AllMusic 2015 Year In Review

Favorite Electronic Albums -

 It was a big year in electronic music, as Björk took her creativity to new heights on Vulnicura, Coil finally released a long-lost album from the 90s, Hot Chip continued their streak, Jamie xx unleashed his debut and Róisín Murphy delivered thoughtful subtlety on her first album in eight years.
Orphaned Deejay Selek: 2006-2008

AFX / Aphex Twin

Orphaned Deejay Selek: 2006-2008

Richard D. James revives one of his aliases for a direct and electrifying EP that contains a double album's worth of ideas.

Gode

André Bratten

Gode

Abandoning the disco influences of his earlier releases, André Bratten's second LP is a spectacular, surprisingly confessional work.

Mutant

Arca

Mutant

The producer's volatile second album is some of his most challenging, fractured, and emotional music.

Sonnet

Benoît Pioulard

Sonnet

Largely instrumental and warmed with analog effects, this is a beautiful, affecting exploration of freedom within form.

Vulnicura

Björk

Vulnicura

An immersion in the total devastation of heartbreak, this is some of Björk's bravest and most challenging music.

Dumb Flesh

Blanck Mass

Dumb Flesh

By turns ominous, poignant, and playful, Benjamin John Power's second full-length is a danceable memento mori.

Days Gone By

Bob Moses

Days Gone By

Blissful and wistful house music fills the electronica duo's debut album.

f(x)

Carter Tutti Void

f(x)

The first studio release from the compelling project featuring members of Throbbing Gristle and Factory Floor.

The Colours of Life

CFCF

The Colours of Life

Montreal-born musician Mike Silver creates a continuous 40-minute suite inspired by '80s soft rock and new age.

Backwards

Coil

Backwards

Long-awaited release of the shelved album Coil recorded at Trent Reznor's studios in the mid-'90s.

LP [2015]

Container

LP [2015]

Ren Schofield's third full-length as Container is his most concentrated burst of industrial-strength noise-techno yet.

Val Maira

Dave DK

Val Maira

Impressive Kompakt debut full-length from the Berlin-based minimal techno DJ, balancing warmth and humanity with experimental production.

Caracal

Disclosure

Caracal

Several chart-topping vocalists make contributions, but the lower-profile guests truly elevate the Lawrence brothers' second album.

Reflekzionz

Ekoplekz

Reflekzionz

Fascinating collection from British electronic musician Nick Edwards, blending sweet melodies with dubby, abrasive post-industrial beats.

Drei

Emika

Drei

After the all-instrumental, mostly piano effort Klavírní, the artist returns with her third proper album of bewitching electro.

Super Discount, Vol. 3

Etienne de Crécy

Super Discount, Vol. 3

Ten years after his last album, the French house producer alternates between cheeky dance treats and serene house tracks.

La Visite

Etienne Jaumet

La Visite

The second solo album from one-half of Zombie Zombie delivers a more danceable update on his atmospheric tech-house.

Edition 1

Fennesz / Christian Fennesz / King Midas Sound

Edition 1

A seamless fusion of aching isolationism and avant lover's rock is offered by this collaboration between the trio and guitarist.

Elaenia

Floating Points

Elaenia

Sam Shepherd and supporting players' exacting yet free-flowing cross between modern creative jazz and ambient techno.

Insides

Fort Romeau

Insides

The producer's ambitious second album enriches his deep house with nods to kosmische and early electronic music.

Ghost Culture

Ghost Culture

Ghost Culture

James Greenwood's diverse project offers wistful synth pop and dance music for overcast afternoons.

Body Complex

Heathered Pearls

Body Complex

Succinct and high-quality downcast techno from Jakub Alexander -- the producer and A&R person's second album for his employer.

Discreet Desires

Helena Hauff

Discreet Desires

Debut album of gritty, one-take electro/techno from a German producer, greatly expanding upon the ideas of her previous EPs.

Why Make Sense?

Hot Chip

Why Make Sense?

