Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums Best of 2016



 
1. Kaytranada
99.9%
(XL)
 
While Montreal is far from lacking great musical exports, it's no exaggeration when we say it needed Kaytranada. Scratch that, Canada needed Kaytranada. Most of the artists that have managed to make a name for themselves outside our great nation have been overwhelmingly white. And straight.
 
Enter Kaytra. Haitian-Québécois, gay and seamlessly bridging the gap between electronica, R&B, pop and hip-hop. Opening for Madonna. Working with Chance the Rapper, Katy B and Anderson .Paak. And then he goes and drops 99.9%, winner of the Polaris Music Prize and arguably the best album of the year, all while managing to get AlunaGeorge, Craig David, Vic Mensa, Little Dragon and many others to feature. It's an album that finally made people realize what all his fans that have been following him wherever he spins have known forever — that Kaytranada can do it all, and do it well.
 
A humble king making bouncy and danceable tracks that garner critical acclaim and kudos from industry veterans, Kaytranada finally broke the idea that the only great music from Montreal is gloomy, impenetrable, post-something or artsy with a capital A. That it's accessible to all is just icing on 99.9%'s rich cake.
Scott Simpson