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B16 said in Novembre 30th, 2010 at 14:38

The Top 10 Artists Of 2010

Oneohtrix Point Never
From his base in Brooklyn, New York City, Daniel Lopatin has long been responsible for wave upon wave of blissful synth creations; yet 2010 was truly the moment OPN landed. His circuits have been beaming from out of the DIY underground and his reputation has moved up rapidly via thrilling, ultra-limited cassette/CDR runs – to set up one of the standout records of the year. As ’09 became ’10, the Rifts compilation still seeped further into our brains and was soon followed by an LP, Returnal, of unmatched electronic grace on Peter Rehberg’s Editions Mego. With the hazily screwed, 80’s coated synth-pop project, Games, Lopatin closed the year out on a high and left us wondering where this prodigal, prolific exponent of the synthesiser will go next.

James Blake
Now as we sit on the cusp of the next decade, Blake is on the brink of a massive, mainstream crossover. From a bold series of singles reconfiguring R&B’s electronic mainframe, with a sound trapped in a liquid, pop sensibility, this precocious talent is set to plug subversion into the charts of 2011. Set to be one of the most important voices in the new decade…

Few could have anticipated that we would be here. 2010 comes to a close and we have been lucky enough to get our listening gear on not one, but two stunning records from Brown and Booth – the North West’s finest known as Autechre. Oversteps’ dense sculptural body subsumed all those that heard it, whilst Move of Ten cemented their position as sound-designers without rival.

Gil Scott-Heron
When the murmurings of a new Gil Scott-Heron album emerged, those that have followed the career of this inspirational, yet troubled genius were understandably sceptical. Never fear, Gil was here, to come back home, real soon. XL boss Richard Russell spun a skeleton-web of electronics, guitars and beats for GSH to proselytise and hypnotise to – a lyrical master on the verge of new beginning. Lets hope so…

Since 2000, London-born Canadian, Dan Snaith, has been responsible for a number of excellent albums, both as Manitoba and Caribou. Ten years on it’s timely that Snaith has arrived full circle with an LP that is regarded as one of the year’s greatest. Add to this, a magnetic live experience, and tonnes of quality remix sessions, you can see why he’s in this list.

Gold Panda
Widely tipped to have a great year, South East UK-based production unit, Gold Panda, has exceeded the potential. A pair of cracking singles on Notown clearly piqued the interest of Sam Valenti’s Ghostly label. A single followed and then as summer fell into autumn, Gold Panda dropped a sublime vision of psychedelia known as the album Lucky Shiner. Music to make your brain swim to.

The freshest name on our list, and the only one yet to release an LP, West London’s Funkineven has made it, quite simply for delivering a handful of plates that have invigorated UK house music this year. Coursing through his productions in 2010, the timeless tweak and squiggle of acid, which culminated in the intoxicating buzz of the peerless She’s Acid, his refix of Darling Farah’s Berline and the absolutely monstrous Heart Pound.

Something special going on – this three piece from Cleveland, Ohio are all frighteningly young, talented and ridiculously prolific. Spitting out releases left-right-centre, highlights from another packed year include two gorgeous records from guitarist Mark McGuire and the much-vaunted Mego album, that crucially, brought Emeralds into many more lives, Does It Look Like I’m Here?

It’s a safe bet that if you’ve visited a club in 2010 you will have heard his name. That instantly recognisable Roska, Roska, Roska! mantra aside, Roska has had a sweltering annum. Issuing a slew of highest-grade singles, Rinse recordings soon gathered some of this abundantly busy producer’s best cuts for a debut album in spring of this year, to rapturous acclaim.

Four Tet
Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet has witnessed a brilliant resurgence in style, form and innovation in 2010. It seems that he found the groove again; spinning his productions in a sticky mass of motorik-propulsion, 4/4 bounce and 2-step soul, no more apparent than the career-best, full-length drop of January this year, There Is Love In You.


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B16 said in Novembre 30th, 2010 at 14:45

These New Puritans’ latest album ‘Hidden’ has been crowned NME’s Album Of The Year for 2010.

The band saw off competition from Arcade Fire and Beach House to win the honour, voted for by NME writers.

Foals’ ‘Spanish Sahara’ was crowned Best Track, with MIA’s ‘XXXO’ coming second.

Photo gallery – NME’s top 75 Albums Of 2010 in full

Disagree? Vote for your own albums and tracks of the year

NME’s Top Ten Albums Of 2010 are:

1. These New Puritans – ‘Hidden’
2. Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’
3. Beach House – ‘Teen Dream’
4. LCD Soundsystem – ‘This Is Happening’
5. Laura Marling – ‘I Speak Because I Can’
6. Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’
7. Zola Jesus – ‘Stridulum II’
8. Salem – ‘King Night’
9. Liars – ‘Sisterworld’
10. The Drums – ‘The Drums’

NME’s Top Ten Tracks Of 2010 are:

1. Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’
2. MIA – ‘XXXO’
3. Janelle Monae – ‘Tightrope’
4. Kanye West – ‘Power’
5. Arcade Fire – ‘We Used To Wait’
6. Gorillaz – ‘Stylo’
7. Surfer Blood – ‘Swim’
8. Grinderman – ‘Heathen Child’
9. Zola Jesus – ‘Night’
10. The Fall – ‘Bury Pts 2 +4’


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