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Top 20 Dance/Electronica Albums of 2015 (#10-6)

Continuing our countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2015 (20-16 is here, 15-11 here), let’s take a look at numbers 10-6.

10) Grimes – Art Angels

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From shrieking nu-metal to opera, Grimes’ fourth LP still contained plenty of bewildering moments. But overall, Art Angels was a more streamlined pop-focused affair which proved that the Canadian pixie girl could still be just as captivating when she toned down the weirdness.

9) Public Service Broadcasting – The Race for Space

public service broadcasting race for space

As much a documentary as a conventional studio effort, The Race For Space saw geeky London duo Public Service Broadcasting fulfil their mission to “teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future” on a captivating blend of krautrock, ambient electronica and archive NASA audio footage.

8) Jamie xx – In Colour

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Capitalizing on The xx’s downtime, beatmaker Jamie Smith launched his solo career in style with a compelling journey through the history of club culture, proving that his talents extend far beyond his late-night comfort zone.

7) LA Priest – Inji

LA Priest Inji

Eight years after debuting his LA Priest alter-ego, former Late of the Pier frontman Samuel Eastgate finally got round to releasing his first studio effort, Inji. Thankfully, its weird and wonderful mix of languid funk, playful electronic pop and psychedelic freakouts just about justified the lengthy wait.

6) CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

chvrches every open eye

Sticking to the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, the second LP from Scottish synth-pop trio CHVRCHES might have lacked the element of surprise. But with tunes as effervescent as the Giorgio Moroder-esque “Keep You on My Side,” the happy-sad banger “Cleanest Blue” and the ultimate kiss-off “Playing Dead,” few were left disappointed at being given more of the same.


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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