TNGHT EP (Warp/LuckyMe)
1 This will go down as the year of trap, and this collaboration between Hudson Mohawke and Lunice is a clear standout in a crowded field. The whole thing is bonkers.
Rinse presents Royal-T (Rinse)
2 Royal-T is a rising talent in London grime, and his debut album showcases a sick array of pounding beats and colorful synths. The guest features, including Merky Ace, on this LP are as massive as the bass. Turn it up and get raving.
3 All the tracks are full-throttle dancefloor fodder, treading juke styles with influences of drum ’n’ bass and trap. The Fellepus remix of “Bruk” is so damn catchy, I might’ve played it at every DJ set the past five months.
Escape from Chicago, Compilation Vol. 1 (Loose Squares)
4 Chrissy Murderbot curates a booming 10-track compilation of forward-thinking footwork. Almost every song is spot on, with LV & Mumdance’s “Steak Night” standing out as dance music for people fucked in the head, and I mean that in the best way.
The Dark Crawler (Hyperdub)
5 This release boasts an impressive selection of collaborators from scene vets to upstart talents. I particularly dig hearing the vocal interplay of Trim & Kozzie. Top-notch production values throughout.
Dusk & Blackdown
6 Warped out post grime future house whatever you want to call it. These London OGs explore an interesting and wide sound palette on their sophomore long player, which has been a regular soundtrack to my office work and the track “R In Zero G” sticks out as the highlight for me.
Anything Could Happen (Slit Jockey)
7 This came out on one of my labels early in the year. And I just keep finding myself going back to it, as it has a real satisfying album listening experience. A lot of albums these days feel more like a collection of random tracks than a cohesive journey, but this one has a nice flow that draws you in.
8 Atlanta badbwoy marks his full length debut with his signature sound of hybrid bass music. Taking the finer moments of techno, dubstep and juke, he coaxes a unique mix of styles that’s both deep and fun at the same time. Sometimes the music sounds like it was made with a smirk on his face.
Transistor Rhythm (50 Weapons)
9 On his first album, this influential UK producer cooks up a mélange of ghetto house and garage flavors, with his distinct slant always prevalent. Released on Modeselektor’s label, this record has a lot of great club tracks as well as nuanced stuff for cool headphone listening.
Boom (Scion A/V)
10 Philly’s own Suzi Analogue teams up with LA’s Tokimonsta (Brainfeeder) for this eclectic romp through stoner hip hop beats, infectious r&b singing and a heaping helping of synth beeps, boops and swooshes. This is let your inhibitions go type stuff.