Pitchfork's 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

Pitchfork's 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2016

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Aphex Twin - Cheetah

Aphex Twin - Cheetah
July 8, 2016
IDM
Critic Score
73
11 reviews
User Score
70
74 reviews

The newest Aphex Twin since Richard D. James returned from his extended hiatus shows a simpler side of his music, with slower tempos and spine-tinglingly rich tunes and timbres.

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Autechre - elseq 1–5

Autechre - elseq 1–5
May 19, 2016
IDM
Critic Score
73
4 reviews
User Score
75
17 reviews

DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes

DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes
August 19, 2016
Footwork
Critic Score
77
4 reviews
User Score
66
10 reviews

Jubilee - After Hours

Jubilee - After Hours
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
71
2 reviews
User Score
74
6 reviews

Kornél Kovács - The Bells

Kornél Kovács - The Bells
August 26, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
76
21 reviews

Leon Vynehall - Rojus

Leon Vynehall - Rojus
April 1, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
77
3 reviews
User Score
76
63 reviews

Rojus continues in the vein of 2014's mini-LP Music for the Uninvited, but it boasts a bigger sound in almost every way, with more layers, bolder basslines, and harder-edged drums.

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Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor

Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor
October 14, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
2 reviews
User Score
78
29 reviews

Mndsgn - Body Wash

Mndsgn - Body Wash
September 16, 2016
Psychedelic Pop
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
User Score
67
6 reviews

Moodymann - DJ-Kicks

Moodymann - DJ-Kicks
February 19, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
User Score
77
38 reviews

Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics
August 26, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
79
4 reviews
User Score
68
18 reviews

Mr. Fingers - Outer Acid

Mr. Fingers - Outer Acid
February 29, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

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

He doesn't reveal many new tricks, but his knowledge of his own palette is masterful in every moment. More poetic and thoughtful than ever before, Jaar maintains an ability to fit seemingly disparate sounds together as if they were always meant to find each other.

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Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk

Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk
July 1, 2016
Critic Score
79
2 reviews
User Score
74
12 reviews

Four tracks is only so much to go on, but if this short-but-sweet project was their litmus test, then they should race back to the studio and cut a full-length project.

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Omar S - The Best

Omar S - The Best
March 31, 2016
House
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
77
7 reviews

Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - Two Changes

Rupert Clervaux & Beatrice Dillon - Two Changes
May 3, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Shy Layers - Shy Layers

Shy Layers - Shy Layers
July 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
67
3 reviews

Studio OST - Scenes 2012-2015

Studio OST - Scenes 2012-2015
March 18, 2016
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
75
2 reviews

The Avalanches - Wildflower

The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
79
30 reviews
User Score
78
362 reviews

Their work continues to mine a deceptively narrow emotional world—new love, childhood playfulness, wistful sadness, happy feelings of connection—but renders it better than just about any music ever made.

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The Range - Potential

The Range - Potential
March 25, 2016
Future Garage
Critic Score
80
13 reviews
User Score
75
137 reviews
This is music designed for uplift, with carefully plotted builds yielding to big choruses, and it taps into electronic music's sense of possibility not by pushing things further, but by simplifying and paring back.
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Various Artists - DJ Koze Presents: Pampa Vol. 1

Various Artists - DJ Koze Presents: Pampa Vol. 1
April 29, 2016
House
Critic Score
73
5 reviews
User Score
77
6 reviews
DJ Koze is a big figure in electronic music, but he also appears to be its benevolent godfather. This compilation of tunes from his label Pampa runs the gamut of sounds, but always stays jubilant.
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