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Resident Advisor's Top 20 Albums of 2016

Resident Advisor's Top 20 Albums of 2016

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20. VC-118A - Shift Register

VC-118A - Shift Register
September 1, 2016
Critic Score
78
1 review

18. Yves Tumor - Serpent Music

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
75
3 reviews

17. Kyle Hall - From Joy

December 18, 2015
Critic Score
83
2 reviews

16. Skepta - Konnichiwa

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

Konnichiwa isn't perfect, but it mostly accomplishes the goals Skepta set for himself, and is certainly one of the best grime has seen so far.

14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

On EARS, Smith emerges as a novel, naturalistic and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.

13. Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics
August 26, 2016
Critic Score
79
4 reviews

12. Demdike Stare - Wonderland

November 16, 2016
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

11. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
79
19 reviews

Oh No is an inventive and enjoyable pop record that only falls short of Lanza's own standards.

10. House of Dad - House of Dad

House of Dad - House of Dad
July 22, 2016
Critic Score
84
1 review

9. Autechre - elseq 1–5

May 19, 2016
Critic Score
73
4 reviews

8. Convextion - 2845

August 22, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

7. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
79
15 reviews

Sirens is his best record because it's both his most straightforward and most experimental, his densest and lightest. Down to its core, Sirens is a stark record with all the verve of a sweeping opus. It's powerful but ambiguous—neither here nor there, which is where Jaar has been all along.

6. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

May 8, 2016
Critic Score
87
34 reviews

It's hard to say whether the heartbreak gives Radiohead's music a fresh power, or whether the band happens to have found a new creative energy that amplifies the heartbreak.

5. Omar S - The Best

March 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

4. Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
There's still tension in these songs—as in any dream, the unexpected happens—but each tune unfurls with patient, soothing confidence.

3. Skee Mask - Shred

February 1, 2016
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

2. Equiknoxx - Bird Sound Power

July 22, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

1. Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

April 1, 2016
Critic Score
68
9 reviews
The album as a whole is a step forward for Blunt. Though the music isn't his most gripping, he's never achieved such a powerful synthesis of sound, concept and character.
Original Source: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/2859
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