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Best of 2023 - Albums

Kelela

1. Kelela - Raven
Warp

Kelela's astounding, near-ambient "Washed Away" ended up at #3 on my Best Songs of 2022 list, and anticipation was high before her performance at the Fonda here in LA in the spring. The artist emerged alone on a dark, cavernous stage, the music prerecorded—not exactly an unusual tactic for a singer these days. But somehow, as she moved with a zen-like confidence through tracks from Raven, the impression was a kind of supernatural command, as if she was conjuring these sometimes thunderous, sometimes ethereal sounds magically out of the air. It's an appropriate image, as apparently Kelela regrouped during the years since her last album, Take Me Apart, incorporating the catharsis of the Black Lives Matter protests to re-center her art around queer Black womanhood. For sonic assistance, she turned to the cream of the crop of global knob-twiddlers like Kaytra, LSDXOXO, and Nguzunguzu, summoning beats from the spectrum of Black-innovated electronic styles. But far from feeling like a collection of varying sounds, Raven is clear and focused, with a purity that makes even the clubbiest moments feel meditative. Appropriately, the lyrics have the precision of mantras, and when she sings "are you tough enough for love," it feels like both the most personal request of a partner, and a question to all of us.







Yaeji

2. Yaeji - With a Hammer
XL

Another album where my opinion of it has been enhanced by a revelatory live show. I went into Yaeji's April 2023 performance at the Novo in LA without much in the way of expectations, and it turned out to be my favorite live show of the year. She sang to track, but was joined by two dancers and a vibrant, abstract light show, owning the stage with a thrilling display of confidence and wry humor. It reminded me of nothing so much as Madonna during her Blond Ambition tour, accompanied by her two backup singers Donna de Lory and Niki Harris (see the Express Yourself performance at the 1989 VMAs to get the idea). Additionally, if you want to see a Korean-American artist live, you can do worse than see her in LA, where a vibrant Korean fanbase shows up with infectious energy.

All this to say, this show perfectly captured the catharsis and confidence of With a Hammer's transformative fury and irresistable joy. The music has matured past the (admittedly awesome) house-banger energy of 2017's "Raingurl," with a quirky, jazzy spaciousness that allows for even more thrilling modes of expression. Even though Yaeji has said in interviews that anger was a starting point for conceiving this album, each track resolves this anger into inspiring positivity and growth.

 



James Holden

3. James Holden - Imagine This is a High Dimensional Space of All Possibilities
Border Community

Anybody remember the oughties? My main musical enjoyment tool of that era was one of the iPod Classics with an unfathomably-spacious-at-the-time hard drive (160 GB?) onto which I dumped every promo CD that came across my desk, as well as every iffy-quality mp3 of a live DJ set I could track down on the dark corners of the internet. I had hundreds of those, but for many years, my go-to mix on trains and flights and during workouts or long drives or plugged into speakers at parties was a set from British DJ and producer James Holden, recorded live at Piknic Electronik in Montreal in September 2007. Like so much of the music I have adored in my life, from Boards of Canada to Sonic Youth, my slow-to-catch-on brain needed multiple listens to fully grasp the genius of this set, especially since its 3h30m length means it takes its sweet time. Holden was then known for one album and a couple fascinating remixes; one of those, an unlikely version of Madonna's "Get Together," appears in this set, and even in Madge's pantheon of great remixes his stands out, utilizing Madonna's voice only in warped, time-stretched pieces that eventually resolve into two repeated phrases: "it's all an illusion," and "I'll make you feel better."

Those phrases point directly towards Imagine. Holden's patient attention to detail and layered psychedelia come to mature fruition here, diving back into a rave era he was too young and geographically isolated to experience himself (I at least share the latter with him). It's a continuation of his career-long aim for music as entrancement and transcendence, here combining electronics with live and improvisational elements, partially inspired by a rough pandemic experience that encouraged him to put out more "joyous" work. His ethos retains a bit of idealistic politics like on standout single "Common Land," but mostly the goal here is the simplest and most challenging: to free your mind.




