20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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


DJ Rashad, 'Double Cup'

DJ Rashad, 'Double Cup'
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This breakout set from the ambassador of Chicago's footwork club scene was one of the year's freshest-sounding dance LPs, ominous and decidedly futuristic. Yet the style shows deep ties to early house and Detroit techno, and echoes of '70s R&B and soul-jazz abound – just compare the analog keyboard vibe of "Pass That Shit" with that of Kool & The Gang's "Summer Madness," and you'll feel Rashad's roots. Then pass that shit, like the man says.

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