Broken Bells
Broken Bells
Album (full-length)

Suggested by Franky Anderson

Hyperdub, Album (full-length)

I love the original sounds and feel this music has, and I believe it should be part of a best of because everyone I show this too seems to really like it.

Suggested by thIIIrd

Merge, Album (full-length)

Electronic, but utilizing very organic samples in a unique way.

Suggested by Matt

Chris Harvey
Chris Harvey, Album (full-length)

It’s a brilliant chill out & relax CD with a few surprises, well worth a listen.

Suggested by Michelle Hooper

Cello Improvisations + Beats Vol. 1
Cosmo D
self-published, Album (full-length)

Suggested by Nathan Crepeault (Duane Wilson)

Cloudkicker, Album (full-length)

Stellar, home produced instrumental music that has popped up on a lot of people’s top ten this year, despite Ben being virtually unknown.

Suggested by Ryan R Miller

Journey to Freedom
De De Mouse
rhythm zone, Album (full-length)

I enjoyed De De Mouse’s previous albums, but the release of his indescribable album Journey to Freedom instantly propelled him into my favorite artists of all time. It’s difficult to describe De De Mouse’s music with any justice. Some might call it indie/electropop meets bizarre electronica/drum’n’bass. His music is ridiculously energetic, playful, infectious, and beautiful. De De Mouse’s signature sound has always been his tuned and sliced up vocals, but in this album he doesn’t overuse them. In fact, he eschews this style altogether in the title track, which contrasts hard hitting beats with peaceful, uplifting synthesizer lines. Being a Japanese artist, he doesn’t receive as much attention in the western world, but Journey to Freedom is one album from 2010 that should definitely not be overlooked.

Suggested by David Cummings

Backroom (Dopamine remix)
Trapez, EP

Dark & deep. Awesome synths. The remix is close to the original, never overdone but… better 🙂

Suggested by Unruhe

Voices Of Dust
Demdike Stare
Modern Love, Album (full-length)

It’s weird, droney, and extremely interesting to listen to.

Suggested by Cretin Dilettante

Liberation Through Hearing
Demdike Stare
Modern Love, Album (full-length)
Boomkat /

As far as I’m concerned, Demdike Stare absolutely owned 2010. Despite their uncompromising and at times bleak sonics, this duo made major waves among fans of techno, dubstep, ambient, drone, industrial, hauntology and world psychedelia–in other words, almost anyone listening to experimental electronic music in 2010. Miles Whitaker and Sean Canty released at least two full lengths, a gorgeous EP, several ace mixes and a podcast or two as Demdike Stare in the space of a year, not to mention launching a label and recording separately as well. Of these many essential documents, Liberation Through Hearing remains the standout, a record of such acute sensitivity to sonic detail and originality that it’s hard to overstate the accomplishment. Perfectly blending sample-sourced material with original electronic production, Demdike Stare blur the lines between organic and synthetic, futuristic and antiquarian. On vinyl, the perfectly balanced drones and washes, subliminal beats and disembodied voices are rendered exquisitely by Dubplates and Mastering, whose work here should win some kind of award, while the group’s sleeve designs were perhaps the year’s most striking. Though sold out of the initial, limited vinyl run, all three works in the group’s Modern Love triptych will be available, with bonus material, on cd next year.

Suggested by Mike M. nah

  • 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.)