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WWA 2016 // Album of the Year Shortlist // Vote Now

December 15, 2015

As our annual celebration of the lesser-celebrated corners of music gets ever nearer, it’s that time again where we’ve narrowed it down to our top 15 of the year and we want all of you to have your say. Check out the shortlist below and VOTE for your favourite.


Voting closes on Monday 11th Jan at 11:59pm on the DOT. If you’re not sure or you just want a reminded of why these albums have been special, keep your eyes peeled for videos on Gilles’ instagram where he will be running through the shortlisted nominees. Voting will also be opening for Track of the Year on Wednesday 16th December.

And, of course, if you want to get your tickets to be there when the winners are announced you can still pick them up here.

And finally, please do also have a look through our longlist to see the albums that didn’t quite make it into the shortlist but which are well worth your time:

1. Alabama Shakes // Sound & Colour
2. Arca // Mutant
3. Archy Marshall // A New Place 2 Drown
4. BadBadNotGood & Ghostface Killah // Sour Soul
5. Bilal & Adrian Younge // In Another Life
6. Chassol // Big Sun
7. Darkstar // Foam Island
8. Dayme Arocena // Nueva Era
9. Dexter Story // Wondem
10. Earl Sweatshirt // I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt.
11.Eska // ESKA
12. Floating Points // Elaeina
13. Four Tet // Morning / Evening
14. Golden Rules // Golden Ticket
15. Jonny Greenwood, Shye Ben Tzur and the Rajasthan Express // Junun
16. Hiatus Kaiyote // Choose Your Weapon
17. Hunee // Hunch Music
18. Ibeyi // Ibeyi
19. Jam City // Dream a Garden
20. Jamie Woon // Making Time
21. Jamie xx // In Colour
22. Julio Bashmore // Knockin Boots
23. Kamsai Washington // The Epic
24. Kendrick Lamar // To Pimp a Butterfly.
25. Koyoto Jazz Sextet // Mission
26. Leron Thomas // Cliquish
27. Little Simz // A Curious Tale of Trials + Persons
28. LV // Ancient Mechanisms
29. Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra // Into Forever
30. Mbongwana Star // From Kinshasa
31. Mo Kolours // Texture Like Sun
32. Nat Birchall // Invocations
33. Nils Frahm // Screws Reworked
34. Owiny Sigoma Band // Nyanza
35. Romare // Projections
36. Roots Manuva // Bleeds
37. Sons of Kemet // Lest Not We Forget What We Came Here to Do.
38. Stealing Sheep // Not Real
39. The Internet // Ego Death
40. Tyondai Braxton // Hive1