2016 Top Ten Spotlight: Sean

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.

Crater // photo by Melissa Wax (view set)

Sean’s 2016 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Jessy Lanza Oh No Hyperdub
Crater Talk to Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself
Puro Instinct Autodrama Manifesto
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Lust for Youth Compassion Sacred Bones
Kaytranada 99.90% XL
Hinds Leave Me Alone Mom+Pop
Kamaiyah A Good Night in the Ghetto Self-Released
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp Yellow K
Kero Kero Bonito Bonito Generation Double Denim

LPs
(note: excluded a lot of stuff, tried to highlight under-the-radar albums I really enjoyed this year!)

  • Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  • Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart
  • Omar-S – The Best
  • Babyfather – BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
  • Ian Sweet – Shapeshifter
  • Ohal – Acid Park
  • NV – Binasu
  • Croatian Amor – Love Means Taking Action
  • James K – Pet
  • Helena Celle – If I Can’t Handle Me At My Best, You Don’t Deserve You At Your Worst
  • Nef the Pharaoh – Neffy Got Wings
  • Cocainejesus – We’re Worried About You
  • Olga Bell – Tempo
  • MJ Guider – Precious Systems
  • Negative Gemini – Body Work
  • Scraps – TTNIK
  • Nots – Cosmetic
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears
  • KING – We Are King
  • Kiki Hitomi – Karma No Kusari
  • Geneva Jacuzzi – Technophelia
  • Steven Julien – Fallen
  • Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – Big Bossin’ Vol. 1
  • Mourn – Ha, Ha, He.
  • Airport – Lorde Playlist
  • Dreamboat – Dreamboat
  • Gaika – Security
  • TALsounds – Lifter + Lighter
  • Malawi Mouse Boys – Forever Is 4 You
  • Seahawks – Escape Hatch
  • Steve Hauschildt - Strands
  • Maja Osojnik – Let Them Grow
  • Bullion – Loop the Loop
  • Anna Meredith – Varmints
  • Pill – Convenience
  • Fear of Men – Fall Forever
  • Warehouse – Super Low

EPs & 12″s

  • Plush – Please
  • Elysia Crampton – Demon City
  • Call Super – New Life Tones
  • Willow – Workshop 23
  • Cherushii – Far Away So Close
  • Nite-Funk – Nite-Funk
  • Sensational & Kruton – You in the Right Spot
  • Odeko – A History with Samus
  • D.K. – Island of Dreams
  • Bludwork – Nightmare
  • Chinese Slippers – House Party Slippers
  • Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun
  • Kool A.D. – Official
  • X-Coast – Mango Bay
  • Throwing Shade – House of Silk
  • Leif – Macro Beat
  • Kask – Periferia
  • Sheer Mag – III EP
  • Alexandria – Promise
  • Jayda G – Jaydaisms
  • Fit of Body – Fit of Body
  • Daymé Arocena – One Takes
  • Hazel English – Never Going Home
  • Wye Oak – Tween
  • SFV Acid – DOep & Jazzchamber
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talk Tight
  • Powder – Afrorgan
  • Lorenzo Senni – Persona
  • Lindstrøm – Windings
  • Antenna – Primavera

Local

  • CC Dust – CC Dust
  • Bamban & Freaky Pup – Banana Split
  • Pleather – Cherries / Love in Lusts Cup
  • Gifted Gab – Gab the Most High
  • Dave B & Sango – Tomorrow
  • Nail Polish – Authentic Living
  • Unknown Mobile – No Motion
  • Mood Hut – MH 013
  • Casual Hex – Fleshed Out
  • Siddiq & Vektroid – Midnight Run
  • Khotin – Baikal Acid
  • Natasha Kmeto – Pour Down / Free for Tonight
  • Aos – 90 East
  • Gazebos – Die Alone
  • Tay Sean – Leavings
  • VATS – Green Glass Room
  • Mu – II
  • SassyBlack – No More Weak Dates
  • Jarv Dee – The Red Eye Jedi
  • V/A – Rhythms of the Pacific Vol. 3
  • Lisa Prank – Adult Teen
  • Simic & Conduit – BC 001
  • iji – Bubble
  • Dumb – Beach Church
  • Medina & Walsh – Vault of Angels
  • Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau
  • Fish Narc – Fish Snake Narc
  • Dude York – Lose Control / Love Is
  • So Pitted – Neo
  • Posse – Perfect H
  • G.L.O.S.S. – Trans Day of Revenge
  • Jay Arner – Jay II
  • Candace – New Future
  • Tender Age – Disappear Here
  • Mackned – Born Rich
  • OC Notes – Rap Loops II
  • Lnrdcroy – Ooze City
  • US41 – “The Lodge (Live Recording 07.17.16)”

Reissues & Compilations

  • Digital Zandoli
  • Sky Girl
  • Motor City Drum Ensemble – Selectors 001
  • Larry Levan – Genius of Time
  • Close to the Noise Floor (Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984)
  • V.O. – Mashisa
  • New York Noise (Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982)
  • So Low
  • Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – The Lady with the Golden Stockings
  • Jeremy Underground Presents Beauty
  • Linear Movement – The Linear Way
  • The Brotherhood of Lizards – Lizardland: The Complete Works
  • Wicked Witch – Under Your Spell
  • Aloha Got Soul

Thanks for reading! Hope you found some good music to get you through 2016 and into 2017 going strong. I post lots of music on Tumblr and if you’re really bored at word or on the bus follow along on Twitter!

Sean is on the air every Thursday morning from 1AM – 6AM.

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