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01.30.17 sad FRIENDZONE news12.28.16 what I liked this year
10.18.16 psychedelic/transcendent music06.03.16 sitting underneath the critical surface
02.06.16 computer sounds 01.27.16 study music
12.29.15 100/201511.18.15 comforting music
11.03.15 11/201509.18.15 when they hand you the aux
05.24.15 best reviews03.01.15 digs
02.17.15 Solid Free Music12.20.14 My Top 5 Of 2014
12.08.14 Really Really Good Albums

100/2015
100Miami Horror
All Possible Futures


synthpop/nu-disco
99Knxwledge
Hud Dreems


instrumental hip-hop
98Wise Blood
Babyland


plunderphonics
97Selena Gomez
Revival


pop
96Seven Lions
The Throes Of Winter


electro
95Annie
Endless Vacation


dance-pop
94Justin Bieber
Purpose


pop
93Alessia Cara
Four Pink Walls


pop
92Panda Bear
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper


psychedelic pop
91Courtney Barnett
sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit


garage rock/singer-songwriter
90HOLYCHILD
The Shape of Brat Pop to Come


dancepop
89George FitzGerald
Fading Love


deep house
88Drake
If You're Reading This It's Too Late


hip-hop
87Empress Of
Me


synthpop
86Lotic
Agitations


grime/noise
85Hudson Mohawke
Lantern


wonky/pop/electronic
84Smallpools
Lovetap!


pop
83SNCKPCK
LAVA PAL


lo-fi/electronic/pop
82Robyn
Love is Free


dance-pop
81Dam-Funk
STFU


synth funk
80Bob Moses
Days Gone By


deep house
79Danny L Harle
Broken Flowers


pop/bubblegum bass
78Elysia Crampton
American Drift


electronic
77Sam Gellaitry
Escapism


trap
76Marcus Marr and Chet Faker
Work


house/dance-pop
75Vanessa Carlton
Liberman


singer-songwriter/pop
74Joey Badass
B4.DA.$$


hip-hop
732 8 1 4
新しい日の誕生


vaporwave/ambient
72The Go! Team
The Scene Between


lo-fi/dance
71Young Fathers
White Men Are Black Men Too


experimental hip-hop
70U
We Decide Who Comes In


tech house
69Frank Turner
Positive Songs for Negative People


singer-songwriter/pop-punk
68Archy Marshall
A New Place 2 Drown


experimental hip-hop
67Percussions
2011 until 2014


microhouse
66Purity Ring
Another Eternity


synthpop/electropop
65Oddisee
The Good Fight


hip-hop
64PC Music
PC Music Vol. 1


bubblegum bass/pop
63Maxo
Chordslayer


chiptune/bubblegum bass
62Romare
Projections


house/jazz
61Point Point
Contrastive Focus Reduplication


electronic
60Sam Gellaitry
Short Stories


trap/wonky
59George Clanton
100% Electronica


synthwave
58The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes


big beat
57Madeon
Adventure


electropop/dance
56Shamir
Ratchet


pop/r&b/house
55Disclosure
Caracal


r&b/garage
54Hoodboi
Palm Reader


jersey club
53CHVRCHES
Every Open Eye


synthpop/electropop
52Toro Y Moi
What For?


psychedelic pop/alternative rock
51Neon Indian
Vega Intl. Night School


synthpop/chillwave/disco
50Skylar Spence
Prom King


pop/future funk
49Pusha T
King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude


hip-hop
48Head High
Home. House. Hardcore.


