AllMusic 2017 Year In Review

Favorite Electronic Albums -

 Electronic musicians responded to the strangeness of 2017 with a mixture of humor, horror, profundity and dissent on these albums selected as the year's best.
AZD

Actress

AZD

The fifth album credited to Darren Cunningham's primary handle is the producer's most direct set of decayed avant-techno.

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Antwood

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Partially inspired by the ASMR video phenomenon, Canadian electronic artist Antwood's second album is a darkly humorous mind trip.

Arca

Arca

Arca

The producer incorporates his voice into his third album, with striking and often beautiful results.

The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost

The Centre Cannot Hold

Recorded by Steve Albini and featuring an impressive cast of contributors, Ben Frost's second studio album for Mute is a forceful, commanding work.

Phantom Brickworks

Bibio

Phantom Brickworks

Stephen Wilkinson gives his music new life with hushed yet haunting tracks that sound like the still-reverberating echoes of the past.

Impossible World

Black Hat

Impossible World

The Seattle-based producer's 2017 full-length is his most illuminating, wondrous work to date.

World Eater

Blanck Mass

World Eater

Vivid portraits of turmoil and division that prove electronic music can express political dissent as eloquently as any other genre.

Versus

Carl Craig

Versus

Stemming from a 2008 live performance, Carl Craig reworks selections from his catalog along with pianist Francesco Tristano and orchestra Les Siècles.

Death Peak

Clark

Death Peak

Clark's vibrant eighth album is also one of his most eclectic, spanning dance and choral influences on tracks that range from playful to political.

Iteration

Com Truise

Iteration

Composed as Seth Haley was adjusting to his new life in California, Iteration is the high-definition conclusion to the Com Truise saga.

Fabriclive 93

Daphni

Fabriclive 93

Featuring tracks made especially for this mix, the producer's Fabric installment is a kaleidoscopic testament to his creativity.

Theory of Colours

Dauwd

Theory of Colours

Working primarily with analog synthesizers, techno producer Dauwd broadens his scope, resulting in his most rewarding work yet.

Unnatural Channel

Drew McDowall

Unnatural Channel

Former Coil member Drew McDowall's second solo album is highly fresh and original, and more cohesive than his debut.

Pure, Beyond Reproach

Egyptrixx

Pure, Beyond Reproach

Drifting further from club music conventions, Egyptrixx presents some of his best work yet with this trippy, atmospheric full-length.

New Energy

Four Tet

New Energy

Partially returning to the downtempo sound of his earlier releases, Kieren Hebden delivers one of his most accessible, inviting albums.

Narkopop

Gas

Narkopop

Seventeen years after Pop, Wolfgang Voigt's revered ambient techno project Gas makes its triumphant return with the lush, hypnotic Narkopop.

Too Real

Giraffage

Too Real

Short but highly enjoyable debut album from electronic producer Giraffage, containing his most intricately arranged, emotion-rich work to date.

Omnion

Hercules & Love Affair

Omnion

A stunning mix of style and vulnerability that expresses leader Andy Butler's struggles with substance abuse via kinetic dance and introspective pop.

Neō Wax Bloom

Iglooghost

Neō Wax Bloom

An extremely giddy, hyperkinetic rush of complex beats and sugary melodies from Irish producer Iglooghost, courtesy of Brainfeeder.

Kwiaty

Jacaszek

Kwiaty

Drawing from the poetry of Robert Herrick, Polish electro-acoustic composer Jacaszek produces some of his most daring yet accessible work to date.

Pariah

Jana Rush

Pariah

A veteran of Chicago's house scene, Jana Rush makes her full-length debut with this uncompromisingly experimental set of mutated footwork.

Black Origami

Jlin

Black Origami

Gary, Indiana-based producer Jlin expands beyond the footwork genre on her highly anticipated second full-length.

We Never Came to the White Sea

Johan Agebjörn / Mikael Ögren

We Never Came to the White Sea

Swedish producer Johan Agebjörn collaborates with a neighbor on this majestic album evoking a road trip through the countryside.

Unseen Forces

Justin Walter

Unseen Forces

Michigan-based artist Justin Walter returns to Kranky for a second album of dreamlike improvisations utilizing the rare Electronic Valve Instrument.

The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

The Kid

Blending orchestral arrangements with kaleidoscopic electronics, Smith crafts a highly advanced form of futuristic new age pop.