Mandy Indiana

4. Mandy, Indiana - I've Seen a Way
Fire Walk

The most exciting debut of the year. This English/French four-piece seemed to take the entirety of music culture and turn it off and on again, emerging with something that's impossible to categorize. It's electronic, sure, but it's also punk, I think, so it maybe fits into a club where Battles or LCD Soundsystem or, uh, Thrill Kill Kult might get played. Did I mention it's in French? Google Translate provides insight into tracks like "Drag [Crashed]," which takes the harrowing perspective of a leering male harassing a young woman, and the relatable "Pinking Shears," which cries: "ce monde de merde m'a épuisée" ("this world of shit has exhausted me"). J'ai compris.




Fever Ray

5. Fever Ray - Radical Romantics
Mute

The Swedish artist continues their exploration of the personal and the political that landed their 2017 album Plunge on my top 10 of that year. In the past, they've explored sexual freedom and queer reimagining of modes of interrelating, but Radical Romantics dives deeper into the universailty of heartbreak and the difficulty of true connection. It renders the title oddly wry: if we're so radical, why does it hurt so much? On "Kandy," they modify their voice down a notch, Prince-style, to seemingly reflect on a lost lover, and the devastating thought that you might never get to express your love, your truth: "what if I die with this song inside?"




L'Rain

6. L'Rain - I Killed Your Dog
Mexican Summer

L'Rain's second album Fatigue was a late entry into my Best Albums of 2021 list, my favorite of what was that year's perhaps coincidental preponderance of real-audio-meets-glitchy-electronica projects. When the first two singles from Killed emerged in August, it seemed like another leap forward for the Brooklyn artist, smashing genre limitations and embracing experimentation. I'll admit the album title is such a shock (we have three dogs now!) it took me a bit of a deep breath before diving in, but it turns out the album is both disarmingly tender and clear-eyed, theatrical in its evocation of passion and heartbreak.





Yo La Tengo

7. Yo La Tengo - This Stupid World
Matador

America’s most malleable of bands has by now been pretty much everything. Where do you land, 39 years (!) into a career of deeply moving, archly wry and rapturously joyous work? You circle back, returning to ground you (and, well, Sonic Youth, most significantly) have already explored and find new paths, new vistas, new approaches to the darkness and beauty of our incredibly dumb, incredible world. As they say on the title track: "It’s killing me... it’s all we have."




Overmono

8. Overmono - Good Lies
XL

It was at their October show at Amsterdam's Paradiso during ADE where I finally sorta grokked that the Welsh sibling duo's whole artistic agenda seems to be carrying the torch for distinctly British electronica. A lot to live up to for the UK, even if you restrict it to actual brothers or guys who are also named Tom and Ed (that's so weird, by the way). Anyway, Overmono, uniquely, balance the melodic adventurousness and techical wonk of artists like Bicep with the brashness and heft of often Black UK innovations like two-step and grime. Their triumphant 2021 single "So U Know" set the stage with its glitchy breaks, and on Good Lies they turn up the beats and the emotion while avoiding the cringey pitfalls of some current Burial wannabes. The Chems are still doing great work (see below), but Overmono seem poised to take on the mantle of distilling the diversity of Britishness into thrilling, pounding anthems.




Xenia Rubinos

9. Clark - Sus Dog
Throttle

The veteran UK producer has veered from brutal techno to hip-hop to soundtracks in his career, but Sus Dog seems to find Clark focused on, well, making an "album," and for the first time, singing lead. The lucky guy has previous collaborator Thom Yorke on board as an "executive" producer, and I'm not sure what that means except that this album does at least somewhat fill the emotional space a Radiohead album might. "Town Crank" leads off with falsetto vocals and a krautrock-y synth groove that wouldn't be out of place on In Rainbows, but then explodes into a pounding beat, the bassline distorting and veering off course. So it's not like he's "reined in," production-wise, but it's fascinating to see Clark's experimental tendencies focused and anchored by his warm, expressive voice.




Sofia Kourtesis

10. Sofia Kourtesis - Madres
Ninja Tune

Seems like now more than ever, everybody in dance music is ending up in Berlin, and I can't let my envy make me mad about it, since the work of the city's immigrants—Peggy Gou! Avalon Emerson! Honey Dijon!—seems to be bursting with creativity. Fellow Berlin transplant Sofia Kourtesis embodies the best of both Berlin and her home of Peru on Madres, an album bursting with emotion and rich with cultural touchstones, but also perfect for the Panorama bar dance floor. Kourtesis' mother's struggles with cancer are at the forefront, and 2022 track Estacion Esperanza (#40, definitely too low, on my singles list that year) samples a gay rights protest, but the mood is somehow always joyful. Madres is music as catharsis while remaining deeply empathetic and inclusive, as warm as a mother's hug.