house
47Beach House
Depression Cherry


dream pop
46DJ Paypal
Buy Now


disco/footwork
45Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Multi-Love


alternative/funk
44Nosaj Thing
Fated


glitch hop
43Toro Y Moi
Samantha


cloud rap
42Astre
Dreams Of Gold


electronic/hip-hop
41Elvis Depressedly
New Alhambra


lo-fi/alternative
40Dave DK
Val Maira


microhouse
39Mew
+-


dream pop/rock
38Thundercat
The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam


neo-soul
37katie dey
asdfasdf


lo-fi/bedroom pop/electronic
36Natalie Prass
Natalie Prass


chamber pop
35Rustie
EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE


purple sound/trap
34Carly Rae Jepsen
E MO TION


bubblegum pop
33Pogo
Kindred Shadow


plunderphonics/pop
32Jon Hopkins
Late Night Tales


electronic/folk
31Rav
Beneath The Toxic Jungle


experimental hip-hop
30Bicep
Just


deep house
29Passion Pit
Kindred


electropop
28Jamie xx
In Colour


garage/pop
27Chrome Sparks
Parallelism


electronic
26Tobias Jesso Jr.
Goon


singer-songwriter/chamber pop
25Grimes
Art Angels


I'm not often very surprised by the direction artists go that seem to leave other fans shocked and appalled. But Art Angels got me. After practically memorizing Visions, I didn't think she'd make anything this bright. I read all the interviews, listened to "Go," "Realiti," "Flesh Without Blood," and even "SCREAM," but I still didn't expect "Pin." For an artist that already pushes boundaries, Grimes really surprised me this year.
24DJ Koze
DJ-Kicks


Would anyone else put Adele samples and cLOUDDEAD on the same mix? There's probably a few oddballs out there who'd be willing, but nobody else would think of it. This psychedelic genius of Koze remains unparalleled.
23The World Is a Beautiful Place...
Harmlessness


I've never really been interested in emo but this album has started to shift my opinion. It's nothing if not empowering, and brings me hope for a brighter future.
22Seoul
I Become A Shade


For all the closeted Majestic Casual lovers out there, this is the best #goodvibes #chill #bass album out there. Calming, but still emotionally resonant.
21Deerhunter
Fading Frontier


Bradford Cox is a music nerd's musician. Even if you disagree with the choices that he made during the creation of this album, you have to admit that each song clearly has a purpose and works exactly as it should, and they do this on their most accessible album yet, which is hugely impressive.
20Lido & Canblaster
Superspeed


Lido and Canblaster both have the same problem. Neither of them have made a particularly good release on their own - they're too stuck with their individual moods. But combined, they counter each other. Canblaster provides the percussion and flow, and Lido provides the interesting production. This allows for both producers' strengths to shine, creating an exciting EP that gives you a 19 minute break from checking the clock.
19DJ Taye
Break It Down


Rashad may be sadly gone but footwork is alive and well. Incredibly quick percussion, a slow sense of distortion, and looping vocals that never really get as annoying as they should all persist from the Double Cup era.
18Kornel Kovacs
Radio Koko


A superb little EP for those of us who want some old-fashioned piano house. The frosting on the cake is the variety of moods, allowing for insertion into pretty much any house DJ's set.
17Nicolas Jaar
Nymphs III


Nymphs III takes Nymphs II's stellar, quieter introduction and slowly swells the beat, bringing a more dancefloor-friendly atmosphere and getting ready for "Swim," the fourth entry in the series.
16Vince Staples
Summertime '06


Getting away with a double-disc rap LP was always a feat. Impressing critics, fans and the market, in 2015, with something this gritty, is simply legendary.
15Sophie
Product


Sophie (and the PC Music crew) are frequently attacked for essentially being higher-pitched pop. PRODUCT proves this argument wrong. No rational radio station would play any of the songs here. If pop music in 2015 is a waterfall illuminated by the sun, PRODUCT is a glass of a water-like substance being shaken in repetitive controlled movements by a robotic hand, illuminated by lasers.
14bansheebeat
Lumine


Chiptune on its own is often unbearably stale but bansheebeat makes it work by layering it on top of other things and not relying on overly cheerful aesthetics. Instead, he builds stunning waves of genuine joy and sadness with sample chopping, static currents and twinkling chords.
13Four Tet
Morning/Evening


Four Tet isn't getting as much attention as he really ought to get lately. He released two albums this year (the other being 2011 Until 2014, under his "Percussions" guise) and both rose only to disappear without a trace. That's a shame, especially for Morning/Evening, which includes two of the most entrancing pieces Kiernan has ever released.
12Kendrick Lamar
To Pimp a Butterfly


