20. Mark Ernestus' Ndagga Rhythm Force, 'Yermande'
Without Mark Ernestus, techno might have never taken root on the continent, as his Berlin shop Hard Wax served as a beacon for electronic music and musicians of all calibers since the fall of the Wall. But it's his work with Basic Channel and Rhythm & Sound that made him a legend, establishing the template for the nerve-pummeling minimal techno that powers the city's superclubs to this day. Ernestus stepped away from the techno capital and Europe entirely for this project, traveling to Africa and emerging with a clutch of Senegalese mbalax drummers. With Ndagga Rhythm Force, Ernestus and crew concoct a minimal percussive sound every bit as mesmerizing and concussive as EDM. A. Beta