11. billy woods & Kenny Segal - Maps
(Backwoodz Studioz)
12. Slowdive - Everything is Alive
(Dead Oceans)
13. Jungle - Volcano
(Caiola)
14. PJ Harvey - I Inside the Old Year Dying
(Partisan)
15. Jessica Winter - Limerence
(Lucky Number)
16. Weval - Remember
(Ninja Tune)
17. Kerala Dust - Violet Drive
(PIAS)
18. Elskavon - Origins
(Western Vinyl)
19. Yves Tumor - Praise a Lord Who Chews But Which Does Not Consume; (Or Simply, Hot Between Worlds)
(Warp)
20. Peverelist - Pulse Modulation EP
(Livity Sound
)

21 Mark Hawkins - Venn Diagram (Aus Music)
22 Sabrina Bellaouel - Al Hadr
(InFiné)
23 Laurel Halo - Atlas
(Awe)
24 Amtrac - Extra Time
(Openers)
25 Jayda G - Guy
(Ninja Tune)
26 Seven Davis Jr. - savedbythebell
(Secret Angels)
27 DJ Black Low - Impumelelo
(Awesome Tapes from Africa)
28 Queens of the Stone Age - In Times New Roman...
(Matador)
29 Barry Can't Swim - When Will We Land?
(Ninja Tune)
30 Unknown Mortal Orchestra - V
(Jagjaguwar)

31 Fatoumata Diawara - London Ko
(Wagram)
32 Nia Archives - Sunrise Bang Ur Head Against Tha Wall
(Island)
33 The Chemical Brothers - For That Beautiful Feeling
(Virgin)
34 Alison Goldfrapp - The Love Invention
(Mute)
35 Gorillaz - Cracker Island
(Parlophone)
36 Principles of Geometry - Penta EP
(Tigersushi)


Best of 2023 - Songs

1. Yaeji- "For Granted"
XL

Escalating from a sparse midtempo lope to hyperspeed drum 'n' bass, the beats in "Granted" reflect the lyrics' exploration of emerging from a spiral of self-questioning and then questioning why you're so self-questioning, something anyone with a bit of imposter syndrome will understand.





2. Skrillex, Fred again.., Flowdan - "Rumble"
OWSLA

It took a trip to the UK for Skrillex to find himself again, and lo and behold he comes back reinventing dubstep, moving on from the metallic skronk he pioneered to a staccato mini-wub that everybody immediately copied. Everybody in the jungle, indeed.





3. Overmono - "Good Lies"
XL

The most soaring moment from the ambitious album.





4. Jungle - "Dominoes"
Caiola

While everybody went for the also-great "Back on 74," this straighforward, hypnotic nod to J Dilla grabbed my heart.





5. Hudson Mohawke & Nikki Nair - "Set the Roof"
Warph

The garage-y moment that brought the house down at sweaty clubs the world over.






6. LP Giobbi - "Can't Let You Go"
Ninja Tune

A force for good in the music biz made an irresistible summer singalong.





7. Peggy Gou - "(It Goes Like) Nanana)
XL

Hard to think of a better track to dominate 2023.





8. Thundercat, Tame Impala - "No More Lies"
Ninja

"I"m just kind of ass."





9. Kelela - "Contact"
Warp

Soaring, enveloping breaks, ready to party but discovering something elemental: "now I'm floating away."





10. Chan, Kevin McKay - "Emotion"
Glasgow Underground

Slight, but maybe thanks to its "Get Lucky"-esque unresolved chord pattern, I could not get it out of my head.





11 Nia Archives - "So Tell Me..."
(Island)
12 Alison Goldfrapp - "So Hard So Hot"
(BMG)
13 Everything But the Girl - "Nothing Left to Lose"
(Virgin)
14 Julio Bashmore - "Bubblin'"
(Local Action)
15 Kristin Velvet - "Perfect Division"
(Nothing Else Matters)
16 Fever Ray - "Shiver"
(Mute)
17 Surv - "Lagos to Bamako"
(Surv)
18 L'Rain - "Pet Rock"
(Mexican Summer)
19 Aphex Twin - "Blackbox Life Recorder 21f"
(Warp)
20 James Holden - "Common Land"
(Border Community)

