Dec 31, 2017

Best electronic albums of 2017: tonnes more techno

There are zillions of techno albums that didn't make my final top 20 list. Here are some also-rans that are well worth your time tracking down.

Moiré's No Future (Ghostly International) mixed some heavy bass with some deliciously scratchy sounds - this very nearly made the final 20. I like what I heard in the broken electronics of Herva's Hyper Flux (Planet Mu). Ikonika's third album Distractions (Hyperdub) impressed with her sheer invention melody, while the techno-clad earworms of Legowelt's Legendary Freaks In The Trash Of Time (Clone West Coast Series) brightened up my 2017.

A couple of DJ debuts impressed, namely DJ Lycox's first album Sonhos & Pesadelos (Príncipe), which was packed with compelling, rhythmic energy, and DJ Sports' dance genre-spanning pick-and-mix Modern Species (Firecracker). Also worth a mention is the vital machine music of Richard H Kirk's first solo long-player for a while, Dasein (Intone).

Is there more? Of course there's more! I liked Dabrye's take on industrial wonkiness as Charles Manier for his album Luxus Steroid Abamita (Bopside Records), and I also liked the humming analogue bleeps from modular composer Caterina Barbieri on Patterns Of Consciousness (Important
Records). Finally, for this little section, if you want some EBM for a Detroit generation, look in on Broken English Club's The English Beach (L.I.E.S.).

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