XLR8R's Best Releases of 2016

XLR8R's Best Releases of 2016

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Andy Stott - Too Many Voices

Andy Stott - Too Many Voices
April 22, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
User Score
74
84 reviews

Too Many Voices provides as many moments of disquiet, albeit a particularly exquisite form of disquiet, as it does of comfort.

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Aphex Twin - Cheetah

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

Brood Ma - DAZE

Brood Ma - DAZE
February 19, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
76
8 reviews
User Score
70
21 reviews

Convextion - 2845

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

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
September 27, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
83
29 reviews
User Score
85
469 reviews

That Atrocity Exhibition sounds like neither backpack rap, hipster drivel nor dull trap, but something fresh that stands on its own is itself to be applauded. But that it’s so damn good too puts it among the best hip-hop albums in years.

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Demdike Stare - Wonderland

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

Desert Sky - Gaia

Desert Sky - Gaia
July 31, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
1 review

DJ Haus - Artificial Intelligence

DJ Haus - Artificial Intelligence
November 4, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

DJ Marfox - Chapa Quente

DJ Marfox - Chapa Quente
April 15, 2016
Critic Score
78
1 review
User Score
75
2 reviews

Grant - Cranks

Grant - Cranks
October 6, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
3 reviews

Horsepower Productions - Crooks, Crime & Corruption

Horsepower Productions - Crooks, Crime & Corruption
April 29, 2016
Critic Score
74
1 review
User Score
76
3 reviews

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

Kablam - Furiosa

Kablam - Furiosa
June 17, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
73
1 review

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

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

99.9% is a brilliant, well-realized combination of styles, with more than its fair share of memorable and addictive songs. It’s also a genre-trouncing exercise that you feel, and hope, will have an influence upon other producers Stateside. Kaytranada is certainly a talent to watch.

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Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande

Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force - Yermande
September 8, 2016
Dub
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
70
4 reviews

Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun

Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun
May 13, 2016
Ambient
Critic Score
75
8 reviews
User Score
74
52 reviews

Under The Sun is Mark Pritchard’s most consistent piece of work in some time, one that is beautifully conceived and produced with restraint and an overall vision that, most of the time, only an artist of considerable experience can muster.

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Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

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

This auteur strategy extends to his new, second full-length record, the eagerly awaited Sirens, an ambitious and eclectic album that packs tons of ideas into its runtime and manages to pull them all off with a great deal of style. There’s a lot to digest here.

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nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble

nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble
July 15, 2016
Downtempo
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
76
24 reviews

The two releases may have similar origins, but there’s a distinct contrast in mood: the first LP stews, while this one soars. Rather than the rigorous, high-minded formalism that one might expect of a group that counts Frahm among its members, there’s youthful playfulness at hand on Oddments.

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Onur - Frequent Forest Turn EP

Onur - Frequent Forest Turn EP
June 21, 2016
Critic Score
88
1 review
User Score
77
1 review

Pangaea - In Drum Play

Pangaea - In Drum Play
October 14, 2016
UK Bass
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
User Score
72
8 reviews

Planetary Assault Systems - Arc Angel

Planetary Assault Systems - Arc Angel
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
77
3 reviews

PST & SVN - Recordings 1-4

PST & SVN - Recordings 1-4
February 22, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1000 reviews

Raime - Tooth

Raime - Tooth
June 10, 2016
Dark Ambient
Critic Score
73
9 reviews
User Score
68
13 reviews

Tooth is best devoured as a whole and without distractions; its singular sound and delivery is one that Raime has tirelessly honed into a steadfast concoction of brooding dystopia.

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Serena Butler - Gynoids Dryads Swim Alone

Serena Butler - Gynoids Dryads Swim Alone
November 22, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
44
1 review

serpentwithfeet - blisters

serpentwithfeet - blisters
September 2, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
78
32 reviews

Youandewan - There Is No Right Time

Youandewan - There Is No Right Time
October 14, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
75
2 reviews
User Score
77
11 reviews

Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus

Yussef Kamaal - Black Focus
November 4, 2016
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
80
15 reviews
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