21 PinkPantheress, Ice Spice - "Boy's a Liar Pt. 2"
(Warner UK)
22 SBTRKT - "L.F.O. (feat. Sampha & George Riley)"
(Save Yourself)
23 Lupe - "Until the Drum Speaks"
(Pets)
24 Weval - "Don't Lose Time"
(Technicolour)
25 Actress - "Push Power ( a 1 )"
(Ninja Tune)
26 DJ HEARTSTRING - "Heartbreak Repair System"
(Universal)
27 Asake - "Amapiano [ft. Olamide]"
(YBNL Nation)
28 Jungle - "Back on 74"
(Caiola)
29 Yves Tumor - "Heaven Surrounds Us Like a Hood"
(Warp)
30 Christine and the Queens - "To be honest"
(Because)

31 Anish Kumar - "Care About Me"
(AWAL)
32 Pangaea - "Installation"
(Hessle)
33 Giulia Tess - "Gloves"
(LG105)
34 Fever Ray - "Carbon Dioxide (Avalon Emerson remix)"
(Mute)
35 George Riley, Hudson Mohawke - "S e x"
(Ninja Tune)
36 Yu Su - "I Want an Earth"
(Pinchy)








 

 


 

Previous Years
2022
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Mohawke1. Hudson Mohawke - Cry Sugar
2. Wet Leg - S/T
3. Kendrick Lamar - Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers
4. The Soft Pink Truth - Is It Going to Get Any Deeper Than This?
5. Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B
6. Daphni - Cherry
7. Alvvays - Blue Rev
8. TDJ Python, Ela Minus - (heart)
9. Whatever the Weather - S/T
10. The Smile - A Light For Attracting Attention

SINGLES

Altrice1. Altrice - "bda Creature"
2. Hudson Mohawke - "Bicstan"
3. Kelela - "Washed Away"
4. Two Shell - "home"
5. Eliza Rose, Interplanetary Criminal - "B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)"
6. Fatoumata Diawara, Damon Albarn - "Nsera"
7. KH - "Looking At Your Pager"
8. LF System - "Afraid to Feel"
9. DECIUS - "Look Like a Man"
10. Jessie Ware - "Free Yourself"

2021
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Low1. Low - Hey What
2. Bicep - Isles
3. Space Afrika - Honest Labour
4. L'Rain - Fatigue
5. Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
6. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
7. Joy Orbison - still slipping vol. 1
8. Tyler, The Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
9. Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa
10. Madlib - Sound Ancestors

SINGLES

India Jordan1. Anz - "You Could Be"
2. Dusky - "Hildegard"
3. TSHA - "Power"
4. Sylvester - "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Soulwax For Despacio Remix)"
5. Low - "Days Like These"
6. Helado Negro - "Outside the Outside"
7. Jayda G - "All I Need"
8. DJ Tennis - "Atlanta"
9. ABSOLUTE. - "Sage comme une image (Good as Gold)"
10. Overmono - "So U Kno"

2020
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Owens1. Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
2. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
3. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
4. DJ Python - Mad Amable
5. The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
6. Ant LaRock - BK
7. Sault - Untitled (Black Is)/Untitled (Rise)
8. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
9. Fontains D.C. - A Hero's Death
10. Beatrice Dillon - Workaround

SINGLES

India Jordan1. India Jordan - "For You"
2. Ela Minus - "Dominique"
3. Tame Impala - "Lost In Yesterday"
4. Bad Bunny - "Safaera"
5. Jayda G - "Both of Us"
6. Megan Thee Stallion - "Savage (Remix) (Feat. Beyonce)"
7. Overmono - "Everything U Need"
8. The Avalanches feat ft. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, CLYPSO - "Wherever You Go"
9. Kelly Lee Owens - "Melt!"
10. Thundercat - "Dragonball Durag"

2019
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Hval1. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
2. Thom Yorke - Anima
3. FKA twigs - Magdalene
4. Barker - Utility
5. Floating Points - Crush
6. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
8. Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA
9. Muzi - Zeno
10. Special Request - Offworld

SINGLES

FKA twigs1. FKA twigs - Cellophane
2. Georgia - About Work the Dancefloor
3. Jenny Hval - Accident
4. Muzi - Stimela Segolide
5. Tyler, the Creator - EARFQUAKE
6. Marie Davidson - Work It (Soulwax Remix)
7. Thom Yorke - Impossible Knots
8. Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't the Problem
9. Holly Herndon - Frontier
10. Caribou - You and I