Paying tribute to vintage hip-hop, R&B and disco, the band's witty electro-pop sounds fresher than ever.

Dream a Garden

Jam City

Dream a Garden

Fascinating stylistic shift from Jack Latham, who swaps metallic dancefloor tracks for contemplative, warped dream pop.

In Colour

Jamie xx

In Colour

The producer's debut album expands on his nostalgic yet forward-looking updates on classic U.K. dance music.

Sundial

Jonny Faith

Sundial

Relaxed and warm, the producer/DJ's debut is a near-perfect take on the "chillout album," with some hip-hop bounce thrown in for spice.

Automatic

Kaskade

Automatic

A welcome return to form, the producer's ninth studio effort features smooth house and innovative production touches.

Nothing

Kode9

Nothing

Stark, compelling full-length solo debut from the influential producer, DJ, and founder of the Hyperdub label.

Tundra

Lakker

Tundra

The Dublin techno duo's first R&S album incorporates assorted field recordings and voices to grim, bracing effect.

Alternative Light Source

Leftfield

Alternative Light Source

Sixteen years later the veteran electronica duo return as Neil Barnes solo, but fortunately little else has changed.

Space Exploration

Lewis Fautzi

Space Exploration

Deep-space techno from a young Portuguese producer following up his 2014 debut.

Peace Is the Mission

Major Lazer

Peace Is the Mission

Diplo's wild project offers a surprising and slow effort where the highlights are primarily ballads.

Homesick

Matrixxman

Homesick

San Francisco-based acid house producer explores technological paranoia on his debut full-length release for Ghostly International.

Unspell

Mugwump

Unspell

Dark, subtle, yet sharp dance music fills the excellent debut album from this Belgian producer.

Fabriclive 80

Mumdance

Fabriclive 80

Boundary-pushing mix that explores all stripes of blown-out bass and jagged beats, ranging from drone to grime to breakbeat hardcore.

Vega Intl. Night School

Neon Indian

Vega Intl. Night School

A captivating fever dream of disco, electro, and synth-pop that captures the fleeting dazzle of nightlife.

Garden of Delete

Oneohtrix Point Never

Garden of Delete

A dense, dizzying masterwork that imbues the producer's flair for nostalgia with powerful emotions.

Pearson Sound

Pearson Sound

Pearson Sound

Experimental full-length debut by the U.K. dubstep/bass music producer previously known as Ramadanman.

Rivington Não Rio

Prefuse 73

Rivington Não Rio

Enhanced by Sam Dew, Rob Crow, and Helado Negro, the most substantial installment in a flurry of 2015 releases from Guillermo Herren.

Communion

Rabit

Communion

The producer's debut addresses corruption and violation in violent, haunting tracks that shatter grime's boundaries.

Hairless Toys

Róisín Murphy

Hairless Toys

The former Moloko frontwoman's first album in eight years takes a tender, personal approach that's all the more powerful for its subtlety.

Always Offended Never Ashamed

Samuel Kerridge

Always Offended Never Ashamed

Brooding post-industrial techno from a Berlin-based U.K. transplant.

Where All Is Fled

Steve Hauschildt

Where All Is Fled

Third solo album of dreamy, surrealist synthscapes from the former Emeralds member.

Born in the Echoes

The Chemical Brothers

Born in the Echoes

Offering a winning mix of old and new, the big beat duo prove they can thrive in the age of EDM with this comeback LP.

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The Orb

Moonbuilding 2703 AD

Paterson and Fehlmann return to the Kompakt label for four sprawling, easy-flowing tracks that offer first-rate dub techno and a little hip-hop.

Hive1

Tyondai Braxton

Hive1

Written for modular synths and percussion, the composer's delightfully mercurial second album is some of his most playful and audacious music yet.

Voyeur

Ursula 1000

Voyeur

Quirky, campy, and funky all at once, this kitschy electro album features guest appearances from Lady Bunny and Mocean Worker.

Alone in Time?

Ø [Phase]

Alone in Time?

Second album of driving, spacy techno from the London-area producer and mastering engineer.