2016 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Alex

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks made the list! Anyone who votes is automatically entered to win the Top 10 Albums of 2016 as voted on by you, the listener, provided by Sonic Boom Records. Winners will be notified by email on Friday December 16th.

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DJ Alex’s 2016 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Kamaiyah A Good Night in the Ghetto Big Money Gang
A Tribe Called Quest We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service Epic
Anderson .Paak Malibu EMPIRE/OBE/Steel Wool/Art Club
Solange A Seat At The Table Columbia
Blood Orange Freetown Sound Domino
Radiohead A Moon Shaped Pool XL
The Range Potential Domino
Shura Nothing’s Real Polydor/Interscope
Josef Leimberg Astral Progressions World Galaxy/Alpha Pup
Childish Gambino “Awaken, My Love!” Glassnote

LPs / 11-20
11. Beyoncé – Lemonade (Parkwood Entertainment)
12. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo (GOOD)
13. D.K. – Islands of Dreams (Antinote)
14. Kaytranada – 99.9% (XL)
15. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book (self-released)
16. Jessy Lanza – Oh No (Hyperdub)
17. Classixx – Faraway Reach (Innovative Leisure)
18. Bibio – A Mineral Love (Warp)
19. Noname – Telefone (self-released)
20. Still Parade – Concrete Vision (Lefse)

LPs / Honorable Mentions
Angel Olsen – My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Astralwerks)
BADBADNOTGOOD – IV (Innovative Leisure)
Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial (Matador)
Carly Rae Jepsen – EMOTION SIDE B (School Boy/Interscope)
Charlie Hilton – Palana (Captured Tracks)
Cicada – Farewell (flau)
Crooked Man – Crooked Man (DFA)
D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated (4AD)
David Bowie – Blackstar (Columbia)
DJDS – Stand Up and Speak (Body High)
Erik Blood – Lost In Slow Motion (Homeskillet)
Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best (City Slang)
Guts – Eternal (Heavenly Sweetness)
Havenaire – Tremolo (Constellation Tatsu)
Ivy Sole – Eden (self-released)
Jamila Woods – HEAVN (Closed Sessions)
Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp (Yellow K)
Kadhja Bonet – The Visitor (Fat Possum/Fresh Selects)
Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered. (Aftermath/Interscope/Top Dawg)
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass (Guruguru Brain)
KING – We are KING (KING Creative)
Kornél Kovács – The Bells (Studio Barnhus)
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (Columbia)
Matt Kivel – Janus (Driftless)
Niki & The Dove – Everybody’s Heart Is Broken Now (Universal)
NxWorries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
Paradis – Recto Verso (Barclay)
Roses – Camera Trouble (Group Tightener)
Stephen Steinbrink – Anagrams (Melodic)
Tay Sean – Leavings (Homeskillet)
Yumi Zouma – Yoncalla (Cascine)
Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood Recordings)

EPs / Top Faves:
01. MssingNo – Fones EP (XL)
02. Burial – Young Death / Nightmarket (Hyperdub)
03. serpentwithfeet – blisters EP (Tri Angle)
04. ABRA – PRINCESS EP (True Panther)
05. Mt. Si – Limits EP (Cascine)
06. Day Wave – Hard To Read EP (Grand Jury)
07. MUNA – The Loudspeaker EP (RCA)
08. Dark0 – Oceana EP (XL)
09. Letherette – EP3 (Wulf)
10. D∆WN – Infrared EP (Fade To Mind)
11. Compton White – Compton White EP (SWEETBOYS)
12. Christopher Port – Vetement EP (Pieater)
13. Henrik The Artist – Friendship EP (Activia Benz)
14. Khotin – Baikal Acid EP (1080p)
15. Water From Your Eyes – Water From Your Eyes EP (Grandpa Bay)

EPs / Honorable Mentions:
0h85 – Feel Cold EP (La Squadra)
Babeheaven – Moving On / Ode To Dom EP (B3SCI)
Ben Zaidi – Our August. EP (self-released)
Charlotte Day Wilson – CDW EP (self-released)
Ella Mai – Time EP (10 Summers)
et aliae – Rose EP (Cascine)
Fil Jackson – They Don’t Wanna Play Our Music On The Radio EP (Top Billin)
Fort Romeau – Secrets & Lies EP (Live at Robert Johnson)
Hazel English – Never Going Home EP (Marathon Artists)
Jesse Futerman – My Favourite Merchant EP (Church)
Joyce Wrice – Stay Around EP (self-released)
Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun EP (2MR)
Kid Antoine – Bodypaint EP (Her)
LUNA GOD – LGEP2: Day & Night (self-released)
MADEIRA – Bad Humors EP (Carpark)
Photay – Sadie EP (Astro Nautico)
Sam Gellaitry – Escapism II EP (XL)
Sau Poler – Memorabilia EP (Atomnation)
vivienxo – w84u EP (Cascine)
whereisalex – separate ep (self-released)

