Rating albums in the electronic music sector is getting more interesting by the year. The bigger the EDM scene gets, the more it is obviously about the DJ and the festival and the "moment" in the club, and less about huge singles and album sales. That's where the money really is, but for the artists, the producers who fell in love with particularly dope albums in the electronic music canon are still trying to make their statement, craft that one definitive work... or just express themselves. With a music scene that's gone back to the singles-driven market, the idea of a great electronic album is still out there, and is appreciated.

2013 saw an interesting group of albums, spread out through a number of genres, some having more of an impact in the mainstream than others. As always, we don't worry about any of those things. DAD's concern is "is this album hot?" Does this album express a particular idea better than any of the others in it's scene? Do you pick and choose between album tracks, or are you running it front to back, and continuing to throw it into rotation? These were the albums that shocked and amazed the DAD staff in 2013, and the ones that helped define this year in electronic music, for us.