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Resident Advisor's Best Albums of 2017

Resident Advisor's Best Albums of 2017

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Visible Cloaks - Reassemblage

February 17, 2017
Critic Score
75
7 reviews

Visible Cloaks' music makes sense alongside a set of Motion Graphics-related projects—such as Lifted and Co La—that are equally abstract, playful, and boundary-breaking in their use of digital tools. Reassemblage is the finest LP yet to emerge from this diffuse scene, and it also brings a new set of ideas to the table.

Sublee - Ideepsum

Sublee - Ideepsum
December 23, 2016
Critic Score
86
1 review

Equiknoxx - Colón Man

November 24, 2017
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Colón Man oozes personality. It's studied but not self-serious, with a great sense of humor and a total disregard for the rules.

Colleen - A flame my love, a frequency

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
80
7 reviews

The brush with tragedy that inspired A Flame My Love, A Frequency likely brought this urge into sharper focus, and it's resulted in Colleen's most immediate and affecting LP to date.

SW. - Untitled

SW. - Untitled
November 14, 2016
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

Fever Ray - Plunge

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
83
19 reviews

Plunge is the natural next step, a realization of impulses that have long lain dormant, or at least unrecognized.

Bicep - Bicep

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
76
13 reviews

They outdo themselves on Bicep, taking unfashionable sounds and making them feel contemporary, relevant and, most of all, exciting. Bicep have never been afraid to go for broke, and their debut album is all the better for it.

Arca - Arca

April 7, 2017
Critic Score
83
18 reviews

The symbiotic relationship between Ghersi's voice and his productions is one of Arca's biggest achievements.

John Maus - Screen Memories

October 27, 2017
Critic Score
76
19 reviews

Screen Memories is intelligent, catchy, brimming with personality, and, in spite of a solemn outlook, a fun ride—perhaps moreso than any other John Maus album to date.

Young Marco - Selectors 002

Young Marco - Selectors 002
March 10, 2017
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

JASSS - Weightless

September 15, 2017
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

Laurel Halo - Dust

June 23, 2017
Critic Score
83
17 reviews

Halo's records have always posed tricky questions, and Dust features her most complex and engrossing yet.

Juju & Jordash - Sis-Boom-Bah!

Juju & Jordash - Sis-Boom-Bah!
October 9, 2017
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

Burnt Friedman - The Pestle

Burnt Friedman - The Pestle
December 28, 2016
Critic Score
82
1 review

LCD Soundsystem - American Dream

September 1, 2017
Critic Score
85
37 reviews
LCD Soundsystem have made a better album than they've ever done.

Special Request - Fabriclive 91

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

Kelela - Take Me Apart

October 6, 2017
Critic Score
80
24 reviews

Take Me Apart is well worth the wait. Working with a dream team of modern music makers—Arca, The xx's Romy Madley Croft, Kingdom and Ariel Rechtshaid—Kelela navigates from the abstract fringes of club music towards the pop center on her own terms.

Lee Gamble - Mnestic Pressure

October 20, 2017
Critic Score
81
6 reviews

Gamble has said that Mnestic Pressure is a response to our turbulent times, and an attempt to confront the world rather than offer escape from it. That intention comes through, but the key to the album's brilliance lies elsewhere: in the way it balances fun, challenge and surprise more deftly than anything he's made before.

Jana Rush - Pariah

July 14, 2017
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

Karen Gwyer - Rembo

June 30, 2017
Critic Score
76
4 reviews

Thundercat - Drunk

February 24, 2017
Critic Score
81
25 reviews

On Drunk's numerous vignettes, Bruner presents his extensive musical interests in an effortlessly relatable style.

Micronism - Inside A Quiet Mind [Reissue]

Micronism - Inside A Quiet Mind [Reissue]
July 21, 2017
Critic Score
86
1 review

Various Artists - Visceral Minds 2

Various Artists - Visceral Minds 2
August 17, 2017
Critic Score
84
1 review

Tzusing - 東方不敗

February 28, 2017
Critic Score
80
1 review

Actress - AZD

April 14, 2017
Critic Score
77
16 reviews

AZD doesn't break out of the "simulated prism." Most of its tracks could've been snuck onto one of Cunningham’s past albums. But it sounds like the producer has found inspiration again.

Call Super - Fabric 92

Call Super - Fabric 92
February 18, 2017
Critic Score
79
5 reviews

Jlin - Black Origami

May 19, 2017
Critic Score
84
13 reviews

Black Origami can be intimidating: it's dark, relentless, and makes substantial demands on the listener. But it's also powerful and distinctive. In the world of rhythmic electronic music, nobody else is doing it quite like this.

DB1 - Zwischenwelt

June 12, 2017
Critic Score
84
1 review

Four Tet - New Energy

September 29, 2017
Critic Score
77
9 reviews

Though far from perfect, New Energy is one of Hebden's most intimate and personal albums, with all the idiosyncrasies that come with that.

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