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The Best Albums of 2016: #20 – 1


Collage by Valentina Montagna.

If there’s one thing we learned since we launched Bandcamp Daily this past June, it’s that the world of Bandcamp is enormous—encompassing everything from emo in China to cumbia punk in Tucson, Arizona to just about everything in between. So narrowing our Best Albums of the Year down to 100 choices was a daunting task. Here, at last, are our Top 20 Albums of 2016.

More “Best of 2016”:
The Best Albums of 2016: #100 – 81
The Best Albums of 2016: #80 – 61
The Best Albums of 2016: #60 – 41
The Best Albums of 2016: #40 – 21

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Mykki Blanco Rips Up the Rule Book

Mykki Blanco, photo by Julia Burlingham
Mykki Blanco. Photo by Julia Burlingham.

After years of shapeshifting and self-sacrifice in the name of performance, Mykki Blanco (aka Michael Quattlebaum, Jr.) has released a potent debut in Mykki. If anyone was hoping that Blanco would stick to any rulebook, we have bad news: on Mykki, Blanco’s blend of pop, rap, punk, and classical styles burns that book and dances on its ashes. The album showcases a vulnerable Blanco, someone capable of pivoting from wistful longing to fire-breathing on a dime. It’s still unapologetically queer. It’s still unapologetically black. It’s still set to inspire head-nodding and head-scratching in equal measure.

We spoke with Mykki Blanco about the creative process for Mykki, music industry homophobia, and being the Weird Black Kid™.

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