20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2016

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Aphex Twin, 'Cheetah' EP

6. Aphex Twin, 'Cheetah' EP

After about a decade appearing seemingly finished with music altogether, Aphex Twin returned in 2014 with the career high-water mark Syro and unlocking a vault of unreleased tracks to Soundcloud. Cementing that Richard D. James wasn't simply lost to the pastures of Cornwall, this comparatively brief half-hour EP, shows no dip in his post-comeback music. The jittery pulses that pushed Syro are replaced here with diffuse calmness, as "CheetahT2 [Ld Spectrum]" and "Cirklon 1" offer relaxed, near-ambient grooves. A couple tracks breeze by as 30-second blurbs, but even those flashes show James in command of a form he helped originate decades ago. D.T.

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