An EDM Playlist That Won’t Induce A Headache

From Coachella, where the massive Sahara tent has come to overshadow the fest's indie rockers, to "European-style" clubs popping up in the once guitar-friendly neighborhood of Williamsburg, electronic music has never been bigger. Seeming to coincide with dance music's rise to global dominance, DJs appear to have started a worldwide competition as to who can make the the biggest, brashest, most attention-grabbing composition. Artists with metal-inspired synths in 2007 (we're looking at you, Justice) have been blasted away — almost literally — by Skrillex's almighty bass wubs and Swedish House Mafia's see-it-from-orbit lightshow.
Yet, along with everyone infusing mid-level wobbles in each of his or her songs, there are, and have always been, musicians making headier, more patient dance tracks. We've gathered 20 of our recent (and semi-recent) favorites to share with you. There's nothing wrong with dropping the bass when you need to, but if you're in the mood for something a little less intense, we think these will do nicely.

Disclosure – "You & Me"
Kuhrye-oo – ""Give In (For the Fame) - Ryan Hemsworth Remix"
Jon Hopkins – "Open Eye Signal"
Slava – "Girl Like Me"
Rustie – "After Light (feat. AlunaGeorge)"
Lone – "Cthulhu"
Natasha Kmeto – "Dirty Mind Melt"
Mount Kimbie – "Made To Stray"
DJ Koze – "Nices Wölkchen"
araabMUZIK – "Never Have to Worry"
Maya Jane Coles – "Easier to Hide"
John Talabot – "So Will Be Now... feat. Pional"
Leon Vynehall – "Title #7"
Braxton – Creeper, Pt. 1 - "Solar Year Remix"
Giraffage – "Even Though (feat. XXYYXX)"
Jeremy Greenspan & Laurie Spiegel – "Drums&Drums&Drums"
James Blake – "CMYK"
Gold Panda – "Burnt-Out Car in a Forest"
Actress – "Ascending"
Daft Punk – "Doin' it Right"

Above clockwise from left: Photo Courtesy of Mount Kimbie, Daft Punk, Disclosure, Rustie

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