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can't remember who normally does this, or if it even is done by a regular person. anyway, post your contenders for AOTY itt (LPs only, let's have a separate thread for EPs) and let's follow with a poll for the top picks.


my top pick currently:




other picks:


Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

Ital Tek - Hollowed

The Body - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

Shackleton - Devotional Songs

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

Sumac - What One Becomes

JK Flesh - Rise Above

Dälek - Asphalt For Eden

Plaid - The Digging Remedy


you will notice the distinct absence of elseq and that is because I don't consider it an "album". Ae seem to be moving away from that concept entirely and I'm keen to see where it goes. but all things equal, I do consider elseq the best music of 2016.


honourable mention to Andy Stott - Too Many Voices. this still has some classic Andy moments but it's a bit inconsistent and it hasn't pulled me like his other works. it may grow on me. some killer tracks for sure though but not solid through and through. the opening track is one of the most annoying things I've heard all year.


dishonourable mention to Machinedrum - Human Energy. ffs. yeah it's good but I fucking hate it.


also, I just realised there was a new Sepalcure LP this year and I haven't even spent any time with it. damn.

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Ital Tek - Hollowed

Vektor - Terminal Redux

Julianna Barwick - Will

36 - Infinity Room

2814 - Rain Temple

Andy Stott - Too Many Voices

Dalhous - Composite Moods Collection One: House no. 44 (likely my AOTY)


Skepta - Konnichiwa

Bwana - Capsule's Pride


Probably will be there by end of year:


Kuedo - Slow Knife

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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS


Datach'i - System


Emma Ruth Rundle - Marked for Death


Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch


Yohuna - Patientness


Body-san - Shining the Money Ball


Astronoid - Air


Foodman - Ez Minzoku


TTNG - Disappointment Island


Venetian Snares - Traditional Synthesizer Music


Eluvium - False Readings On


M Geddes Gengras - Interior Architecture


Mizmor - Yodh



I'm sure there's more but that's just off the top of my head.

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Awesome glad this went up today. Kind of a Thanksgiving day tradition.


Without a shadow of a doubt in my mind, record of the year is SUPERSTRUCTURE (Soundmurderer alias) - SUPERPOSITION.


Funk/IDM of the highest quality. Wow, just wow. http://omegasupremerecords.com/album/superstructure-superposition

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Autechre - Elseq 1-5 (I don't care if its technically an album or not it still deserves AOTY!)


British Theatre - Mastery


Surgeon - From farthest known objects


Venetian Snares - Traditional synthesizer music


Matmos - Ultimate care ii


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool


Mogwai – Atomic


Deftones – Gore


Trim - 1800 dinosaur presents Trim


Kano - Made in the Manor


Meshuggah - The violent Sleep of reason


Monolake - VLSI


Cex - Irreducible sensations


Phaeleh - Illusion of the Tale


Kuedo - Slow Knife


Pubic Medusa of Worms - Screwed Country


Caretaker _ Everywhere at the end of time


V/VM - Between nothingness and eternity


Posthuman - Back to Acid

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are we supposed to not post duplicates?



top picks:


dj khaled - major key

death grips - bottomless pit

bon iver - 22, a 1000000

el guincho - hiperasia

dj khaled - major key

cattle decapitation - the anthropocene extinction

skepta - konnichiwa

danny brown - athrocity exhibition

dj khaled - major key


other favs:


frank ocean - blonde

dj khaled - major key

The Body  + Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache (you forgot about full of hell ya dingus show some respeck)

antwood - virtuous.src

dj khaled - major key

muziq - Aberystwyth Marine

tribe called quest - we got it from here..............

matmos - solo washer vol 1

dj khaled - major key

powell - sport


probably forgetting a ton of albums

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DJ Diamond - Footwork or Die

DJ Earl - Open Your Eyes

Pilotredsun - Achievement

RX-101 - Like Yesterday

Suzi Analogue - Zonez V.2

Blaz - Don't Listen to This

Blank Banshee - Mega

Datach'i - System

Kaytranada - 99.8%

Owen Gilbride - #HELLWORLD

Gold Panda - Good Luck and Do Your Best

Moompy - Thesia

U-Ziq - RY30 Trax

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Autechre - elseq 1-5

Antwood - Virtuous.scr

True Widow - AVVOLGERE

Patronen - C&D

Hiele - Rithmische Bezinning

Jam City - Trouble

Donnacha Costello - Mono No Aware

Oval - Popp

Angel Olsen - My Woman


JG Biberkopf - Ecologies II: Ecosystems Of Excess

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are we supposed to not post duplicates?


most definitely post duplicates cos that's how we'll determine what the top picks are, by the number of citations.

