20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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

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Omar Souleyman, 'Wenu Wenu'

Omar Souleyman, 'Wenu Wenu'
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A revelatory set of Syrian electro-pop by a veteran wedding singer-turned-cultural emissary/Bjork remixer, Souleyman pitches R&B woo with fierce Arabic fricatives and the occasional invocation of Allah. But for lay fans, his hookah-bar synths and digitized hand-percussion translate perfectly as top-shelf EDM belly dance music. Produced by Kieran Four Tet Hebden, it's a hot, matter-of-factly radical sound.

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