27 Best Albums You Didn't Hear in 2013

The best of what flew under the mainstream radar

Omar Souleyman, 'Wenu Wenu'
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Omar Souleyman, 'Wenu Wenu'

The year's most surprising EDM record came from this Syrian wedding singer, who pitches bellydance-friendly woo in Arabic, spitting fierce fricatives over hookah-bar synths that conjure hand drums and other traditional instrumentation. Produced by Kieran "Four Tet" Hebdan, who sharpens the flavors without diluting the recipe, it's a cultural salvo that confirms there's more to life than builds and bass-drops.

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