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End-of-year vinyl review – the best records of 2016

What are the best records of 2016? It’s a tricky question, and yet, all music enthusiasts probably ask themselves this question at the end of each year. Of course, we do, too. And even though we limited our judgement to vinyl releases only, it’s still quite a mess. After all, there are 2.000 releases every month, which is why we needed some help to make this decision. So we have asked artists, partners, readers, experienced journalists and also our employees: »Which were the best vinyl records in 2016?« The results were cast into the following charts.

What was on your turntable?

For three years, we have been asking producers, DJs, MCs, label owners and collectors about their favorite vinyl records of the year. The results can be seen in our Artists & Partner Charts. This year, we’ve collected favorites by almost 100 people, amongst them many Hip Hop related artists such as Masta Ace, Damu the Fudgemunk, Freddie Joachim and Seven Davis Jr. The link between Hip Hop and house was well covered by Glenn Astro, Imyrmind, HADE or Hodini (Hulk Hodn). They can be found here, too. But we also asked some label owners to participate from record labels like Strut, Big Crown, Finder’s Keepers, or Be With Records.

Professional Top Lists

The members of our magazine team have a well-trained eye on the latest releases, considering that it’s their daily job to sort and arrange music. When our authors and editors choose their 50 records and 50 reissues, their 20 12inches and 20 Compilations of the year, we don’t just find the releases that everyone can agree on. Instead, these top lists are always good for a few discoveries. It’s music that might have passed you by unnoticed. The best marker for their wisdom is what they’ve shared through our mag but also their know-how published in magazines like Juice, Splash!, Mag, Spex, Groove or Intro.

Spin Around Like A Record, Baby

But you haven’t seen it all, yet. You can also explore the music that our staff listens to: the Staff Picks 2016 give you a good idea about the diversity of our tastes. In addition, Most Sold Records 2016 shows you the best-selling records through our web-shop. The User’s Rating Charts 2016 offer a summary of what our mag-readers liked best. And if you sign up for the mag, you can even still influence the final results. Either way – we wish you lots of fun browsing and exploring!

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