XLR8R's Best Releases of 2016

XLR8R's Best Releases of 2016

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April 22, 2016
Critic Score
80
12 reviews

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

July 8, 2016
Critic Score
73
13 reviews

Brood Ma - DAZE
February 19, 2016
Critic Score
76
8 reviews

August 22, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

September 27, 2016
Critic Score
84
33 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.

November 16, 2016
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

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

April 15, 2016
Critic Score
74
2 reviews

Grant - Cranks
October 6, 2016

June 17, 2016
Critic Score
80
1 review

May 6, 2016
Critic Score
79
25 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.

May 13, 2016
Critic Score
74
10 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.

September 30, 2016
Critic Score
77
18 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.

nonkeen - Oddments of the Gamble
July 15, 2016
Critic Score
76
11 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.

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

October 14, 2016
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

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

June 10, 2016
Critic Score
73
9 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.

September 2, 2016
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
Original Source: https://www.xlr8r.com/features/2016/12/xlr8rs-best-of-2016-releases/
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