Flying Lotus
Warp, Album (full-length)

Freelance Whales
Mom & Pop Records, Album (full-length)

Best Indie/Electronic/Pop record of 2010. Use of unusual instruments : harmonium, banjo. Cool & Fresh sound. Impossible not to love this LP.

Suggested by YYF

The Sound of Love Impermanent
Ant-Zen, Album (full-length)

It’s a sharp departure from Ginormous’ own industrial-influenced downtempo/IDM sound, while moving into a more ambient/shoegaze influenced sound, the album is a journey in and of itself. Inspired and composed by and for a ballet of a collaborator, every part of the album pulls you along into every other, making you yearn for what will come next, while leaving you to wonder about the parts that came before. Just really damn brilliant.

Suggested by Candle Nine

Sine Language triple album
Grains of Sound
AlterCulture, Album (full-length)

Unique triple album, has 1 CD of upbeat, 1 CD of downtemp, 1 CD of beatless ambient, each volume explores different styles and energy levels but of one unified vibe. Also, released a music video for a song off the ambient CD, with footage of Earth from space, provided by the European Space Agency,

sincere void
root strata, Album (full-length)

overlooked by all the main lists for this type of music (boomkat, wire, etc.)

Suggested by renรฉ

gate code
muti music, Single

fresh style.

Suggested by chace

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Hitori Tori
Fwonk, EP

Hitori Tori uses the Ohm64 and Renoise in an unconventional way. This EP is sort of the album version of what we’ve been seeing on YouTube. His blog, for good measure:

Suggested by Dac Chartrand

Leilani (Nite Club remix)
Hidden Shoal Recordings, Remix

The dream pop of the Hotels has little in common with electronic dance music, and previous Nite Club remixes have had a hip-hop style. So when this remix turned out to be oldskool jungle, it came out of nowhere. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The shoegaze meets drum’n’bass concept is unique, but Nite Club makes it work. When the wobbly bass hits, I feel like melting. Although there has been a plethora of awesome music released in 2010, I’ve kept coming back to this one track. It definitely deserves some attention, and I hope it inspires more indie-jungle remixes in 2011.

Suggested by Agargara

  • 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 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.)