20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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

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Fuck Buttons, 'Slow Focus'

Fuck Buttons, 'Slow Focus'
Courtesy of ATP Recordings

Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power's last set of gargantuan, uncompromisingly trippy electronic dance-rock was selected as part of the soundtrack for the London 2012 summer Olympics. Their third LP is way darker, but its journeys in tension and release are no less awesome, filled with tsunamis of corroded synthesizer noise and industrial beats (see the brutal opener "Brainfreeze"). These wordless anti-hero anthems may not impress the next Olympic Committee. But they'd make a perfect score for dystopian sci-fi films – and for life at the moment, which feels like roughly the same thing.

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