Best of 2016 - Sports Day Record's Picks
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