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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums of 2018

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance and Electronic Albums of 2018

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10. Skee Mask - Compro

Skee Mask - Compro
May 15, 2018
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

Compro represents a refinement of recent Skee Mask material. IDM proclivities and anthemic sub-bass permeate much of the album, where every moment of endearment is matched equally by percussive excellence and sonic intrepidity.

9. Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still

Leon Vynehall - Nothing Is Still
June 15, 2018
Critic Score
76
15 reviews

Above all, Nothing Is Still is an excellent demonstration of what Leon Vynehall is capable of when he emerges from the confines of club music.

8. Venetian Snares & Daniel Lanois - Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois

Venetian Snares & Daniel Lanois - Venetian Snares x Daniel Lanois
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
70
9 reviews
The album only sounds odd on paper. The end result is proof that traditional instruments can work incredibly well with electronics, although it might take two legends to pull it off.

7. Rival Consoles - Persona

Rival Consoles - Persona
April 13, 2018
Critic Score
83
12 reviews

Rival Consoles certainly holds a blueprint to the dreamworld contained within Persona.

6. Sandro Perri - In Another Life

Sandro Perri - In Another Life
September 14, 2018
Critic Score
76
6 reviews

In Another Life is a glorious return for Perri, an album that sits just outside of pop music. Any minor idiosyncrasies are downplayed by just how gorgeous and listenable these songs truly are.

5. Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of

Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of
June 1, 2018
Critic Score
79
22 reviews

What Oneohtrix Point Never accomplishes on Age Of is similar to that of Garden of Delete. Taking a sonic palette and deconstructing it to the point of only referential recognition, yet somehow managing to maintain sonic congruency is what Daniel Lopatin is a master at.

4. Jon Hopkins - Singularity

Jon Hopkins - Singularity
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
81
27 reviews

Structural concerns aside, Singularity still finds Hopkins exploring sonic textures as deeply as ever. It's an album that, in its best moments, finds one of electronic music's great minds operating in peak form.

3. Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman

Marie Davidson - Working Class Woman
October 5, 2018
Critic Score
82
12 reviews
All filtered through Davidson's signature brand of deadpan humour, this is a hilarious, challenging dance floor record, and you're going to have to take it seriously.

2. DJ Koze - Knock Knock

DJ Koze - Knock Knock
May 4, 2018
Critic Score
83
20 reviews

It's perhaps a tad long and unwieldy, but there's no denying Kozalla's skills as a master collagist here.

Original Source: https://exclaim.ca/music/article/exclaim_s_top_10_dance_and_electronic_albums-best_of_2018
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