Choosing the best electronic music album is always hard for me. Where I work, I always get requests for electronic music. It’s one of my favorite music genres, so I’m of the school of thought that it’s really hard to go wrong when it comes to an electronic music album. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t clear winners year after year, though. 2015 has barely even started, and there are already some clear winners this year.
2015 Electronic Top of the Top
I’m going to have to give top marks to Lotic’s Heterocetera. As far as I’m concerned, electronic music is supposed to energize people. When I put on electronic music, I want people on the dance floor giving it their all and having a great time. Lotic’s Heterocetera will do that for even the most exhausted and jaded person. It has a dark tone that invites you in immediately, like you’re being transported into a chaotic and compelling new world. I can’t wait to see how successful it becomes.
Signs Under Test is another album that gets my own personal stamp of approval. It’s always hard to anticipate how long a given song or set of songs is going to last, but I have a feeling that this album is actually one that I’ll be getting requests for way down the line. It has a definite romantic quality, which is not something that you always associate with electronic music.
However, Signs Under Test is just as energetic as you’d expect from an electronic album, making it the best of both worlds. John Tejada once again helps demonstrate just how versatile the electronic genre really is, and he’s helped make it that way.
I also think that Vessels has set a new standard for the genre with their album Dilate. It’s really challenging to the senses, which is great. You don’t get energized with electronic music that’s too simplistic. One of the reasons a lot of pop doesn’t work as dance music for me is the fact that the harmonies and melodies are so basic that I just get bored. You don’t need to turn off your brain in order to dance. Your brain needs to be on, and you need to get in step with the music. Dilate is an album that could actually do that for you. It’s a bold album that almost demands that you play it loudly, which is how I always like it.