20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2016

Flume, Kygo, Aphex Twin and more

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Flume, 'Skin'
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10. Flume, 'Skin'

By his earliest 20s, wunderkind Flume had already racked up hip points globally for his textured, glitchy forays through the worlds of minor-key experimental sounds, from hip-hop to downtempo and beyond. Sure, his self-titled 2012 album went double platinum in his native Australia, but Skin put him over the top internationally – and rightfully so. Here's where he managed to marry hipster-cool future bass and electro-pop with bombastic, radio-worthy hooks. "Say It," featuring Tove Lo, appeared with an earworm chorus and melody ready for soundtracks and lobbies. Meanwhile "Never Be Like You," featuring Kai, proved inescapable radio fare, whose stuttering snares and mournful vocals helped it retain cred. But when he's not playing with guests – others include Little Dragon, AlunaGeorge and Raekwon – Flume's unafraid to go back to his roots, still producing dark, hiccupping instrumental fare full of synth stabs, echoing vocal snippets and even IDM-ish beats. A.C.

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