The Waves
mexican Summer, Album (full-length)

It’s different yet very familiar. It’s Cocteau Twins, The Cure, JaMC and all things 4AD without being any of those things completely. It washes over your ears. You can listen to it and be happy or melancholy. It just enhances the mood you’re in. My favorite record this year by far.

Suggested by brad

Brainfeeder, Album (full-length)

Label URL: I chose a Bleep link for the other field as I read emphasis on music. Anyway, I haven’t been paying attention to musical releases much this year and was inspired by this post to look around and see what I missed. I’m glad I did because I found this. I have been really excited for Teebs full length debut ever since I heard him in an XLR8R podcast on the LA sound, or maybe a Mary-Anne Hobbs mix, don’t remember. I’m pretty sure the track I heard was My Whole Life, and I wanted more. This records does not disappoint. Its beautiful music, ethereal yet very tactile sampled instrumental textures, with wonderful harmonic/melodic language, pulsing with a laid back groove. If you are are into Flying Lotus or Nosaj Thing, chances are you will dig Teebs.

Suggested by jonnyfive nope

Coma Cat
Permanent Vacation, Single

It always hard for me to narrow down my favorites of the year as I listen to so much new and old in a given year. Although Tensnake has been releasing a good amount of material this year (compilations and other singles), I found this to be his best output and have barely grown tired of playing this track all year (on a slight change of subject, his track narrowly won out against the Lindstrom & Christabelle album). While Italo-disco and other electronic disco offshoots experienced a sort of revival in the last 3-5 years, I generally think 2010 was the year latter 80s/early 90s style House resurged. Personally, I think Tensnake led the pack with this fantastic single

Suggested by Mike

Machinarium, the game, also spawned Machinarium, a lovely soundtrack.

Machinarium OST
Tomas Dvorak
(inner_fx) Tomas Dvorak, Album (full-length)

It’s the most beautiful, interesting, inspiring, emotional music I’ve heard this year. I really like the mix of metallic, percussive sounds, acoustic instruments and ambient drones. Been listening to it all the time!

Suggested by Hannes Pasqualini

RSVP Records (Italy), Album (full-length)

They are overlooked even in their own country, and greatly deserving of more attention. The album has some of the best synth sounds in a rock environment i have heard, perfectly integrated within each composition and not just an embellishment. Of course i am biased, as i know them well and have seen them grow over the years but this is precisely why i see this album as a special accomplishment. I don’t know if it’s the best, but it’s definitely my favourite album of 2010.

Suggested by Robin F.

True Zebra
True Zebra, Album (full-length)

1 person did everything. Writing, recording, programing, producing etc…

Suggested by Steve Habsch

tourist history
two door cinema club
glassnote, Album (full-length)

very accessible music with catchy rhythms, lyrics, structure. if you like to dance, this is fun and high energy with good opportunities for remixing.

Suggested by john cupp (cupperwear)

True Anomaly
Two Quiet Suns
Public Spaces Netlabel, EP

Great free music (CC-Licensed) from a great Netlabel!

Suggested by Oracle Bones

Album (full-length)

For me this was one of the highlights of 2010.

Suggested by Eric Thoolen

As Always, But Never Before
InGrooves, Album (full-length)

It’s a classic album that I feel is one of the best kept secrets in the world. I feel like I’m in some bizarre musical elite simply for ever having heard of it.

Suggested by Mike

Nema EP
3d Strike, EP

The most amazing and professional Ukraine/Russian electronic musician. Very creative, make about 2-3 tracks per week, and they sounds finished and full. Every track he make has Vakula style sound, he make fantastic sound.

Suggested by Tim

Brainfeeder, Album (full-length)

The album is an excellent mixture between LA Beat Scene and ambiance. I’m a big fan of sample based music, Teebs is right up there in quality with Flying Lotus or DJ Shadow. Impressive production too. I’m sure he used logic or something to compose the and chop all of the samples here, however… the guy is using just a Roland SP 404 to perform live! Similar to Four Tet’s live technique, pretty amazing manipulation for such a small sampler.