2018
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. Low - Double Negative
2. DJ Koze - Knock Knock
3. Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love
4. Robyn - Honey
5. Leon Vynehall - Nothing is Still
6. Beach House - 7
7. Skee Mask - Compro
8. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
9. Tirzah - Devotion
10. Helena Hauff - Qualm

SINGLES

Drake1. DJ Koze - Pick Up
2. Childish Gambino - This is America
3. Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
4. Tirzah - Gladly
5. Yves Tumor - Noid
6. SOPHIE - Is It Cold In the Water?
7. Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
8. Georgia - Started Out
9. Jungle - House In LA
10. Marie Davidson - Work It


2017
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
2. Juana Molina - Halo
3. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
4. Kelly Lee Owens - S/T
5. Jlin - Black Origami
6. Slowdive - S/T
7. SZA - Ctrl
8. DJ Seinfeld - Time Spent Away From U
9. Fever Ray - Plunge
10. Actress - AZD

SINGLES

Drake1. LCD Soundsystem - Tonite
2. Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
3. The Blaze - Territory
4. Future - Mask Off
5. This Is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze
6. Camelphat & Elderbrook - Cola
7. Slowdive - Star Roving
8. Objekt - Theme from Q
9. Yaeji - drink i'm sippin on
10. Amadou & Mariam - Bofou Sofou

2016
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Kaytranada - 99.9%
3. Leon Vynehall - Rojus (Designed to Dance)
4. Solange - A Seat at the Table
5. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
6. Jessy Lanza - Oh No
7. ANOHNI - Hopelessness
8. Anderson .Paak - Malibu
9. Ian William Craig - Centres
10. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

SINGLES

Drake1. Drake - One Dance
2. Solange - Don't Touch My Hair
3. Kanye West - Ultralight Beam
4. David Bowie - Lazarus
5. Leon Vynehall - Midnight on Rainbow Road (Beat Edit) / Blush
6. Beyonce - Formation
7. ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me
8. A Tribe Called Quest - We the People...
9. Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance
10. Kaytranada - LITE SPOTS

2015
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Jamie xx1. Jamie xx - In Colour
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
3. Tame Impala - Currents
4. George FitzGerald - Fading Love
5. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
7. Floating Points - Eleania
8. Bob Moses - Days Gone By
9. Grimes - Art Angels
10. Hunee - Hunch Music

SINGLES

Tame Impala1. Tame Impala - Let It Happen
2. Jamie xx - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
3. Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
4. Kendrick Lamar - Alright
5. Drake - Hotline Bling
6. Jamie xx - Loud Places
7. Camelphat - Constellations
8. Death Cab for Cutie - Black Sun
9. Panda Bear - Boys Latin
10. Linstrom - Home Tonight

2014
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Caribou1. Caribou - Our Love
2. FKA Twigs - LP1
3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
4. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
5. Beck - Morning Phase
6. Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
7. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
8. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
9. Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
10. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

SINGLES

Future Islands1. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
2. Caribou - Can't Do Without You
3. FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
4. tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain
5. Run the Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
6. Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp
7. Caribou - Our Love
8. Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High)
9. iLoveMakonnen - Tuesday
10. Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite


2013
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE
ALBUMS

Kanye1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
3. Disclosure - Settle
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
6. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
7. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
8. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
9. Special Request - Soul Music
10. Juana Molina - Wed 21


SINGLES

Kanye1. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
2. Kanye West - Black Skinhead
3. The National - Sea of Love
4. Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home
5. Sophie - Bipp
6. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
7. [tie] David Bowie - Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Remix by James Murphy)
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
8. Kanye West - New Slaves
9. Chris Malinchak - So Good to Me
10. DJ Rashad - I Don't Give a Fuck
2012
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE
ALBUMS

Kanye1. Tame Impala - Lonerism
2. Com Truise - In Decay
3. Grimes - Visions
4. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
5. Beach House - In Bloom
6. Chromatics - Kill for Love
7. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
8. Allah-Las - S/T
9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
10. Jon Talabot - fin

SINGLES

Kanye1. Grimes - Oblivion
2. Nas - The Don
3. Bear in Heaven - Sinful Nature
4. Julio Bashmore - Au Seve
5. Hot Chip - Motion Sickness
6. Actress - Caves of Paradise
7. Santigold - Disparate Youth
8. Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
9. Disclosure - Latch
10. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)

