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The Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2014 (5-1)

Finishing up our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of the past year (20-16 is here, 15-11 here, 10-6 here), here are the Top 5.

05) The Acid – Liminal

Teaming up with Grammy nominated British producer Adam Freeland and Drake collaborator Steve Nalepa, Australian troubadour Ry X dropped the introspective folk for fragmented dubstep on this intriguing record under the guise of The Acid. A curveball it may be, but Liminal is a beautifully imaginative after-hours affair whose slow-burning charms unfold with each listen.

04) Royksopp – The Inevitable End

Released just a few months after their underwhelming joint E.P. with Robyn, Norwegian duo Royksopp quickly returned to form with a typically engaging blend of melancholic electro and throbbing synth-pop which left you thinking that they may have called time on the conventional studio effort just a little too prematurely.

03) I Break Horses – Chiaroscuro

Released way back in mid-January, the first great dance album of 2014 found I Break Horses frontwoman Maria Linden taking full control of the band with breathtaking results. Indeed, eschewing the My Bloody Valentine-esque shoegaze of their debut in favour of recapturing both the glamour and the melancholy of the early 80s electro scene, Chiaroscuro was a master class in reinvention.

02) FKA Twigs – LP1

Previously a backing dancer for Jessie J, 26-year-old Tahlia Barnett left the “Price Tag” star trailing in her wake with a mesmerising blend of seductive R&B, avant-garde pop and ghostly electronica that drew favourable comparisons with everyone from Aaliyah to Bjork.

01) Caribou – Our Love

After building a career on the kind of psychedelic electro jams that were almost impossible to dance to, producer Dan Snaith decided to engage the feet as much as the heart with an exquisitely produced flirtation with the mainstream which proved that when it comes to club music, accessibility and intelligence needn’t be mutually exclusive terms.


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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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