The global pandemic has not only wreaked havoc on the dance music community and daily life, it has distorted our sense of time. We are already halfway through 2020 and as such it seems appropriate to acknowledge the dance music albums that have been released so far, although they may not yet be experienced in live performances.
EDMTunes conducted an internal survey of staff editors to find the top 10 albums so far this year. Here is the top 10, plus an honorable mention for 11th place. There were also quite a few links.
1. Armin Van Buuren – RELAXED
The Trance King came out on top with the most votes for RELAXED, a downtempo remix compilation of many of the most beloved tracks from his 20-plus-year career. Armin has been relatively calm during quarantine, but made a huge statement when releasing the album on May 29. It includes relaxing and tropical house treatments on classics like ‘In and out of love, ”Fine without you,’ and ‘Do it right. ‘ Some tracks get more than a redesign, including ‘Be mistaken‘ and ‘This is what it feels like. ‘ There are acoustic versions of recent songs, including ‘Everything goes down‘ and ‘All on me. ‘ Notably, no two tracks sound the same, yet again proving his legendary status.
2. Kygo – The Golden Hour
Kygothe third studio album by Golden hour, also released on May 29, is full of contagious house tunes and major collaborations. The Norwegian producer has partnered with Whitney houston for ‘Stronger love, ‘ A republic for ‘Lose someone, ‘ Sandro Cavazza for ‘Beautiful, ‘to name a few.
3. Duke Dumont – Duality
Duke Dumont, one of the most respected house producers, released his debut album on April 17th. Duality understands his greatest success, ‘Ocean drive, ‘the first single’Therapy, ‘and eight other groovy and soulful songs.
4. JOYRYDE – COURAGEOUS
Tied for third place is COURAGEOUS, the debut album from the English bass house producer JOYRYDE. The album with 18 tracks that make you want to get up and dance was released on April 3.
5. Jason Ross – 1000 faces
The Anjunabeats star expanded his range as an artist with his first full album, 1000 faces, published on January 24 on Seven Lions‘ Ophelia Archives. Fittingly, it includes a necklace with seven lions, ‘You knew before. ‘ Ross launches into a new sound with ‘The one who ran away‘with the future rising star of the bass Dabin and Dylan matthieu, the singer of several Calumny shots.
6. Tiesto – London sessions
Spots 6-8 are a three-way tie that includes the EDM godfather. Tiësto released their sixth studio album, London sessions, with radio hits including ‘Jackie chan‘May 15th.
7. Tycho – Simultaneous broadcast
american musician Tycho releases its sixth studio album Simultaneous broadcast—An instrumental version of his 2019 album Time-February 28.
8. Galante – Church
The Swedish duo released their third studio album, Church, February 7. He stays true to their cheerful electro house brand.
9. Caribou – Suddenly
The final places for the best albums are another tie at three. canadian producer Dan Snaith released their tenth studio album Suddenly February 28 under his Caribou stage name.
10. Spektre – On a dark background
Spektre officially released his new album, “Against a Dark Background” earlier this year. A dark and intense peak-hour techno album, the album is best illustrated by “Black Heart” which re-imagines the classic “Listen To Your Heart”.
11. ATTLAS – Lavender god
canadian producer Jeff Hartford, better known as ATTLAS, released an ambient house album Lavender god on the Mau5trap label January 31.
12. Wehbba – Straight lines and sharp angles
Drumcode’s Wehbba released this roaring techno-packed album that contains several techno-set pillars from 2019 and 2020.