Every year we invite musicians, DJs and readers to send us their five favourite albums or tracks of 2016. In a year that saw so many great musicians pass away, there were a number of brilliant musical recordings. Our readers’ selections are eclectic and cross many genres. I hope you find some new music to explore.
One of the most profound statements on music I’ve ever heard or read was made by the saxophone player Charlie Parker, he said:
I’m off to perform, record and report at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (Movement) later this month. I can’t wait, everyone from Moodymann to Underground Resistance is performing.
I’ve just woken up to hear the sad new that DJ Rashad has died, aged 35. Born Rashad Harden, DJ Rashad was instrumental in bringing Chicago’s footwork style of dance music to a global audience.
DJ Sprinkles’ new album, Queerifications and Ruins, is as sublime as it is thought provoking.
An alternative history of sexuality in club culture: Luis-Manuel Garcia examines the history of club culture’s LGBT roots.