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Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums Of 2013 (10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2013 (20-16 is here, 15-11 is here), here are numbers 10-6.

10) Thundercat – Apocalypse

Much less of a chin-stroker than his Brainfeeder labelmates, singer-bassist Thundercat took in everything from melancholy-drenched electro soul (“Tenfold”) to 70s yacht-rock (“Without You”) to fully-fledged party funk (“Oh Sheit It’s X”) on a wondrously hook-laden second effort which proved he’d fully outgrown his mentor, Flying Lotus.

09) London Grammar – If You Wait

Hailed as a younger alternative to The xx on their arrival, London Grammar soon distanced themselves from their minimalistic counterparts with a dramatic and impressively self-assured debut which combined Hannah Reid’s haunting vocals with layers of lush strings, echo-laden guitars and trip-hop beats.

08) Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

One of several female-fronted records which attempted to resurrect the golden age of R&B this year, Canadian chanteuse Jessy Lanza’s first studio effort was easily the most convincing as her featherlight vocals glided over a sensual wave of bubbling bass-lines, glistening synths and slow jam beats which recalled the late Aaliyah at her most seductive.

07) Disclosure – Settle

Responsible for giving commercial dance music the shot in the arm it needed, the Lawrence brothers created the soundtrack of the summer with a gloriously nostalgic blend of classic house, two-step garage and inspired guest spots (Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane, Aluna George, Jessie Ware) which instantly made the likes of Guetta, Harris and co. appear completely redundant.

06) Bonobo – The North Borders

Joined by the likes of Erykah Badu and rising soul star Szjerdene, Bonobo shuffled towards the mainstream with an eclectic yet typically intelligent record which ventured into R&B, garage and dubstep while still retaining the abstract qualities which have seen him hailed as the UK’s premier edge-of-the-dancefloor producer.

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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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