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Best of 2020 - Albums

Low

1. Low - Hey What
Sub Pop

If Low’s 2018’s devastating Double Negative was about static, a distorted last broadcast of a dying civilization, Hey What seems to be more about silence. Opening tracks “White Horses” and “I Can Wait” take the “How Soon Is Now” guitar effect and render it even more staccato, more absence than sound, and song after song delivers epic moments of grandeur only to cut them off abruptly, reverberating into space. I hate to say it, as it sounds like clickbait, but there’s a whiff of hyperpop here in these awkward silences. Whatever it is, there’s no one else making sounds like this, corroded and epic, to say nothing of the still soaring, still fragile voices of Alan and Mimi. 27 years and 13 albums in, Low are the band of our time.







Bicep

2. Bicep - Isles
Ninja Tune

A monument to focus and clarity of purpose, Isles reminds me of nothing so much as Orbital’s now-legendary 1996 album In Sides, whose skittering, broken beats served as frameworks for extended examinations of melody. On Isles, Bicep keep track times under 6 minutes, but achieve epic moments of grandeur, with a straightforward toolkit of buzzing, trilling synths and obscured, distorted vocals.

 



Yves Tumor

3. Space Afrika - Honest Labour
Dais

Burial certainly threw down the gauntlet for crackling, heartbroken, rain-soaked electronica with 2007’s Untrue, but Space Afrika expand the sonic palette into cinematic strings (“LV”), spoken word (“Preparing the Perfect Response~”), and spacey ambient meets bass-guitar-led post-goth I-don’t-even-know-what (“Girl Scout Cookies”). The kitchen-sink eclecticism evokes classic found-sound work like the KLF’s The White Room, but Honest Labour’s vibe is less awestruck stoned road-trippers and more humane, a collection of deeply personal and even painful moments, the record of which feels somehow healing.




L'Rain

4. L'Rain - Fatigue
Mexican Summer

Of the 2021 albums which meld what appear to be deeply personal real-life recordings with glitchy, skittering interpretations of a variety of electronic tempos and traditions as if reflecting on soundtracks of their lives (whew!), I’ll give the edge to L’Rain over Joy Orbison (see below) by a hair. I admit it’s not entirely a fair comparison: Fatigue comes in at a brisk 29 minutes (nearly 20 minutes shorter than Still Sipping Vol. 1) but its emotional intensity is profound, and its textures both accessible and defiantly experimental. This is work that’s both honest and refracted, distilled into symbol: on “Find It,” over a wandering bass and chugging, reversed percussion, L'Rain repeats like a mantra:  “My mother told me / Make a way out of no way.”




Leon Vynehall

5. Leon Vynehall - Rare, Forever
Ninja Tune

There’s a lot about Mr. Vynehall around these fun lists here on the Party Ben Information Systems family of websites: from my surprise at the out-of-nowhere hypnotic house masterpiece “House of Dupree” in 2014, to my thrill over the high-concept ballroom-house-tribute Rojus in 2016, to my awe at Nothing is Still in 2018, on which Vynehall abanded house tempos entirely for a retelling of the story of his grandparents emigration. What would the rapidly evolving Vynehall have up his sleeve this time? Well, it turns out, I’m still not sure. It’s not high-concept or aligned on a theme or anything, it’s just Vyhehall being Vynehall, joining up his experimental and groove-oriented instincts. Liquid deep house basslines throb under washes of classical strings, chugging acid loops swirl around distorted voicemail messages. It’s all gorgeous and constantly surprising, and it all hones in on a mood that’s been Vynehall’s since “Dupree,” a kind of soaring, tear-stained ecstasy.




Mdou Moctar

6. Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime
Matador

The Nigerian musician already seems almost timeless, like he’s been around forever, but of course he’s only 35, and in what seems like a boyish turn, studied videos of Eddy Van Halen and Black Flag in preparation for this album. I’m not sure I hear that, except perhaps in the effortless speed of the solos, but the hypnotic triple-time rhythms and Algerian scale (I think?) render this firmly African. As a fan of the wistful melodies of Malians Amadou & Mariam and the jangly blues of fellow Tuareg Bombino, I’m already on board with these haunting scales, but something about Victime is both more strident and more psychedelic, like on the title track, which melds veering, flanging tempos with a group-sung lament: “Africa is a victim of so many crimes/If we stay silent it will be the end of us.”




