Say Goodbye To Useless
Mush Records, Album (full-length)

Easily my favourite electronic album of the year. It’s hard to describe what genre it fits into, just give it a listen!

Suggested by Ycros

Klipmode, Album (full-length)

These guys are so inspiring. Their futuristic hip-hop derivative travels to the edge of acceptable rhythmic deviance and back, with silky synths and fearless style.

Suggested by Chris

When Ra Meets Anzar
DoosC Production, Single

Creative Commons music rules ! I like the way this music is built on free samples with free softwares. It is the sound of a free spirit and it’s freely good !!! When you listen to it, just close your eyes and think about gods, pyramids and ancient egypt… Soniczbra

Suggested by Soniczbra

All You Need Is Now
Duran Duran
Tape Modern, exclusive iTunes album

The new, self-realised, Duran Duran album – produced by Mark Ronson – is a true music gem. It’s not just for the Mark Stent mixing, or the Ted Jensen mastering: this is a real masterpiece on his own – a 9-tracks digital dream which lets you in need for the 14-tracks CD release (coming in February ’11).

Suggested by Franco (no)

Lowin, Album (full-length)

Because I haven’t heard anything like it before, yes that sounds like a cliché but there is always some truth behind a cliché….Imagine a mixed up combination of Sigur Ros, Brian Eno and My Bloody Valentine with a pinch of dub hidden beneath it. Eklin creates dream like soundscapes, without becoming boring or sterile. The female voice is used as an instrument and adds to the eerie atmosphere. Best listened to with headphones on while the sun sets and the night is setting in. Definitely my recommend music from 2010!

Suggested by BjornW

Pop Negro
El Guincho
Young Turks, Album (full-length)

Because it’s fresh and it’s a good example of contamination in music in 2010, mixing a pop attitude with experimentation. Moreover the songs are really good and the use of spanish language doesn’t make them sound latin, the sound is very international instead: spanish language only adds an exotic touch which fits very well with the sound Pablo Diaz-Reixa (aka El Guincho) offers to the public

Suggested by pierlu

Location Momentum
Important Records, Album (full-length)

Because It’s what I like in music, bass and minimalism.

Suggested by Filip Skubal

Does It Look Like I’m Here?
Editions Mego, Album (full-length)

Unbe­liev­ably beau­ti­ful, cap­ti­vat­ing synth music from a band I’d not even heard of when the year began. If the 80s had sounded like THIS, per­haps we wouldn’t have needed so much hair gel.

Suggested by Michael Heumann

So Kimpsey
Eskimo Spy
Hospice Media, EP

My favorite thing about this album is that there’s so much attention to detail. I feel like a lot of electronic artists fall into the loop mentality where they just loop things until they feel it’s looped enough. With Eskimo Spy, there is almost no repetition, he’s constantly throwing new things at you. Definitely worth a listen for fans of Clark (especially Boddy Riddle). And it’s free to boot!

Suggested by Isaac Halvorson

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  • Agargara

    Wow, this has given me a lot of new, good music to sift through. Thanks!

  • Henderson

    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.

  • Ryan

    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.

  • eclectic reader

    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)

  • franz

    wow thnx for demdike stare!

  • Crashproof

    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. 

  • Johan

    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…

  • Eskimo Spy

    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!

  • Casimir's Blake

    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 : )

  • Eric Beam

    Thanks for the nomination. Much appreciated.

  • Cosmo D


    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.)