20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014

From FlyLo to 'Syro' — the best in beats

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Bassnectar, 'Noise vs. Beauty'
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12. Bassnectar, 'Noise vs. Beauty'

Bassnectar's beautiful dark brostep fantasy is ambitious, conceptual and full of heavy bangers whose power can be felt at any volume. Tracks like "The Future," "You & Me" and "Open Up" envelop with waves of "Runaway" sandpaper synths and hypnotize with thudding, half-time beats. "Now," on the other hand, recruits rapper Rye Rye to see how Baltimore club might sound with Dutch bounce and Atlanta snares. Ignore the title: Rather than enact the opposition between noise and beauty — the masculine drop against the feminine hook — this album challenges it, exploiting the visceral effects of both in the kind of process that old-school dubstep snoots would giddily describe as deconstruction. N.M.

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