2011
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Kanye1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
3. Com Truise - Galactic Melt
4. TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light
5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
6. Tycho - Dive
7. Low - C'mon
8. SBTRKT - S/T
9. Machinedrum - Room(S)
10. The Field - Looping State of Mind


SINGLES

Kanye1. Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx - I'll Take Care of You
2. PJ Harvey - Words that Maketh Murder
3. Lil Wayne - Six Foot Seven Foot
4. Julio Bashmore - Battle for Middle You
5. The Drums - Money
6. James Blake - Limit to Your Love
7. M83 - Midnight City
8. SBTRKT - Wildfire
9. Washed Out - Amor Fati
10. Jay-Z & Kanye West - N****s in Paris

2010
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Kanye1. KANYE WEST - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - This Is Happening
3. THE NATIONAL - High Violet
4. CARIBOU - Swim
5. TAME IMPALA - InnerSpeaker
6. VAMPIRE WEEKEND - Contra
7. BONOBO - Black Sands
8. ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs
9. HOT CHIP - One Life Stand
10. GORILLAS - Plastic Beach

SINGLES

LCD1. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - Dance Yrself Clean
2. BIG BOI - Shutterbug
3. KANYE WEST - Power
4. ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs
5. MAGNETIC MAN -
I Need Air
6. GORILLAZ - Stylo
7. TENSNAKE - Coma Cat
8. ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI - Round and Round
9. JANELLE MONAE - Tightrope
10. CARIBOU - Odessa


2009
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

AC1. ANIMAL COLLECTIVEMerriweather Post Pavillion
2. THE XX
S/T
3. FLAMING LIPS
Embryonic
4.
BIBIO Ambivalence Avenue
5. THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEARTS/T
6. BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW- Eating Us
7. BLOCKHEAD The Music Scene
8. MOS DEF –
The Ecstatic
9. BAT FOR LASHES –
Two Suns
10. LITTLE DRAGON – Machine Dreams

SINGLES

AC1. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE"My Girls"
2. PHOENIX
"1901"
3. MAJOR LAZER
"Pon De Floor"
4.
GRIZZLY BEAR "Two Weeks"
5. JOY ORBISON
"Hyph Mngo"
6. MIIKE SNOW - "Animal (Fake Blood remix)
7. BAT FOR LASHES"Daniel"
8. LA ROUX
"In For the Kill" (Skream)
9. MASSIVE ATTACK –
"Psyche (Flash Treatment)
10. JAY-Z – "Empire State of Mind"

2008
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Portishead1. PORTISHEAD Third
2. TV ON THE RADIO
Dear Science
3. LIL WAYNE
Tha Carter III
4.
M83 Saturdays = Youth
5. HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR S/T
6. THE VERY BEST -Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit Are the Very Best
7. SANTOGOLD – S/T / SANTOGOLD VS. DIPLO – Top Ranking
8. FLYING LOTUS –
Los Angeles
9. BEACH HOUSE –
Devotion
10. KANYE WEST – 808s and Heartbreak

SINGLES

Santogold1. SANTOGOLD "L.E.S. Artistes"
2. LIL WAYNE
"A Milli"
3. MGMT
"Time to Pretend"
4. GLASVEGAS
"Geraldine"
5. FAKE BLOOD
"Mars"
6. KANYE WEST
"Love Lockdown"
7. VAMPIRE WEEKEND
"A-Punk"
8. DJ MUJAVA
"Township Funk"
9. PORTISHEAD
"Machine Gun"
10. CUT COPY
"Hearts on Fire"

2007
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

LCD1. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Sound of Silver
2. RADIOHEAD
In Rainbows
3. M.I.A.
Kala
4.
LIL WAYNE Da Drought 3 / The Carter III
5. OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
6. KANYE WEST - Graduation
7. BLONDE REDHEAD – 23
8. JAY-Z –
American Gangster
9. CARIBOU –
Andorra
10. GUI BORATTO – Chromophobia

