The RA readers pick their favourite live acts of 2016.
"In the age of Ableton," Philip Sherburne once quipped, "'live acts' usually means Live acts, for better or worse." While performances involving nothing but laptops can be exceptional, there's an undeniable thrill in seeing an artist make music right there in front of you, a thrill that, by and large, electronic music lacks compared to other genres. That might explain why KiNK is such a hit. Knocking around the globe with a small arsenal of machines, the Bulgarian artist delivers body-rocking house music with the kind of showmanship it deserves. Playing his drum machines like percussion instruments, tapping out keyboard melodies by hand, rocking his shoulders and swinging his hips as he tweaks EQs, he's less "electronic live act" than one-man band. Generally speaking, KiNK is less well known than some of the other artists on this list, but he beats them all for the second time this year (following a long tenure in the top five). Maybe that's because, beyond being so absurdly entertaining, he proves that "electronic live act" need not feel like an oxymoron.