20 Best Dance Albums of 2013

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

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The Field, 'Cupid’s Head'
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7. The Field, 'Cupid’s Head'

A dark pleasuredome of submerged club beats, aching phonemes, and droning loops that distend and morph with the awesome intractability of crumbling glaciers, this was the year's most magnificently hallucinogenic EDM set. It's mostly about the bliss of beats, but not entirely: see "No. No…," a nine-minute trip into wildly abstracted negativity. And even that one is pretty positive.

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