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Best Of 2013

2013's Breakout Stars of Electronic Music

by Philip Sherburne

2013's Breakout Stars of Electronic Music

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It was a great year for fans of pop music with clubby overtones -- or, to put it another way, for dance music fans who yearn for catchy choruses along with their four-to-the-floor beats and DJ-friendly breakdowns. The fusion of pop and dance music is hardly news: Their renewed dalliance over the past couple of years has brought us Lady Gaga, David Guetta and Calvin Harris, not to mention this year's most counterintuitive chart-topper, Avicii, he of the electro-pop hoedown.

But in 2013, former underground artists like Duke Dumont, Breach and Jamie Jones' Hot Natured strode confidently into the radio mainstream; Skream, once one of dubstep's darker figures, reinvented himself as a fun-loving heir to Daft Punk's disco throne, while Disclosure and Rudimental used niche styles like two-step and drum 'n' bass as springboards to (deserved) chart domination. Australia's Flume caught the world's ear with a hi-fi update of Dabrye and Prefuse '73's low-key instrumental hip-hop, and Flume's success gave a leg up to his collaborator Chet Faker, who plies similarly downbeat pop pleasures. And then there's Ellie Goulding, whose high-profile guest vocals with Skrillex and Zedd helped propel her own sparkling sound to the center of the spotlight.

We've gathered songs from all of 2013's electronic music breakout stars and rounded out the playlist with some additional remixes you may not have heard, from artists like George Fitzgerald, Maya Jane Coles and MK. You'll be hearing a lot more from them next year, trust us.