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The Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2014 (#10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2014 (20-16 is here, 15-11 here), let’s take a look at numbers 10-6.


10) Neneh Cherry – Blank Project

Produced by IDM maverick Four Tet, Neneh Cherry’s fourth studio effort, and first in 18 years, was a refreshingly raw, urgent and uncompromising blend of trip-hop, jazz-rock and glitchy electronica which proved that despite approaching her 50th birthday, the “Buffalo Stance” star had lost none of the vigour of her trendsetting youth.

09) Tycho – Awake

Retaining the synergy between his graphic art and his music while also pushing his sound forward, San Francisco designer/producer Scott Hansen’s fourth album Awake was an engaging, evocative and entirely instrumental affair which confirmed his reputation as the master of beautifully serene IDM.

08) Katy B – Little Red

No longer the teenage party girl, Katy B wisely ditched the dubstep of her striking debut for a more mature and introspective mix of old-school house and emotionally-charged dance-ballads which perfectly bridged the gap between Disclosure and Adele.

07) How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?

Tortured soul Tom Krell showed once again how his real-life despair can often inspire mesmerising results on a third album filled with some of the most innovative and beguiling alt-R&B since Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE.

06) Aphex Twin – Syro

The first album in 13 years released by Richard D. James under his most familiar moniker might not have reinvented the wheel as his seminal 90s releases did. But swerving from jackhammer jungle to funky acid-jazz to Erik Satie-inspired piano compositions, Syro proved that the ambient electronica wunderkind remained just as weird, warped and wonderful as ever.

About the Author


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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