9. Elysia Crampton, 'Elysia Crampton Presents: Demon City'
With Demon City, Elysia Crampton follows her sprawling 2015 breakout American Drift with a masterwork that is both tighter and looser. Rhythms simmer and throb, percussion sounds bounce all around, craggy synths and samples of demonic grunts and laughter form their own sort of post-lingual language on the fly. Crampton rolls with fellow art-minded colleagues like Juliana Huxtable and DJ Total Freedom, but she's crafted a sound-world so specific and fully formed – laced with allusions to electro, crunk and seductive Latin-American grooves – that she deserves a place in a pantheon all her own. A. Battaglia