Even at its darkest and furthest out, Faith In Strangers is as warm and engaging as albums that make standard inroads to listeners' hearts.
The symbiotic relationship between Ghersi's voice and his productions is one of Arca's biggest achievements.
This narrative thread seems to have focussed Björk's compositional powers, and Vulnicura has a momentum and coherence lacking in her recent efforts.
In contrast with other types of drone music, Patterns Of Consciousness can seem as brightly coloured as a National Geographic photograph. Its tracks have earworm melodies, but they serve as reminders of the power of repetition.
What's most impressive about Comme Ça is how much ground it covers in so little time, sliding by in a breezy 25 minutes. Its brevity is central to its appeal: Comme Ça teases and beguiles, like the final slither of a setting sun.
Plunge is the natural next step, a realization of impulses that have long lain dormant, or at least unrecognized.
In the end, LP1 is probably the most singular pop album of the year. It's testament to how emotionally affecting one person's realised vision can be.
Her results are most memorable in the raw, quiet moments, where the ensemble's mongrel hide shows through.
Immunity is a journey to be savoured, revisited regularly in the knowledge that some new landmark will emerge each and every time.
Even if Have You In My Wilderness is Holter's most accessible record to date, it's riddled with enough puzzles, lyrical twists and delicate refinement to remain intriguing listen after listen.
On EARS, Smith emerges as a novel, naturalistic and, yes, pop-savvy voice wielding an instrument known for esoteric experimentalism.
He's a young artist with diverse taste and a wide knowledge of records, and the raw talent to work those influences into a unique sound.
Adieux Au Dancefloor is not a collection of DJ tracks but a ride through one woman's style of engaging live performance. Throughout, tough machine sounds are layered in ways that give the whole thing a seductive, rough-cut groove.
With Compro, his second album as Skee Mask, Müller pulls back slightly from the '90s breakbeat sound he's known for. This time he dips into ambient music, IDM and jungle with an atmospheric lean, creating some of the most powerful yet restrained cuts in his catalogue.
Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides, SOPHIE's first proper album, presents her artistic vision in a purer form than anything she's done before.
Every track on Joy One Mile overflows with ideas. Elements appear and disappear, basslines kick in unexpectedly, melodies emerge from chaotic beds of drums.
Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.
It's striking how simple and affecting Devotion is as a whole. At a time when so much music is political and intellectualized, Tirzah's sincerity and candor is a breath of fresh air.