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The Best Albums Of 2016 — Exciting, Eclectic, Dope, Diverse, Funky Music From Around The World


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Another year has just come to a close, it’s time to review the best albums & singles of 2016. These records were chosen to be the best albums in terms of jazzy, soulful, distinctive, funky music of various styles and genres from around the world.

The criteria is that it must be made with heart & soul. It’s got to have a great groove throughout. The music must have syncopation, be melodic, harmonious & poly-rhythmic.

The list is comprised of mostly instrumental albums. For the records that have singing, the criteria is that the lyrics tell a good story, get the party started, be joyful, clever, fun, metaphoric, and intelligent.

For the full list of the Top 20 Best Albums of 2016—with reviews, YouTube videos from each artist in the list, and Spotify playlists with all the albums (plus honorable mentions), go here.

The Top 10, as chosen by the writer of the blog are…

1. Sure Fire Soul Ensemble: Out On The Coast (Colemine Records)

2. Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno: 1000 Watts (Tru Thoughts Records)

3. The Motet: Totem

4. Vaudou Game: Kidayu (Hot Casa Records)

5. Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band: 55 (Big Crown Records)

6. Family Atlantica: Cosmic Unity (Soundway Records)

7. Nomade Orquestra: Nomade Orquestra (Far Out Recordings)

8. Matthew Hartnett: Southern Comfort

9. Dr. Lonnie Smith: Evolution (Blue Note Records)

10. Snarky Puppy: Culcha Vulcha (Ground Up Music)

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