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Top 15 Electronic Albums, April 2014

by Philip Sherburne

Top 15 Electronic Albums, April 2014


This April belongs to Todd Terje. That might seem strange, because everyone knows that summer is the Norwegian disco demigod's natural habitat (just see the beach-rave shenanigans of "Strandbar" or the louche travel fantasies of "Lanzarote"). But this month, after a decade of stuffing maximal disco into single-serving doses, Terje finally released his debut album, fittingly titled It's Album Time. It is indeed: Time for sprightly dance numbers, time for Swedish salsa covers, time for easy-listening exotica larks -- and time, especially, for a righteous cover of Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary," featuring a leather-throated Bryan Ferry as you've never heard him before. So yeah, April belongs to Todd Terje.

And if disco isn't your thing, that's OK; spring brings with it a bounty of electronic music from across the board. Evian Christ's Waterfall EP is even more intense than his contribution to Yeezus. Downliners Sekt's masterful Silent Ascent is pretty much the last word in "bass music." DJ Q's Ineffable brings millennial U.K. garage back to life, and Leon Vynehall's Music for the Uninvited is an unusually cozy take on U.K. house. Also, don't miss new records from Machinedrum, Tycho, Torn Hawk and Loops Haunt; you can sample them all in our attached playlist, along with new songs from DJ Koze, Ben Frost, Bok Bok, Kelela and more.

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