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
Critic Score
72
12 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.

Autechre - elseq 1–5

Autechre - elseq 1–5
May 19, 2016
Critic Score
74
4 reviews
Autechre have surprise-released nearly four hours of music, spanning five volumes. It is the IDM equivalent of a Netflix series binge, and it posits the duo as a sort of post-human jam band.

DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes

DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes
August 19, 2016
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

Jubilee - After Hours

Jubilee - After Hours
October 21, 2016
Critic Score
67
2 reviews

Kornél Kovács - The Bells

Kornél Kovács - The Bells
August 26, 2016
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

Leon Vynehall - Rojus

Leon Vynehall - Rojus
April 1, 2016
Critic Score
75
3 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.

Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor

Marie Davidson - Adieux Au Dancefloor
October 14, 2016
Critic Score
78
2 reviews
What Davidson does here is not just a piece of music, or a set of poems, but a critical dialogue framed as a brooding electronic epic.

Mndsgn - Body Wash

Mndsgn - Body Wash
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
72
4 reviews
If the elusive destination that Ancheta’s music has been trying to reach turns out to be a 1981 roller-rink party, it’s been a journey well-spent, and only makes the next destination more eagerly anticipated.

Moodymann - DJ-Kicks

Moodymann - DJ-Kicks
February 19, 2016
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

Motion Graphics - Motion Graphics

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

Mr. Fingers - Outer Acid

Mr. Fingers - Outer Acid
February 29, 2016
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
77
16 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.

Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk

Nite-Funk - Nite-Funk
July 1, 2016
Critic Score
79
2 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.

Omar S - The Best

Omar S - The Best
March 31, 2016
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

Shy Layers - Shy Layers

Shy Layers - Shy Layers
July 20, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

Studio OST - Scenes 2012-2015

Studio OST - Scenes 2012-2015
March 18, 2016
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

The Avalanches - Wildflower

The Avalanches - Wildflower
July 8, 2016
Critic Score
79
32 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.

The Range - Potential

The Range - Potential
March 25, 2016
Critic Score
80
13 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.

Various Artists - DJ Koze Presents: Pampa Vol. 1

Various Artists - DJ Koze Presents: Pampa Vol. 1
April 29, 2016
Critic Score
72
5 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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