Suggested by John

  • Wow, this has given me a lot of new, good music to sift through. Thanks!

  • I suppose I only have myself to blame for not nominating it, but I am surprised nobody else thought of Oval: O. After almost a decade from his last record, Markus Popp returns with a fantastic new sound: sharp, crystal clear, the sounds of particles ricocheting off marble surfaces. With some tasty drum breaks too 😉 Think it was produced on his custom Oval software – although I might be wrong about that…

  • Carl Lumma

    What, nobody mentioned knowsur's NANA WODORI?

  • drrn

    As much as I love Burial's "Untrue," it's from 2007 not 2010.

  • james

    Yes! Si, well fucking done.

  • strunkdts

    Sorry, no review for AlvaNoto BlixaBargeld apart from, with a pedigree like that how do you go wrong?. The sonic palette is perfect.

    Big props also to Kollektive Turmstrausse (whom i also only just discovered last year) The maighty Demdike Stare who just seem to get better, Caribou and the release from Roj. (Ghost Box is the bomb!)

    Heres looking forward to even better revelations this year.

  • What, no Shobaleader One?

  • FreakWithoutACause

    A Michael Jackson video cover with no crotch-grabbing?!?! Aren't Pomplamoose the couple from that car commercial? Anywhoo, great to see Balam Acab get a nod. Their EP is in steady rotation on my iPod.

  • pomplamoose and pendulum

    thanks for keeping your ears to the streets for me fellas

    (im just fronting though, i really had to dig to find scoffs)

  • wow thnx for demdike stare!

  • Awesome.  Bought Cosmo D and Eskimo Spy, added a few more to my Amazon list.

    I thought "Cosmo D" was a familiar name — I'm pretty sure he released a free cello sample set a couple years ago.

  • Sarah

    the new kyle bobby dunn is the most gorgeous release i've heard in 10+ years. good list. 

  • Where is Shackleton´s Fabric Mix? Forget the fact that its "fabric" or a "mix"; as a whole, its without a doubt the most engaging, organic, seductive piece of music of the last DECADE! haha… thats just my opinion.. but seriously… its futuristic, its atavistic, its structure is at first glance simple but its foundations are incredibly detailed and crafted. He´s one of the few producers in recent memory who´s music managed to become its own archetype…

  • I just want to say thank you to those of you who've taken the time to listen/download/purchase my album. A friend of mine submitted this on my behalf and I'm so pleased he has. Thanks again, Cheers!

  • If I can make this humble suggestion:

    If you fancy some psychedelic space melodies. 🙂

  • Dave Dri

    @Johan – Agreed on the Shackleton mix. I recently had a mammoth roadtrip with my editor, and somewhere between Brisbane and Sydney I was lost in a 2am-on-the-highway daze through that mix. It's pretty dense, and very interesting in the right space. I'd love to see some of the producers of this stuff in the studio. 

    As for me, my picks of 2010 are on Page 34 of 3D World's end of year issue:&nbsp ; Needless to say, I was a big fan of the new Chemical Brothers album (listening to it on high-end cans is a mind-blowing step forward in production values, and erm, invincible EMS Synthi analogue goodness), but the Gold Panda album surprised me. Unsurprisingly…. the new Bonobo album is still on high rotation. Black Sands is so good that I listen to it whole – even the intro track. 

    Final note for the dancefloor inclined? Don't miss out on Technasia's 'Central'. It is an accomplished display of "less is more" production, crafted to fit the album format like Josh Gabriel's incredible 'Eight' only a few years before. Gush, swoon and appreciate : )

  • Thanks for the nomination. Much appreciated.

  • @Crashproof,

    Cosmo D here… I did release a sample library a few years back… the Solo improvisations + Beats album is another skew of my cello explorations.  Thanks Nate C for the mention!

  • Wendell

    Slacker latecomer here, who missed the call for nominations. I'd offer Pale Sketcher's "Pale Sketches Demixed" album. Self-indulgent and sentimental in all the right ways, IMNSHO. Yet another winning project from Justin Broadrick. (Cool with this post not being approved due to late late late submission.)