This year in music was one of anticipation and surprise – from Kanye's staggered release of TLOP to the surprise drop of Beyonce's Lemonade and Frank Ocean's Blonde, it was hard to know what to expect at any given moment. But who lived up to the hype? And who managed to defy all expectation?

Some of our best local artists were watching the game closely – so we got them to put together their five favourite albums from the year gone by. Scroll below to see what Seth Sentry, B Wise, Remi & Sensible J and many more picked as the best releases from 2016.