20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2017

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Gas, 'Narkopop'
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13. Gas, 'Narkopop'

There may be no more aptly named project in electronic music than German minimal techno pioneer Wolfgang Voigt's Gas: shimmering, effervescent swirls of glistening ambient washes that waft and dissolve like vapor. Underneath, the gentle throb of a 4/4 kick drum bubbles with a barely perceptible pulse. On Narkopop, his fifth Gas album (and the first collection of new material under that name in 17 years), Voigt crafts clouds of cinematic-sounding cotton candy, like the strains of a symphony being played by an unseen orchestra, building and swelling to majestic movements (and occasional maelstroms) before serenely dissipating. Over the course of its 10 tracks, Narkopop weaves a spell of rapturous beauty. M.R.

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