Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums of 2016

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums of 2016

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10. Tycho - Epoch

Tycho - Epoch
September 30, 2016
Downtempo
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
68
46 reviews

Epoch feels like the realization of Hansen's long-term artistic vision, and the album exudes a confidence that clearly shows the band have come into their own.

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9. The Range - Potential

The Range - Potential
March 25, 2016
Future Garage
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
75
137 reviews

Whether you're aware of the conceptual backstory behind Potential or come into the project blind, Hinton makes the album just as conceptually moody as it is conceptually aural.

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8. Junior Boys - Big Black Coat

Junior Boys - Big Black Coat
February 5, 2016
Electropop
Critic Score
75
15 reviews
User Score
74
100 reviews

One could argue that every Junior Boys album is about love, and Big Black Coat is no exception, but this time, the duo's devotion is to the '90s electronic music scene — a worthy muse, if there ever was one.

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7. Tim Hecker - Love Streams

Tim Hecker - Love Streams
April 8, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
79
20 reviews
User Score
73
160 reviews

If Ravedeath, 1972 and Virgins were pinnacles for the producer, Love Streams leaps into orbit, beaming elegiac streams of sound to the heavens and beyond. 

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6. Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best
May 27, 2016
Microhouse
Critic Score
78
17 reviews
User Score
75
85 reviews

GLADYB doesn't really deviate from the path that was laid down by previous albums Lucky Shiner and Half of Where You Live, but — perhaps even more impressively — it stays decidedly on it, rounding out a beautiful trilogy of semi-danceable, definitely nod-able records. It may even be his best.

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5. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
September 30, 2016
Ambient Pop
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
80
241 reviews

Employing the production deftness that made Space sparkle, Jaar injects each of Sirens' six tracks with equal parts swagger and poignancy.

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4. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

Jessy Lanza - Oh No
May 13, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
79
19 reviews
User Score
76
135 reviews

On Oh No, Jessy Lanza reveals a range of new emotions, influences and styles, further establishing a distinctive sound that blurs the lines even more between pop and club music.

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3. The Avalanches - Wildflower

The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
78
362 reviews
While the days of heavily sampled music seemed dead and gone forever, the Avalanches have somehow managed to pull off an album that's as much a mastery of red tape as it is of musical prowess.
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2. A Tribe Called Red - We Are the Halluci Nation

A Tribe Called Red - We Are the Halluci Nation
September 16, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
75
13 reviews

1. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
280 reviews

Taking all of 99.9% into account, it's really no wonder that Kaytranada has become one of the most sought-after producers these days. This will surely mark yet another, even weightier, launchpad for Kaytranada to head skyward, out towards that much-fabled 100%.

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Original Source: http://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaim_s_top_10_dance_and_electronic_albums-best_of_2016

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