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Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums of 2014

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Dance & Electronic Albums of 2014

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10. Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch

Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch
May 5, 2014
Critic Score
16 reviews

9. Clark - Clark

Clark - Clark
November 3, 2014
Critic Score
12 reviews

At times luring you in with misty salvation, at others forcing you to take cover from a blitzkrieg of caustic textures, Clark is anomalous but deeply rewarding. 

8. Arca - Xen

Arca - Xen
November 4, 2014
Critic Score
17 reviews

Fans of his hip-hop and R&B work will certainly be challenged by the sparse and experimental nature of Xen, which makes it one of the most satisfying listens of the year.

7. Actress - Ghettoville

Actress - Ghettoville
January 27, 2014
Critic Score
21 reviews

An easy listen it isn't, but Ghettoville is full of such textural subtlety, rubbed-raw sound design and spatial aural play that it will leave you somewhat discombobulated yet curious for more.

6. Ben Frost - A U R O R A

Ben Frost - A U R O R A
May 26, 2014
Critic Score
16 reviews

There can be beauty in decay, growth from devastation, and A U R O R A helps open your eyes to that perspective.

5. Todd Terje - It's Album Time

Todd Terje - It's Album Time
April 8, 2014
Critic Score
26 reviews

On It's Album Time, Terje spends as much time in the lounge as he does on the dance floor. That sounds like a bad thing, but walking the fine line between kitsch and genius is hardly new territory for Terje.

4. SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land

SBTRKT - Wonder Where We Land
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
26 reviews

3. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
35 reviews

Excitingly new yet classically evocative, You're Dead! is contemplative but never boring, an example of genre cross-pollination that transcends novelty and, occasionally, time and space as well.

2. Aphex Twin - Syro

Aphex Twin - Syro
September 23, 2014
Critic Score
33 reviews

On Syro, he is willing to let his acid burbles and exquisite melodies chug along subtly. There is craftsmanship here, but its genius lies in letting the raw quality of his sound speak first rather than arranging it into something new.

1. Caribou - Our Love

Caribou - Our Love
October 7, 2014
Critic Score
32 reviews

The result is one of the most eminently playable and rewarding electronic albums of 2014, and one that respectfully casts a glance backwards while sounding both indelibly contemporary and unmistakably Caribou.

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