I keep finding myself discovering little things I like about this album. Obviously, pretty much anyone who can walk down a street appreciates "King Kunta." But slowly, songs hit me and became new favorites. "How Much A Dollar Cost" is an obvious lyrical pick. One day, Rapsody's bit on "Complexion" hit me like a water balloon, whereas "The Blacker The Berry" hit me like a brick. But the ultimate winner for me was "u." There should really be more songs that acknowledge self-loathing, it's powerful to see that we're not the only ones. Unfortunately, we're in a really dark place if an inspiring record has to acknowledge this bad of a world to connect with as many people as it did.
11Amherst
heat.wav


I honestly didn't think I'd hear another future funk release I adored until I discovered heat.wav. For an album to re-kindle my love for a genre says a lot about it. But on a more base level, this album is just a lot of fun.
10Ryn Weaver
The Fool


Ryn appeared mid-2014 with the trendy (and practically flawless) single "Octahate." She then took advantage of that fame, releasing music videos, an EP, and then this year, after a lot of promotion, her debut album. It's really hard for me to take the lack of appreciation this got. Her voice is massive, there's an incredibly genuine emotion to the songs, gorgeous production from pop producers who really understand how to write rewarding, catchy hooks (Magnus Hoinberg, Benjamin Levin, and Michael Angelakos, otherwise known as Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco and Passion Pit, respectively). How did it fail to succeed commercially or critically? Maybe it was the fact that she was completely unknown pre-Octahate, maybe it was the 4.9 from Pitchfork, or maybe it was just bad luck. Whatever it was, it was a shame, because this was the best pop album of the year, in a year with seriously strong competition.
9DJ Paypal
Sold Out


Footwork is sort of old, as far as new music genres in the internet age go. The worst thing that can happen to a new genre is for it to stagnate in predictability. One tried-and-true method for stopping this is crossing over with other genres. Thankfully, Paypal's here to save the day. He put out a compilation of Drake edits, then an extremely funky EP, and now, thanks to the artistic flexing he achieved with his previous releases, has the experience to release footwork that is genuinely innovative, fresh, and consistently brilliant.
8Goldmund
Sometimes


I wish I could write anywhere near as beautifully as Keith Kenniff composes. The most tragically unknown piece on this list, Sometimes captures those moments, the ones when sadness goes through what it always does - acceptance, reassurance, and hope.
7DJ Koze
XTC


I think what's most interesting about this is how nobody can agree on what's better - the A side or the B side. We can all agree that at least one song here is superb.
6Tame Impala
Currents


My first listen through to this album was honestly a huge mistake. I was on a long, dry car trip and decided to give it a shot. I entered that awkward half-sleeping-half-aware state of mind, and I associated it for the next couple of months with the awful headache I got. My next few listens were all nice enough - the songs slowly got to that point where you know what's coming next. But this album really hit top 10 material for me once I listened to it while I was trying to get over a girl. Don't do this injustice - it's an album for the people who don't want to be as bitter as they are, the people who are aware they don't own those they love, the people who keep finding themselves making the same mistakes. Listen to it as such.
5Floating Points
Elaenia


Jazz has continued to push towards the music critique mainstream. Kendrick, Thundercat and Kamasi did it. But none of those really crossed over to the extent that Floating Points did. Emaelia is completely immaculate, focused, and rewards detailed listening without demanding it.
4Jack J
Thirstin / Atmosphere


Good luck getting the smoothest songs of the year out of your head.
3Sufjan Stevens
Carrie and Lowell


"I don't know, where…to begin." Sufjan, neither do any of your fans, now that you've bared your soul to us. This album is the moments when somebody finally lets out their dark past, their trials, their tribulations, their saddest moments, their worst emotions. Somehow, through this revelation of the darkest parts of life, you can feel a curious beauty in the trust they have for you.
2Nicolas Jaar
Nymphs II


An absolutely gorgeous transformation from a pitch-shifting, ambient duplication of the sound an old TV makes when you turn it on to a percussive, downbeat, more typical Jarr track.
1Oneohtrix Point Never
Garden of Delete


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