How To Destroy Angels
How To Destroy Angels
How To Destroy Angels, EP

There is Trent Reznor behind this project… Do I really need to say more? 😀

Suggested by Antonio Bonifacio

iamamiwhoami, Multimedia Campaign

It’s well produced, seems to be self funded, is mostly anonymous… And the live streaming concert was missed by most but was brilliant.

Suggested by Wantless

Midnight Colour
Ital Tek
Planet Mu, Album (full-length)

It’s dubstep but it’s nicely restrained, with IDM-y melodies and warm synth tones.

Suggested by Mike Verdone

Something in the sky
Jeff Mills, A series of EP (from 1 to 6)

Jeff Mills is a god at making what i like to call infinite loops : relative short loops that you can listen again and again without being bored. Repetition + slightly changes act as an hypnotic state trigger. To experience this you need to calm down, close your eyes (if you are not enough recepteive to this music), and focus on it. It creates a kind of carpet for your mind, a sort of private garden cut from time that you can explore in sync with music. Yeah, it’s wicked, and it’s why i love it. Best 2010 sonic experience for me. By the way, Mills create 7 tracks per night. Yes, 7.

Suggested by Cyril

black n white
John Jones Music, Album (full-length)

John Jones delivers some of the best songs of 2010 in his release black n white. A Grammy Award Winner , John demonstrates once again his songwriting craft. He even covers 21st Century Man in an original way.

Suggested by Pierce

Jon McMillion LP
Jon McMillion
NuEarth Kitchen, Album (full-length)

Really good experimental house music. Very far out arrangements and samples.

Suggested by Michele’

Just A Band
Just A Band, Album (full-length)

Just because it’s awesome (what else is there?). I also like the idea of a high tech cultural renaissance happening in Kenya, a country I know almost nothing about aside from predictable preconceptions.

Suggested by Edshugeo The GodMoor

Margins EP
Black Acre, EP

Well honestly I have been paying very little attention to Music in 2010 but just discovered Kelpe this year. I was really into his 2008 record Ex-Aquarium and also dug his 2009 record Cambio-Wechsel, and while I like Ex-Aquarium best of all his releases I am really liking this Margins EP and would like to assist in his exposure to more ears. He also put out an EP recently called Chocolate Money, but I like Margins better than that too.

Suggested by jonnyfive not currently

Chocolate Money EP
Fremdtunes –, EP

As I said Earlier, I discovered this guy this year and was really into his 2008 effort Ex-Aquarium, and prefer the Margins EP he also released in 2010, but after relistening to both maybe I do like this better? Hard to say, both are good, *you* decide, he has SoundCloud teasers for both EPs on his site. (You’ll have to scroll down for Margins EP)

Suggested by jonnyfive not currently

Kollektiv Turmstrasse
, Album (full-length)

As an audiophile I really appreciate it when artists push the boundaries of electronic music and the frequencies of sound they create. It is always a joy to come across talent, especially one foreign in nature, and to be introduced to their entire musical catalog previously unheard of. As a band that continues to create what they want without submitting to mainstream pop music standards, I have the utmost respect of them and their dream.

Suggested by Mobius

  • 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.)