It’s that time of the year again guys! Damn, this year has flown by real quick hasn’t it? I didn’t even have time to properly analyze all the music that’s been released this year. I’m writing this while on vacation so forgive me if this piece seems a bit rushed. Anyway, I think 2016 was a quite an incredible year for music. Although I feel underwhelmed by some releases, generally the music released was stellar. If you’re expecting to find Drake, Rihanna, Beyonce or Kanye West on this list then you’re on the wrong list. I’m only mentioning the LPs that really stood out to me and that I feel came out at significant points of these artists’ careers.

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It’s interesting how these days a lot of the music I listen to is by Canadian artists. 60 % of my playlist is made up of artists such as Kaytranada, Pomo, BADBADNOTGOOD, dvsn, Majid Jordan etc and those are just the well known ones! The Canadian music scene has officially blown up and I’m totally here for it! Another artist who’s been everywhere lately is River Tiber. You might recognize him from Kaytranada’s LP “99.9%” in the song “Vivid Dreams”, but now we can get a glimpse of his own mind in his debut E.P “Indigo”.

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Centerfold album cover (via MOTHXR Facebook)

I don’t know why I’ve taken so long to review this album yet it’s one I’ve been bumping on repeat for months now! Perhaps I thought this band is a little too indie for my blog , but it’s good music so why not! Mothxr (pronounced as Mother) is an indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve posted about them before but they released their debut album , Centerfold, in February.

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“Me” is the first proper studio album by Lorely Rodriguez, who goes by the alias “Empress Of”. I really hadn’t heard of her before this album but she really captivated me with her self-styled dream-pop electronic sound that she calls “Me”. This LP is entertaining in itself as her producing skills are incredible but the lyrics are also quite stellar, with Rodriguez digging deep into her personal thoughts, and letting herself be vulnerable and open with this project. My favorite song is definitely “How Do You Do It” which almost always makes me want to get up and dance no matter where I play it. I’m obsessed with her instrumentally and lyrically raw music which still manages to fit into a pop or EDM playlist. More people need to know about this lady.