Here at Secret Sounds, the diversity of our music taste is celebrated, but when it comes to pulling together a definitive ‘best of’ list from what has undoubtedly been one of the best years in music in a long, long time (you know, despite everything else going to shit), it makes you question not only tastes but also friendships and job positions. We tried to keep it democratic, we debated the popular choices, tagged in the not so obvious, even tried to get the office dogs to weigh in, but above all we agreed the only yardstick that truly mattered was to acknowledge and revere the long-players that got regular rotation on the office stereo.

No small task, but with the cheers and death stares involved with deciding what’s in and what’s out behind us (Kelly and Mark from accounting are literally not speaking to each other due to an epic Beyonce vs Solange rift), we’re happy to present the records that are and have been on consistent repeat throughout 2016.

Please enjoy!

Australian Albums

The Avalanches – Wildflower

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win

Big Scary – Animal

Violent Soho – WACO

D.D. Dumbo – Utopia Defeated

Tkay – Tkay

Listen: The Avalanches – Wildflower

Listen: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

Listen: Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win

Listen: Big Scary – Animal

Listen: Violent Soho – WACO

Listen: D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated

Listen: Tkay

International Releases

Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

James Vincent McMorrow – We Move

Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Rihanna – Anti

Stranger Things (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

HÆLOS – Full Circle

Kaytranada – 99.9%

Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!

Listen: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

Listen: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…

Listen: James Vincent McMorrow – We Move

Listen: Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Listen: Rihanna – Anti

Listen: Stranger Things (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

Listen: HÆLOS – Full Circle

Listen: Kaytranada – 99.9%

Listen: Awaken, My Love!

Honorary Shout Outs

DMA’S – Hills End

Blood Orange – Freetown Sound

Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Jeff Rosenstock – Worry

Jarrow – 2003 Dream

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

Solange – A Seat at the Table

Beyonce – Lemonade

Skepta – Konnichiwa

…and not forgetting old mate Yeezy for contributions beyond Pablo.