Despite all of its faults, 2016 happened to be a killer year for vinyl. Just about every name, big and small, managed to give their records the LP treatment. From Prince, Erykah Badu, Drake, Rihanna, and Tori Amos, to R.E.M., Beastie Boys, Lou Reed, The Smiths and The Chemical Brothers — everybody was sharing. Artists like Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Weezer, and Radiohead reached deep and converted their entire back catalogues, too (some for the very first time).
With this in mind, we looked for some of the hottest disc releases, just in time for the Holidays. Enjoy!
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (November 25)
The late-great Canadian crooner had his final album release earlier this year. A bona fide collector’s dream, this must-have vinyl edition will, like Cohen himself, only get better with age.
Solange – A Seat At The Table (December 9)
Beyonce’s sister can certainly hold her own. One of the year’s most acclaimed releases — silky smooth indie R&B — is also getting the wax treatment.
The xx – “On Hold” (December 9)
Back with a new, alluring teaser of a single, The xx have launched a 7” pressing of “On Hold” to tie over their fans who eagerly await a new and mysterious LP of sleek indie electronica.
Stranger Things Volume II (December 2)
Volume one of this eerie throwback soundtrack has been out for a few months, even snagging a recent Grammy nomination. Now, fans of the Netflix phenomenon can complete their collection with volume two — and, for a great Christmas gift, try to find both issues on glow-in-the-dark green vinyl.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion Side B (December 16)
A brand new collection of indie pop from Canada’s Sweetheart, this hotly anticipated wax release comes fresh on the heels of last year’s sleeper LP.
James Bay – Chaos and the Calm (Live) (December 25)
Recorded at London’s Hammersmith Apollo in March 2016, this live package features nine tracks on vinyl, and an additional two exclusive tracks on a digital download card. Only 5,000 copies!
The Decemberists – Crane Wife (Box Set) (December 9)
This near-perfect, ten-year anniversary record is reissued in five LPs, plus a Blu-Ray disc and packaged with artwork as beautiful as the wistful indie folk songs that live under the grooves.
Gremlins (November 30)
In honour of the late Oscar-winning composer Jerry Goldsmith, Mondo Records have turned this classic score to wax and made it one of the year’s must-have collectable releases. Don’t get it wet!
Beck – Guero / Odelay / Sea Change (December 2)
Everybody’s favourite loser is getting the royal release treatment. The Grammy-winner’s three greatest LPs are to be pressed this month — no word yet on Kanye’s opinion.
The Hold Steady – Boys & Girls In America (December 16)
It’s been ten years since the release of this critically acclaimed, breakthrough record from Brooklyn’s indie rockers — celebrate it with a new deluxe remastered edition.
If the music lovers on your list can hold off for a few weeks, there are some wild releases upcoming in January 2017 that are available for pre-order, including reissued works from the late David Bowie, Brian Eno, The Grateful Dead, The Flaming Lips, Nirvana, The Killers, and brand new Japandroids.