joy Orbison

7. Joy Orbison - still slipping vol. 1
XL

It’s hard to overestimate the impact “Hyph Mngo” had back in 2009: out of nowhere, a then-mysterious producer creates a blast of towering chords and blips of Janet Jackson, ecstatic and yet confounding with its syncopated, lurching kick. 12 years later, the still-youthful artist has released his debut full-length, and rather than an earth-shaking musical bombshell, it’s a deeply personal revelation, humble in the best sense of the word. The album fizzes and sputters across its genre traditions, from glacial hip hop to Kaytra-esque disco to jittery drum ‘n’ bass. Track titles feel like diary shorthand (“swag w/ kav,” “runnerzs,” etc.) and family members’ voices play a central role, but it couldn’t be further from cloying sentimentality: this is a life laid bare, warts and all.




Tyler

8. Tyler, the Creator - Call Me If You Get Lost
Columbia

It wasn’t that long ago that the Odd Future crew felt like the unkempt rebels lobbing grenades at the establishment, and as with a lot of outsider artists, it was sometimes hard to tell if they were being groundbreaking through sheer genius or just because they had no idea how to do it “right” (if such a distinction is even valid). And now, here’s Tyler, at the Grammy-winning center of contemporary hip hop. Still breaking ground, and still doing things wrong and making them right. Lost (an album title that feels stolen from Low, doesn't it?) is kaleidoscopic, impossible to pin down, sprawling and self-contradictory, romantic and strident, experimental and traditionalist. Bass-heavy, snappy-snared hip hop is here (“JUGGERNAUT”), but so is Dilla-eqsue jazzy loops for a Dilla-eque quick two minutes (“WUSYANAME”) and, er, yacht rock, noodling around like Thundercat (“SWEET/I THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO DANCE”). Just when it’s all about to veer off track, “MANIFESTO” lays bare an honest examination of the Black Lives Matter movement, and how we, imperfect souls, can fit within it.




Xenia Rubinos

9. Xenia Rubinos - Una Rosa
Anti

Brooklyn-based, Caribbean-hailing Rubinos has created an undefinable but profoundly affecting swirl of electronics and Latin sounds, exemplified by the opening track’s mashup of a traditional Puerto Rican flute melody with insistent bass tones and glittering synth pads. There are nods to a variety of traditions, rhythms that approach reggaeton or cumbia, but overall Una Rosa reminds me of nothing so much as tUnE-yArDs, the wildly inventive yet always accessible warped-pop of Oakland’s Merrill Garbas. Like Garbas, Rubinos places her voice out front, often layered in multi-part harmony, and with a kind of hard-won politics of protest that feels essential and elemental.




Madlib

10. Madlib - Sound Ancestors
Madlib Invazion

J Dilla looms large, nearly 16 years after the release of the towering Donuts and his untimely death, and artists from Flying Lotus to Robert Glasper to (ugh) [insert random lo-fi hip hop name here] have explored aspects of his inimitable style. But no album has so effortlessly embodied Donuts' brash ignorance of traditional song structure or even steady beats than Madlib’s 2021 deep dive into musical history, from classic soul to reggae to rock (with some assistance from Four Tet). Opener “The Call” exemplifies this audaciousness: we’re dropped right into a chorus from The Twilights’ 1969 “Bargain Day,” but immediately veer into a loop of the bass and guitar groove, which indulges itself long enough you just want to cheer at its sheer chutzpah. While Donuts seemed both steeped in nostalgia and outside of time, Ancestors’ explicitness about its “tribute” nature sets it apart, a remixed, rearranged, deeply personal history lesson.




11. Lone - Always Inside Your Head
(XL)
12. Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
(Dirty Hit)
13. Helado Negro - All In
(4AD)
14. Koreless - Agor
(Young)
15. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
(Luaka Bop)
16. Ross From Friends - Tread
(Brainfeederl)
17. Tirzah - Colourgrade
(Domino)
18. Sofia Kourtesis - Fresia Magdalena EP
(Technicolour)
19. Eris Drew - Quivering in Time
(T4T LUV NRG)
20. Amarcord - Age of Intimacy
(Me Me Me)

