20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014

From FlyLo to 'Syro' — the best in beats

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Fatima Al Qadiri, 'Asiatisch'

9. Fatima Al Qadiri, 'Asiatisch'

The debut album from Brooklyn's Fatima Al Qadiri is an exploration of Chinese music in the same way that Las Vegas' New York-New York Hotel & Casino is an exploration of metropolitan life. A concept record ostensibly about orientalism in the grime scene, Asiatisch constructs chillingly artificial worlds that sound somewhere between PlayStation blips, Oneohtrix Point Never cheese-synths and cut-ups of Chinese poetry. The Mandarin cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U" finds a new layer of false-nostalgic beauty in a year when artists are still covering "Wicked Game." C.W.

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