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AiMT 2010: Best Albums

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More lists (off-topic albums, compilations/reissues and EPs) after the jump.


#25
Crookers - Tons of Friends [Southern Fried]
DOWNLOAD "COOLER COULEUR" FT. YELLE


#24
Sistol - On the Bright Side [Halo Cyan]
STREAM "GLOWING AND SO SPREAD"


#23
Skream - Outside the Box [Tempa]
DOWNLOAD "FINALLY" FT. LA ROUX


#22
Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon - Wu Massacre [Def Jam]
WATCH "OUR DREAMS"


#21
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Record Collection [Columbia]
WATCH "BANG BANG BANG" FT. Q-TIP & MNDR


#20
Javiera Mena - Mena [Unión del Sur]
WATCH "SUFRIR" FT. JENS LEKMAN


#19
Goldfrapp - Head First [Mute]
WATCH "ALIVE"


#18
Miami Horror - Illumination [EMI]
WATCH "I LOOK TO YOU" FT. KIMBRA


#17
Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma [Warp]
WATCH "MMMHMM" FT. THUNDERCAT


#16
Janelle Monáe - The Archandroid [Bad Boy / Wondaland]
WATCH "COLD WAR"


#15
Matthew Dear - Black City [Ghostly International]
STREAM "YOU PUT A SMELL ON ME"


#14
Javelin - No Mas [Luaka Bop]
STREAM "SUSIE CUES"


#13
Tanlines - Volume On [Family Edition]
WATCH "REINFO"


#12
Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here [Cinematic Music Group / Creative Control]
DOWNLOAD "COUNTRY SHIT"


#11
diskJokke - En Fin Tid [Smalltown Supersound]
DOWNLOAD "1987"


#10
Rusko - O.M.G.! [Mad Decent / Downtown]
STREAM "MY MOUTH"


#9
Robyn - Body Talk [Konichiwa / Interscope]
WATCH "DANCEHALL QUEEN" PROD. BY DIPLO


#8
Caribou - Swim [Merge]
STREAM "HANNIBAL"


#7
Das Racist - Sit Down, Man [Mishka / Mad Decent / Greedhead]
DOWNLOAD "HAHAHAHA JK?"


#6
Terror Danjah - Undeniable [Hyperdub]
DOWNLOAD "I'M FEELIN' U"


#5
Mathew Jonson - Agents of Time [Wagon Repair]
STREAM "GIRLS GOT RHYTHM"

Techno doesn't get a lot of love on this site, but props where props are due. Vancouver's Mathew Jonson recalls classic Detroit techno, acid house, early '90s ELM/IDM all while sonically acknowledging the UK bass-centric sound of the times on Agents of Time.


#4
Magnetic Man - S/T [Columbia]
WATCH "I NEED AIR" FT. ANGELA HUNTE

2010 has been a confusing time for dubstep, and somehow Magnetic Man makes the perfect centerpiece amongst the chaos. This all-star trio of Benga, Skream and Artwork has managed to pull the genre overground into melodic pop territories without compromising too many of its underground sensibilities. The album also takes a broad, even comprehensive look at the expansive genre and all its strains, all while sticking by a clean and glossy foundation.


#3
Jammer - Jahmanji [Big Dada]
WATCH "MAX NOT MINIMUM"

Grime's level of exposure in North America dropped exponentially after Lady Sov's '06 flop, but that didn't slow things down for it in the UK. Jammer has been at the forefront of the genre since its inception, and Jahmanji is a testament to his fluency thereof. What sets it apart from the average foray into grime is its adventurous nature and good balance of poppy tracks with more experimental ones. Jammer's sharp flows don't hurt either.


#2
Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty [Def Jam]
WATCH "SHUTTERBUG" FT. CUTTY

By the time "Hey Ya!" dropped, OutKast was already a veteran rap act, and that was seven long years ago. Since then, the duo has popped up here and there but has otherwise been practically dormant. So the highly anticipated and long- delayed Sir Lucious Left Foot has been the perfect rejuvinator of the OutKast legacy. It has done for OutKast what OB4CL2 did for the Wu brand last year. Sir Lucious' many producers remained unified in the vocoder-steeped ATLien funk of OutKast's past while offering enough new sounds to make it more than just an OutKast revivalist effort. And Big Boi's verses are on point as usual.


#1
Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Liars [Hotflush]
STREAM "BEFORE I MOVE ON"

The London duo of Dom Maker and Kai Campos have made what I'd argue is the best UK bass album since Burial's Untrue. Smart, scattered textures are the key ingredient to Crooks & Liars, which functions largely as a beat-teeming ambient record. Where Mount Kimbie get the upperhand over their peers in this fast-growing genre is by applying darkly blissful melodics to the cold textures we're so used to hearing in this scene. There are loads of listenable acts in UK bass, but Mount Kimbie upped the ante by recording a real album.

