AllMusic 2016 Year In Review
Favorite Electronic Albums - The year's best electronic releases included Brian Eno's return to ambient music, Tim Hecker's first work incorporating vocals, Junior Boys' Big Black Coat and many more.
The Electronique Void
With help from narrator Jack Waterson, the all-analog psych-soul specialist makes a fun, convincing turn toward vintage synthesizer manipulation.
The Berlin duo's excellent debut album mixes ethno and acoustic instruments with infectious house music.
Africans with Mainframes
Expansive collection of lo-fi analog jams from Chicago acid house artists Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being) and Noleian Reusse.
Too Many Voices
The Mancunian's rhythms are sludgy as ever, but synthetic choral elements and bright keyboard melodies add some color to his fourth proper album.
8 of Cups
Exciting, inventive album of complex rhythms and vocal samples from the Baltimore electronic musician previously known as Adventure.
A return to ambient and experimental music-making -- and singing -- this set offers more than a few surprises.
Loop the Loop
Delightfully unorthodox pop from Nathan Jenkins and a cast of associates including Sampha, Laura Groves, and Shabaka Hutchings.
First solo album from longtime producer, remixer, and Studio member is peaceful, intricately made electronic music that bubbles with warmth.
The consistently brilliant electronic duo follows a series of limited 12"s with a thrilling album of mutated club tracks.
U.K. garage/grime producer DVA explores a concept involving a global virtual reality corporation, resulting in his best work yet.
The group's first album as a duo takes minimalism in fascinatingly claustrophobic, expansive, debauched, and sardonic directions.
Forma / Forma
Brooklyn synth trio Forma make their Kranky debut with their ambitious, thoroughly stunning third album.
Ian William Craig
The Canadian electro-acoustic composer/vocalist expands his already distinctive, powerful sound on his FatCat Records debut.
The producer's gorgeous, confident second album layers gritty rhythms and delicate atmospheres with a cool clarity.
Rollicking, animated fun that skips across four decades of electronic post-disco, ranging from boogie to juke.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Playful, organic-sounding electronic music composed on Buchla synthesizers along with warped vocals and fluttering woodwinds.
The second album from the Australian producer is a deeply cinematic, narcotic journey full of dank atmospheres, unease, and terror.
The former sound designer's fascinating debut combines the avant-garde and pop with surreal wit.
Dazzling XL debut from a producer who has impressed Janet Jackson, opened for Madonna, and produced the Internet and Katy B.
The producer's second album of grayscale ambient productions features a little more definition than her debut.
These emotionally and politically charged soundscapes are some of Scott Morgan's most affecting music.
Fractured and dreamlike, the third album from Philippe Hallais cuts up and mashes together genres like hip-hop and footwork in wholly disorienting fashion.
Under the Sun
The veteran producer's mostly ambient first album under his birth name, featuring Linda Perhacs and Thom Yorke, ranges from folk to techno.
At the Dam
Inventive harpist Mary Lattimore's first full-length for Ghostly International, recorded during a cross-country road trip.
Ultimate Care II
A Whirlpool washing machine provides the inspiration for one of the duo's subtlest and most audacious albums.
A coup for !K7's long-running mix series, featuring 11 custom edits and a prized highlight from the DJ/producer's Mahogani Music label.
Markus Popp unexpectedly reinvents his Oval project as an ecstatic post-rave mutation, producing his best work since the early 2000s.
Expanding from a solo project to a duo, patten's second album for Warp is more focused and immediate than past efforts.
Third studio album of stunning, occasionally overwhelming soundscapes from the co-founder of dubstep duo Vex'd.
S U R V I V E
After two of its members scored the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Austin synth wizards S U R V I V E deliver their first album for Relapse.
With a full guest list and a top-notch mix by Juan MacLean, their third album is another crisply clean, emotionally deep techno-pop gem.
The Emeralds co-founder's fourth solo album for Kranky balances calmness with darker, more fearful moments.
COW / Chill Out, World!
Arriving 25 years after their seminal debut, the Orb offer a sort of peaceful protest with their spontaneously recorded 14th album.
Ryan McRyhew expands on his already impressive hybrid electro sound with his sci-fi-inspired second full-length as Thug Entrancer.
Incorporating vocal arrangements for the first time, the Canadian experimental artist's 4AD debut is one of his most accessible works to date.
Union and Return
The producer's third album takes inspiration from 19th century German Romantic painters and strips the irony from his music.
Xeno & Oaklander
The duo's first album recorded in a professional studio focuses on Liz Wendelbo's icy vocals and a mood of unhurried drama.