Many of electronic music’s “ones to watch” firmly established themselves this year. Aybee and Hiele reclaimed techno’s futurist mantle with their new full-lengths. And Stefan Wust a.k.a. SW. released a double-pack cementing the quirky, micro-tribal sound championed by his Acido and Sued label mates.
But 2016 also saw the old guard wow us with a couple of whoppers. The Orb’s “COW / Chill Out, World!” signaled a welcome return to the group’s Ultraworld ambient past, and Juan Atkins and Mortiz von Oswald’s Borderland experiment hit the mark with “Transport.”
Let’s look at the year in electronic music by artist. [Read more…]