20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014

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Dillon Francis, 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule
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20. Dillon Francis, 'Money Sucks, Friends Rule"

Is Dillon Francis an example of how EDM eats its young or a devious prankster winking all the way to his offshore bank account? Having graduated with degrees in Bro Wave Studies from the Mad Decent (Diplo) and OWSLA (Skrillex) labels, Francis has morphed from an exceptional eclectic into a meme-maiming scamp, his debut album attempting Fatboy Slim-style punchline pitchshifts. Money Sucks works best as a here's-what-to-expect guide for newbie ravers — there's the rumbling grind of "Get Low" (with DJ Snake), the bass-bombing disco-trance of "Set Me Free" (with Martin Garrix), the Daft Punky pop of "Drunk All the Time" and the anthemic theatrics of "Love in the Middle of a Firefight" (which features Brendan Urie of Panic! at the Disco). Be safe out there, kids! C.A.