20 Best Avant Albums of 2016

The year's best in ambient, noise, out-jazz, synth music, contemporary composition and more

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Moor Mother, 'Fetish Bones'
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18. Moor Mother, 'Fetish Bones'

A shot of vodka in 2016's Lemonade, Philadelphia musician/activist Moor Mother shouts down American white supremacy with venomous bursts of harsh noise. A mix of the unflinchingly vivid protest poetry of the Last Poets, the clashing sounds of Sun Ra, the emotionally sampledelic worlds of DJ Spooky and the bleak bursts of Whitehouse, the debut LP from Camae Ayewa yells bloody murder about Ferguson and drops bombs on plantations. The year's most notable power electronics record turns its knives outward, not inward.

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