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Top 25 Albums of 2010

 

Posted at 4:00pm, 12/17/2010

Our Top 25 Albums of 2010 list includes debuts from the likes of Baths, The Drums and Toro Y Moi plus great releases from legends like Flying Lotus, LCD Soundsytem and UNKLE. Listen to our playlist below and check out the albums at the right under Related Downloads to learn more about each artist and see similar music suggestions.

Top 25 Albums of 2010 Playlist

Das Racist - Sit Down, Man Das creates this year’s most memorable album, a mix of racial politics - they’re just joking, they’re not joking, just… - acute observation, hipster sensibility, and knowing innuendo. They are also masters at the mike..reminiscent of the best of De La Soul or Tribe with even more indie edge.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today If Lou Reed was starting a band with Joey Ramone and XX, it would sound like the latest from Ariel Pink. This is the sweet spot for Ariel’s bedroom production sensibilities, brining more life, melody, and structure then his previous – more experimental – efforts.

RUSKO - O.M.G.! RUSKO is defining the dubstep movement more than any other producer today, but he brings a musician’s ear to the project and more energy than a crazed monkey.

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening This Is Happening, released May 17th, is the third and purportedly final album from LCD Soundsystem. James Murphy, the imaginative mind behind LCD Soundsystem, is far from the first to combine electronic and rock music, but he does it the best. The album is dedicated to Jerry Fuchs (1974–2009), who had performed drums live with the band on occasion as well as having a big part with other associated DFA acts.

Brian Jonestown Massacre - Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? Watching Dig for the fourth time, might convince you that Anton is dead. Nope. This may be the best thing he’s done yet.

Toro y Moi - Causers of This The multi-cultural juggernaut, Toro Y Moi (a.k.a. Columbia, South Carolina's Chaz Bundick), gathers up the best musical elements from around the globe - R&B, Indie Rock, Electronic Dance and Psychedelica to create a masterpiece of a currently unnamed genre.

Bonobo - Black Sands This is Simon Green, aka Bonobo's, forth effort. He’s moved away from electronic downbeat to create fantastic layers of live instrumental samples that he reassembles into a beautiful, melodic, and longing sound. Plus, Andreya Triana’s vocals are haunting.

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles II The antisocial duo of Ethan Kath and Alice Glass have created an unexpected level of excitement and cult loyalty, clocking up a staggering 50 million plays on MySpace and Last.fm and headlining sold out tours around the world. Produced by Ethan Kath, the tracks on their second self-titled album were recorded and written in contrasting environments around the world, including a church in Iceland, a self-built cabin in Ontario, and a garage behind an abandoned convenience store in Detroit.

Broken Bells - Broken Bells Broken Bells is comprised of James Mercer and Brian Burton a/k/a Danger Mouse. Their first album was released by Columbia Records March 9, 2010. Each a long-time fan of the other’s work, Burton and Mercer first met face-to-face backstage at the 2004 Roskilde Festival in Copenhagen. The pair immediately hit it off and kept in touch over the prevailing half decade and in May 2008 seized the opportunity to finally collaborate on original music together. Broken Bells was pared down from more than 20 pieces of new music written and recorded to the 10 songs that coalesced together the most seamlessly.

Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers The debut album from this experimental dubstep duo came out July 19th on Hotflush Recordings. Dominic Maker and Kai Campos met at university and began making music together in a home studio. Their experimental rhythms lend themselves to the fringes of dubstep, but the inclusion of field recordings and other organic sounds have helped create a truly unique album.

The Drums - The Drums Following a massive wave of critical acclaim, New York City’s own The Drums released their self-titled debut album on Downtown Records this past September. The Drums’ spellbinding sound takes inspiration from elements of some of the greatest bands in history from The Smiths to the The Shangri-las and fuses them with the band’s own raw energy and excitement.

Eugene and the 1914s - Troubles This record represents the other side of the LA scene for us. On the one hand, you have the Diplo/ RUSKO/ Mad Decent phenomena. On the other, there's a melody-driven indie rock side. Eugene and the 1914s are one of the better acts from this side. Eugene Owens (brother of Mars Volta's Ikey Owens) produced this effort with James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and Ryan Adams. They have created a quirky, catchy pop album that combines country, upbeat folk, and 60s rock; moodily mixing Eugene's Sam Cooke-ish whisper vocal stylings with a traditional rock folk vibe.



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