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



 
3. The Avalanches
Wildflower
(XL)
 
What makes the Avalanches' Wildflower — the forever-in-the-making follow-up to the Australian turntablists' 2000 masterpiece, Since I Left You — such a fascinating listen is the bonkers way they approach the album's samples, themes and collaborators. While many successful electronic artists have used their stature to indiscriminately bring in the biggest guests they can land, the Avalanches dug deep into their contact list, working with artists that best suited the album's warped vision, from Biz Markie to Toro Y Moi, MF DOOM to Royal Trux's Jennifer Herrema — hell, they even managed to pull David Berman out of retirement.
 
The samples used on this 21-track LP are bursting with just as much personality as those on their debut: the goofy "Frankie Sinatra," for example, is a masterfully stitched earworm that benefited from eternal patience and foresight in clearing both Rodgers and Hammerstein and the Beatles. If Wildflower is what 16 years of hard work gets you, then 2032 should be a good year for quirky electronic music.
Daniel Sylvester