dj dim-mak’s best of 2010 lists


Jan 2 2011, 2h41

Another freaking fantastic year for music. You know, when people say there’s no good music anymore, I kinda want to laugh in their face. Are you kidding me? Year after year lately we’ve been drowning in fantastic music.

So each year I try to make my ‘best albums’ list for several reasons. In part, its to pass along the great sounds I’ve heard to others who haven’t found them yet. But also, to organize for myself what I was really moved by and drawn to this year, as well as honoring in my own very small way the achievements of these often terribly under-rated and often-passed-by artists.

Trying to give these any kind of order would just be nightmarish for me, so I just broke it down to 20+1 of the best albums and 20+4 of the best of the rest.

I’ve also made some accompanying online mixes to audibly illustrate my argument for their inclusion in my list. You can check the mixes out here:

dj dim-mak’s top 20+1 albums of 2010

Zola Jesus - Stridulum

Grinderman - Grinderman 2

The Black Keys - Brothers

The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

Indian Jewelry - Totaled

Four Tet - There Is Love In You

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

School of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire

Nice Nice - Extra Wow

Dokkebi Q - Hardcore Cherry Bon Bon

Massive Attack - Heliogoland

How To Destroy Angels - How To Destroy Angels

Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky

Ike Yard - Nord

Scorn - Refuse; Start Fires

Skream - Outside the Box

Poirier - Running High

Noisia - Split the Atom

M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\

Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner

Meat Beat Manifesto - Answers Come In Dreams

Almost but not quite: the best of the rest 2010

The Blood of Heroes - The Blood of Heroes

Rusko - OMG

Magnetic Man - Magnetic Man

Kidkanevil - Basho Basho

Actress - Splazsh

Pale Sketcher - Jesu, Pale Sketches Demixed

Shigeto - Full Circle

Lorn - Nothing Else

Bassnectar - Timestretch

Scuba - Triangulation

Salem - King Night

LAKE R▲DIO - Planet Earth About To Be Recycled

LA Vampires Meet Zola Jesus - LA Vampires Meet Zola Jesus

High Places - High Places vs. Mankind

Naked On The Vague - Heaps of Nothing

The Glitch Mob - Drink the Sea

Eskmo - Eskmo

Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal

Bonobo - Black Sands

oOoOOO - NoSummr4U

Wu-Tang - Return of the Wu

White Ring - Black Earth That Made Me

Balam Acab - Sea Birds

Baths - Cerulean

Favorite Compilations

Ninja Tune XX
Soul Jazz Records: Future Bass
This is Dubstep Vol 3
beko Box 3
Blow Your Head Vol 1: Diplo presents Dubstep
ISO50 presents Dry Waves
Jus Like Music and Apple Juice Break present: Oscillations
Music for Our Future

Best Concerts 2010

Gold Panda, Indian Jewelry, Health
Megadeth, Slayer
Zola Jesus
Antipop Consortium, Massive Attack
Envios aceitos
Wide Delicious


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