Music to Draw To: Satellite

Kid Koala / Emilíana Torrini

Music to Draw To: Satellite

Innovative turntablist Kid Koala enlists Icelandic vocalist Emilíana Torrini for a wondrous album of dreamy ambient pop.

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Laibach

Also Sprach Zarathustra

Much more restrained than their usual output, the industrial collective's musical interpretation of Friedrich Nietzsche's novel is among their best works.

Ruinism

Lapalux

Ruinism

British producer Lapalux boldly reinvents his sound with third full-length Ruinism, a fascinating work which ponders the space between life and death.

Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English

Cruel Optimism

With this album, English has created something literally awe-inspiring: strange, elemental, and profound; at once beautiful and terrible.

Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble

Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble makes his Hyperdub debut with this challenging yet stunning album of deconstructed jungle and electro.

It's Alright Between Us as It Is

Lindstrøm

It's Alright Between Us as It Is

Norwegian producer Lindstrøm's first solo album in five years adds a darker undercurrent to his trademark space disco sound.

Sensorimotor

Lusine

Sensorimotor

The electronic pop auteur deftly pairs sensory lushness with disorienting manipulations on this strong release.

No Future

Moiré

No Future

Moving to Ghostly International, the London-based producer comments on the state of the world (and club culture) with his second full-length.

Exit Entrance

NHK yx Koyxen

Exit Entrance

Highly prolific experimental electronic artist Kohei Matsunaga presents some of his most appealing work on his DFA debut.

Good Time [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Oneohtrix Point Never

Good Time [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

An impressionistic triumph, the producer's score to the Safdie brothers' taut crime thriller bridges character, setting, and mood.

Pessimist

Pessimist

Pessimist

Exemplary debut full-length from Kristian Jabs, a Bristol-based producer blurring the lines between experimental drum'n'bass and deep techno.

Onism [Clear Vinyl]

Photay

Onism [Clear Vinyl]

A complex and whimsical full-length debut from Evan Shornstein, whose quasi-electronic IDM takes inspiration from both nature and technology.

Anguilla Electrica

Porter Ricks

Anguilla Electrica

Techno innovators Porter Ricks retain their familiar sound while continuing to sandblast into new territory on their first album since the '90s.

Fear Paralysis

Rebekah

Fear Paralysis

Birmingham techno DJ/producer Rebekah follows over a decade's worth of singles with her exhilarating full-length debut.

async

Ryuichi Sakamoto

async

Ryuichi Sakamoto's first solo album since recovering from throat cancer is sparse and challenging, yet ultimately powerful and rewarding.

S/W

Second Woman

S/W

Following their self-titled 2016 debut, Second Woman's sophomore full-length is another heady album of glitchy, footwork-influenced audio sculptures.

The  Final Experiment

Shed

The Final Experiment

The fourth album from the techno virtuoso reads like a love letter to early Warp Records artists, but it's not just an exercise in nostalgia.

Man vs. Sofa

Sherwood & Pinch

Man vs. Sofa

Two pioneers of U.K. bass music culture team up for their second full-length, a truly remarkable album of tense, heavy, futuristic dub.

Elektrac

Shobaleader One

Elektrac

Squarepusher does the impossible, replicating (and sometimes improving on) his compositions in concert, with his masked band Shobaleader One.

Comic

Siriusmo

Comic

German electro-techno producer Siriusmo keeps things gleeful and refreshingly varied on his third full-length for Monkeytown.

Fabriclive 91

Special Request

Fabriclive 91

Paul Woolford's edition of the Fabriclive mix series plays like a creative free-form radio set, spanning electro, jungle, and ambient.

Heimat

T.Raumschmiere

Heimat

German abstract techno producer T.Raumschmiere (Marco Haas) unexpectedly returns to early home Kompakt with the lush, gorgeous Heimat.

Embers

Throwing Snow

Embers

London-based producer Ross Tones' second album as Throwing Snow is a suspenseful, constantly evolving cinematic journey.

Value

Visionist

Value

South London-based grime producer Visionist follows his debut album with Value, another intense self-examination.

U Feel Anything?

Ziúr

U Feel Anything?

Explosive yet focused experimental club music from Berlin-based Mika Risiko, twisting aggressive noises into danceable rhythms.