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Other 2016 Gems

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
This is the last of my 2016 year-end features and features stuff that didn't quite fit in on the other lists: pop, rock, electronic, reissues, post-classical, and more.

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  1. Motion Graphics - "Minecraft Mosaic" [Domino]
  2. The System - "Find It in Your Eyes" [Music From Memory]
  3. NV - "Kata" [Orange Milk]
  4. FaltyDL - "Shock Therapy" [Blueberry Records]
  5. Jameszoo ft. Arthur Verocai - "Flu" [Brainfeeder]
  6. Pedro Santos - "Dual" [Mr Bongo]
  7. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Roses" [School Boy]
  8. Anohni - "Watch Me" [Secretly Canadian]
  9. Julien Marchal - "Insight XVI" [1631 Recordings]
  10. Dennis Young - "Spirit of the Ages" [Bureau B]
  11. Chino Amobi & Elysia Crampton - "Children of Hell" [Break World Records]
  12. Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids - "Epiphany" [Strut]
  13. Nils Frahm - "Circling" [Erased Tapes Records]
  14. Roberto Musci - "Rack Railway To" [Music From Memory]
  15. Delicate Features - "The Sun Tangled in Your Hair" [Not Not Fun]
  16. Zomby - "Reflection" [Hyperdub]
  17. Michal Turtle - "Zoote Pointe" [Music From Memory]
  18. Postiljonen - "The Open Road" [Hybris]
  19. Ariana Grande - "Be Alright" [Republic Records]
  20. Rayon - "Zombi" [Morr Music]
  21. Noura Mint Seymali - "Tia" [Glitterbeat Records]
  22. Eola - "B and O Blues" [Leaving Records]
  23. Seiho - "Plastic" [Leaving Records]
  24. Lord Echo ft. Toby Laing - "Only You" [Soundway Records]
  25. Mary Lattimore - "The Quiet at Night" [Ghostly International]
  26. Khun Narin - "Soa Ubon Ro Rak" [Innovative Leisure]
  27. Tempelhof & Gigi Masin - "Phantom Ship" [Cascine]
  28. Forest Swords - "Hold" [Dense Truth]
  29. Hailu Mergia & Dahlak Band - "Embuwa Bey Lamitu" [Awesome Tapes From Africa]
  30. Mica Levi & Oliver Coates - "Dolphins Climb Onto Shore for the First Time" [Slip]
  31. easyFun ft. Noonie Bao - "Monopoly" [PC Music]
  32. Hudson Mohawke - "Burning Desire" [Warp Records]
  33. Kuedo - "Hourglass" [Planet Mu]
  34. Kadhja Bonet - "Fairweather Friend" [Fat Possum]
  35. Wacław Zimpel - "Lines" [Instant Classic]

Best Ambient Albums of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
No individual blurbs this year, but I still wanted to get this list out. If you've followed AiMT over the years, you may know that I have covered ambient music pretty extensively/obsessively throughout the 2010s. 2016 continued to build upon the momentum the genre has gained over recent years. With more and more tape labels popping up, the new age revival continuing to flourish, legends like Eno and Suzanne Ciani reclaiming relevancy, mainstream exposure through Stranger Things and other shows and films, and music-making software and hardware becoming more affordable and accessible, 2016 could have very well been the biggest year the genre has seen in its long history. Here are the albums that took the show in my mind.

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  1. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani - FRKWYS, Vol. 13: Sunergy [RVNG Intl.]
  2. Les Halles - Transient [Not Not Fun]
  3. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS [Western Vinyl]
  4. Julianna Barwick - Will [Dead Oceans]
  5. Tim Hecker - Love Streams [4AD]
  6. Mark Pritchard - Under the Sun [Warp Records]
  7. Wilson Tanner - 69 [Growing Bin Records]
  8. Percival Pembroke - Arpeggiatorworld [Genot Centre]
  9. Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004) [NON]
  10. Matthewdavid's Mindflight - Trust the Glide and Guide [Leaving Records]
  11. Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita - Schaum [Faitiche]
  12. Paul Menska - Travel Memoirs [Terminal Dream]
  13. Nomad Ninja - Avond Sluimer [Nightwind Records]
  14. Inner Travels - Clear Seeing [Inner Islands]
  15. Koen Holtkamp - Voice Model [Umor-Rex]
  16. Occult Orientated Crime - Just a Clown on Crack [Dekmantel]
  17. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things Vol. 1 & 2 OST [Lakeshore Records]
  18. Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations [Sounds of the Dawn]
  19. Slow Attack Ensemble - Soundscapes for the Emotional-Type Listener [Mystic Roses]
  20. Huerco S. - For Those of You Who Have Never (and Also Those Who Have) [Proibito]
  21. Asher Levitas - Lit Harness [Planet Mu]
  22. Jan St. Werner - Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4) [Thrill Jockey Records]
  23. Pay the Rent - Soft on Glass EP [Pay the Rent]
  24. Biosphere - Departed Glories [Smalltown Supersound]
  25. Useless - Hexa [Terminal Dream]

Best Dance Songs of 2016

Ink, oil, and soap art by Ruslan Khasanov
Here are my 40 favorite dance tracks of the year in no particular order.

