2016 In Focus: THUMP's 40 Best Electronic Music Photos Of The Year

Michael Alig (Rebecca Smeyne)

Chino Amobi (Sam Clarke)

Jessy Lanza (Aaron Wynia)

Movement 2016, Detroit (Lyndon French)

Pulse nightclub vigil, Orlando (Dylan Flynn)

Pulse nightclub vigil at Stonewall Inn, NYC (Rebecca Smeyne)

Gud (Damien Maloney)

Afropunk NYC 2016 (Christelle de Castro)

Harrison (Aaron Wynia)

Jeff Mills (Rebecca Camphens)

Carla Dal Forno (Tonje Thilesen)

Kaytranada (Jacqueline Ashton)

Red Bull Music Academy 2016, Montreal (Cindy Lopez)

Pauline Oliveros (Kate Killet)

Sporting Life (Tonje Thilesen)

Justice (Emma Le Doyen)

House of Kenzo’s Nate Ryan (Jackie Lee Young)

Mykki Blanco (Keenan MacWilliam)

DJ Marfox (Marta Pina)

Palmistry (Tonje Thilesen)

James K (Rob Kusilek)

Moodymann’s house, Detroit (Luis Nieto Dickens)

MikeQ (Cait Oppermann)

Joris Voorn (Rebecca Camphens)

Crowd at It’s Not U It’s Me event, Toronto (Aaron Wynia)

Mala (Dave O’Donnell)

Discwoman’s Emma Burgess Olson, Christine Tran, and Frankie Hutchinson (Erez Avissar)

MSTRKRFT (James Ellis)

DJ Jige (Jude Goergen)

Evian Christ at Unsound Toronto (Andrew Williamson)

Wolfgang Tillmans (Luis Mora)

Flying Lotus at Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles (Philip Cosores)

DJ Earl (Eric Zaworski)

Essaie Pas at MUTEK 2016, Montreal (Cindy Lopez)

ANOHNI (Annie Collinge)

RJD2 (Nick Fancher)

DJ Shadow (Mark Madeo)

A Tribe Called Red at WayHome 2016, Oro-Medonte, Ontario (SR)

serpentwithfeet (Sam Clarke)

Crowd at Ben Klock show, Bogota, Columbia (El Gato Fotgrafo)

Jessy Lanza Announces 'Oh No No No' Remix EP, Shares Morgan Geist "I Talk BB" Rework

Photo by Aaron Wynia

Hamilton synth-pop singer and producer Jessy Lanza is set to follow-up her 2016 album, Oh No, with a remix EP titled Oh No No No.

The three track release features reworks of songs from the Canadian artist’s 2016 Polaris Prize-nominated release by New York-based dance veteran Morgan Geist, Teklife member DJ Taye, and London’s DVA . The first offering is the Metro Area producer’s spacey, downtempo version of “I Talk BB,” which you can listen to below.

Oh No No No comes out Dec. 9 via Hyperdub, and you can watch Lanza’s recent live performance on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show here.

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Kaytranada Wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize

Photo by Chieff Bosompra

Kaytranada has won this year’s Polaris Music Prize with his debut album 99.9%, beating out the likes of Grimes, Jessy Lanza, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more.

THUMP included the Montreal producer’s critically acclaimed release in our list of the best 25 albums of 2016 so far back in June, saying that “it’s a technicolor dreamcoat of a debut album, stitching together a chromatic patchwork of rhythms and melodies from a flashy list of collaborative hands that includes UK garage sweetheart Craig David, Swedish synth-slingers Little Dragon, and California rapper Anderson Paak.”

The award is given out annually to the best Canadian album as voted on by a jury of music journalists, broadcasters, and bloggers, regardless of genre or record sales, and comes with a prize of $50,000 (CAD).

