AllMusic's Favorite Electronic Albums of 2017

AllMusic's Favorite Electronic Albums of 2017

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Actress - AZD

Actress - AZD
April 14, 2017
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

Splazsh and R.I.P. remain Cunningham's most novel and creative full-lengths, but this thrill-filled one, whatever it's about, is his most direct.

Antwood - Sponsored Content

Antwood - Sponsored Content
September 8, 2017
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Arca - Arca

Arca - Arca
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

As always, Ghersi pushes his boundaries on Arca, and the vulnerability he displays makes it some of his most exciting and moving music yet.

Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold

Ben Frost - The Centre Cannot Hold
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
79
11 reviews

As its title suggests, The Centre Cannot Hold constantly seems on the verge of collapse, but it never descends into utter chaos. It gets abrasive and engulfing, but it isn't accurate to describe it as a noise album. Frost and his associates expertly harness levels of sheer energy, resulting in a brilliantly forceful, commanding work.

Bibio - Phantom Brickworks

Bibio - Phantom Brickworks
November 3, 2017
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Hushed yet haunting, Phantom Brickworks offers a beautiful new perspective on Bibio's music.

Blanck Mass - World Eater

Blanck Mass - World Eater
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
78
24 reviews

Considering his legacy, it's all the more impressive that Power found even more challenging places to go with his music, but World Eater's focused chaos is some of his finest work yet.

Clark - Death Peak

Clark - Death Peak
April 7, 2017
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Death Peak reaffirms that Clark's music isn't constrained by clearly defined concepts; if anything, he's liberated by them, and this is some of his finest, widest-ranging music yet.

Com Truise - Iteration

Com Truise - Iteration
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
70
11 reviews

With Iteration, Haley has retained all of the qualities that made Com Truise so appealing while blowing everything up into a higher resolution than before. If this is truly the end of the Com Truise saga, then it's the project's definitive release.

Daphni - Fabriclive 93

Daphni - Fabriclive 93
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
79
13 reviews

Most impressive of all ... is how Fabriclive 93 feels like a perpetual loop of creativity. Not only is it a special volume of Fabric's impressive series, it's a living piece of music that presents Daphni at its most vital.

Dauwd - Theory of Colours

Dauwd - Theory of Colours
June 2, 2017
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
Dauwd takes more risks on this album than on his prior releases, and it ends up being his most rewarding work yet.

Drew McDowall - Unnatural Channel

Drew McDowall - Unnatural Channel
May 26, 2017
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

Sounding like neither a typical modular synth or industrial record, Unnatural Channel is highly inventive and original, and intoxicating from start to finish.

Egyptrixx - Pure, Beyond Reproach

Egyptrixx - Pure, Beyond Reproach
February 3, 2017
Critic Score
70
5 reviews

Far from ordinary, Pure, Beyond Reproach is a trippy, dreamlike album that finds Egyptrixx further abandoning dance music conventions, resulting in some of his most fascinating work yet.

Four Tet - New Energy

Four Tet - New Energy
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

New Energy is one of the most accessible, listener-friendly releases in the Four Tet catalog, but it still maintains the creativity and unpredictability that have always made his work stand out.

Gas - Narkopop

Gas - Narkopop
April 21, 2017
Critic Score
77
12 reviews

Fully maintaining the trademark Gas sound while adding new dimensions, Narkopop couldn't be a more welcome return.

Giraffage - Too Real

Giraffage - Too Real
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion

Hercules and Love Affair - Omnion
September 1, 2017
Critic Score
72
16 reviews

Richly layered and emotive even by Hercules & Love Affair's standards, Omnion is equally committed to moving hearts and bodies.

Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom

Iglooghost - Neō Wax Bloom
September 29, 2017
Critic Score
80
10 reviews

If you're up for a highly creative, exhilarating sugar rush, Neō Wax Bloom will undoubtedly be one of the most joyous surprises of the year.

Jacaszek - KWIATY

Jacaszek - KWIATY
March 17, 2017
Critic Score
79
3 reviews

With Kwiaty, Jacaszek builds on past triumphs like Treny and Glimmer, taking his sound sorcery further than before and resulting in some of his most engrossing material yet.

Jana Rush - Pariah

Jana Rush - Pariah
July 14, 2017
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Jlin - Black Origami

Jlin - Black Origami
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

Black Origami is a monumental achievement, yet it still seems like Jlin is just getting started.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Kid
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
77
15 reviews
The entire album is a stunning work of highly advanced kaleidoscopic new age pop, and is easily Smith's best and most accessible release to date.

Lapalux - Ruinism

Lapalux - Ruinism
June 30, 2017
Critic Score
76
12 reviews

Lapalux seems to thrive on these sorts of light-meets-dark juxtapositions, and while such combinations could result in a confused mess, he maintains a razor-sharp focus. Ruinism is a bold reinvention of Lapalux's sound, and is undoubtedly his best work to date.

Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism

Lawrence English - Cruel Optimism
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
78
6 reviews
With this album, English has created something awe-inspiring: strange, elemental, and profound. Very little music so masterfully evokes the towering, savage beauty of the natural world, and the insignificance of man in the face of its enormity and power.

Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure

Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

Mnestic Pressure is a challenging but thoroughly stunning album that finds Gamble significantly pulling his vision more into focus than before.

Lindstrøm - It's Alright Between Us As It Is

Lindstrøm - It's Alright Between Us As It Is
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
68
17 reviews
The album delivers the type of lush, cheerful disco Lindstrøm has always been known for, but there's a much darker undercurrent present here, and it feels like one of his most emotionally complex works yet.

Lusine - Sensorimotor

Lusine - Sensorimotor
March 3, 2017
Critic Score
72
5 reviews

Moiré - No Future

Moiré - No Future
February 17, 2017
Critic Score
76
5 reviews

Oneohtrix Point Never - Good Time

Oneohtrix Point Never - Good Time
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
77
14 reviews

It's easy to hear why Good Time won an award before the film was even in wide release: The way Oneohtrix Point Never's score bridges character, setting, and mood offers much more than a passive backdrop.

Pessimist - Pessimist

Pessimist - Pessimist
August 25, 2017
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

Photay - Onism

Photay - Onism
August 11, 2017
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

Taken together, for its somewhat lofty inspirations and complex construction, Onism is above all a fun listen, full of discovery, whimsy, and musicality. And it's got a good beat.

Rebekah - Fear Paralysis

Rebekah - Fear Paralysis
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async

Ryuichi Sakamoto - async
April 28, 2017
Critic Score
81
9 reviews

Async is certainly not one of Sakamoto's most accessible albums, but if the listener is willing to devote several listens until it all makes sense, it ends up being quite powerful.

Second Woman - S/W

Second Woman - S/W
April 21, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Siriusmo - Comic

Siriusmo - Comic
September 15, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Special Request - Fabriclive 91

Special Request - Fabriclive 91
March 24, 2017
Critic Score
82
4 reviews

T.Raumschmiere - Heimat

T.Raumschmiere - Heimat
May 19, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Throwing Snow - Embers

Throwing Snow - Embers
January 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

More conceptual than his prior releases, the album is a continuously flowing suite that incorporates many sounds from nature: rainfall, fire, birds, even purring cats.

Visionist - Value

Visionist - Value
October 20, 2017
Critic Score
69
4 reviews

Ziúr - U Feel Anything?

Ziúr - U Feel Anything?
October 6, 2017
Critic Score
75
6 reviews
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