Friday, December 19, 2014

top 10 albums of the year: #8


The Juan MacLean - In a Dream

Even though LCD Soundsystem is over, the party continues for Nancy Whang on this warm and bright disco LP. The splashy beats, bass riffs and shiny synths recall vintage New Order. John MacLean and Whang's vocals drive the album home with a soulful breeziness.

"I don’t think In A Dream is a grandiose house record. I wouldn't call it a house record, grandiose, humble or otherwise; ‘humble house – new micro genre in the making. I would barely categorize it as a dance record, although I do refer to it as such primarily to put it into easy context. There certainly are house music references, but I think the main similarity would be more so that many of the things that impacted the creation and evolution of house music also influence Juan and me." -Nancy Whang

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