Songlines Best Albums of 2016

Best Albums 2016

Songlines’ editors Jo Frost and Simon Broughton select their favourite albums of 2016

Jo Frost and Simon Broughton have handpicked their ten favourite albums of the year from over 700 featured reviews. These are the albums they found themselves returning to over and over, and the discs that made a lasting impression. Here are their choices for year’s greatest albums, but be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue (January/February 2017, #124), on sale December 9, for a full rundown.  

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Anda Union  – Homeland

(Hohhot Records, will be reviewed in #124)

These are distinguished songs about nature, history and identity from this nine-strong Inner Mongolian group, featuring horse head fiddles and growly throat singing.

Bollywood Brass Band & Jyotsna Srikanth – Carnatic Connection

(Bollywood Brass Band, will be reviewed in #124)

An energetic and cinematic journey south, with fuel provided by Jyotsna Srikanth’s Karnatic violin. Renditions of AR Rahman compositions appear alongside South Indian musical gems.

Calypso Rose – Far from Home

(Because Music, reviewed in #120)

With the help of Manu Chao, the Calypso queen represents her home country of Trinidad and Tobago, covering a range of social and political issues with a contemporary Caribbean flair.

Roberto Fonseca – ABUC

(Impulse!, reviewed in #123)

A raucous, dizzying journey back and forth through Fonseca’s Afro-Cuban musical heritage. An ambitious and convincing offering from the young maestro.

Derek Gripper – Libraries on Fire

(Derek Gripper, reviewed in #119)

With great aplomb, the South African takes on the compositions of the great 21-stringed kora players on his classical guitar. Gripper’s delicate transcriptions deliver beautiful results.

Kefaya – Radio International

(Radio International Records, reviewed in #122)

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