Regardless of how we consumed dance music in 2020, the fact remains – while the live events just didn’t happen, the music that fuels them has continued to come. And during a singular moment in history when many of us had a lot more free time, listening to albums in their entirety helped both pass the hours and increase the energy of an uplifting 365.
Here are the top 10 dance music albums of this year.
10. Quanah Style, Quana style
Vocal House albums are a commitment artists rarely make, and albums as excellent as this one are virtually unheard of. For her self-titled debut album, Two-Spirit Cree artist Quanah Style teams up with fellow Canadian label and Wet Trax chief producer Boy Pussy to create an unrivaled collection of club tracks that bring the dance floor to life. Reminding at times the lyrical ribaldry of Traci Lords and at others the greatness of Deborah Cox, the musical fearlessness of Quanah Style makes this LP essential. – ZEL MCCARTHY
9. Kylie Minogue, Disco
Disco This is not the first time that Kylie Minogue has paid homage to the disco era. But when the last time in the 2000s Light years, the goddess of pop played the pin-up in a whirlwind of camp and cheek, a more sophisticated starlight singer emerges here on tracks like “Miss a Thing”, “Real Groove” and “Supernova”. References to Chic, Moroder and of course to her compatriot Donna Summer abound, but above all shines the indelible presence of an artist who can express the sadness of the shadows of the disco with as much divination as she can her strobe joy, often in a single sentence. – ZM
8. Downtown, We all move together
Three decades is a lifetime between album releases, and indeed dance music has had many incarnations since 1992, the year Inner City released their last LP. But the trio, founded and led by genre pioneer Kevin Saunderson, doesn’t miss a literal or metaphorical beat on We all move together an exultant house and techno frenzy by Saunderson, his son Dantiez and singer Steffanie Christi’an. From the dance music history lesson of the album’s lead song to the swirling gospel house of “Living in a Dream,” the album doesn’t necessarily evolve the genre as much as it demonstrates form to its sound. better. “It’s an uplifting and positive album, and I think the world needs it, to be honest,” Saunderson said. Billboard in July. “It’s a blessing that the album has now come to this point [dark] time.” – KATIE BATH
Classically trained guitarist-turned-producer CloZee has become a force in bass music, and her second album of 2020 Neon Jungle proves that the French artist is capable of surpassing himself. The opening track, “Mirage” sets the stage with a heavy sway, but it’s the vocally loaded vocals “Winter Is Coming” that will set the ears free and keep listeners warm after the last ecstatic drop. “Hopefully this will also help people who are still stuck at home and need a little escape,” born producer Chloe Herry said. Billboard of his goals for the album. “I want to give my fans and listeners a getaway to a place where they feel safe, confident and loved.” – MEGAN VENZIN
6. Caribou, Suddenly
Arrival February 28, Suddenly was one of the last albums to be released before the world fell apart. Should we choose to see the glass half full, consider it an act of divine intervention that we were able to listen to the special details of Dan Snaith’s fifth studio album while they were stuck inside, with enough time. to fully absorb the falsetto veil and easy swings from the Canadian producer. through areas of IDM, jazz, R&B, rock and disco. “I don’t live in the world I used to imagine for myself and my family,” Snaith said. Billboard of the five tumultuous years which marked the LP. “My point of view must have changed.” He couldn’t have known that this feeling would apply to the whole world immediately after the album’s release, or that Suddenly would appease so effectively during our collective shift in perspective. – VALERIE LEE
5. Róisín Murphy, Roisin Machine
Roisin Machine, the Irish singer and producer ‘s fifth studio album, arrived like a balm in October. “I feel like my story is yet to be told, but I’m going to create my own happy ending,” Murphy purrs at the eight-minute opening “Simulation,” a disco tour de force that tells you exactly what this is all about. album. The 10 songs on Roisin Machine defy the pop song format (only “Incapable” clock in under four minutes), with Murphy taking the time to really bask in his creations. The production skilfully swings from the slow, intimate whisper of “Something More” to the crisp and urgent “We Got Together”, but the real glue here is Murphy’s charisma strutting around. Disco queens don’t really come cooler. – JACK TREGONING
