Staff Top Ten Albums of 2016

Music is a constant thread through most of what we do here at Morris Choice. Though our mission is to play and promote music made in Detroit, our listening reached far beyond the city limits in 2016. These lists from four members of our staff highlight some of our favorite Michigan music released this year along with records made from artists all over the world.

Here are the Morris Choice staff’s Top Ten Albums of 2016. These lists are in no particular order and feature a key track for each.

Jacob Cramer
Host and creator of Morris Choice

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Car Seat Headrest Teens of Denial – “Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales”
Frank Ocean Blonde – “Self Control”
David BowieBlackstar – “Blackstar”
WoodsCity Sun Eater in the Entry of Lights – “Hollow Home”
Lake Street DiveSide Pony – “Side Pony”
GrouploveBig Mess – “Heart of Mine”
WhitneyLight Upon the Lake – “Polly”
Schoolboy QBlank Face LP
Sturgill SimpsonA Sailor’s Guide to Earth – “All Around You”
Ray LamontagneOuroboros – “Part One – Hey, No Pressure”

Honorable mentions: Kevin MorbySinging Saw, Young the GiantHome of the Strange, Bon Iver22, A Million.

Drew Bartosik
Co-host, Engineer
Check out his band Honeybabe and Liquid Crystals.

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Animal CollectivePainting With – “The Burglars”
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression – “Sunday”
Personal SpaceEcstatic Burbs – “Beta”
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool – Glass Eyes
Jeremy WuanNoumenon – “Painting Things Blue”
King Gizzard & The Lizard WizzardNonagon Infinity – “Invisible Face”
Mango LaneTV Feelings – “New Dance For You Baby”
A Tribe Called QuestWe got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service – “Melatonin”
SolangeA Seat At The Table – “Mad”
DeakinSleep Cycle – “Footy”

Nick Sapounas
Co-host, Engineer
Check out his band Gray/Bliss.

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David BowieBlackstar –  “I Can’t Give Everything Away”
Aphex TwinCheetah – “Cirklon 3”
Chance the RapperColoring Book – “All We Got”
Leonard CohenYou Want It Darker – “You Want It Darker”
Frustrations Transmission from the Ether – “Non-Narrative Thoughts”
RadioheadA Moon Shaped Pool – “Identikit”
DeerhoofThe Magic – “Life Is Suffering”
Iggy PopPost Pop Depression – “Gardenia”
Jeremy WaunNoumenon – “This Is A Feeling”
Kendrick LamarUntitled Unmastered – “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.”

Anthony Spak
Writer/contributor
Check out his band Pines

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Frank OceanBlonde – “Solo”
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake – “No Woman”
Mayer HawthorneMan About Town – “Love Like That”
Churchkey – Deluxe Edition – “Tust”
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book – “Blessings”
Angel OlsenMy Woman – “Sister”
SALES – SALES LP – “Mondays”
Big Thief – Masterpiece – “Paul”
Charles BradleyChanges– “Crazy For Your Love”
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound – “E.V.P.”

Honorable mentions: Twin PeaksDown In Heaven, Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung, Pinegrove – Cardinal.

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