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No. 10: Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


According to Pitchfork writer Jeremy Larson, “while lite orchestrations are nothing new for the band, A Moon Shaped Pool brings them to the fore of the songwriting, and Greenwood’s arrangements do more heavy lifting than on any other album.”

No. 11: Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things

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The Stranger Things original soundtrack was composed by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon of the electronic band Survive.[43] It makes extensive use of synthesisers in homage to 1980s artists and film composers.

N0. 12: DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

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The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.

No. 13: Beacon – Escapements


“Escapements will be Beacon’s second album on the label, and it finds Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett preserving the delicately lustered production value that we came to love in their previous work, while giving it a new dimension by moving in a more dancefloor-specific direction. From the cosmic synth-styled arpeggios of opener “IM U,” to the pensive yet sultry shuffle of “Preserve,” it’s a thoughtfully composed and emotionally evocative album, staying true to the duo’s self-described mission to “explore the dark side of sweet melody.”” (via)

No. 14: Christian Löffler – Mare


‘Mare’ is Christian Loeffler’s second studio album and follows in a similar vein to his self-released debut, ‘A Forest’. However a key difference is that while his first album was heavily sample-based, ‘Mare’ is much more organic, in which nearly every sound and every instrument is self-recorded. Many of the album’s ideas are based on field-recordings taken from the surroundings. On top of this, several microphones were set up in the room and left to run on for whole sessions. The microphones collected everything, from tapping, singing, playing, footsteps, as well as percussive elements.

Νο. 15: Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best


‘Good Luck and Do Your Best’ is Gold Panda at his most relaxed & confident. Doused in a chalky Japanese-inspired haze and underpinned with a positivity & strength of conviction founded in being created amongst familiar settings & routines, it’s a record that is explorative and expansive, yet hearteningly warm & familiar.

No. 16: Tycho – Epoch


Tycho’s Epoch is the final album in the trilogy beginning with 2011’s Dive, then 2014’s Awake and culminating with the new album. This period between Dive and Epoch marks a significant maturation for Scott Hansen’s continually expanding project, one that has taken him from a solo performer and bedroom artist to fronting a live 4-piece band on large stages across the world.

Epoch hones the sonic aesthetic of Dive while drawing on the kinetic energy of Awake, it explores darker themes and new musical territory.

No. 17: Nicolas Jaar – Sirens


Sirens —which consists of six tracks that each flow seamlessly into the next— is Nicolas Jaar’s most topically cohesive and politically-minded record to date.

No. 18: RY X – Dawn


The Acid singer’s solo project is a captivating wash of soul, folk and electronica. With his pained falsetto and music that knits gently-picked acoustics into spare, electronic surges, Ry Cuming is well armed to document love and isolation. Dawn doesn’t just evoke emotions, though. Its visceral currents and swells, reflect the way those feelings move: the breathtaking drag of heartbreak (“Beacon”); how yearning can rise from a nagging itch to a consuming ache (“Lean”). “Berlin” doesn’t even need a chorus to draw you in–its hymnal longing seeps into the bones like an autumn chill.

No. 19: Cubicolor – Brainsugar


On ‘Brainsugar’ we hear an evolution in Cubicolor’s sound across a host of diverse and infectious tracks, combining beautiful songwriting with brilliantly cohesive clarity, echoing their influences; Radiohead, Massive Attack and Moderat to name a few. Tim’s lyrical depth and haunting vocal style shine throughout the album, which features 8 vocal tracks and 4 instrumentals.