20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014

From FlyLo to 'Syro' — the best in beats

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Lee Gamble, 'KOCH'
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16. Lee Gamble, 'KOCH'

English producer Lee Gamble gets down with all manner of experimentation while managing to sound like no one aside from himself. KOCH, one of many excellent 2014 releases from the fêted Pan label, has an exploratory sound that evokes fuzzy, foggy memories of dance music's underground past. Tracks like "Motor System" and "HMix" bang big enough for a frenzy in the club, with rumbling basslines and clacking bunker-techno drums; but just as often, this sprawling album hews toward crepuscular ambient music and the kinds of electronic fantasias made by suit-and-tie-wearing weirdoes in the Fifties and Sixties. A.B.

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