Singles / Top Faves:
01. Rae Sremmurd – “Black Beatles”
02. Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”
03. A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People…”
04. Kamaiyah – “How Does It Feel”
05. Beyoncé – “Formation”
06. ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me”
07. Rihanna – “Work (feat. Drake)”
08. Anderson .Paak – “Am I Wrong (feat. ScHoolboy Q)”
09. Jessy Lanza – “It Means I Love You”
10. De La Soul – “Pain (feat. Snoop Dogg)”
11. Niki & The Dove – “So Much It Hurts”
12. Kanye West – “Real Friends”
13. Michael Kiwanuka – “Black Man In A White World”
14. Fifth Harmony – “Work From Home”
15. Blood Orange – “Augustine”
16. Young M.A. – “OOOUUU / Summer Song”
17. ABRA – “Crybaby”
18. Mitski – “Your Best American Girl”
19. Aminé – Caroline
20. The xx – “On Hold”
21. Young Thug – Kanye West (feat. Wyclef Jean)
22. The Range – “Florida”
23. FKA twigs – “Good To Love”
24. Maggie Rogers – “Alaska”
25. The Avalanches – “Subways”
26. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
27. Chairlift – “Moth to the Flame”
28. Whitney – “No Woman”
29. Shura – “Make It Up”
30. Usher – “Rivals (feat. Future)”
31. Chance the Rapper – “No Problem (feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)
32. JAHKOY – “Still In Love”
33. Angel Olsen – “Shut Up And Kiss Me”
34. Yumi Zouma – “Keep It Close To Me”
35. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
36. Gallant – “Bourbon”
37. Bibio – “Town & Country”
38. Majid Jordan – “Day and Night”
39. Japanese Breakfast – “Heft”
40. Danny Brown – “Really Doe (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Ear Sweatshirt)”
41. Mac Miller – “Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak)”
42. f(x) – “All Mine”
43. M.I.A. – “Borders”
44. Kendrick Lamar – “untitled 08 | 09.06.2014”
45. IGBO – “Gimmie Gimmie”
46. Kaytranada – “Lite Spots”
47. Car Seat Headrest – “Vincent”
48. YG – “Twist My Fingaz / #FDT”
49. D∆WN – “Not Above That”
50. Deejay Astral – “Never Gonna Let You Go”

Singles / Honorable Mentions:
Andy Stott – “New Romantic / Butterflies”
Angel Olsen – “Sister”
Bibio – “Feeling”
Blood Orange – “Best To You (feat. Empress Of)”
Brett – “Electric”
Bruno Mars – “Chunky / Finesse”
Bullion – “Loop The Loop”
Carly Rae Jepsen – “Higher”
Chance The Rapper – “All We Got / Angels”
Charlie Hilton – “Why”
Classixx – “Ndivile (feat. Nonku)”
Crooked Man – “Happiness / Fools and Fanatics”
D∆WN – “Baptize”
Different Sleep – “No Time (feat. Jarell Perry)”
Dirty Projectors – “Keep Your Name”
DJDS – “Darling Cheryl”
Drake – “One Dance”
dvsn – “Halluincations”
Ekkah x DāM FunK – “What’s Up”
Erik Blood – “Chase The Clouds”
Gregory Porter – “Holding On (feat. Kem)”
Helado Negro – “Runaround”
Hoops – “Yeah”
Japanese Breakfast – “Everybody Wants To Love You”
Jeff Haley – “Like Flying”
Jessy Lanza – “VV Violence”
Jim-E Stack – “Deadstream”
Joyce Wrice – “Do You Love Me / You Used To Love Me”
Julie Byrne – “Natural Blue”
Just Kiddin – “Only For You”
Kenton Slash Demon – “TT”
Kevin Krauter – “Bachelor”
Kingdom – “Nothin (feat. Syd) (Club Mix)”
Maal x Morris – “I’m Gone”
Major Lazer – “Cold Water”
Mark Pritchard – “Beautiful People (feat. Thom Yorke)”
Matt Kivel – “Janus”
Maxwell – “Lake By The Ocean”
Michael Kiwanuka – “Love & Hate”
MssingNo – “Fones”
Mt. Si – “Either/Or”
Mura Masa – “What If I Go?”
Nick Monaco – “Cherry Juice (feat. David Marston)”
Nico Yaryan – “Just Tell Me”
Night Moves – “Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry”
Noname – “Reality Check (feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Akenya)”
Palmistry – “Club Aso”
Posse – “Voices”
Reva DeVito – “The Move”
Rihanna – “Kiss It Better”
RIVRS – “Friend Lover”
Robert Glasper Experiment – “Human”
Ryan Hemsworth – “How It Felt”
Sampha – “Timmy’s Prayer / Blood On Me”
SHINee – “1 of 1”
Snakehips – “Cruel (feat. ZAYN)”
Soliterre – “I Just Know (That Love Is Gonna Find You Someday)”
Teenear – “Streetlights”
Tegan and Sara – “Boyfriend”
theMIND – “Mercury Rising”
Thundercat – “Bus In These Streets”
Tinashe – “Superlove”
Tory Lanez – “LUV”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “First World Problem”
Vallis Alps – “Fading”
vivienxo – “w84u”
Warpaint – “New Song”
Weval – “The Battle”
Yves Tumor – “The Feeling When You Walk Away”

DJ Alex is on the air every Saturday morning from 1AM-6AM.

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