Golden Grahammy – Bwana, Capsule’s Pride (Bikes)
Based on a reimagining of the Akira soundtrack. Very silly and very serious techno all at once. I had more fun with this than anything else. TETSUO!
Silver Grahammy – Jai Paul, Jai Paul
An old release, but I only heard about him this year. It’s a bootleg allegedly made of stolen tapes from an in progress album. Then he never released the album. Did he even make this? Who cares? It’s freakin’ awesome. Jasmine is the standout single.
Bronze Grahammy – Vince Staples and GTA, “Little bit of this”
Technically this is a GTA song, but it’s great because of Vince Staples. Everything he touches is great. He also made a banger with Clams Casino this year, but this one is better.
4th Place – Jamie XX/The xx, In colour/”On hold”
In colour is a repeat from last year. I still like it more than most other albums. Then The xx released “On hold” which is also amazing. At the risk of jinxing it, I see you will be album of the year next year. Also, I like their goofy dancing.
5th Place – A Tribe Called Quest, We got it from here… Thank you 4 your service
I don’t think anyone has ever released a reunion album this good. Actually, I don’t think anyone has ever released a reunion album that is good before this (correct me if I’m wrong in the comments section below). Listen to “We the people” now.
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6th Place – YG, “Fuck Donald Trump”
I don’t like subtle protest songs.
7th Place – A$AP Rocky and Mura Masa [Four Tet Remix], “Love$ick”
I like Mura Masa but Four Tet really elevates this song. A$AP Rocky continues to be a terrible rapper.
8th Place – Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
This album is named for a Joy Division song. Check. They’re using the best song on the album “Ain’t it funny” to hawk a new Dragon Ball-Z show. Check.
9th Place – Omar-S, It can be done but only I can do it
Omar-S released a pretty good album this year, The Best. I liked it, but it made me go back and listen to this album again, which is even better… maybe even The Best. I like “Here’s your trance, now dance.” I don’t like the song with the really graphic porn sample playing through its full five minutes.
10th Place – Our Love – Caribou or Blank Face – Schoolboy Q
You decide because I couldn’t. To help: The Caribou album is two years old and Schoolboy Q uses lots of bad words.