Best of 2010: Music

Best of 2010 - Music

For me 2010 was a year of listening to mostly sun-soaked, fuzzy electronic beats that make you crave bathing suits and warm summer nights. This was of course the big new genre of the year known as “Chillwave”. Not surprisingly 99% of the music I enjoyed this year was electronic. Including a lot of electro-pop, upbeat danceable stuff, IDM and genre-bending artists. Choosing only albums wouldn’t be fair as many of my favorite songs this year weren’t relased on albums. So I am listing both my favorite albums of the year and favorite songs.

(in no particular order)

BEST ALBUMS

Twin Shadow - Forget
Twin Shadow - Forget
A lot of people will hear this album and think it sounds like Morrissey or Depeche Mode. I just say, damn that’s a good album. The first single from the album ‘Slow’ is my favorite track, but I can honestly listen to the entire album loving the whole thing.
Sleigh Bells - Treats
Sleigh Bells - Treats
There wasn’t a single album this year that is funner to listen than this one. It caught some slack from uppity reviewers, but Sleigh Bells defies so many genres and just gets down and dirty. Awesome house party album.
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Delorean - Subiza
Delorean made it on my list last year for their first EP released. They followed that up with Subiza which was the perfect Summer chill album. The track ‘Real Love’ was my favorite and had a remix EP with artists like The Field, Tiedye, Deadboy and more.
Robyn
Robyn - Body Talk
Yet another super-fun album to listen too. Robyn came back strong on this album with really great beats, and walks the line between corny and ironically cool with her lyrics. My personal favorite would have to be ‘Dancehall Queen’ with the reggae-infused beats done by Diplo.
Love Remains
How To Dress Well - Love Remains
This album has beautiful semi-ghostly vocals throughout, and yet somehow manages to sneak in some hints of old-school RnB into several of their tracks. A really good one to put on and just chill to.
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Mark Ronson & The Business INTL - Record Collection
This is an album I was super surprised by. I really didn’t think I was going to like it, but upon first listen I was hooked. This album is so well-produced and features so many good guest artists. Even if you don’t think you will like this, give it a try.
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Toro Y Moi - Causers of This
If I had to choose one album to represent the mood of the Summer of 2010 it would be this one. Many hours were spent over the summer months listening to this album driving in the hot weather with the windows down getting a tan on one arm.
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Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner
Lucky Shiner is everything I love about electronic music. This album begins perfectly with the head-bobbing track ‘You’, which sounds almost a bit IDM-ish. And on tracks like ‘Snow & Taxis’ the sound is almost more like The Field, a very-well done melodic techno sound. Regardless of the genre you put it in, this entire album is beautiful.
Small Black
Small Black - New Chain
New Chain was released late this year and just in time to make it on my list. I have heard this album described as having similar sounds as Brian Eno and M83. I think their sound is pretty unique and didn’t really follow much of the trends in electronic music this year. Which is probably one of the reasons I liked it so much.

BEST SONGS

These are some favorite songs of mine released this year that are not on the albums listed above. Keep in mind it would take much too long to list all of my favorite songs of the year, so this is just a small handful of my favorites. Again these are in no particular order.

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HEALTH - In Heat (Javelin Remix)

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Matt Van Schie - Journey (Memory Tapes Remix)

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MillionYoung - Hammock

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Hooray for Earth - Surrounded By Your Friends (Twin Shadow Remix)

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The Naked And Famous - Young Blood

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Deastro - Spritle

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Teengirl Fantasy - Dancing in Slow Motion (Featuring Shannon Funchess)

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The Ruby Suns - Closet Astrologer

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Visions of Trees - Sometimes It Kills

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Salem - Frost

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The xx -  Islands (CHLLNGR Remix)

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Solvent - Loss for Words

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D Gookin - Glad I Met You (Mux Mool remix)

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Martin Solveig feat. Dragonette - Hello

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Late Of The Pier - Best in the Class

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