The Best Albums of 2013

DAD best albums 2013 The Best Albums of 2013

Rating albums in the electronic music sector is getting more interesting by the year. The bigger the EDM scene gets, the more it is obviously about the DJ and the festival and the "moment" in the club, and less about huge singles and album sales. That's where the money really is, but for the artists, the producers who fell in love with particularly dope albums in the electronic music canon are still trying to make their statement, craft that one definitive work... or just express themselves. With a music scene that's gone back to the singles-driven market, the idea of a great electronic album is still out there, and is appreciated.

2013 saw an interesting group of albums, spread out through a number of genres, some having more of an impact in the mainstream than others. As always, we don't worry about any of those things. DAD's concern is "is this album hot?" Does this album express a particular idea better than any of the others in it's scene? Do you pick and choose between album tracks, or are you running it front to back, and continuing to throw it into rotation? These were the albums that shocked and amazed the DAD staff in 2013, and the ones that helped define this year in electronic music, for us.

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  • Lujxio

    I like this list actually good albums, surprising it’s not a list of pop EDM tracks

  • Gabriel Ariza

    No pretty lights A Color Map of the Sun? It got a Grammy nomination!

  • Martin Boev

    what a shit list.

    • Jake

      Just curious, what’s on your list?

      • Martin Boev

        Just going to name the artists: Holden, Baths, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Sango, Mndsgn, Om Unit just to name a few. I do agree with some of the things, just many others were missed out for me at least. Opinionz tho.

        • Jake

          Then why not lead with that instead of summarily saying “what a shit list” – I happen to like a bunch of the names on the list you mentioned actually. On top of that, this list isn’t only one person’s collective choices, but a group of choices that attempts to represent some of the staff’s collective ‘bests’ of the year

          • Martin Boev

            alright man. ok

  • RKB

    this is a terrible list. that AlunaGeorge album is not ‘edm’.

    • Jake

      Well it is electroinc dance music….

  • Brent Thurman

    rene lavice well deserved .. can’t speak on the rest, but its cool to see REAL drum & bass getting props in this EDM world. #Boh

  • foberly

    Where is Sango’s North?

  • Miklós Mándoki

    ummmm, hello, Zeitgeist anyone? Camo&Krooked?

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