Your EDM's high 10 albums of 2020
It's been a long year of twists and turns and unexpected events that turned the music industry on its back and pronounced it dead. But we're stronger than that and over the year a lot of parties have taken the bad and made it for good, with live streams thriving and kind of more music than ever.
This year we had high hopes for a number of releases that were sadly pushed back due to COVID-19, including albums from Zedd, Porter Robinson and ZHU. Many more saw the light of day and today we're celebrating our ten favorites among them.
These 2020 top 10 Your EDM albums have been hailed for their mastery of the genre, showcasing new sounds, compelling sound design, intricate storytelling, and more.
Your EDM's top 10 albums of 2020
10. Mija – desert garbage
Much of the album exists in a quiet room, as if Mija was singing to herself. "I wrote this album with the intention of breaking down the excess and focusing on what is really important to me," she says, "self-expression, reality and the story." As she stepped out of her comfort zone, it became a catalyst for her as an artist to grow and develop.
9. Steve Aoki – Neon Future IV
Neon Future IV contains a who's who of the featured artists, including Icona Pop, Desiigner, Torey Lanez, Zooey Deschanel, Monsta X, Backstreet Boys, Mike Shinoda, will.i.am, Matthew Koma, Alan Walker, Travis Barker, Sting and Felix Jaehn and more. And even though it's 27 tracks and a little over an hour and a half long, incredibly, it never feels like it's dragging or stale. Every single song brings something new to the table, whether it's a brighter pop / singer-songwriter feel or something with a strong electro house vibe.
8. Joyryde – Brave
Within fractions of a second, JOYRYDE can seamlessly change gears, from full throttle four on the floor to complicated theater plays and downright devastating bass attacks. While songs like "IM GONE", "MADDEN", "SELECTA 19" and more serve as familiar ear wishes, "ON FIRE", "MILK" with Fze, "4AM" and more continue to engage from fresh, new perspectives. From the gritty, dirty sounds of "SLAY" with NoLay to the diverse synth-forward spectrum of "BROOKLYN", BRAVE is never boring.
7. Koven – butterfly effect
The rest of the album evokes similar feelings, be it the slower rhythm of the title track "Butterfly Effect" or the anthem "All for Nothing" or the ballad "Speaking Through Smoke Detectors" or the heavy bass "Shut My Mouth". As you might guess, the album goes through a variety of sounds and influences that keep the listening experience fresh and exciting, and the above tracks barely make up the first half of the project.
6. Two fingers – fight! Fight! Fight!
When Ivy Lab, G Jones and Little Snake are included in the project, their influences can be clearly heard in the throbbing drums and acidic synthesizers and chord progressions. Beyond the songwriting, the album is beautifully mastered and offers so much space in the mix that every sound gets a chance to shine and absolutely clap. Of course, this type of production is nothing new for Two Fingers either.
5. Tchami – year zero
The album encompasses a spiritual theme infused with celestial rhythms, uplifting melodies, and ethereal vocal performances from a range of staff – all covered in an unspoken, cohesive nature that allows you to surrender to the music.
4. MUZZ – The promised land
While The Promised Land has undoubtedly made a huge impact on the legendary drum & bass band, this is undoubtedly a unique MUZZ and well worth the wait. During 11 tracks with features from MVE, Cammie Robinson, Bloodhounds, PAV4N and Miss Trouble, Danyka Nadeau and Koven, the core theme of the album remains consistent and beautifully structured in different genres. But in the end it always comes back to drum & bass …
3. Baauer – Planet & # 39; s Mad
The eagerly awaited release is a deep journey of discovery driven by worldly sounds and rhythms that remain true to the Baauer project at its core. With its unruly and unpredictable nature, PLANET & # 39; S MAD leaves us guessing at every turn and looking for meaning among all the madness.
2. Apashe – Renaissance
After an incredible string of singles including "Distance" and "Uebok," the latter being one of the funniest tracks I've ever heard, the album presents a cohesive and complete vision that is second to none. With a stellar cast of artists from Slumberjack to Tech N9ne, Wifisfuneral, Wasiu and Russian hip-hop artist Instasamka, plus a Prague-based 69-piece orchestra that played Renaissance in its entirety to take composition to the next level , Apashe proves that he is one of the most future-oriented producers of our time.
1. The Prototypes – Ten Thousand Feet & Ascent
Not only is Ten Thousand Feet & Rising # 1 Drum & Bass album of the year, it could be one of the best electronic albums in a long time. With many elements reminiscent of the classics of drum & bass, and the intention to always push them hand in hand, The Prototypes have created a timeless album in an era of short, streamable singles that will not be soon forgotten.