Now in its fourth year: “buying one record reviewed in The Wire each month” – plus three more to make up a proper Wire 15 chart. The lists for the previous three years can be found by following the following links: 2013, 2014, and 2015.
And here's my chart for 2016. The # marks denote the issues in which the records featured.
SubVersion 2016 15
#383 The Sprawl - EP1 (Death of Rave)
#384 Roscoe Mitchell - Sustain and Run (Selo Sesc)
#385 David Bowie - Blackstar (ISO / RCA)
#386 eMMplekz - Rook to TN34 (Mordant Music)
#387 Puce Mary - The Spiral (Posh Isolation)
#388 Elza Soares - The Woman at the End of the World (Mais Um Discos)
#389 Ben Johnston - String Quartets 6, 7 & 8 (New World)
#390 Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Black Stabat Mater (Rune Grammofon)
#391 Teresa Rampazzi - Immagini per Diana Baylon (Die Schachtel)
#392 Moor Mother - Fetish Bones (Don Giovanni)
#393 Joëlle Léandre & Théo Ceccaldi - Elastic (Cipsela)
#394 Peter Evans - Lifeblood (More is More)
+#383 Guttersnipe - Demo (Arcane Pariah)
+#388 Let’s Eat Grandma - I, Gemini (Transgressive)
+#389 Der Zyklus - Renormalon (WéMè)
Compiled by Jonathan Tait, subvertcentral.blogspot.co.uk
No, not a “best records of the year” list. It's a set of releases that each piqued my interest when reading the reviews, and then made me sit up when checking out audio online. But if I was to pick one out as a favourite, it'd be Camae Ayewa's Fetish Bones LP as Moor Mother, which is the best hiphop I've heard in a long time.