The Big Four
SHXCXCHCXSH - Liner S Decoded (Avian)
"Shoegaze Techno" of the best type. I liked this bands previous albums, but Liner S Decoded is out-of-this-world good.
Ian William Craig - A Turn of Breath (Recital)
Heartbreaking beauty. I can barely stand to put this album on just because the emotional roller coaster.
Vessel - Punish, Honey (Tri Angle)
I don't know how to classify this album. Slimey electronic industrial sex jams? Gothic electro strut?
Sylvan Esso - S/T (Partisan)
I will listen to anything Amelia Meath sings, over and over and over again.
Things I also enjoyed quite a bit:
Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band - Intensity Ghost
Container - Adhesive
Rrose - Monad XVI
Lakker - Mountain Divide
COH - To Beat
Powell - Club Music
Bing & Ruth - Tomorrow Was the Golden Age
The Bug - Angels & Devils
Jo Johnson - Weaving
Ela Stiles - Ela Stiles
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
Guillotine - National Razor
Objeckt - Flatland
Kerridge - A Fallen Empire
Perc - The Power and the Glory
I also was criminally late to the party on:
Giant Claw - Dark Web
Low Jack - Garifuna Variations
Things I was sad I didnt connect with for one reason or another:
Aphex Twin - Syro
Lee Gamble - Koch
Call Super - Ecto
Dean Blunt - Black Metal
Also I really was out of the loop on what looks to be a fantastic year of metal albums.