SINGLES

Rihanna1. Rihanna – "Umbrella"
2. LCD Soundsystem –
"All My Friends" / "Someone Great"
3. Battles –
"Atlas"
4. M.I.A. –
"Boyz"
5. Kanye West feat T-Pain –
"Good Life"
6. UGK feat. Outkast –
"Int'l Players Anthem"
7. Amy Winehouse -
"Rehab"
8. Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake –
"Give It To Me"
9. Justice –
"D.A.N.C.E."
10. Dude N Nem –
"Watch My Feet"

2006
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

j dilla1. J DILLA Donuts
2. TV ON THE RADIO
Return to Cookie Mountain
3. SONIC YOUTH
Rather Ripped
4. BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT
S/T
5. GNARLS BARKLEY
St. Elsewhere
6. THOM YORKE
The Eraser
7. THE FLAMING LIPS
At War With the Mystics
8. GHOSTFACE KILLAH
Fishscale
9. YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Show Your Bones
10. THE KNIFE
Silent Shout

SINGLES

crazy1. GNARLS BARKLEY "Crazy"
2. HOT CHIP
"Over and Over"
3. NELLY FURTADO w/ TIMBALAND "Promiscuous"
4. CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Ain't No Other Man"
5. SILVERSUN PICKUPS "Lazy Eye"
6. THE FLAMING LIPS "The W.A.N.D."
7. RIHANNA "SOS"
8. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE "My Love"
9. JUNIOR BOYS "In the Morning"
10. THOM YORKE "Black Swan"


2005
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

mia1. M.I.A. Arular
2. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Twin Cinema
3. BLOC PARTY Silent Alarm
4. BECK Guero
5. ENGINEERS S/T
6. KANYE WEST Late Registration
7. TOM VEK We Have Sound
8. VITALIC OK Cowboy
9. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM S/T
10. DANGER DOOM The Mouse and the Mask

SINGLES

GORILLAZ1. GORILLAZ "Feel Good Inc."
2. (Tie) KANYE WEST
"Gold Digger" / The Legendary K.O. "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People"
3. M.I.A.
"Bucky Done Gun"
4. AMERIE
"1 Thing"
5. TOM VEK
"C-C (You Set the Fire in Me)"
6. DAVID BANNER
"Play"
7. CIARA feat. LUDACRIS
"Oh"
8. LADY SOVEREIGN
"Random"
9. PAUL WALL feat. BIG POKEY
"Sittin' Sideways"
10. KELLY CLARKSON
"Since You Been Gone

2004
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

blonde1. BLONDE REDHEAD
Misery is a Butterfly
2. FRANZ FERDINAND S/T
3. KOMEDA Kokomemedada
4. AUTOLUX Future Perfect
5. DANGER MOUSE The Grey Album
6. AIR Talkie Walkie
7. THE STREETS A Grand Don't Come for Free
8. TV ON THE RADIO Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
9. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
10. ARCADE FIRE Funeral

SINGLES

franz1. FRANZ FERDINAND "Take Me Out"
2. JAY-Z "99 Problems"
3. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM "Yeah"
4. NINA SKY "Move Your Body"
5. M.I.A. "Galang"
6. TV ON THE RADIO "Staring at the Sun"
7. SNOOP DOGG FEAT. PHARRELL "Drop it Like It's Hot"
8. FAITHLESS "Mass Destruction"
9. ELTRO "Motorboat"
10. ERIC PRYDZ "Call on Me"


2003
ALBUMS

white 1. THE WHITE STRIPES
Elephant
2. NADA SURF Let Go
3. DIZZEE RASCAL Boy In Da Corner
4. THE RAVEONETTES Chain Gang of Love
5. RADIOHEAD Hail to the Thief
6. LUNGFISH Love is Love
7. SOFT PINK TRUTH Do You Party?
8. YEAH YEAH YEAHS Fever to Tell
9. HIDDEN CAMERAS The Smell of Our Own
10. THE STROKES Room on Fire

SINGLES

outkast 1. OUTKAST
"Hey Ya"
2. THE WHITE STRIPES "7 Nation Army"
3. 50 CENT "In Da Club"
4. PANJABI MC "Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach Ke)"
5. THE CURE VS BJORK "Hidden Forest" (GordyBoy bootleg)
6. JUNIOR SENIOR "Move Your Feet"
7. LUMIDEE "Never Leave"
8. ELECTRIC SIX "Danger! High Voltage"
9. ADAM FREELAND VS. NIRVANA "Smells Like Freeland"
10. BEYONCE "Crazy In Love"

