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The Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2014 (#15-11)

We’re counting down the best dance/electronica albums of 2014. (Nos. 20-16 are here.) Let’s pick up the countdown at Number 15.

15) SBTRKT – Wonder Where We Land

Largely abandoning the future-garage sound that dominated his zeitgeist-shaping debut, Wonder Where We Land proved once again that SBTRKT’s intrigue lies far beyond his signature tribal mask thanks to an eclectic mix of electro-soul, hip-hop and new wave pop, not to mention inspired guest appearances from Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and A$AP Ferg.

14) Clean Bandit – New Eyes

Continuing to pursue the self-described culture clash of “bass, beats and soaring strings” that they perfected on their ubiquitous chart smash, “Rather Be,” dance music’s most studious quartet broke down the boundaries between classical and electro with this vibrant and intelligent antidote to the EDM scene.

13) Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of the Broken Heart

Inspired by the draining final eight months of a crumbling relationship, Hercules & Love Affair utilised the talents of Colorado troubadour John Grant, jazz-soul chanteuse Krystle Warren and even noted feminist Germaine Greer on a triumphant love letter to classic house which perfectly extolled the virtues of “dancing your troubles away.”

12) SOHN – Tremors

Described as Justin-Timberlake-meets-Thom-Yorke, Austrian-based London producer Christopher Taylor combined piercing falsetto melodies with glitchy electro-soul on eleven poignant tales of unrequited love which were nothing short of engrossing.

11) Phantogram – Voices

Having graced everything from the MTV reboot of Teen Wolf to Big Boi’s solo debut to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack, New York duo Phantogram capitalised on their new-found high-profile exposure with a hypnotic wave of dream pop, shoegaze and electronica, drawing favorable comparisons with the likes of Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine and Purity Ring.

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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