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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.

Above I've included a Spotify playlist of selections from these albums. PRO TIP: If you have trouble loading the playlist in your Spotify app, copy this link and paste it into your Spotify app's search bar.

  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]

ANTS #030 & #031: 2014 Female Producer Spotlight

Here's my two-part series on women making new electronic music in 2014. Part 1 is of the ambient/experimental variety, and Part 2 stays locked in a four-on-the-floor tech-house beat.

For more on the female producer beat, visit the Her Beats blog and podcast.

Part 1:

  1. Motion Sickness of Time Travel - "Ikebana II" [Hooker Vision]
  2. Quiltland - "Forever (Sunrise Version)" [Astro:Dynamics]
  3. Julianna Barwick - "Blood Brothers" [Dead Oceans]
  4. Dave Saved - "Power and Silence (Aisha Devi Mindworker Rework)" [Gang of Ducks]
  5. Beru - "DancingWithYou" [S/R]
  6. Mica Levi - "Love" [Milan Records]
  7. Lindsay Dobbin - "Arrival (Excerpt)" [Phinery]
  8. Holly Herndon - "Chorus" [RVNG Intl.]
  9. Throwing Shade ft. Emily Bee - "Sweet Tooth" [No Pain in Pop]

Part 2:

  1. Ikonika - "Wakeup Sequence" [Hyperdub]
  2. Giganta - "Is Ma Beat" [Werkdiscs]
  3. Avalon Emerson - "Church of Soma" [Spring Theory]
  4. Cooly G ft. Scratcha DVA - "Oi Dirty" [Hyperdub]
  5. Steffi & Dexter - "Warme Hap" [Dolly Dubs]
  6. Somepoe - "Places (Nightwave Remix)" [Sounds of Sumo]
  7. Shinedoe - "Wo Wei" [Planet Gong]
  8. Fina Fisken - "Save the Day (Cherushii Remix)" [Strange Paradise]
  9. Simba - "Phase Seq One (The Black Madonna's Lost in Chicago Mix)" [Home Taping Is Killing Music]

Julianna Barwick - "Meet You at Midnight"