Best Of 2016: World Music

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year

1 Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano Heritage (Qwest/MCPS)
2 Beats Antique Shadowbox (Beats)
3 Mariza Mundo (Nonesuch)
4 Zomba Prison Project I Will Not Stop Singing (Six Degrees)
5 Debo Band Ere Gobez (FPE)
6 Guillermo Velásquez y los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú Serrano de Corazón (Folkways)
7 Simrit Songs Of Resilience (Simritkaur)
8 Brothers Of The Baladi Gravity Of Love (Baladi Productions)
9 The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc Deliverance (NFB)
10 Kristi Stassinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis NYN (World Music Network)

Best Of 2016: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year

1 Morgan & Dilloway Live In A Basement To No One (Voice Throwing/Hanson)
2 Vanessa Rossetto/Matthew Revert Earnest Rubbish (Erstwhile)
3 Bergegas Mati Pop Neraka (Gerpfast Kolektif)
4 Dial Noise Opera (Dial)
5 Newagehillbilly These Are Not The Final Days (Spleencoffin)
6 Lea Bertucci Axis/Atlas (Clandestine Compositions)
7 Youko Heidy Spirit Jazz (Omanutu Sher iiima)
8 Vanessa Rossetto Adult Contemporary (No Rent)
9 Starvation Time House Of Dust (Marginal Frequency)
10 The Dead C Trouble (Ba Da Bing!)

Best Of 2016: Hard Rock

MAGNET’s Matt Ryan picks the best hard-rock releases of the year

1 Temple Of The Dog Temple Of The Dog (A&M)
2 Black Mountain IV (Jagjaguwar)
3 Droids Attack Sci Fi Or Die (Riff Reaper)
4 Planes Mistaken For Stars Prey (Deathwish)
5 Agoraphobic Nosebleed Arc (Relapse)
6 Trap Them Crown Feral (Prosthetic)
7 Black Tusk Pillars Of Ash (Relapse)
8 Funeralizer Funeralizer (Crayo KC)
9 Worshipper Shadow Hymns (Tee Pee)
10 Karma To Burn Mountain Czar (Lodestar)

Best Of 2016: Jazz/Improv

MAGNET’s Bill Meyer picks the best jazz/improv releases of the year

1 Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon Both Will Escape (Family Vineyard)
2 Gunwale Polynya (Aerophonic)
3 John Butcher/Thomas Lehn/Matthew Shipp Tangle (Fataka)
4 Nate Wooley Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure Of The Text)
5 Vampire Belt Unfit Structures (Hermit Hut)
6 Bloodmist Sheen (5049)
7 Wadada Leo Smith & John Lindberg Celestial Weather (TUM)
8 Stirrup Cut (Clean Feed)
9 Jeff Parker Slight Freedom (Eremite)
10 Sun Ra & His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra The Intergalactic Thing (Roaratorio)

Best Of 2016: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year

1 Kacy & Clayton Strange Country (New West)
2 Kris Drever If Wishes Were Horses (Reveal)
3 Aoife O’Donovan In The Magic Hour (Yep Roc)
4 Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest Of Glass Amythyst Kiah & Her Chest Of Glass (self-released)
5 Dwight Yoakam Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… (Sugar Hill)
6 Tanya Tagaq Retribution (Six Shooter)
7 Anna Tivel Heroes Waking Up (Fluff & Gravy)
8 Andrew Bird Are You Serious (Loma Vista)
9 David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove Checkpoint (Label Bleu)
10 The Cactus Blossoms You’re Dreaming (Red House)

Best Of 2016: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa picks the best hip-hop releases of the year

1 Frank Ocean blond (Boys Don’t Cry)
2 Chance The Rapper Coloring Book (Apple Music)
3 Vince Staples Prima Donna (ARTium/Def Jam)
4 Noname Telefone (Soundcloud/self-released)
5 Kendrick Lamar untitled unmastered (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
6 De La Soul And The Anonymous Nobody… (A.O.I.)
7 YG Still Brazy (400/CTE/Def Jam)
8 Young Thug Jeffery (300/Atlantic)
9 Kanye West The Life Of Pablo (GOOD/Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)
10 Vic Mensa There’s Alot Going On (Roc Nation/Def Jam)

Best Of 2016: Punk

MAGNET’s Tim Stegall picks the best punk releases of the year

1 Scientists A Place Called Bad (Numero Group)
2 Descendents Hypercaffium Spazzinate (Epitaph)
3 Wild Billy Childish & CTMF Acorn Man (Damaged Goods)
4 Kid Congo + Pink Monkey Birds La Araña Es La Vida (In The Red)
5 Javier Escovedo Kicked Out Of Eden (Saustex)
6 A Giant Dog Pile (Merge)
7 Bleached Welcome The Worms (Dead Oceans)
8 The Professionals The Complete Professionals (Virgin/Universal)
9 Cyanide Pills Live ’N’ Nasty In Frankfurt (Damaged Goods)
10 Generation X Sweet Revenge / Live At Sheffield (Munster)

Best Of 2016: Singer/Songwriter

MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland picks the best singer/songwriter releases of the year

1 Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Atlantic)
2 Joseph Arthur The Family (Real World)
3 Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter (Third Man)
4 Eric Bachmann Eric Bachmann (Merge)
5 Aubrie Sellers New City Blues (Thirty Tigers)
6 Eli Paperboy Reed My Way Home (Yep Roc)
7 Israel Nash Israel Nash’s Silver Season (Loose Music)
8 Robert Ellis Robert Ellis (New West)
9 Kevin Morby Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
10 Trent Dabbs The Optimist (Ready Set)

Best Of 2016: Metal

MAGNET’s Andrew Earles picks the best metal releases of the year

1 Funeral Moth Transience (Weird Truth)
2 The Body No One Deserves Happiness (Thrill Jockey)
3 Darkthrone Arctic Thunder (Peaceville)
4 Bossk Audio Noir (Deathwish)
5 SubRosa For This We Fought The Battle Of Ages (Profound Lore)
6 Withered Grief Relic (Season Of Mist)
7 Graf Orlock Crime Traveler (Vitriol)
8 Weekend Nachos Apology (Relapse)
9 Boris With Merzbow Gensho & Gensho 2 (Relapse)
10 Russian Circles Guidance (Sargent House)

Best Of 2016: Reissues

MAGNET’s A.D. Amorosi picks the best reissues of the year

1 Ray Charles The Atlantic Years In Mono (Rhino/Atlantic)
2 Alan Vega/Alex Chilton/Ben Vaughn Cubist Blues (Light In The Attic/Munster)
3 Steve Reich The ECM Recordings (ECM)
4 Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 (Racket)
5 David Bowie Live At The Beeb (Rhino) / Who Can I Be Now? (Parlophone)
6 Jack Rose Opium Musick / Raag Manifestos (Three Lobed)
7 Nina Simone The Philips Years (Verve/UMe)
8 Harmonia/Harmonia & Eno The Complete Works (Groenland)
9 Legendary Stardust Cowboy Launch Pad Favorites (Munster)
10 Vivien Goldman Resolutionary (Songs 1979-1982) (Staubgold)