Astralwerks Staff Picks 2016


We want to say a quick thank-you for your support through this year, whether you’re a new fan in 2016 or have been with us since the start in 1993.  We re-launched our website this summer, and hope you’ve had the time to dig through our 23 year history on the Timeline section.  Below you’ll find the favorite music our staff listened to in 2016, and you can find a selection of the songs via this Spotify playlist.

Astralwerks had the privilege of releasing some amazing music this year and saw the continued rise of Halsey including an epic BADLANDS finale show at Madison Square Garden.  We introduced you to new signings Aaron Fontwell, Albin Lee Meldau, Dusky, EDEN, Junge Junge, Ookay and Sigma and you can expect more music from them in 2017. Underworld & The Chemical Brothers were nominated for Grammys and we released the long-awaited and critically acclaimed new album from The Avalanches! Fellow Aussies Empire of the Sun released their third album, the transcendental “Two Vines”.

Expect colored vinyl re-issues of the first seven albums from The Chemical Brothers in January and The Avalanches’ debut album “Since I Left You” will be available for the first time on wax in years on February 3rd.

Astralwerks wishes you a very happy & healthy holiday season! Enjoy our picks and we hope you discover some new music from these lists!


Mark M.
Top 10 Albums
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack
Sia – This Is Acting
Lapsley – Long Way Home
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
Ra Ra Riot – Need Your Light
Hamilton Leithauser / Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service 
David Bowie – Blackstar
Top 5 Songs
Sia – Alive
Damien Jurado – Kola
Underworld – Nylon Strung
Mitski – Your Best American Girl
Keaton Henson – Alright
Top Concert
Sigur Rós – 10/6 @ Kings Theater – Brooklyn , NY


Devin K. 
Top 10 Albums
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
Underworld – Barbara, Barbara, We Face a Shining Future 
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Nick Cave – Skeleton Tree
Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
David Bowie – Black Star
Honorable Mention: Frightened Rabbit – Painting of a Panic Attack / Metallica – Hardwired to Self Destruct / Alvvays – Alvvays
Top 5 Songs
Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
The War on Drugs – Touch of Grey
Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Want To Be Funny Anymore
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
Royksopp – Never Ever
Top Concert (3 Way Tie)
LCD Soundsystem – The Metro, Chicago, IL – July 30th, 2016
Ryan Adams – Capitol Studios, Los Angeles, CA – November 17th, 2016
Underworld – Terminal 5, NY, NY – April 20th, 2016
Veronica S. 
Top 10 Albums
Beyonce – Lemonade
Rihanna – Anti
1975 – I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
Radiohead – Moon Shaped Pool
The Weeknd – Starboy
EDEN – I think you think too much of me
Drake – Views
Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
Avalanches – Wildflower
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
Top 6 Songs
The 1975 – Somebody Else
Rihanna – Kiss It
The Weeknd – I Feel It Coming (ft Daft Punk)
Drake – One Dance
Beyonce – Sorry
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Top Concert
The Used (15th Anniversary Tour) – Playstation Theatre –April 26, 2016
Ryan M. 
Top 9 Albums
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
James Blake – The Colour in Anything
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Sia – This Is Acting
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
Gojira – Magma
The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Top 7 Songs
The Chainsmokers – Closer feat. Halsey
Lemaitre – Playing To Lose feat. Stanaj
Sia – Reaper
Neiked – Sexual
Albin Lee Meldau – Lou Lou
The Weeknd – Starboy feat. Daft Punk
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion
DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
Top Concert
The Killers – Gov Ball
MacKenzie R.
Top 10 Albums
Young The Giant – Home of The Strange
Gallant – Ology
The Weeknd – Starboy
The 1975  – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Shura – Nothing’s Real 
Jim James – Eternally Even 
Disclosure – Moog For Love (EP)
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Empire Of The Sun – Two Vines
Banks – The Altar
Top 5 Songs
The 1975  – Somebody Else
Jim James – Here In Spirit
Young The Giant – Titus Was Born
Electric Guest – Dear To Me
Gallant – Talking To Myself
Top Concert
Coldplay – The Rose Bowl –August 21st, 2016
Christina S.
Top 10 Albums
The Last Shadow Puppets – Everything You’ve Come To Expect
Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
Frank Ocean – Blonde
The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
David Bowie – Black Star
The Weeknd – Starboy
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Banks – The Altar
Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Bon Iver – 22, A Million, July Talk – Touch, Glass Animals – How To Be a Human Being, The Growlers – City Club, Viola Beach – Viola Beach
Top 5 Songs
Alexandra Savior – Shades
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
The Strokes – Threat Of Joy
July Talk – Push + Pull
EDEN – sex
Top Concert
Bruce Springsteen – Barclays Center – April 23, 2016
Scott B. 
Top 10 Albums
Nxworries – Yes Lawd! (Stones Throw)
Blood Incantation – Starspawn (Dark Descent)
Haast’s Eagled – II: For Mankind (Holy Roar)
Sumac – What One Becomes (Thrill Jockey)
Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas – Mariner (Indie)
Bhavachakra – Bhavachakra (Translation Loss)
Yussef Kamaal – Black Focus (Brownswood Recordings)
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)
Träd, Gräs och Stenar – Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Anthology/Mexican Summer)
The Avalanches – Wildflower (Astralwerks)
Top 5 Songs
Nxworries – Get Bigger / Do U Luv
Seven Sisters of Sleep – War Master
Yussef Kamaal – Lowrider
Cult of Luna with Julie Christmas- Cygnus
Power Trip – Hammer of Doubt
Top Concert
Dillinger Escape Plan – The Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA October 30, 2016
Josh K.
Top 10 Singles
The Jezabels – Pleasure Drive
Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
Paul Draper – Feeling My Heart Run Slow
Barry Adamson – Come Away
Oliver – Electrify
Rat Boy – Move
Dizzee Rascal ft. Calvin Harris – Hype
Kent – Egoist
Chvrches – Warning Call
Warpaint – New Song
Top 5 Albums
Kent – Då som nu, för alltid
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
Blossoms – Blossoms
Kitten – Heaven or Somewhere In Between EP
David Bowie – Blackstar
Top Concert
Kent – Oslo Spektrum – October 23, 2016
Maddie B.
Top 10 Albums
Thrice – To Be Everywhere, Is To Be Nowhere
The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood
Rihanna – Anti
Blink 182 – California
Yellowcard – Yellowcard
Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues
Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
Garbage – Strange Little Birds
A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations
Top 5 Songs
The 1975 – Somebody Else
Sebastian Kole – Love’s On The Way
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Catfish and the Bottlemen – 7
Britney Spears – Slumber Party
Top Concert
Thrice – Reading Festival, England – August 26, 2016
Nikita W. 
Top 10 Albums
Beyonce – Lemonade
Solange Knowles – A Seat at the Table
Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
Frank Ocean – Blonde
Empire of the Sun – Two Vines
Santigold – 99 Cents
Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night
Blondage – Blondage (EP)
Rihanna – ANTI
Lizzo – Coconut Oil
Top 5 Songs
Beyonce – Formation
Solange Knowles – Cranes in the Sky
Lady Gaga – Diamond Heart
D.R.A.M. – Outta Sight
John Legend – What You Do to Me
Top Concert
Beyonce – Santa Clara, CA – May 16, 2016