Music: Best of 2016

Chino Amobi

Still from GAIKA’s 2016 SECURITY mixtape film, directed by Gaika Tavares.

1 GAIKA, SECURITY (Mixpak) GAIKA’s mixtape has a palpable urgency and illuminates bright like the light of white phosphorus. He describes SECURITY as the “anthropology of burner phones cast in gold, late night shebeens in the ends where everyone is drinking premium spirits in a brokedown flat.” Man’s psychoscape is not to be slept on.

2 YVES TUMOR, SERPENT MUSIC (PAN) The most untouchable record of 2016. Tumor reaches god level on this album. The tangible, lived-through dread and jouissance of the displacement he has experienced reverberate with painstaking grace and consistency.

3 ANGEL-HO, “RED DEVIL” (9th Berlin Biennale, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, June 22) Gia is the performative alter ego of producer and NON cofounder Angel-Ho (Angelo Valerio); this character designates an alternate space and language for the embodiment of queer- and transness, beyond academic

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