20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

EDM's standouts, from next-level retro-futurism to armchair headtrips

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Darkside, 'Psychic'

Darkside, 'Psychic'
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The bandname seems no accident: The new project by avant-techno savant Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist pal Dave Harrington works in colors conjuring mid-period Pink Floyd. EDM posing as prog-rock, or visa-versa, it's driven by humanoid drum grooves, handclaps and some surprisingly bluesy licks – "Paper Trails" sounds almost like a JJ Cale remix. Meanwhile, their free-download remix of the entire Daft Punk record was a bold act of shotgun digital impressionism. Together, the duo made a convincing argument that the Cold War between dance music and rock is ancient history.

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