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The Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#20-15)

As we look back over 2015, we now switch our attention to this year’s best dance/electronica long players. Here’s a look at numbers 20-16.

20) Georgia – Georgia

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The daughter of Leftfield’s Neil Barnes, BRIT School graduate Georgia eclipsed her father’s comeback this year with a self-titled semi-concept album which combined everything from grimy rave to otherworldly R&B and emotive pop balladry with compelling tales of encountering heartache in London, to bewitching effect.

19) Dan Deacon – Gliss Riffer

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Bizarrely billed as a relaxing back-to-basics affair, the pre-release spiel for Dan Deacon’s fourth studio effort may have been well wide of the mark. But Gliss Riffer was still another spellbinding tapestry of weird and wonderful sounds which cemented the Baltimore producer’s status as electronica’s premier oddball.

18) Portico – Living Fields

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Dropping both the quartet from their name and their previous contemporary jazz fusion sound, Mercury Prize nominees Portico successfully reinvented themselves as a James Blake-esque post-dubstep outfit on a slow-burning and foreboding affair with a little help from Jamie Woon, Jono McCleery and Alt-J’s Joe Newman.

17) Paul Kalkbrenner – 7

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Making the most of his new-found access to Sony’s record vaults, veteran German DJ/producer Paul Kalkbrenner gave everyone from Luther Vandross to Grace Slick the minimal but magnetic techno-house treatment on an immersive major-label debut which deserved to give him that elusive mainstream breakthrough.

16) Disclosure – Caracal

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The Lawrence brothers’ sophomore was never going to be as game-changing as their debut. But accompanied by an intriguing array of guest artists, including jazz singer Gregory Porter, alt-R&B duo Lion Babe and teen prodigy Lorde, Caracal was still the kind of deep house blockbuster in which every track sounded like a hit single.

 


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Jon O'Brien's love of music began as a six-year-old after becoming bizarrely transfixed with the 80s poodle rock of Heart, Europe and Def Leppard. Switching his attention to pop icon Michael Jackson, he then became addicted to the UK Top 40, becoming a rather pointless walking Wikipedia of chart positions in the process. Driving his poor neighbors up the wall while learning to play the drums as a teen, he toyed with the idea of becoming a musician, but in studying Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, he realized heÕd rather write about music than perform it. Since then, he's written thousands of reviews and biographies on everything from bubblegum pop to death metal, but electronica remains his main passion, with everything from Aphex Twin to Zero 7 in his spare room-consuming record collection. Jon resides in northwest England near Liverpool.

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