SCM Music’s Albums of 2016: Honourable Mentions
AS WE GEAR up for our top fifty albums of 2016, it’s important to look at the ones which didn’t quite make it. With so many fantastic albums coming out this year, of course all couldn’t quite make the cut. Give these albums your attention, if you’re into the genre, or enjoy their previous work!
Seemingly overlooked in favour of lesser Hip Hop records, The Impossible Kid is a hidden gem which sees Aesop Rock drop some brilliant bars.
The long awaited return of these Emo legends makes for easy, enjoyable listening.
Secret City Records
The Polaris nominated singer embraces flecks of pop and folk on this lovely release.
Welcome The Worms drips with punky garage rock and killer riffs, continuing Bleached’s streak of great albums.
With deadpan vocals and a fitting sense of humour, you’d be foolish not to be entertained by The Burning Hell’s latest release.
Cate Le Bon returns with another Psychedelic Art Pop project which incorporates erratic vocals and guitar to match.
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An unusual pairing leads to some Phil Spector meets Ambient music that both intrigues and pulls the listener in.
Perhaps one of the most successful Pop albums of the year, Chaleur Humaine is chock full of hits to please any listener.
The Leaf Label
Sadly overlooked when it came to the Mercury Prize, Channel The Spirits is another step in the right direction for modern Jazz music.
Daughter – Not To Disappear
Narrowly missing out on our top 50 is Daughter’s beautiful, shoegaze influenced record with some cracking tunes.
Deap Vally return with another punk fueled album with a stick-it-to-the-man attitude and a selection of great songs.
With a star studded guest list, including David Byrne and Snoop Dogg, And The Anonymous Nobody sees De La Soul reaching into new musical areas.
With strong Talking Heads influence, Commontime funks it’s way into this list through captivating bass lines and grooves.
Moving, haunting, emotional; all of these words can be used to describe Gareth Bonello’s latest, wonderful effort.
Advancing their sound from their 2014 debut, Glass Animals produce a beat-laden Art Pop record with an annoyingly catchy sound.
Trouble In Mind
Whilst teetering on that thin line between Punk music and Experimental music, The Hecks made one of the most interesting debuts of the year.
At only nine tracks long, Post Pop Depression is an all killer, no filler effort from Iggy Pop and Josh Homme.
With ghostly vocals and sharp electronics, Oh No is the perfect opportunity for Jessy Lanza to exhibit her skills as a solo artist.
Caldo Verde/Rough Trade
Jesu shakes up Mark Kozelek’s usual sound with an experimental and profitable collaboration.
Bonito Generation is an album that should be taken in good grace; it’s fun, it’s funky, it’s a really enjoyable LP from the London group.
Born Bad Records
Influences ranging from Krautrock to Electronica to Surf Rock make La Femme’s new record one of the most diverse of the year.
Lucy Dacus is one to watch, and No Burden shows exactly why. She has an ear for a hook and honest, open lyrics.
New Heavy Sounds
With a mixture of Death Metal and ethereal vocals, Y Proffwyd Dwyll is a welcome addition to the MWWB discography.
Moshi Moshi Records
The Welsh Music Prize winner makes a flamboyant entrance on his debut solo outing, with hints of Baroque and Art Rock.
Hardwired… shows Metallica at their most triumphant in years, and features some legitimately great tracks, such as ‘Atlas, Rise!’
Flecked with old school Soul, Love & Hate is an album that will both entice fans of the genre, whilst also acting as something your Nan could enjoy.
At only 21 minutes long, this new Nails album is a burst of no holds barred energy that’s a shock to the system.
Little Tokyo Recordings
With so many disappointing Neo Soul records out there, For All We Know is a breath of fresh air when it comes to the genre.
Paradise Of Bachelors/You’ve Changed Records
With strong influence from The Velvet Underground, Nap Eyes’ new album is an excellent example of how to do Proto-Punk music in 2016.
FKA Viet Cong reinvent themselves on this pulsating, apocalyptic sophomore record which is equally as dark as their debut.
British Folk legend returns with a mesmerizing that draws from traditional folk music, as well expanding to experimental music and blues.
As it’s name suggests, Sea Of Noise is a wave of majestic soul and bombastic instrumentation, topped off by front man Paul Janeway’s soaring voice.
Castle Face Records
A Weird Exits brings new waves of melodies to Thee Oh Sees music, with meandering synths and low key bass and drum beats.
Moving more into the Pop direction, Warpaint score some hits on this album, including the aptly titled (yet excellent) ‘New Song’.
A Front Row Seat To Earth manages to act as a comment on Millennials all through beautiful Baroque Pop. I mean if that doesn’t interest you…
Actual good Rock albums are hard to come by. Stiff is one of those albums. Milk this while you can.