Top 50

  1. Frank Ocean – “Blond(E)” [Boys Don’t Cry]
  2. A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service” [Epic/Sme]
  3. Jenny Hval – “Blood Bitch” [Sacred Bones]
  4. Mitski – “Puberty 2” [Dead Oceans]
  5. Solange – “A Seat At The Table” [Saint/Columbia]
  6. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – “Skeleton Tree” [Bad Seeds Ltd.]
  7. Porches – “Pool” [Domino]
  8. The Caretaker – “Everywhere At The End Of Time” [History Always Favours The Winners]
  9. David Bowie – “Blackstar” [Columbia]
  10. Danny Brown – “Atrocity Exhibition” [Warp]
  11. Angel Olsen – “My Woman” [Jagjaguwar]
  12. Kendrick Lamar – “Untitled Unmastered” [Aftermath]
  13. Parquet Courts – “Human Performance” [Rough Trade]
  14. Pinegrove – “Cardinal” [Run For Cover]
  15. Anohni – “Hopelessness” [Secretly Canadian]
  16. The Avalanches – “Wildflower” [Astralwerks]
  17. Frankie Cosmos – “Next Thing” [Bayonet]
  18. Radiohead – “A Moon Shaped Pool” [Xl]
  19. Vinyl Williams – “Brunei” [Company]
  20. Whitney – “Light Upon The Lake” [Secretly Canadian]
  21. Macula Dog – “Why Do You Look Like Your Dog?” [Wharf Cat]
  22. Tim Hecker – “Love Streams” [4ad]
  23. Bon Iver – “22, A Million” [Jagjaguwar]
  24. Ian Sweet – “Shapeshifter” [Hardly Art]
  25. Alex Cameron – “Jumping The Shark ” [Secretly Canadian]
  26. Hellier Ulysses – “Prime Example” [Osr]
  27. Dedekind Cut – “$Uccessor” [Non/Hospital]
  28. Aesop Rock – “The Impossible Kid” [Rhymesayers]
  29. Blood Orange – “Freetown Sound” [Domino]
  30. It’s Not As Bad As It Looks: Songs From Tallahassee, Fl, 2016 [Self-Released]
  31. Kero Kero Bonito – “Bonito Generation” [Double Denim]
  32. Arca – “EntrañAs” [Self-Released]
  33. Charles Bradley – “Changes” [Daptone]
  34. Diiv – “Is The Is Are” [Captured Tracks]
  35. Kaytranada – “99.9%” [Xl]
  36. Sales – “Sales Lp” [Self-Released]
  37. Sheer Mag – “Iii” [Static Shock/Wilsuns Rc]
  38. James Blake – “The Colour In Anything” [Polydor]
  39. Chris Cohen – “As If Apart” [Captured Tracks]
  40. Jeff Rosenstock – “Worry.” [Sideonedummy]
  41. Car Seat Headrest – “Teens Of Denial” [Matador]
  42. Weyes Blood – “Front Row Seat To Earth” [Mexican Summer]
  43. Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – “A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke” [Ecm]
  44. The Drones – “Feelin Kinda Free” [Tfs]
  45. Mothers – “When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired” [Grand Jury]
  46. Ka – “Honor Killed The Samurai” [Iron Works]
  47. Yves Tumor – “Serpent Music” [Pan]
  48. Death Grips – “Bottomless Pit” [Harvest]
  49. Neurosis – “Fires Within Fires” [Neurot]
  50. Autechre – “Elseq 1-5” [Warp]

Superlatives

  1. Best 7” Release: Sheer Mag – “Iii”
  2. Best Punk Release: Pudge – “Bad Land”
  3. Best Electronic Release: Autechre – “Elseq 1-5″
  4. Best Local Release: Various Artists – “It’S Not As Bad As You Think: Songs 1. From Tallahassee, Fl, 2016″
  5. Best Singer-Songwriter/Folk Release: Angel Olsen – “My Woman”
  6. Best Metal Release: Sumac – “What One Becomes”
  7. Best Soul/Funk/R&B Release: Frank Ocean – “Blond(E)”
  8. Best Obscuro Release: Hellier Ulysses – “Prime Example”
  9. Best Experimental Release: Dedekind Cut – “$Uccessor”
  10. Best Jazz Release: Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith – “A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke”
  11. Best Blues Release: Mr. Stress Blues Band – “Live At The Brick Cottage 1972-1973″
  12. Best Reissue: Ravi Shankar – “In Hollywood, 1971″
  13. Best Hip Hop: A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”
  14. Best Reggae: The Frightnrs – “Nothing More To Say”
  15. Best World Music Release: Essaie Pas – “Demain Est Une Autre Nuit”
  16. Best Compilation: Various Artists – “It’S Not As Bad As You Think: Songs From Tallahassee, Fl, 2016″
  17. Best Debut Release: Mothers – “When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired”
  18. Best Ep Release: Sheer Mag – “Iii”
  19. Most Annoying Release: M83 – “Junk”
  20. Most Disappointing Release: M83 – “Junk”
  21. Best Album Art: Various Artists – “It’S Not As Bad As You Think: Songs From Tallahassee, Fl, 2016″
  22. Worst Band Name: Let’S Eat Grandma
  23. Best/Most Consistent Record Label: Warp
  24. Best Specialty Show: Club Convergence
  25. Best Region For Music: Northeast
  26. Best Local Show Of The Year: Alex G/Porches @ Club Dowunder
  27. Best Wvfs In-Studio Performance: Cap 6
    1.Best Dj: Karl V.