2002
ALBUMS

streets1. THE STREETS
Original Pirate Material
2. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Songs for the Deaf
3. INTERPOL Turn on the Bright Lights
4. 2MANYDJS As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
5. DOVES Last Broadcast
6. SLEATER-KINNEY The New Beat
7. COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head
8. WILCO Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
9. DJ SHADOW The Private Press
10. FELIX DA HOUSECAT Kittenz and Thee Glitz


SINGLES


stripes1. THE WHITE STRIPES
"Fell in Love with a Girl"
2. FISCHER SPOONER "Emerge"
3. MISSY ELLIOTT "Work It"
4. EMINEM "Without Me"
5. THE STROKES VS. CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Stroke of Genie-us" (Freelance Hellraiser bootleg)
6. THE HIVES "Hate to Say I Told You So"
7. KHIA "My Neck My Back"
8. KYLIE MINOGUE "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head"
9. NELLY "Hot In Herre"
10. YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Bang"

2001
ALBUMS

low1. Low
Things We Lost in the Fire
2. Spiritualized Let It Come Down
3. The Strokes Is This It
4. Beta Band Hot Shots II
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club S/T
6. New Order Get Ready
7. Richie Hawtin DE9: Close to the Edit
8. Radiohead Amnesiac
9. Basement Jaxx Rooty
10. The White Stripes White Blood Cells


SINGLES

missy1. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
2. Gorillaz - 19-2000
3. System of a Down - Chop Suey
4. Nelly - Ride Wit Me
4. (tie!) Jay-Z - Izzo (HOVA)
5. Groove Armada - Superstylin'
6. Madonna - Don't Tell Me
7. The Faint - Agenda Suicide
8. Tool - Schism
9. Weezer - Island in the Sun
10. Utada Hikaru - Traveling

2000
ALBUMS

grandaddy1. GRANDADDY The Sophtware Slump
2. RADIOHEAD Kid A
3. GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR! Levez vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennas to Heaven!
4. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Rated R
5. PRIMAL SCREAM XTRMNTR
6. DOVES Lost Souls
7. AT THE DRIVE IN Relationship of Command
8. EMINEM Marshall Mathers LP
9. YO LA TENGO And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
10. OUTKAST Stankonia


SINGLES

zombie1. Zombie Nation
"Kernkraft 400"
2. Aaliyah "Try Again"
3. Madonna "Music"
4. Queens of the Stone Age "Lost Art of Keeping a Secret"
5. Armand van Helden "Koochy"
6. Azzido Da Bass "Dooms Night"
7. Storm "Time to Burn"
8. Belle & Sebastian "Legal Man"
9. A Perfect Circle "Judith"
10. Detroit Grand Pubahs "Sandwiches"

1999
ALBUMS

magnetic1. The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
2. Sleater-Kinney
The Hot Rock
3. Moby Play
4. Death in Vegas The Contino Sessions
5. Low Secret Name
6. Queens of the Stone Age S/T
7. Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
8. Godspeed You Black Emperor! Slow Riot for New Zero Canada
9. Royal Trux Veterans of Disorder
10. Underworld Beaucoup Fish


SINGLES

ginuwine1. Ginuwine
"What's So Different"
2. Underworld "King of Snake"
3. TLC "Silly Ho"
4. Basement Jaxx "Rendez-Vous"
5. Aphex Twin "Windowlicker"
6. The Roots w/ Erikah Badu "You Got Me"
7. 702 "Where my Girls At "
8. Len "Steal My Sunshine"
9. ODB "Gimme My Money"
10. Moby "Bodyrock"

1998 - LOST :(
1997

ALBUMS

spiritualized1. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
2. Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
3. Pavement Brighten the Corners
4. The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
5. Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
6. Radiohead OK Computer
7. Primal Scream Vanishing Point
8. Roni Size Reprazent New Forms
9. Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry
10. Dandy Warhols The Dandy Warhols Come Down

SINGLES

verve1. The Verve "Bittersweet Symphony"
2. Blur "Song 2"
3. Roni Size / Reprazent "Share the Fall"
4. Fatboy Slim / Pierre Henry "Psyche Rock"
5. Cornershop "Brimful of Asha"
6. Oasis "D'You Know What I Mean"
7. Dandy Warhols "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth"
8. Gus Gus "Believe"
9. Notorius B.I.G. "Hypnotize"
10. Bjork "Joga
"