10) Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
Produced by IDM maverick Four Tet, Neneh Cherry’s fourth studio effort, and first in 18 years, was a refreshingly raw, urgent and uncompromising blend of trip-hop, jazz-rock and glitchy electronica which proved that despite approaching her 50th birthday, the “Buffalo Stance” star had lost none of the vigour of her trendsetting youth.
09) Tycho – Awake
Retaining the synergy between his graphic art and his music while also pushing his sound forward, San Francisco designer/producer Scott Hansen’s fourth album Awake was an engaging, evocative and entirely instrumental affair which confirmed his reputation as the master of beautifully serene IDM.
08) Katy B – Little Red
No longer the teenage party girl, Katy B wisely ditched the dubstep of her striking debut for a more mature and introspective mix of old-school house and emotionally-charged dance-ballads which perfectly bridged the gap between Disclosure and Adele.
07) How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?
Tortured soul Tom Krell showed once again how his real-life despair can often inspire mesmerising results on a third album filled with some of the most innovative and beguiling alt-R&B since Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE.
06) Aphex Twin – Syro
The first album in 13 years released by Richard D. James under his most familiar moniker might not have reinvented the wheel as his seminal 90s releases did. But swerving from jackhammer jungle to funky acid-jazz to Erik Satie-inspired piano compositions, Syro proved that the ambient electronica wunderkind remained just as weird, warped and wonderful as ever.
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