20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2017

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Daphni, 'Joli Mai'
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5. Daphni, 'Joli Mai'

On his second album under his dance-floor-oriented alter-ego Daphni, Canadian producer and DJ Dan Snaith (also known as Caribou) offers extended versions of songs he debuted earlier this year on his excellent Fabriclive mix. Where that collection featured 11 of these 12 songs in brief snippets (restlessly stitched together with Snaith's edits of songs by Container, Jamire Williams, Luther Davis Group and Pheeroan Ak Laff), Joli Mai allows the tracks to stretch out and leisurely throw their hands into the air. The punch of live-sounding drums and shimmery synths fuel songs like "Poly" and "Carry On," while vocal loops provide the hooks to stompers like "Xing Tian," "Tin" and "Hey Drum." M.R.

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