Best Ambient of 2016
Every year I make two lists of my favorites albums of the year. One list is generally indie music and the other is ambient/instrumental. Even though I have a difficult time deciding on the final group it is easier coming up with the indie list than it is for ambient. Maybe it's because after a year of music they all tend to blur together and sound the same. There are definitely some stand outs, like the two releases from Johann Johannsson this year. But generally it's tough to make a list because there are a lot of quality recordings every year.
As hard as it is, it's still a lot of fun digging through a ton of releases to find my favorites and then out them together in a coherent mix. The tracks don't appear in any particular order. I just figured out what cuts sounded good together. Not all the tracks from my best of list made into the mix because that's just the way mixes go sometimes.
Here's the list, I'd love to hear about your favorite albums of the year, tell me about them in the comments.
BEST AMBIENT/INSTRUMENTAL OF 2016:
It is Free