For his new solo album, Youth Group's Toby Martin went to Blacktown in Sydney's Western suburbs, writing and working with Vietnamese and Middle Eastern musicians to produce Songs From Northam Avenue – it's community in action.
Owing as much to Abba as he does the Go Betweens, Sweden's Jens Lekman has returned with Life Will See You Now and all his insightful, wry, amusing disco-fuelled glory.
For her first album in many years, After A Time finds Sydney's Holly Throsby at her most direct and affecting.
2016 has been a tough ride for music with the losses of terrific artists such as Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, Leon Russell, Prince and more. But it's been a terrific year for releases when it comes to new music and 2SER Feature Albums. Check the full list of Feature Albums for 2016 below for proof!
We'll be back with more great Feature Albums for 2SER Supporters to win in 2017. If you'd like to enjoy the benefits of becoming a 2SER Supporter and help keep Real Radio on the air in Sydney, sign up at support.2ser.com and listen for the cue to call during 2SER Breakfast, Drive and Static.
Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger
The James Hunter Six - Hold On!
NO ZU - Afterlife
Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
Animal Collective - Painting With
Mavis Staples - Livin' On A High Note
The Goon Sax - Up For Anything
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - A Man Alive
The Drones - Feelin' Kinda Free
Bibio - A Mineral Love
Explosions In The Sky - The Wilderness
Charles Bradley - Changes
Summer Flake - Hello Friends
The Grand Magoozi - The Grand Magoozi
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
ANOHNI - Hopelessness
Mark Pritchard - Under The Sun
Yumi Zouma - Yoncalla
L-FRESH the LION - Become
Deep Street Soul - Come Alive
Emma Russack - In A New State
Whitney - Light Upon The Lake
M Craft - Blood Moon
The Avalanches - Wildflower
The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
Liz Stringer - All The Bridges
BADBADNOTGOOD - IV
Dinosaur Jr - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not
Community Radio - Look Now You're Cursed
Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
De La Soul - . . And The Anonymous Nobody
Cass McCombs - Mangy Love
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
Angel Olsen - My Woman
Teeth & Tongue - Give Up On Your Health
The Ocean Party - Restless
The Laurels - Sonicology
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Teenage Fanclub - Here
Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here . . Thank You 4 Your Service
Lower Plenty - Sister, Sister
Gillian Welch - Boots No. 1: The Official Revival Bootleg
For the last 2SER Feature Album of 2016 we're going a little deeper with one of the pivotal albums of the Americana movement – Boots No 1 – The Official Revival Bootleg is a special collection of outtakes, demos and unreleased demos from Gillian Welch, circling around the time she released her great 1996 debut, Revival.
You might say Melbourne's Lower Plenty sit somewhere between the Go Betweens and the Velvet Underground but their new album Sister Sister has them occupy a space all their own.
Fifteen years since they last unleashed their native tongues on the world with their positive poetry and philosophy, A Tribe Called Quest return with We Got It From Here . . Thank You 4 Your Service, showing the way on Breakfast, Drive and Static all week.
On Heart Like A Levee, Hiss Golden Messenger gives great gospel with an easy-rolling roots record on the trappings of modern life. Sweet and soulful, it's the 2SER Feature Album this week.
The songs remain the same: all heart with gorgeous melodies and harmonies. Teenage Fanclub are back!
The great Leonard Cohen is back to turn the lights all the way down and turn the passion all the way up.