20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2016

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Demdike Stare, 'Wonderland'
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8. Demdike Stare, 'Wonderland'

The most haunted and haunting aspects of ambient electronic music come in for eerie and ethereal treatment by Demdike Stare. But beats do too – and increasingly so as the Manchester-bred duo set their sinister sights on the club. Taking off from the antic and rhythmically driven series of Testpressing singles, Wonderland hovers above remnants of jungle, techno and dub, with the ominous atmosphere of horror-movie soundtracks never far from the horizon. It's not all brooding, though – there's enough inspiration and invention in nine new tracks to evince a giddy devotion to dance music in its most developed forms. A. Battaglia

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