20 Best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2017

Footwork frenzies, futuristic hip-hop, nostalgic lo-fi house and more

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SW., 'The Album’
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19. SW., 'The Album’

Sued, the vinyl label run by Berliner SW. and fellow producer SVN, defies easy genre categorization, easy conversation and easy discovery: Virtually all of the 12-inch singles they've released since 2011 eschew track titles entirely and aren't released digitally. Thankfully SW.'s debut full-length saw wider release this year, allowing for a new audience to immerse themselves in his productions. The eleven untitled tracks on The Album brim to the bursting point with sparkling breaks and gurgling keys. SW. programs everything from 140 bpm whirlwinds to tropical drifts (complete with birdsong) to the kind of swinging drum figures that Max Roach would have made were he a Detroit deep house producer. A.B.

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