Best New Album
From Aphex Twin to Squarepusher to Flying Lotus, here are the braindance greats
Aphex Twin, the Avalanches, Marie Davidson, and the other artists who led the charge this year
Wallpaper music? None here. These are the albums that have shifted moods and created new worlds
Popularized by the likes of Boards of Canada in the ‘90s, IDM is marked by tangled robot rhythms and twisted timbres—as well as a surprising amount of tear-jerking melody. Philip Sherburne highlights 15 of the electronic subgenre’s most endearing tracks.
Each entry in the long-running 33 1/3 series finds a writer delving deep into a notable album, teasing out fresh details from beloved classics or making a case for the unexpected along the way. With more than 100 titles to its name at this point, Stephen M. Deusner highlights the collection’s finest moments.
From Perfume Genius' heroic glam, to Sophie's oil-slick electronic excursions, to Young Thug's masterful weirdness, to Taylor Swift's bulletproof pop, to Future Islands' sweeping synth rock, these are our favorite tracks of the year.
Our creative director Michael Renaud picks out 20 of the most visually striking record covers of the year featuring: a twisted FKA twigs, creepy baby heads, creepier plushies, St. Vincent's all-seeing overlord, bloody guts, and a Waka Flocka mask.