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We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

KHYAM ALLAMI [Nawa Recordings]

David Bowie – Blackstar
The Dwarfs of East Agouza – Bes
Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Before The Flood (Soundtrack)
Michael Gordon – Timber Remixed
Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto – The Revenant (Soundtrack)
Glenn Kotche – Drumkit Quartets
Michael Mizrahi – Currents
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
Hossein Alizadeh – Eshghim Gal

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We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

SANDRA ARSLANIAN (Sandmoon)

Angel Olsen – My Woman
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
David Bowie – Blackstar
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
James Blake – The Colour In Anything
Wilco – Schmilco
Neko Case/ kd Lang/ Laura Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs

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We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

SERGE YARED (The Incompetents)

Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Roisin Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto
Anna Meredith – Varmints
Brian Eno – The Ship
David Bowie – Blackstar
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Swans – The Glowing Man
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Anohni – Hopelessness
Beyoncé – Lemonade
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Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart

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We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

KHODOR ELLAIK (Kid Fourteen)

Frank Ocean – Blonde
Fat White Family – Songs For Our Mothers
Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark
Kool Keith – Feature Magnetic
Sleaford Mods – TCR
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
David Bowie – Blackstar
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
Marching Church – Telling It Like It Is

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So, here we are again!
We asked some of our musician friends and collaborators to tell us about their 10 favorite albums of 2016.

FADI TABBAL (Bunny Tylers, The Incompetents, Under the Carpet)

Tim Hecker – Love Streams
Angel Olsen – My Woman
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Kevin Morby – Singing Saw
Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
Mitzki – Puberty 2
Survive – Rr7349
Anna Meredith – Varmints
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David Bowie – Blackstar
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project
Alex Cameron – Jumping The Shark

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Youmna Saba

In no particular order:

– Billie Holiday: Rare West Coast Recordings
– Arvo Pärt: Arbos
– Fawzi Sayeb: Taqasim
– Amandine Beyer & Gli Incogniti: Bach Violin Concertos
– Kyung-So Park: Be My Neighbour

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Serge Yared (The Incompetents)

Albums:

1. Hobocombo: Moondog Mask
2. Scott Walker & Sun O)))): Soused
3. Richard Reed Parry: Music For Heart & Breath
4. Perfume Genius: Too Bright
5. Marianne Faithfull: Give My Love To London
6. Aphex Twin: Syro
7. Brian Eno & Karl Hyde: High Life
8. Baxter Dury: It’s A Pleasure
9. Chuck E Weiss: Red Beans & Weiss
10. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Cold World

Reissues:

1. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico
2. Jon Hassell & Brian Eno: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
3. Bob Dylan & The Band: The Complete Basement Tapes
4. Various artists: C86
5. Captain Beefheart: Sun Zoom Spark 1970-1972
6. Yo La Tengo: Extra Painful
7. Ariel Kalma: An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings 1972-1979)
8. The Unicorns: Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
9. Led Zeppelin: III
10. Craig Leon: Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: Nommos/Visiting

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

Charlie Rayne

In no particular order:

– The War On Drugs: Lost In The Dream
– Mac Demarco: Salad Days
– Rachel Glassberg: …And Other Disasters: Home Recordings
– Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness
– Sun Kil Moon: Benji
– Robert Leslie: A Shard Of The Mosaic
– Featherweights: S/t
– Youmna Saba: Njoum
– Future Islands: Singles
– Martha Rose: Behind Our Eyes

+ Reissue:
– Lewis: L’amour (1983)

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

FAREEQ EL ATRASH

John Imad Nasr

In no particular order:

– El P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels 2
– Black Milk: If There’s A Hell Below
– Seun Kuti: Long Way To The Beginning
– Original soundtrack: Guardians Of The Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol.1
– Royce The 5’9” & DJ Premier: PRhyme
– Freddie Gibbs & Madlib: Piñata
– Satti : Food Idea EP
– The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
– El Rass & Munma: Adam, Darwin & The Penguin
– Wu Tang Clan: A Better Tomorrow

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Edd Abbas

10. Common: Nobody’s Smiling
Not your typical Common album, he uses a very serious attitude and a much darker approach than usual; the album is produced by NO I.D, who had previously worked on lots of singles but never on an entire album

9. The Roots: …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin
This is the follow-up to the concept album released last year, entitled “Undun”; not a bad sequel at all, it leaves you wanting more because of its short length, worth listening to

8. Flying Lotus: You’re Dead!
Fly Lo is always experimenting and trying to take it to another level; if you’re into TripHop, Experimental Hiphop and ambiant/electro music and all about new sounds, that’s your album

7. I Am Legion: I Am Legion
If you’re into Grime, heavy basslines and fast rhyming, this is one of those albums you should check out

6. Fashawn & The Alchemist: FASH-ionably Late
This is for Hip-Hop Heads; sick rhyming on top of beats by the one and only Alchemist, this is a must!

5. Jhene Aiko: Souled Out
A very soulful voice coming out of the new school, very smooth and chilled album; strictly for late nights!

4. Dilated Peoples: Directors Of Photography
Evidence, Rakaa and DJ Babu got back together after almost 7 years to hit us with a Bomb; whether you’re a fan or not, you gotta check this out

3. Mobb Deep: The Infamous Mobb Deep
Mobb Deep took us back to the 90’s with this album; if you grew up in the Golden era, this one is for you!

2. Step Brothers (The Alchemist & Evidence): Lord Steppington
This was album of the year for me as soon as it came out, until J-Cole’s album dropped; the long awaited collaboration between Hip-hop giants Evidence & Alchemist dropped early this year, and it was the only thing I was listening to for 3 months; this album is a must!

1. J-Cole: Forest Hills Drive
Best album you can get this year, from production to lyrical content; this album is J-Cole’s best work till now, hands down

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I asked some of my musician friends from Beirut, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2014…
Or the music they’ve listened to the most during the past year, regardless of date of release

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Eddy Ghossein

In no particular order:

– Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems
– Hamilton Leithauser: Black Hours
– Timber Timbre: Hot Dreams
– Damon Albarn: Everyday Robots
– Temples: Sun Structures
– Jack White: Lazaretto

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Nader Mansour

In no particular order:

– Brian Jonestown Massacre: Revelation
– Mamani Keita: Kanou
– Majid Bekkas: Al Qantara
– Jack White: Lazaretto
– Dirty Three: Toward The Low Sun
– Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: Push The Sky Away + Abattoir Blues
– Grinderman: Grinderman 1 + 2
– Soft White Sixties: Get Right
– Tinariwen: Emaar

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