20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2016

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Autechre, 'Elseq 1-5'

5. Autechre, 'Elseq 1-5'

With a series of five simultaneously released LPs that totaled more than four hours of extreme sound, British duo Autechre moved not just beyond the parameters of club and home-listening fare, but to base camp at the Mt. Everest of abstract electronic music. Over their 25 years of circuit-mashing, Sean Booth and Rob Brown have always pushed the parameters of analog gear (and later their Max-DSP patches) to render a sound that suggests the post-human. Already at the vanguard, the Elseq series went a step beyond, formidable and exhilarating in equal measure: half-hour aural amoebas made of broken video game consoles, blissed-out high frequencies, whiplash electro as rendered by heptapods and more. Binge on the entire set and hear a scrapheap future Black Mirror can only hint at. A. Beta

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