20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014

From FlyLo to 'Syro' — the best in beats

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Big Freedia, 'Just Be Free'
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13. Big Freedia, 'Just Be Free'

The first official studio album from New Orleans bounce queen Big Freedia harkens back to the days when dance music sounded like a series of orders: "Lift Dat Leg Up," "Jump On It" and "Explode" for 10 tracks of boot camp from the world's toughest party drill sergeant. Freedia's pretty much the only mainstream proponent of bounce, a style that flirts with breakbeats, hip-hop, Miami bass and churning low end, all sped up to a heart-attack BPM. But on Just Be Free she's nodding to contemporary club culture as well, her choice of textures repositioning regional booty music as a form of leftfield EDM. A.C.

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