Editors Note: This is a staff-sourced article. We feel this list is extremely difficult to calculate as there are too many factors at play. We allow our staff to submit their favorite choices based on personal opinions and individual tastes.
In the current era of electronic music, it is up to the artists who still possess original sounds to keep things pure. New music is always being released, original music isn’t.
This past year has seen fans’ expectations skyrocket and lean into extremes; crowds have immersed themselves into deeper pockets of niche subgenres, new categories have just been discovered, and a fresh new batch of fans have entered the scene.
Welcoming this wide-eyed and eager audience was a year of mesmerizing releases – many of which were highly coveted albums. The following list of albums, chosen by the River Beats Dance Staff, includes artists who have been around for years with established legacies as well as some who have just begun to make waves.
From the epochal creations of Chase & Status, Skrillex, and Flume, to the modern inflections of Jade Cicada, EPROM, and Ternion Sound, here is our list of the Top 30 Electronic Albums from 2023 (listed alphabetically).
Bread Winner – Off The Record
Break – Digital World
Chase & Status – 2 RUFF, Vol. 1
Daily Bread – Invisible Cinema
DJ Marky – The Time is Right
Elderbrook – Little Love
EPROM – Syntheism
Flume – Things Don’t Always Go The Way You Plan
G Jones – Paths
GRiZ – Ouroboros
Hyroglifics – I’ll Wait, I Guess
Jade Cicada – Pressure Gamut
K.L.O. – Slow Mode
Koan Sound – Led By Ancient Light
Late Night Radio – Pocket Full of Dreams
LP Giobbi – Light Places
Le Youth – About Us
Lusine – Long Light
Marsh – Endless
Mersiv – Out Of Bounds
Overmono – Good Lies
Ovoid – The Grass Grows Greenest Where The Fire Once Burned
pheel. – echo chamber.
RL Grime – PLAY
Skrillex – Quest For Fire
Sultan + Shepard – Forever, Now
Sustance – Perceived Connections