Benjamin Boles’s top 10 albums: Buttons, knobs and faders

Listen to 2014's best electronic music


1. Caribou

Our Love

Dan Snaith’s sixth album combined house music, R&B and indie rock – a perfect balance between his experimental urges and pop instincts.

Aphez Twin

2. Aphex Twin

Syro

Aphex Twin’s first album in 13 years turned out to be Richard D. James’s most accessible, without sacrificing any of his lovable weirdness.

Les Sins

3. Les Sins

Michael

Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bundick’s dance-floor side project proved that sometimes it takes an outsider to find new possibilities in old formulas.

Theo Parrish

4. Theo Parrish

American Intelligence

An epic album of deadly serious dance music that proves house can be both soulful and avant-garde, and that politics and partying can coexist. 

Moodymann

5. Moodymann

Raw Detroit house overflowing with soul and passion from one of Motor City’s most respected producers.

Soft Pink Truth

6. The Soft Pink Truth

Why Do The Heathen Rage?

Who could have predicted that an album of very gay electronic covers of death metal anthems would be so much fun?

Plastikman

7. Plastikman

EX

Plastikman’s first album in 11 years found the Canadian techno legend rediscovering the playfulness of his early work while keeping the mood dark.

Arca

8. Arca

Xen

An impressively strong, startlingly unique and emotionally evocative debut album.

Eliescobar

9. Eli Escobar

Up All Night

Eli Escobar’s long-awaited debut full-length proved that dance beats can still sound good outside the club.

Graze

10. Graze

Soft Gamma Repeater

Adam Marshall and Christian Andersen push their fusion of techno and bass music even further than their Juno-nominated debut.

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