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Top 30 Albums of 2016

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01 Haelos – Full Circle
02 Moderat – III
03 Michael Mayer – &
04 Weval – Weval
05 Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
06 A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
07 Elliot Power – Once Smitten
08 Pantha du Prince – The Triad
09 Sasha – Scene Delete
10 Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
11 Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things
12 DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall
13 Beacon – Escapements
14 Christian Löffler – Mare
15 Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best
16 Tycho – Epoch
17 Nicolas Jaar – Sirens
18 RY X – Dawn
19 Cubicolor – Brainsugar
20 Abstraxion – She Thought She Would Last Forever
21 Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
22 Kasper Bjørke – Fountain of Youth
23 The Avalanches – Wildflower
24 The Field – The Follower
25 KUEDO – Slow Knife
26 Illum Sphere – Glass
27 Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
28 Kaytranada – 99.9%
29 Alex Smoke – Love Over Will
30 Jagwar Ma – Every Now & Then

No. 01: HÆLOS – Full Circle

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For their darkly shaded and radiant debut album Full Circle, HAELOS have found their blues where others go to find pure, uncut joy: the dancefloor.

Throughout the album, HÆLOS reconstruct the firmament of dance sounds past and present to construct an exquisitely elegiac mood that retains a sense of presence as it conveys the pain of emotional distance. Every moment of uneasy reflection is matched by quiet explosions

No. 02: Moderat – III

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One of the best parts of Moderat is their use of electronics to achieve orchestral diversity. With III, they update the songwriting tradition with an intriguing palette, born of careful attention and skill, informed by their experiences with sounds of nearly 25 years of sub-and-club culture. These three were initially brought together by Berlin’s now legendary rave scene and with this as their common foundation as individuals, III signifies Moderat’s maturation in modern pop and mastery of the group.

No. 03: Michael Mayer – &

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‘&’ is the rare manifest of an established artist who is willing to risk it all and challenge himself, and the world around him. 12 tracks, 12 single narratives coming from a group of very individual minds orchestrated by Michael Mayer – the DJ, artist,A&R but most importantly, obsessed music lover. Michael describes the process of curating and creating ‘&’ as a constant battle between his three alter egos but “the obsessed music lover has had the final say.”

No. 04: Weval – Weval

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Weval draw their inspirations from no single genre of music but a cumulation of music that inspires them. The results present an astonishingly coherent vision – cuts like the dramatic THE BATTLE, bass growler I DON’T NEED IT or the trippy epic MADNESS share the same DNA of zestful nostalgia, a knack for immersive sound-sculpting and that certain kink in the groove. They also feed on deeply personal experiences and moods, as exemplified by the haunting electronic ballad YOU’RE MINE, the carefully layered, polaroid-tinted JUST IN CASE or the beautifully voiced closer YEARS TO BUILD.

No. 05: Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future

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“Rick Smith came up with the title of the album through his father, which was one of the last things he said before he died. Karl Hyde in an interview said that Rick’s mother’s name is Barbara and said that she was fearful of the future without him and that’s when his father said to her that quote that would then become the title for the album.”

No. 06: A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service

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We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service is the sixth studio album by American hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest. The album features guest appearances from André 3000, Kendrick Lamar, Jack White, Elton John, Kanye West, Anderson Paak, Talib Kweli, and the group’s most frequent collaborators Consequence and Busta Rhymes. It also features contributions from member Phife Dawg, who died several months prior to the album’s release.

No. 07: Elliot Power – Once Smitten

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“Once Smitten” is the perfect vehicle to represent Elliot Power’s abilities as one of the best and brightest new talents on the musical landscape. Working in collaboration with James Lavelle’s revered label Mo’Wax, Power drinks deep from the well of British electronic music to create something which respects the past while also creating something defiantly, refreshingly modern.

No. 08: Pantha du Prince – The Triad

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Black Noise was very much about me being alone in a small room in Berlin and composing,” he says. “The Triad opens the structure to more human ways of interacting, not digitized ways of interacting. It’s not about Facebook; it’s about meeting up and jamming. I wanted to cut through the digital dust that surrounds us.

No. 09: Sasha – Scene Delete

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Imagine listening to music inspired by Frahm, Richter and Steve Reich, but made by one of the UK’s leading house and techno DJs. Away from the hubbub of the club, the craziness of Ibiza, there’s a contemplative side to everybody. Forget the beats and the sweat and the billowing anthems; this quiet, undulating, at times pastoral piece is less about songs and anthems and more about texture and atmosphere. ‘Scene Delete’ is a side of Sasha you’ve never heard before.