21. Dot - Life Support
(Unspeakable)
22. Mr. Fingers - Vault Sessions 1 EP
(Alleviated)
23. Seb Zito - Truth in My Steps
(Edible)
24. Logic1000 - You've Got the Whole Night to Go EP
(Therapy)
25. Dawn Richard - Second Line
(Merge)
26. Yuni Wa - Shimmer
(Divinity Sound)
27. Bop - Beach Simulator 3D
(Hospital)
28. DJ Manny - Signals in My Head
(Planet Mu)
29. ABSOLUTE. - Wonderland
(Skint)
30. Strict Face - Pulsers
(NLV)

31. 96 Back - 9696 Dream
(Local Action)


Best of 2021 - Songs

1. Anz - "You Could Be"
Ninja Tune

In my day job as dance & electronic music programmer at a Top 3 Streaming Platform, I’m often befuddled, well, for lots of reasons, but a big one is how to understand what “electronic music” even is, in a world where basically all music is soaked in electronic production and studio trickery, and of a world where women and people of color’s work is often slotted outside a notion of producer-level “agency.” Where does Electronic end and Pop begin? However, this track leaves no doubt in my mind that it belongs over here in the Kingdom of Electronic, despite its brilliant accessibility and infectious freestyle groove. This is Future Music: the effervescent staccato chords that make up the track’s central theme plink and interplay like the most intricate of Bicep or Four Tet melodies, and the driving bassline nods playfully at retro-synth breakdowns. Overall, in another tough year, this hymn to sudden attraction reminds us why we liked being around other people. Thanks, Anz... thanz.





2. Dusky - "Hildegard"
17 Steps

Simple, really: a house-disco straddler with a punchy bassline and slow, patient build to the most ecstatic synth line of the year.





3. TSHA - "Power"
Ninja Tune

Its August release may have made it a bit late for “song of the summer” honors, but this stroke of genius, melding Jamie xx-level sample-quirkiness and DJ Koze-style hypnotic wistfulness made me feel, briefly, like everything was gonna be OK.





4. Sylvester - "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Soulwax For Despacio Remix)"
Craft

Where has this remix been all my life?





5. Low - "Days Like These"
Sub Pop

The bold, heartrending centerpiece of Low’s magnificent album. Soaring harmonies, echoing into silence, and its lyrics, sympathetic but devastating: “Everybody just chased by dreams/That's why we're living in days like these again.”






6. Helado Negro - "Outside the Outside"
4AD

Out-Caribouing Caribou, a delicate yet propulsive five minutes of cozy psychedelic disco come-on, concluding with a flange-a-riffic freakout for the ages (and maybe the best video of the year).





7. Jayda G - "All I Need"
!K7

Such is the sheer power of this Canadian producer that even a “bonus track” on her DJ Kicks mix album was the most sensual and potent six minutes of deep house this year.





8. DJ Tennis - "Atlanta"
Circoloco

Sure, pretty much just a tribute to classic house, but what a tribute.





9. ABSOLUTE. - "Sage comme une image (Good as Gold)"
Skint

The most leftfield slice of house music this year, wielding the unlikeliest of samples into a hands-in-the-air groove.





10. Overmono - "So U Kno"
XL

As Resident Advisor put it, this was Overmono’s year, and this simple-but-effective, rollicking breaks-dubstep-house-whatever exemplified their perfectly calibrated style.





11. Elkka - "Harmonic Frequencies"
(Technicolour)
12. Sofia Kourtesis - "La Perla"
(Technicolour)
13. Kungs - "Never Going Home"
(Val)
14. Sherelle - " 160 Down the A406"
(Self)
15. Jlin- "Embryo"
(Planet Mu)
16. Ross From Friends - " The Daisy"
(Brainfeeder)
17. DJ Seinfeld - "U Already Know"
(Ninja Tune)
18. Overmono - " Pieces of 8"
(XL)
19. Tyler, the Creator - "Lumberjack"
(Columbia)
20. FJAAK - "Gewolbe"
(FJAAK)

21. Dawn Richard -"Bussifame"
(Merge)
22. Ishi Vu -" This Is Your Life" (Different)
23. India Jordan- "Only Said Enough"
(Ninja Tune)
24. Peggy Gou- "I Go"
(Gudu)
25. Logic1000 - "I Won't Forget"
(Therapy)
26. The Chemical Brothers - "The Darkness That You Fear (HAAI Remix)"
(The Chemical Brothers)
27. Rochelle Jordan - "Love You Good"
(Young Art)
28. Giulia Tess - " 200417"
(Scarlet Tiger)
29. Burial - "Dark Gethsemane"
(Keysound)

 

 


 

Previous Years
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
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