Saturday, December 18, 2010
Favorite Albums of 2010
14. Beach House - Teen Dream
More of what we've come to expect from Beach House - muted guitar arpeggios, plainly simple percussion, creepy church organs and the chanteuse of Victoria Legrand. Far more than promising, though, this is damn near perfection.
13. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
The reigning king of indie-friendly, instrumental hip-hop beats has a free jazz freak-out.
Flying Lotus - Quakes (non-album track)
12. RxRy - VAEIOUWLS
One of three full-length albums the enigmatic and prolific RxRy released for free download this year, each of which were nearly equal in excellence, VAEIOUWLS stuck out for some reason. Ambient electronica as a replacement to R.E.M. sleep.
11. Dem Hunger - Caveman Smack
Equal parts FlyLo in formaldehyde and J Dilla on DMT, Dem splices found sound samples on top of coke-spoon-cooked beats. This is some seriously fucked up shit right here. It's awesome.
Dem Hunger - Fried Squid
10. Teengirl Fantasy - 7AM
A heavenly trinity of ambient synth textures, four-to-the-floor dance beats and the downright groove of disco. Featuring "Cheaters" and "Floor to Floor," two of the best songs of the year.
Teengirl Fantasy - Floor To Floor
09. Toro Y Moi - Causers Of This
One of the founding fathers of chillwave proves he's capable of much more than hypnagogic pop, ably navigating through dance, disco, hip-hop, R&B and psych-pop.
08. Autre Ne Veut - Autre Ne Veut
Imagine Paul Simon and Prince smoking a ton of weed and improvising some tweaked-out R&B jamz. You're getting close, but you're not there yet...
07. Wild Nothing - Gemini
Unabashedly 80s, the melodies across these jangly guitar and synth pop tunes will live with you long after each listen.
Wild Nothing - Summer Holiday
06. Caribou - Swim
A pop-friendly, psychedelic kaleidoscope of earth-toned electronica for your next walkabout.
05. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
A grittier, house-ier Annie Lennox is bound, gagged and tortured, then given full access to an array of samples and synthesizers to release her rage.
04. How To Dress Well - Love Remains
Sounds like tape recordings of Justin Vernon covering Luther Vandross, drenched in cough syrup and played back through a blown-out, wood-paneled speaker.
How To Dress Well - Ready For The World
03. Four Tet - There Is Love In You
Achingly beautiful compositions with magnificent melodies and pulsating percussion, repeated to hypnotic effect.
02. Baths - Cerulean
Startlingly excellent, fresh debut from a burgeoning beatmaker who is acutely aware that music impacts the heart earlier and more powerfully than anything else. Producer Will Wiesenfeld's beats bubble, flutter, sparkle and throb - we can't help but fall in love.
Baths - Maximalist
You by Gold Panda