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in alphabetical order:


aluk todolo - voix

autechre - elseq 1-5

deerhoof - the magic

mendrugo - more amor

pj harvey - the hope six demolition project

radiohead - a moon shaped pool

roy montgomery - r m h q: headquarters

masayoshi fujita & jan jelinek - schaum

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My most fav 25 albums from 2016   :beer: 


black twilight circle - desert dances and serpent sermons

kanye west - the life of pablo

oranssi pazuzu - varahtelija

young thug - no my name is jeffrey

hail spirit noir - mayhem in blue

venetian snares - traditional synthesizer music

urfaust - empty space meditation

dj earl - open your eyes

autechre - elseq 1-5

aphex twin - cheetah ep

a tribe called quest - we got it from here, thank you for your service

radiohead - a moon shaped pool

chance the rapper - coloring book

khemmis - hunted

furia - ksiezyc milczy luty

mono - requiem for hell

nick cave and the bad seeds - skeleton tree

kuedo - slow knife

deathspell omega - the synarchy of molten bones

negura bunget - zi

gonjasufi - callus

candelabrum - necrotelepathy

danny brown - atrocity exhibition

skuggsja - a piece for mind and mirror

ishahn - arktis



great year but goddamnit, my monies!!

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dishonourable mention to Machinedrum - Human Energy. ffs. yeah it's good but I fucking hate it.

Lets do this. 2016 disappoitments. I would also add Kanye West and Clams Casino.


I can think of about five albums that haven't even been released yet that I'm personally interested in. So many lists have come in from publications already. This is madness.

Releasing in December is a statement in and of itself for that reason.


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Imperial - Denzel Curry
Slower Forever - Cobalt
PSI - Patten
Achievement - Pilotredsun
ჟინვალი - Varg
The Follower - The Field

still so much i aint heard

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EDIT See new post. 


Here's a megaplaylist of my favorite tracks from this year though. Lot of good EPs I'll list elsewhere. Planet Mu, Orange Milk, Ctatsu all had awesome output this year as labels. 

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Gaslamp Killer - Instrumentalepathy

Luke Cage OST

FSOL - Environment 6 + 6.5

Mike & Rich - EKT Expanded

V/A Ghost Box - In a Moment

Synthi A

Pye Corner Audio - Stasis

Posthuman - Back to Acid

Mild High Club - Timeline

Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun

John Carpenter - Lost Themes II

David Bowie - Blackstar

Cosmic Neighbourhood - Collages II

Boom Bip - Sun Choke OST

Blackhill Transmitter LP

Aleksi Perala - Colundi Sequence Vol. I

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Jega - 1995

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

David Bowie - Blackstar

Lone - Levitate

Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many

Car Bomb - Meta

The Body + Full of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache

Oval - Popp

Conan - Revengeance

Tobacco - Sweatbox Dynasty

Venetian Snares - Traditional Synthesizer Music

Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason

A Tribe Called Quest - We Got it From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service

Nails - You Will Never Be One of Us

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Tobacco - Sweatbox Dynasty

Lone - Levitate

Every Time I Die - Low Teens

The Fall of Troy - OK

Plaid - The Digging Remedy

Animals As Leaders - The Madness Of Many

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2814 - Rain Temple

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Autechre - elseq 1-5

Kuedo - Slow Knife

Aphex Twin - Cheetah ep

Solange - A Seat at the Table

Troller - Graphic

Samantha Glass - Preparations for a Spot in the world


Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Tim Hecker - Love Streams

iTAL tEK - Hollowed & Beyond Sight

David Bowie - Blackstar

Roly Porter - Third Law

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Botany - Deepak Verbera

Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties

Alex Cameron - Jumping the Shark

​Clams Casino - 32 Levels instrumentals

​Tortoise - The Catastrophist

​Plaid - The Digging Remedy

​Zomby - Ultra

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I've got that Marc Baron coming my way along with the last two Erstwhile releases of the year, excited to check it. Still need to hear new Rashad Becker and Anthony Child albums too, but for now here is my top 15


Keith Rowe - The Room Extended

Oren Ambarchi - Hubris

Autechre - Elseq 1-5

Valerio Tricoli - Clonic Earth

Kassel Jaeger, Stephan Matheiu, Akira Rabelais - Zauberberg

Matthew Revert & Vanessa Rossetto - Earnest Rubbish

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - Sunergy

Olivia Block - Dissolution

Michael Pisaro & Reinier Van Houdt - The Earth and the Sky

Guerilla Toss - Eraser Stargazer

Graham Lambkin - Community

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Eilbacher / Moskos / Moore - SEF III

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Cloud Becomes Your Hand - Rest In Fleas

D/P/I - Composer


there were so many great albums tho but I'll save any huge list dumping till the years closer to finished.

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Fuzzy Hell - Hex Songs

Julius Eastman - Femenine

Acid Arab - Musique de France

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Clark - The Last Panthers

COCAINEJESUS - We're Worried About You

2814 - Rain Temple

David Bowie - Blackstar

The Altered Hours - In Heat, Not Sorry

Oren Ambarchi - Hubris

Various Artists - Absence: Compilation of Iranian Experimental Music

Asiq Nargile - Yurt Yeri

Autechre - elseq 1-5

The Caretaker - Everywhere At The End of Time

Various Artists - Touched 3

Lone - Levitate

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Sworn Virgins

Kuba Kapsa Ensemble - Vantdraught 4

Puce Mary - The Spiral

HKE - Omnia

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