Fat Beats' Year In Music: 2016

Staff Lists below / Fat Beats' Best of 2016 (Spotify) / Best Sellers of the Year

2016 was another great year for the Fat Beats team, between the very successful launch of our Baker's Dozen series and a few of our very own Fat Beats-exclusive titles that we're very proud of, and we're happy to say that your listening habits tended to match up pretty well with ours along the way. You loved the multi-talented Anderson .Paak's various projects -- Malibu and Yes Lawd! ended up on a number of our staff year end lists -- while smooth beat work from Dil Withers, Ahwlee and Swarvy became staples on the office playlist.

Our full staff turned in their favorite releases, songs, live performances and moments for your perusal and in hindsight, it was a damn good year for music. Hip-hop, soul, funk and beats were staples of the Fat Beats diet, of course, but drum and bass bruk outs (Richie Brains), ambient excursions (Dedekind Cut) and the occasional molten metal madness (The Body) made the cut as well. Hopefully you find some similarities with your year-end round ups and discover something entirely new.

Can't wait for what 2017 has to offer!

Chris Hound

1. Dil Withers – Studies
2. Ahwlee – 1991
3. Mndsgn – Body Wash
4. Frankie Reyes – Boleros Valses Y Mas
5. V/A - Sofie's SOS tape
6. Devonwho – Luz
7. Swarvy – Elderberry
8. Ohbliv – Lewse Joints V
9. Tuamie - Masta Killa
10. Mndsgn x Ahwlee - Rap Vacation Xmas

EddyMac

1. Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Revenant OST
2. Mark Korven - The Witch OST
3. Bon Iver -  22, A Million
4. Dil Withers – Studies
5. Ahwlee – 1991
6. Mndsgn – Body Wash
7. Ty Dolla $ign – Campaign
8. Ivan Ave – Helping Hands
9. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
10. Swarvy – Elderberry

Gabe Meier

1. Abdu Ali - Mongo
2. Clara! – Reggaetoneras 2
3. DJ Marfox – Chapa Quente
4. Elysia Crampton – Demon City
5. Equiknoxx – Bird Sound Power
6. Kablam - Furiosa
7. Mixpak Boiler Room w/ The Large, Dre Skull, Chromatic, Konshens
8. Sir Spyro - "Topper Top (ft. Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann and Killa P)"
9. Tomasa Del Real – “Tu Senora"
10. Via App - Sixth Stitch

Jaime Vazquez

1. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
2. NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
3. Frankie Reyes - Boleros Valses Y Mas
4. Kaytranada - 99.9%
5. Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
6. Black Milk – The Rebellion Sessions
7. Mild High Club - Skiptracing
8. Mndsgn - Body Wash
9. ATCQ – We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service
10. Kyle DIxon and Michael Stein - Stranger Things

 

Jay Jarkovsky

1. Calyx & TeeBee - 1x1
2. The LOX - Filthy America…It’s Beautiful
3. Deftones - Gore
4. Delta Heavy - Paradise Lost
5. 65daysofstatic - No Man's Sky: Music For An Infinite Universe
6. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
7. Dil Withers – Studies
8. Royce Da 5’9 - Trust The Shooter
9. Richie Brains - Who Is Richie Brains
10. *Tool finished mastering a new album…….

Jessica Herrera

Top albums:
1. Kaytranada - 99.9%
2. Anderson .PaakMalibu
3. ATCQ - We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service
4. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
5. Isaiah RashadThe Sun’s Tirade
6. Majid Jordan - Majid Jordan
7. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered
8. Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad - Luke Cage: Original Soundtrack
9. Schoolboy Q - Blank Face
10. BadBadNotGood - IV
11. Solange - A Seat At The Table
12. Adrian Younge - Something About April II

Top 10 music things:
1. Brainfeeder @ Hollywood Bowl
2. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
3. kendrick - "untitled 2"
4. Anderson .Paak show in his hometown and catching his drumstick
5. Drunk hour long conversation with Thundercat @ Low End Theory
6. Carlos Santana/Herbie Hancock/Wayne Shorter @ Hollywood Bowl
7. Majid Jordan shows - 2 nights in a row
8. FRANKY OCEAN - BLONDE
9. Kendrick coming out at Schoolboy Q show and performing "Untitled 7"
10. Isaiah Rashad - "4r Da Squaw"

Mohammad Choudhery

1. Anohni @ FYF / Anohni - Hopelessness
2. Babyfather - BBF Hosted By DJ Escrow
3. MssingNo - Fones
4. Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
5. Burial - Young Death b/w Nightmarket
6. Amnesia Scanner - AS
7. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor
8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
9. Godspeed You! Black Emperor @ Desert Daze
10. The Body - No One Deserves Happiness

Tyler McWilliams

Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust The Guide and Glide
Sons Of Frod - Songs About H.E.R.
Dil Withers – Studies
Mndsgn - Body Wash
Carlos Niño & Friends - Flutes, Echoes, It's All Happening!
Tuamie - Masta Killa