20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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

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Disclosure, 'Settle'

Disclosure, 'Settle'
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That remix of Jessie Ware's "Running" put them on the map. But on their debut LP, the brothers Lawrence (Guy, 21, and Howard, 18) brought house music's yin to dubstep's yang and effectively declared themselves heir to the tradition of The Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk – marquee EDM duos as devoted to vocal-driven songcraft as to get-out-on-the-floor beat making. Highlights include the echo-warped Cockney flourishes of "White Noise," their buoyant collab with fellow newcomers AlunaGeorge (who also made a great dance-pop LP), and "When The Fire Starts To Burn," the year's best motivational club banger.

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