The 25 Best Albums Of 2016 So Far

The history of dance music has primarily been told through singles. One great trackwhen properly nestled in the right DJ set, so the logic goeshas the power not only to set the dancefloor alight, but to shift the sound and energy of a scene writ large. You’re never going to spin a full-length album at peak hours, but the format has furthered some of the dancefloor’s great paradigm shifts, allowing producers to explore the furthest corners of their sound. Moments of euphoria are spread further out, but they’re just as present, and always worth the wait. We’ve already told you the year’s best tracks, now strap in for the long-haul below and check out the 25 best albums of 2016 so far.

Amnesia Scanner – AS

Amnesia Scanner has never felt real, at least in the sense of corporeal human beings with fleshy fingers programming the mutant beatwork and ASCII melodies that make up their music. But earlier this year, they made their debut in the physical world with AS, issued in varying forms of paper and plastic. The short EP contains some of their most hookily structured material to date, as if the shadowy figures behind the curtain realized that restructuring their jabbering vocals and drum judders into more recognizably humanoid outlinespop and club structures, mainlywould make their work more legible to mere mortals. As it turns out, appending sinew to steel does not a human make, but AS‘ real draw is in the ugly bits, where meat and tech collide in a beautiful cyborgian failure.Colin Joyce

ANOHNI – Hopelessness

Sonically ambitious, ecologically minded, and emotionally fragile all at once, ANOHNI’s HOPELESSNESS is one of the most multifaceted records 2016 has seen yet. The New York-based artist, formerly of the band Antony and the Johnsons, has crafted a protest album that plays out like an assault on society’s grandest ills: climate change, government surveillance, drone strikes, and genocideand it’s particularly interested in the places where all of the above intersect.

But the record’s genius lies partly in the sneakiness with which it plants these messages in the ear. Bolstered by production by Hudson Mohawke and Oneohtrix Point Never, HOPELESSNESS uses the physicality of dance music to bruising effect, making ANOHNI’s political provocations both more palatable and more punishing. Speaking to THUMP earlier this year, ANOHNI said that the way she “express.” That’s a generous thing of the 26-year-old artist to say, but it’s unlikely there are many people who aren’t left in the dust by his debut for J-Cush’s Lit City Trax. Remixing everything from hip-hop hits to an NFL theme song and a Cousin Terio Vine, the mixtape is an exercise in profound artistic tenacity: just when you think he can’t fit another idea into a track, he fits in eight.Alexander Iadarola

Uli K – Elusivo

Long the most laconic and sensitive member of Long London’s Bala Club crew, singer/songwriter Uli K steps out of the shadow of younger brother Kamixlo (who’s released on PAN sublabel Codes) and pal Endgame (recently signed to Hyperdub) and into blinding, heartrending vulnerability. Uli told The FADER at the time of the EPs release that it that it was part of a process of coming to terms with heartbreak and gender identity by presenting all the misery and confusion wholly unvarnished, or as they put it “snitching on myselfreading my diary out loud.”

That pain reverberates throughout. Even over the fractured beats care of Berlin shredder Mechatok and frequent Yung Lean collaborator Whitearmor (Lean also turns up for a brief verse, on that “Drifting”), Uli sings of blood and money, voluntary loneliness, and romantic dissolution. The catharsis these stories offer feels generous, a hand stretched outhowever tremulousfor whenever you feel similarly broken.Colin Joyce

Various Artists – Pampa Records Vol. 1

There’s a dizzying array of sounds and styles represented on the first label compilation from DJ Koze’s Pampa Records, from Jamie xx’s rave retro-gazing to Matthew Herbert’s butcher-shop techno trickery. But the unifying concept is the unmitigated joy that a dancefloor can bring. UAE-born producer Abood Nasrawi makes that explicit on his contribution “Bump with You,” sampling a small child’s giggly suggestion that singing “embarrassing,” but dancing is “ok.” The track then lurches into glassy-eyed, unrestrained beatwork, permission for liftoff having been granted from the mouths of babes. Pampa’s stable of signees and friends often adopt worn club forms, but their productions underscore why people return to things like house and techno over and over again: club music’s currency is ecstasy.Colin Joyce

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