2014 has been an incredible year for huge album releases - The past 12 months had more great music going on than any year in recent memory with a huge number of this decade's best dance music artists producing sonic gold. With Robyn & Royksopp, Mat Zo, deadmau5, Aphex Twin, and Little Dragon being nominated for Grammy awards this year, and both rumoured and confirmed albums in the works from the likes of Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Will Sparks, Wolfgang Gartner, NERVO, Martin Garrix, ZHU and many more, 2015 looks like it may be an even bigger year.
Take a look at some of our favorite albums that have helped us through the thick of this year.
"Motion" - Calvin Harris
Calvin Harris’ huge release Motion is the successor to his 2012 album 18 months, which claimed nine UK Top 10 singles. Although the cameos that gave the earlier album some unexpected muscle are gone, Harris is updating his EDM template rather than reimagining it. With an experimental list of collaborations, exploring an array of genres, Motion holds the ability to appeal to a huge audience while staying loyal to old school Harris fans.
"Sirens" - Gorgon City
It’s safe to say that the London house duo Gorgon City consisting of English beat-makers Kye “Foamo” Gibbonand Matt “RackNRuin” Robson-Scott knows a thing or two when it comes to making seriously infectious dance music. Sirens, released October 6th, is the debut album by the duo, debuting at #10 on the UK Albums chart and featuring writing credits from Kiesza and Emeli Sandé among others - this one is guaranteed for good vibes.
"Abandon Ship" - Knife Party
Work on the debut studio album Abandon Ship by post-Pendulum members Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire began over a year ago, however they truly couldn't have had better timing on its release. The 12-track album displayed the iconic multi-genre'd style that Knife Party has exemplified in their classic hits such as "Internet Friends" and "L.R.A.D.," but this time around with a 2014-flair. After dropping numerous singles in the months leading up to its release such as "Resistence" and "Boss Mode," Knife Party has proven once again that there is no limit to their creative direction.
"Down To Earth" - Flight Facilities
In an era of electronic acts either avoiding albums for constant singles, or albums padded out with tosh, Flight Facilities has reactivated the art of the dance album. Everything has a place here, with interludes to guide you through from beginning to end. Singles such as "Two Bodies" with Emma Louise show their dreamy prestige of house that typifies the cruise control vibe. Pencil in a long drive and let this one ring through your speakers for a while, because Flight Facilities will leave you with no choice but to fall in love with their latest masterpiece.
"Prayer" - Robin Shultz
After a few years of bootleg mixes and even the occasional hit single, German electronic house DJ and producer Robin Schulz now gets a whole album to himself. His debut album Prayer comes right off the heels of his re-imaginings of "Prayer In C" and "Waves," which both hit number one in the UK. Carve out 45 mins of your day and listen to With You - you won't regret it.
"Money Sucks Friends Rule" - Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis' HUGELY anticipated debut album Money Sucks, Friends Rule has undoubtedly been one of the most talked about dance music albums of 2014. The album really shows off the versatility of Francis as a producer - jumping from trap to moombahton to pop punk to house music all within a span of 12 tracks. The list of featured acts is up to par as well, featuring the likes of Sultan & Ned Shephard, Martin Garrix, Major Lazer, Brendan Urie of Panic! at the Disco, and more.
"With You" - Dirty South
Dirty South, a lauded house DJ whose remixes have been nominated for two Grammy awards, released his second studio album With You in September. To accompany the album, the Serbian producer (real name: Dragan Roganovic) wrote, directed and shot a short movie of the same name that was entered into a number of film festivals and premiered in LA in August this year. Take a look at the clip below, and get lost in this visionary's feature-length album.
"Acoustic" - Above & Beyond
With over 15 years of experience and recognition for making trance, the musical trio Above & Beyond decided return to their more classical roots with the release of Acoustic. Utilizing Porchester Hall's orchestra and vocalists to invigorate their classic works with new life, Above & Beyond presented something unexpectedly soulful, emotive, and overwhelming. Whether your an A&B fan or not, it's a worthwhile listen.
"Recess" - Skrillex
Love him or hate him, Skrillex is in the thick of a pretty impressive year. With a crazy touring schedule, Grammy nominations and his latest album Recess under his belt, it doesn't seem like there's too many more achievements to tick off for 2014. He gave us what critics might describe as "the stereotypical Skrillex sound," but higlighted what many of his true fans have known from the start: Skrillex isn't one particular genre, but an all-encompassing vibe or sound.
"while(1>2)" - Deadmau5
We visited this album with hesitation and curiousity, but it wasn't before long we knew what we had on our hands: a great deadmau5 record. There are moments of experimentation, aggression, progression, melancholy, and more that I can't even touch on in such a short blurb. An album worth revisiting a million times over, while(1<2) is the manifestation of a deadmau5's complicated but deeply passionate relationship with electronic music.