20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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


Four Tet, 'Beautiful Rewind'

Four Tet Beautiful Rewind
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Four Tet's Keiran Hebden had a hand in two of the year's best dance sets, producing Omar Souleyman's latest alongside this lushly kinetic set. Having just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his folktronic Rounds with a deluxe reissue, he focuses squarely on the dancefloor here, but without compromising his deeply psychedelic loops and timbres. "Kool FM" turns house music hollers and turntable rewinds into a fractal of old-school reverie; "Buchla" is a smeary datastorm over a whirlpool of dubby beats. This music sent bodies pinwheeling at New York's Electric Zoo in September. But it works just as well through headphones on the bus.

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