9. Fatima Al Qadiri, 'Asiatisch'
The debut album from Brooklyn's Fatima Al Qadiri is an exploration of Chinese music in the same way that Las Vegas' New York-New York Hotel & Casino is an exploration of metropolitan life. A concept record ostensibly about orientalism in the grime scene, Asiatisch constructs chillingly artificial worlds that sound somewhere between PlayStation blips, Oneohtrix Point Never cheese-synths and cut-ups of Chinese poetry. The Mandarin cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" finds a new layer of false-nostalgic beauty in a year when artists are still covering "Wicked Game." C.W.