Best of 2016 - Sports Day Record's Picks

Our friends over at Sports Day Records have supplied their carefully considered picks from 2016. This follows on the heels of Cascine's favourites which we featured recently. 

Label honcho Theo on the year and his selections...

"This year I think I've been exhausted by the sheer number of remarkable big name releases. It felt like the big hitters never stopped hitting, as the likes of Rihanna, Kanye, Beyonce, Radiohead, Drake, Mitski, Chance the Rapper, Frank Ocean, Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, Solange and many more returned to the fray. Not all the artists I mentioned are necessarily close to me or my ears, but they demanded conversation. What was beautiful about this year, like many other years, is how one's own remarkable musical narrative can be weaved with lesser-known artists alongside and in opposition to the mainstream. This year I fell hard for local Texas artist Lomelda and her incredible midnight live recording '4E', experimental folk artist Karima Walker with the cinematic found sound intimacy of her collection 'Hands In Our Names' and Blood Orange's emotional, worldly and powerful 'Freetown Sound'. It feels like more than ever people can accrue their own tastes in music, and 2016 was a superb testament to this."


Mal Devisa - Kiid

Japanese Breakfast - Pyschopomp

Noname - Telefone

Blood Orange - Freetown Sound

Lomelda - 4E


Karima Walker - We've Been Here Before

Henoheno - Toronto

Tracy Chen - Eggs 

Solange - Cranes In The Sky

Rihanna - Work

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