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Top 20 Electronica/Dance Albums of 2015 (#5-1)

And so we come to the end of our end-of-year countdown of the best full-length dance/electronica releases of 2015 (20-16 is here 15-11 here, 10-6 here). Below are the Top 5 albums of the year. Happy 2016!

5) Shamir – Ratchet

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Blessed with a striking genderless voice, androgynous style icon Shamir justified all the comparisons with Michael Jackson, Grace Jones and Antony Hegarty with a striking, self-assured and unpredictable debut every bit as quirky as his fashion sense.

4) Floating Points – Elaenia

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Nicknamed the techno Einstein, DJ/producer Sam Shepherd proved that his Floating Points project defied such pigeonholing with an intelligent debut which tackled everything from ambient electronica to psychedelic post-rock and neo-classical, all with the utmost style and grace.

3) Real Lies – Real Life

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Ever wondered what a collaboration between Pet Shop Boys, The Streets and Happy Mondays would sound like? Wonder no more, thanks to this inspired fusion of 80s electro-pop, urban poetry and acid house which perfectly recaptured the spirit of the Second Summer of Love.

2) Miaoux Miaoux – School of Velocity

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Throwing everything from 80s sophisti-pop and French Touch to cinematic electronica and Prince-esque funk into one colorful melting pot, the third album from Scottish producer Miaoux Miaoux was one of the most inventive and under-rated records of the year.

1) Bob Moses – Days Gone By

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Following in the footsteps of The xx and London Grammar, Brooklyn-based Canadians Bob Moses expertly bridged the gap between the dancefloors and the dinner party table with their brilliantly brooding first LP. Blending echo-laden guitars, deep house beats and Tom Howie’s beautifully melancholic melodies, Days Gone By was not only this year’s must-have late-night soundtrack, it was this year’s must-have dance album, period.


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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