Copyable list after the jump.



Here's a copyable list:

AiMT 2010: Best Albums
01. Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Liars [Hotflush]
02. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot [Def Jam]
03. Jammer - Jahmanji [Big Dada]
04. Magnetic Man - S/T [Columbia]
05. Mathew Jonson - Agents of Time [Wagon Repair]
06. Terror Danjah - Undeniable [Hyperdub]
07. Das Racist - Sit Down, Man [Mishka / Mad Decent / Greedhead]
08. Caribou - Swim [Merge]
09. Robyn - Body Talk [Konichiwa / Interscope]
10. Rusko - O.M.G.! [Mad Decent / Downtown]
11. diskJokke - En Fin Tid [Smalltown Supersound]
12. Big K.R.I.T. - K.R.I.T. Wuz Here [Cinematic Music Group]
13. Tanlines - Volume On [Family Edition]
14. Javelin - No Mas [Luaka Bop]
15. Matthew Dear - Black City [Ghostly International]
16. Janelle Monáe - The Archandroid [Bad Boy / Wondaland]
17. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma [Warp]
18. Miami Horror - Illumination [EMI]
19. Goldfrapp - Head First [Mute]
20. Javiera Mena - Mena [Unión del Sur]
21. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Record Collection [Columbia]
22. Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Raekwon - Wu Massacre [Def Jam]
23. Skream - Outside the Box [Tempa]
24. Sistol - On the Bright Side [Halo Cyan]
25. Crookers - Tons of Friends [Southern Fried]


AiMT has gotten a bit more eclectic this year, so what constitutes on-topic and off-topic content is a bit arbitrary. But here are some things that I left of the site for thematic reasons.

Best Off-Topic Albums
01. Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me [Drag City]
02. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today [4AD]
03. Oneohtrix Point Never - Returnal [Editions Mego]
04. Vampire Weekend - Contra [XL]
05. Beach House - Teen Dream [Sub Pop]
06. Nico Muhly - I Drink the Air Before Me [Decca]
07. Mountain Man - Made the Harbor [Bella Union / Partisan]
08. Jane Weaver - The Fallen by Watch Bird [Bird]
09. Ólöf Arnalds - Innundir Skinni [One Little Indian]
10. Susumu Yokota - Kaleidoscope [Lo]
11. Steve Reich - Double Sextet / 2x5 [Nonesuch]
12. Brian McBride - The Effective Disconnect [Kranky]
13. Autechre - Move of Ten [Warp]
14. Clogs - Veil Waltz [Brassland]
15. The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt [Dead Oceans]


Best Compilations/Reissues
01. V/A - Night Slugs Allstars, Vol. 1 [Night Slugs]
02. V/A - Bangs & Works, Vol. 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation [Planet µ]
03. V/A - Mandarinen Träume: Electronic Escapes From the Deutsche Demokratische Republik, 1981-1989 [Permanent Vacation]
04. Virgo - S/T [Rush Hour]
05. V/A - Ninja Tune XX [Ninja Tune]
06. Pastor T.L. Barret and the Youth for Christ Choir - Like a Ship (Without a Sail) [Light in the Attic]
07. Leo Zero - Disconnect [Strut]
08. V/A - Future Bass [Soul Jazz]
09. V/A - Bustin' Loose [T&A]
10. Dām-Funk - Adolescent Funk [Stones Throw]
11. V/A - Deutsche Elektronische Musik [Soul Jazz]
12. Bruce Haack - Farad: The Electric Voice [Stones Throw]
13. Modeselektor - Modeselektion, Vol. 1 [Monkeytown]
14. V/A - Dødpop, Vol. 2 [Dødpop]
15. Plastikman - Kompilation [Minus]


Some of these releases were marketed as LPs, but I categorized them as EPs since they fall under the 30 minute mark.

Best EPs
01. Mr. Flash - Blood, Sweat & Tears [Ed Banger]
02. Games - That We Can Play [Hippos in Tanks]
03. James Blake - CMYK [R&S]
04. Laurel Halo - King Felix [Hippos in Tanks]
05. jj - jj n° 3 [Sincerely Yours / Secretly Canadian]
06. ceo - White Magic [Modular / Sincerely Yours]
07. Rustie - Sunburst [Warp]
08. Terror Danjah - Power Grid [Planet µ]
09. Numan - Race Against Time [Planet µ]
10. CFCF - The River [RVNG Intl.]
11. Tanlines - Settings [True Panther]
12. Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites [Mau5trap / Big Beat]
13. Major Lazer - Lazers Never Die [Mad Decent / Downtown]
14. SebastiAn - Notre Jour Viendra OST [Ed Banger]
15. Flying Lotus - Pattern + Grid World [Warp]

Reader Comments (1)

To me, Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty should be number one!
June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBalexert

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