Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Best music of 2010

Here is the music I've enjoyed most this year. I could probably still make some changes, but it's a good record of what I liked to listen to at home and on the road, hummed in my head, and played on Swoon.

Since a typical hour of Swoon is usually 12 tracks long, I went with top 12s for this year's lists. No numbers or rankings, they're all good. As usual, some tracks could easily be placed in a different genre, but that's just the way modern music is, there are plenty of hybrids (and there should be).

Many of these tracks will be featured in January on Swoon, as I recap the year.

Best albums

Mount Kimbie - Crooks and Lovers (Hot Flush)
Scuba - Triangulation (Hot Flush)
Four Tet - There Is Love In You (Domino)
Take - Only Mountain (Alpha Pup)
Caribou - Sun (Merge)
Walls - Walls (Kompakt)
Actress - Splazsh (Honest Jons)
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (Warp)
The Machine - Redhead (Rekids)
Ripperton - Niwa (Green)
The Black Dog - Music For Real Airports (Soma)
Shackleton - Fabric 55 (Fabric)

Best commercial mixes (I don't listen to many)

Martyn: Fabric 50
Traversable Wormhole: The Originals
Traversable Wormhole: The Remixes
Ellen Allien: Watergate 05
Re:Play: 5 Year of Made To Play
Curle 25: So Far, So Good

Best house tracks


MRI - Filthy Lesson (Resopal Schallware)
Kev O’Brien - Valentines and 909s (Manik’s 808 mix) (Deep Vein)
Jet Project - Understand This (Get Digital)
Africa Hi-Tech - How Does It Make U Feel (Warp)
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Objektivity)
Ninca Leece - Feed Me Rainbows (Public Lover remix)
Enola - Proud To Be Somebody
Four Tet - Circling
Fuckpony - I’m Burning Inside (Paul Ritch remix) (bpitchcontrol)
Basic Soul Unit - Night Heat
Radio Slave - I Don’t Need A Cure For This (Rekids)
Touane - The Hornet Pt. 1

Techno

King Unique - Feniksas (Bedrock)
Carl Craig - At Les (Christian Smith’s Tronic Treatment Remix) (Tronic)
Kuniyuki Takahashi - Mercury (dub mix) (Mule)
Martyn - Seventy Four (Redshape mix) (3024)
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts - Helicopter (Circus Company)
Daniel Mehlhart - Deep Crazy Synth (Minilogue mix)
Roman Flugel - Brian Le Bon
Henry Saiz - They Came From The Light (Into the Bliss 2010 version) (Natura Sonoris)
SIS - Scream (Cocoon)
Aberrant - Callisto (Rekids)
Pryda - Inspiration (Pryda)
Sasha - Sparky Lives (V_rtek mix)

Dubstep

Jahcoozi - Barefoot Dub (Ramadanman refix) (bpitchcontrol)
Kyle Hall - Kaychunk (Hyperdub)
Instra:mental - Vicodin
Addison Groove - Footcrab (Swamp81)
Benga - I Come From London (Tempa)
Headhunter - Sex At The Prom (Tempa)
Tiga - Gentle Giant (Martyn’s Heaven remix) (Turbo)
Scuba - Lights Out (Hot Flush)
Sistol - On The Bright Side (Scuba remix)
Kode 9 - You Don’t Wash (Martyn remix) (K7)
Ital Tek - Moment In Blue (Ikonika mix) (Planet mu)
Shackleton - Deadman

Breaks, Post-[insert some genre here]

Hissy Fit - Outdoor Life (Phuturelabs)
Take - Begin End Begin (Alpha Pup)
Mount Kimbie - Blind Night Errand (Hot Flush)
Actress - Supreme Cunnilingus (Honest Jons)
Seuil & dOP - Glory Hole (Watergate)
Caribou - Odessa (Merge)
Pantha du Prince - Es Schneit (Rough Trade)
The Black Dog - Terminal EMA (Soma)
Ms. Thing and Psycho Tanbad - Bonify
dOP - Love Ride (Circus Company)
Hypeartist - Buddha Goes Clubbing (Paul Lyman mix) (Dusted Breaks)
James Blake - CMYK (R&S)

P.S. This my 900th post!