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  1. Jessy Lanza - "Oh No" [Hyperdub]
  2. Jay Daniel - "Paradise Valley" [Technicolour]
  3. Avalon Emerson - "The Frontier" [Whities Records]
  4. Harmonious Thelonious - "Uhura" [Italic Recordings]
  5. Leonce - "Marimba Track" [Fade to Mind]
  6. Pantha Du Prince ft. Queens - "The Winter Hymn" [Rough Trade Records]
  7. Peggy Gou - "Rose" [Technicolour]
  8. John Roberts - "Six" [Brunette Editions]
  9. Dawn Richard - "Black Crimes" [Local Action Records]
  10. Deadboy - "Glass Lake" [Ten Thousand Yen]
  11. Duke High - "Greenleaf" [Rhythm Section International]
  12. Ase Manual ft. J Heat & El Blanco Nino - "Jungle Heaven" [Like That Records]
  13. Danny L Carle ft. Carly Rae Jepsen - "Super Natural" [PC Music]
  14. Tevo Howard - "Brother to Brother (Underground Mix)" [S/R]
  15. Project Pablo - "Beaubien Dream" [Sound of Beaubien Ouest]
  16. Kiani & His Legend - "Electric (Fatima Yamaha Remix)" [Something Happening Somewhere]
  17. Reckonwrong - "Getting Warmer (Hot Mix)" [Whities Records]
  18. Kornel Kovacs - "Dollar Club" [Studio Barnhus]
  19. Akasha System - "Afterimage" [100% Silk]
  20. Telepathe - "Lover's Gaze" [Dream Catalogue]
  21. DBM - "Halo" [S/R]
  22. DJ Zozi - "Zozi Theme" [1080p]
  23. Weval - "You're Mine" [Kompakt]
  24. Toby Gale - "Jet" [Apothecary Compositions]
  25. Perfume Advert - "Gown" [1080p]
  26. Kingdom - "Shox" [Fade to Mind]
  27. Jayda G - "Heaven Could Be Lately" [1080p]
  28. Mind Lotion - "Astro Girl" [Antinote]
  29. rRoxymore - "Organ Smith" [Don't Be Afraid Recordings]
  30. DJ Marfox - "Tarraxo Everyday" [Principe Discos]
  31. Blood Orange ft. Empress Of - "Best to You" [Domino Recordings]
  32. Nite-Funk - "Let Me Be Me" [Glydezone Recordings]
  33. D.K. - "Raindrops" [Antinote]
  34. Jessy Lanza - "VV Violence" [Hyperdub]
  35. Stephen Lopkin - "Och Aye the Noo" [MOS Recordings]
  36. Massimiliano Pagliara - "Trying to Hide but Then I Cried" [Uncanny Valley]
  37. Mr. Fingers - "Aether" [Alleviated Records]
  38. Chinaski - "Disaster" [Uncanny Valley]
  39. The Gasman - "Color" [Onomatopoeia Records]
  40. Feels - "Expedition" [Naked Naked Records]

AiMT's 2016 Hip-Hop Favorites, Pt. 2

  1. Lil Soda Boi - "Helicopters" prod. by Marvin Cruz
  2. Lil B - "My House" prod. by Metro Boomin
  3. Nick Hook ft. Meyhem Lauren & Superhero Killer - "Live While I'm Livin'"
  4. Young Thug - "Harambe" prod. by Billboard Hitmakers
  5. Rico Nasty ft. Lil Yachty - "Hey Arnold" prod. by Jaytrill
  6. Starfoxlaflare - "Walk Thru" prod. by Hyrich
  7. Starrah - "Rush" prod. by Retro Future
  8. Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne - "No Problem" prod. by BrassTracks
  9. Maxo Kream - "Big Worm" prod. by Ryan ESL
  10. Bricc Baby ft. Starrah, Fetty Wap & Young Thug - "Remix'n a Bricc" prod. by D.A. Doman
  11. Stormzy - "Birthday Girl" prod. by Sons of Sonix
  12. Ugly God - "Water" prod. by Danny Wolf & Ugly God
  13. Noname ft. theMIND - "Sunny Duet" prod. by Monte Booker & Cam O'bi
  14. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty - "Broccoli" prod. by J Gramm
  15. Adamn Killa ft. Yung Lean - "Ten" prod. by Shlohmo
  16. Dave ft. Drake - "Wanna Know (Remix)" prod. by 169 & Fraser T Smith
  17. Lil Soda Boi & Kay P - "LG Phone" prod. by Eric Butter
  18. Danny Brown - "White Lines" prod. by The Alchemist
  19. Post Malone - "Patient" prod. by Louis Bell
  20. A Tribe Called Quest ft. Andre 3000 - "Kids..." prod. by A Tribe Called Quest
  21. Desiigner - "Tiimmy Turner" prod. by Mike Dean

AiMT's 2016 Hip-Hop Favorites, Pt. 1

  1. The Last Artful, Dodgr - "Squadron" prod. by W N T D.
  2. Lil Yachty ft. Quavo - "No Hook" prod. by FKi
  3. Skepta ft. D Double E & A$AP Nast - "Ladies Hit Squad" prod. by Skepta
  4. A$AP Ferg ft. Future - "New Level" prod. by Honorable C.N.O.T.E
  5. Greenova South ft. Lil Flip - "Kome Ryde With Us" prod. by Young God
  6. Post Malone ft. Larry June - "Never Understand" prod. by FKi & Post Malone
  7. Kodak Black - "Skrt" prod. by Skip on da Beat
  8. Travis Scott & Young Thug ft. Quavo - "Pick Up the Phone" prod. by Frank Dukes & Vinylz
  9. JD. Reid ft. D Double E - "Rōshi"
  10. Kamaiyah - "I'm On" prod. by Drew Banga
  11. Lil Haiti - "Good Vibe"
  12. Desiigner - "Panda" prod. by Menace
  13. FKi 1st ft. Danny Seth - "Prove Yourself" prod. by FKi, Cashio & Rex Kudo
  14. Starrah - "Dirty Diana"