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Best of 2016: Alex Rubenstein’s Picks

[Danny L Harle is pictured above]

Best Remix

Charli XCX, “After the Afterparty (Danny L Harle Remix)”

HUGE REMIX BANGER FROM DANNY L. HARLE!

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Best LP

Nicolas JaarSirens

Nicolas Jaar fully delivered on the successor to Space Is Only Noise with his sophomore LP,  Sirens. I am still as enthralled with it today as I was when it premiered on his Other People Network website, channel 333 a week before release.

 

Best EP

Dark0Oceana

Oceana continues to refine the Dark0 sound with big, booming grime bangers.

 

Best New Artist

serpentwithfeet

Tri-Angle Records’ newest signee bares his soul on his debut EP, Blisters. Heart-wrenching vocal abilities combined with brooding production from Haxan Cloak make serpentwithfeet one of the most exciting new voices in R&B and electronic music.

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Track of the Year

Danny L Harle, “Supernatural feat. Carly Rae Jepsen

From the inception of PC Music as a label, it was pretty clear that of the personas and their respective productions, Danny L Harle was perhaps the most mainstream leaning. Now that the label is partnered with Columbia Records and a worldwide phenomenon, HUGE DANNY gets to flex his turbo house chops and produce for pop stars like Carly Rae Jepsen. Her voice is a perfect match for “Supernatural’s” infinitely bouncy melody. A true pop banger in every way.

 

Artist of the Year

Jessy Lanza

2016 was one of the best years for pop music in all shapes and sizes, and Jessy Lanza came correct with one of the best albums of the year for Hyperdub. Her silky smooth voice pairs perfectly with her bouncy, hard-driving, pop-leaning beats.

 

Favorite Show of the Year

SOPHIE and Jimmy Edgar @ Warehouse in Brooklyn

After SOPHIE’s sold out show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, he moved to a warehouse in Bushwick for a late-night show with Jimmy Edgar. Jimmy got the event going with cuts from his then unreleased Dreamzzz Come True release mixed in with deep tracks showcasing his always consistent Ultramajic label. SOPHIE joined him for about 30 minutes as they went B2B playing unreleased collaborations that had the crowd loving it. SOPHIE took over command until about 4:30 am, about 2 hours later, providing extensive VIP remixes, improvisation on his trusted monomachine and synthetic drones. His set was relentless in the best possible way, completely blowing the earlier show away without a repeated track.

 

Label of the Year

Tri-Angle

With releases from serpentwithfeet, Rabit, Katie Gately, Roly Porter, and more, Tri-Angle continued to prove that it is at the cutting-edge of electronic music, putting out deep, expansive records from label vets and newcomers alike.