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
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
78
1 review
User Score
65
2 reviews

19. Steven Julien - Fallen

Steven Julien - Fallen
July 15, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
70
8 reviews

18. Yves Tumor - Serpent Music

Yves Tumor - Serpent Music
September 30, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
76
27 reviews

17. Kyle Hall - From Joy

Kyle Hall - From Joy
December 18, 2015
Deep House
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
User Score
63
4 reviews

16. Skepta - Konnichiwa

Skepta - Konnichiwa
May 6, 2016
Grime
Critic Score
80
16 reviews
User Score
74
179 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.

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15. Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body

Peder Mannerfelt - Controlling Body
April 18, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
56
7 reviews

14. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
April 1, 2016
Folktronica
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
77
69 reviews

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

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13. Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics

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

12. Demdike Stare - Wonderland

Demdike Stare - Wonderland
November 16, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

11. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

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

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

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10. House of Dad - House of Dad

House of Dad - House of Dad
July 22, 2016
Downtempo
Critic Score
84
1 review
User Score
76
5 reviews

9. Autechre - elseq 1–5

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

8. Convextion - 2845

Convextion - 2845
August 22, 2016
Minimal Techno
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
73
5 reviews

7. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

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

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6. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
995 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.

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5. Omar S - The Best

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

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

Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never (And Also Those Who Have)
June 10, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
User Score
79
75 reviews
There's still tension in these songs—as in any dream, the unexpected happens—but each tune unfurls with patient, soothing confidence.
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3. Skee Mask - Shred

Skee Mask - Shred
February 1, 2016
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
79
3 reviews
User Score
73
11 reviews

2. Equiknoxx - Bird Sound Power

Equiknoxx - Bird Sound Power
July 22, 2016
Juke
Critic Score
82
1 review
User Score
77
7 reviews

1. Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow

Babyfather - BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
April 1, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
68
9 reviews
User Score
69
41 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.
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