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20 Best DJ Mixes of 2013

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Dance music continued its inexorable march towards the heart of the culture in 2013, but regardless of whatever commercials, award shows, or genre-bending collaborations DJs participated in, their chops, and genius, are best displayed in live mixes. Here are 20 of the year's best.

By Michaelangelo Matos, Mike Spinella and Elissa Stolman

Eric Prydz

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Eric Prydz, ‘Essential Mix’

2013 was a big year for Stockholm progressive house heavyweight Eric Prydz: he played at massive festivals like Coachella, Ultra, EDC and HARD, opened up a residency in Las Vegas, and topped the Beatport charts with "Power Drive." He started off the year with a victory lap by returning to Pete Tong's Essential Mix series for the third time in February, unloading a host of original material and fresh cuts from his Pryda Friends label.

Jamie Jones

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Jamie Jones, ‘Live at Time Warp, Mannheim, Germany’

One of underground house's biggest stars, Jones runs the Hot Creations label, which issues club favorites like communion wafers. His set from this German festival mostly sidelines the easy hooks he writes with Hot Natured (his group with Lee Foss and Infinity Ink) in favor of deeper, dubbier tracks such as the winking, bleeping electro-disco of Click Click's "Ducks in the Kiddie Pool" to the James Brown sample-fueled "The Funking," by Fer BR.

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Disclosure, ‘Essential Mix’

House pioneer MK mauled the U.K. dance singles charts in November with his remix of Storm Queen's "Look Right Through," fueling the garage revival championed by U.K. sibling duo Disclosure. Following the climactic release of their debut album, Settle, the Lawrence brothers laid out a buffet of influences on their boisterous Essential Mix. Disclosure's winning formula mixes Dilla-indebted hip-hop with classic house from Detroit producers like Moodymann and new-school garage darlings like T. Williams. 

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