Suggested by Franky Anderson www.facebook.com/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 http://www.thIIIrd.com/
Merge, Album (full-length)
Electronic, but utilizing very organic samples in a unique way.
Suggested by Matt
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
self-published, Album (full-length)
Suggested by Nathan Crepeault (Duane Wilson) www.audionate.com
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)
Dark & deep. Awesome synths. The remix is close to the original, never overdone but… better
Suggested by Unruhe http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unruhe-Peacemakers/309507765969
Voices Of Dust
Modern Love, Album (full-length)
It’s weird, droney, and extremely interesting to listen to.
Suggested by Cretin Dilettante
Liberation Through Hearing
Modern Love, Album (full-length)
Boomkat / http://www.myspace.com/pookawig
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