Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Best Music of 2009

No numbers or top tens, just music that was very good in 2009. I listened to these releases a lot at home, in the car, and played them often on Swoon. I've probably missed a few. It was a good year for music.

Best albums:

Moderat: Moderat (Bpitchcontrol)
Union Jack: Pylon Pigs (Platipus)
Mirko Loko: Seventynine (Cadenza)
The Black Dog: Further Vexations (Soma)
Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Paw Tracks)
You Say Party! We Say Die!: XXXX (Paper Bag)
Cio d'Or: Die Faser (Prologue)
Circlesquare: Songs About Dancing and Drugs (K7)
Tiga: Ciao! (Turbo)

Best compilations/mixes:

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Len Faki: Berghain 03
Konrad Black: Watergate 03
Dixon: Temporary Secretary

Best EPs/singles:

Guy J: Lamur (Bedrock)
Art of Trance: Swarm (Platipus)
ASC: Focus Inwards/Porcelain
Henry Saiz: The Madre Noche EP (Renaissance)
Nathan Fake: Hard Islands (Border Community)
Pinch: Attack of the Giant Killer Robot Spiders (Planet mu)
Gatekeeper/Appleblim: Hades/Tomb VIP (Immerse)
Extrawelt: Deine Beine (Traum)
Extrawelt: Remixes (Cocoon)
V/A: In the North (Dust Science)
Idioma: Landscape (MKG)
Scuba: Aesaunic (Hot Flush)
Samuli Kemppi: No One Can Hear Your Echo In Space (Prologue)
Stephen Beaupre: Achaemenid/Lotus Eaters (Wagon Repair)
Mount Kimbie: Sketch on Glass (Hot Flush)

Best tracks from above releases and others:

Moderat: Out Of Sight, Seamonkey, Slow Match, Les Grandes Marches, No 22
Union Jack: Papillon, Longhorn, Lifeblood, Triclops, Funnelweb
Mathew Jonson: When Love Feel Likes Crying (Wagon Repair)
Damian Lazarus: It's Raining Today (Get Physical)
Radio Slave: RJ (Running Back)
Radio Slave: Neverending (Ostgut Ton)
Len Faki: BX 3 (Ostgut Ton)
Guy J: Lamur (Henry Saiz remix)
Fergie: Anon (King Unique's Onanonanon mix) (Excentric)
Guy Gerber: Timing (Cocoon)
Tim Wolff: Sostenuto
Burial: Fostercare (Hyperdub)
Claude von Stroke: Vocal Chords (Dirtybird)
Italoboyz: The Pink Unicorn (Live in Tokyo) (Dirtybird)
Pan Pot: Confronted (Mobilee)
SIS: Barbarossa
Anti-Pop Consortium: Volcano (Four Tet instrumental) (Big Dada)
Cex: Lazt Gasp (Tigerbeat)
Cex: Criticality (Tigerbeat)
My My & Emika: Price Tag (Appleblim & Komonazmuk mix) (AUS)
Gus Gus: Add This Song (Patrick Chardronnet mix) (Kompakt)
Joy Orbison: Hyph Mngo (Hot Flush)
Mirko Loko: Sidonia, Around the Angel, On Fire, Bluebook
Cio d'Or: Goldbrokat, Wildseide
The Black Dog: Dark House, Biomantric Life, Dada Minstab, Later Vexations, Kissing Someone Else's DOG
Idioma: Landscapes (Shit Robot mix) (MKG)
Samuli Kemppi: Joiku (Prologue)
Danton Eeprom: Confessions Of An English Opium Eater (Infine)
Scuba: Aesaunic, Reverse
Basic Soul Unit: Things Pass (Ostgut Ton)
Timo Maas: Bite the Dust
Telefon Tel Aviv: Stay Away From Being Maybe, Helen of Troy
Radiohead: Reckoner (Henry Saiz Vocal Mantra mix)
Mochipet: Michael Jackson Loves Dubstep
Luciano: Celestial (Cadenza)
Omar Faruk Tekbilek: Hasret (Flosstradamus mix)
Appleblim & Ramadanman: Sous Le Sable
Aufgang: Channel 7 (You & Me remix by John Talabot) (Infine)
Mark Pritchard: 3/4 Heart (Original by Black Dog) (Warp)
Clark: So Malleable (Original by Milanese) (Warp)
LFO: LFO (Luke Vibert mix) (Warp)
LFO: What Is House? (Autechre mix) (Warp)
Aphex Twin: Vordhosbn (Leila mix) (Warp)
Extrawelt: Trummerfeld (Oliver Huntemann mix) (Cocoon)
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts: Odysee (Circus Company)
CFCF: Monolith (Paper Bag)

Worst track of 2009: That track with autotune. Actually, all the tracks with autotune. Die, autotune, die. (Bring back the vocoder!)