10 EDM Albums to Listen to Before You Die
Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness and Paavo Siljamäki
Above & Beyond
Due to the multiple sub genres of electronic dance music and the amount of decades in which this type of music has been produced, it's almost impossible to pick the top 10 albums of all time. The old school ravers and elitist will argue the importance of including a lot of the pioneers, but the last thing we need is another throwback 1990s list. Yet with the rising popularity of "EDM" (which is just a fancy word we use to encompass all the complex genres of dance music) it's only natural that the demand for such a list exists.
It's difficult to make this list relevant today because most DJ's produce singles without ever having a full-length album or after only releasing an EP - think Avicii and "Levels." Additionally some of the greatest albums are actually compilations or filled with remixes such as Sasha's Involver. So though we know that any top 10 list is stepping into the boundaries of controversy, we couldn't help and compile our top 10 EDM albums to listen to before you die. Who knows, maybe in between all of the untz untz and and wobbly bass lines you might actually fall in love like we did.
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10. The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land - 1997 XL Records
To celebrate its 15th anniversary XL Recordings re-issued the Prodigy's The Fat of the Land worldwide in December including remixes by artists like Noisia, Alvin Risk, Zeds Dead, Baauer, The Glitch Mob and Major Lazer. This album along with it's single "Firestarter" helped propel the electronic band into super stardom in the US and UK charts. Being their third full length album release they let go of the rave sound and added punk vocals to their signature break beats and syths making electronic dance music acceptable in the punk and rock scene. The video for the song "Smack My Bitch Up" is still one of the most controversial videos to date. While "Breathe" is one of the most remixed dance tracks of the decade. They proved that electronic sounds could blend together to fuse genres in the early 90's - something we are seeing in abundance today.
9. Leftfield - Leftism - 1995 Sony Music
The band Leftfield has been named one of the pioneers in electronic music along with the likes of The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk. The British duo's first release Leftism in 1995 was ahead of it's time as it mixed house music with dub and reggae sounds - the pioneers to the term progressive house music. Not the Swedish House Mafia progressive house you hear today, but the progressive house of Sasha & Digweed, Andrew Bayer or Matt Lange. Leftfield hit a major break with Leftism for incorporating vocalist like John Lydon on "Open Up" and Djum Djum on "Afro Left" which spliced together break beat and techno with the vocals. The album which went gold in the UK is a co-cohesive piece of work which has almost ambient, electronica-inspired sounds that you can listen to as you close your eyes on a deserted island to dub bass beats that will make you want to get up and dance.
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