4. Tchami, Year zero
There are certain truths that we expect from Tchami. The French producer still sports a priest’s necklace, and as the creator of the future house, he still delivers with large-scale firecrackers primed to rock the main stages. Maybe that’s why Tchami’s debut album, Year zero, is so heavenly – it’s quiet, gradual and perfectly unpredictable. While tracks like “Praise” (featuring American rapper Gunna) exhibit familiar sensibilities, it’s the effervescent nude-disco-leaning “Shine On ‘” and “Buenos Aries” that stand out in an obvious way. As for the 2020 collaborations, few are more exciting than the minimal “All on Me” groove, which Zhu shares credit to. And while longtime fans will enjoy the return performances of singers like Stacey Barthe on “Rebirth,” it’s clear that Year zero marks uncharted territory for the saint. – MEGAN VENZIN
3. Dua Lipa and the Blessed Virgin, Future Nostalgia Club
“I was really shocked at the lack of limits I was given” said Blessed Madonna Billboard In regards to Future Nostalgia Club, his “megamix” of Dua Lipa’s 2020 smash, Nostalgia for the future. Given the roots of the original tracks and said to do what she wanted with them, the Kentucky-born London producer recruited a collection of performing stars like Yaeji, Paul Woolford, Mark Ronson and Moodymann for remixes, in which The Blessed Madonna has also peppered with pop royalty features including Madonna, Stevie Knicks, Missy Elliott and more. From the heavy percussion performance of Horse Meat Disco on “Love Again” to The Blessed Madonna’s own ecstatic edition of “Love Is Religion”, a ready-made revamp of one of the year’s best albums. was both a clever marketing maneuver and a happy bridge between the Top 40 and the dancefloor. – K. Bain
2. Disclosure, Energy
When the Lawrence brothers entered the studio to record their third studio album, they came up with a plan: to make as many songs as possible and cut them down to the best of the best. What makes a song “the best?” According to the UK. duet, it’s the pleasure you have in doing it, the ease with which the melody and the lyrics come through. There is a magical spark to these moments, and that ineffable energy is truly the heart of this 11-track groove festival. The disclosure hit hard for a year without clubs, dropping lightning bolts on the dance floor with star-studded features from Kelis to Common, Channel Tres, slowthai, Kehlani, Syd and more. Mix vibrations and styles from all over the world, Energy is a true instant classic – and the Grammys agree, naming the LP for Best Dance / Electronic Album. – KAT BEIN
1. Jessie Ware, What is your pleasure?
“This is Studio 54 again,” said radio programmer Billboard describing the current moment of indebted nostalgia pop of the 70s and 80s. Despite closed clubs and festivals, disco-pop singers made people dance. Dua Lipa offered fresh vitality, Róisín Murphy raw freshness, Kylie Minogue seasoned optimism. What about Jessie Ware? Jessie Ware brought the drama, honey!
For starters, the title of Ware’s fourth studio album winks, nods and questions: What is your pleasure? Returning to her club roots, the London-based artist told Complex she “went to the studio to make a record that made people want to dance, flirt and have sex.” Indeed, from the first stretched strings of the opener “Spotlight” – whose video could be an advertisement for clothes you can’t afford – the album is glamorous and sensual, understated but daring, a dream sequence. cinematic rendered in blush and burgundy.
Ware offers radiant and cheeky dances on the dance floor (“Soul Control”, “Read My Lips”) designed for peak hours under the disco ball, but some of WYP?The best pieces of (“In Your Eyes”, “Adore You”, “Remember Where You Are”) are also the slowest and most vulnerable, far from bright lights but still animated by a rhythmic passion. While these songs about love, lust, and the effect of a single touch took on a different context in an era when we were discouraged from even stroking our own faces, the new take on a classic style served as a warm comfort during a lonely year. – KRYSTAL RODGRIGUEZ