waiting Room
  31. Mavis StaplesAction from Livin’ On A High Note
  32. Martin Creed It’s You from Thoughts Lined Up (see below!)
  33. Low  Silent Night from Christmas

Honourable Mentions:

  • School of Seven Bells – SVIIB
  • Bat for Lashes – The Bride
  • Roisin Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto
  • Jessy Lanza – Oh No
  • Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  • Keenya – Moment Invisible
  • Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP
  • Ocoeur – Reversed
  • Andrew Weatherall – Convenanza
  • Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
  • Andrew Hung – The Greasy Strangler Soundtrack
  • Radiohead – A Moon-Shaped Pool
  • Lung Dart – As I Lay Drying

And finally, a bit of Christmas not-quite-what-it-seemsness from the always amazing Martin Creed.