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The 20 Best Electronic Albums of 2015

Electronic music is one of the broadest reaching genres by design, and 2015 showcased that spectacularly well with a bevy of albums still heavily represented on playlists today.

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Nils Frahm: Late Night Tales

Nils Frahm makes a buoyant, graceful capsule untethered by time.

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You Are Not Alone: An Interview with Majical Cloudz

Devon Welsh describes the strange, amazing world of Are You Alone?

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Floating Points: Elaeina

Elaeina is some delicious food for the brain and ears. It’s a record that’s damn near impossible to label.

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Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm: Collaborative Works

A lovely view into the shared world of two mad musical geniuses, Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm.

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Jerusalem in My Heart: If He Dies, If If If If If If

Perhaps the most mournful album of 2015.

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Petite Noir: La Vie Est Belle / Life Is Beautiful

La Vie Est Belle / Life is Beautiful ushers in a new pop force.

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Ghost: Meliora

Turn up the speakers and let the evil flow forth.

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Dope Body: Kunk

A top-notch rock record, of the disgusting variety.

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DJ Koze: DJ Koze

Tack on "tastemaker" to Koze's impressive resume.

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Sleaford Mods: Key Markets

Sleaford Mods continue to not give a single flying f**k, to grand results.

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Omar Souleyman: Bahdeni Nami

If you’re not dancing or clapping while listening to Omar Souleyman, you’re doing something wrong.

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Them Changes: A Conversation with Thundercat

He's the go-to bass mastermind who's anchored already-iconic albums by Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington. For his latest mini-album, Thundercat gets both sad and weird, taking us on a true emotional journey.

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Fucked Up: Year of the Hare

Can a 23-minute long track with acoustic interludes be the best punk song of the decade?

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KEN Mode: Success

A little anti-social rage never hurt anybody.

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Desaparecidos: Payola

Desaparecidos find giddy joy as they tear the establishment to pieces.

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Son Lux: Bones

Son Lux only offers the bones of something once promising.

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Heartless Bastards: Restless Ones

Heartless Bastards' dusty, rusty Restless Ones finds so much joy in its detours that it’s hard to argue with its wanderlust logic.

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Florence and the Machine: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Florence Welch is still the master of massive choruses, but on How Big How Blue, How Beautiful, she also finds restraint.

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Daughn Gibson: Carnation

Carnation finds Daughn Gibson taking scissors to his signature sound, recutting it to a new style all the while keeping his natural waywardness.


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