20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2017

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Nídia, 'Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida'
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6. Nídia, 'Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida'

Lisbon-born, Bordeaux-based DJ/bedroom producer Nídia Sukulbembe, formerly known as Nídia Minaj, is a prodigious avatar of batida, the latest mutation of sweat-beading-on-your-synths dance music pinballing out of Portugal and across the Afro-diaspora. Her second album's title roughly translates as "Nídia is Bad, Nídia is Dope," and opening track "Muihier Profissional" is a controlled rat-a-tat fanfare announcing her as all of the above. Frantically giddy like splintered reggaeton, Nidia's syncopated bursts come at you fast, but so does her emotional core. On "I Miss My Ghetto" (specifically, Lisbon's Vale De Amoreira neighborhood), she splashes a vocal hiccup across mournful piano chords and digitally scrambled congas to create an eerie, time-shift effect like Chicago footwork. Nídia's ability to deftly fracture global dance styles into glowing postcards is her unique gift to the world. C.A.

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