best of 2010 :

Well it’s that time again where everyone is compiling lists of what tickled their little eardrums the most throughout the year. It’s a bit silly in a way though isn’t it? With taste being such a subjective thing, compiling a ‘best of’ list can seem pretty arbitrary (especially when your list is ‘voted’ by only one person!). But on the other hand, if you take a squiz at what made the year in music for many of the blogs and online music magazines across the internet ether, you’re almost certain to find some of the same names popping up – which can only help to restore you’re faith in it all a little.

In any case, one of the simple reasons why best of lists exist is because people love to rate and compare stuff, simple as that! So without further adieu, here is our first ever annual list: the beats & pieces best of 2010.


5. Jozif – Resident Advisor Podcast #235

The London producer and RA staff member put together an outstanding mix consisting entirely of his own edits and as a result showed us why there needs to be more podcasts that sound like mix CDs.

4. Thomas Hamann & Gerd Janson – Live at Robert Johnson

You don’t need all brand spanking new tracks to pull off a great mix compilation. The latest “Live at Robert Johnson” traversed the house spectrum with an expert combination of old and new. It also gets the award for scariest fucking album cover of the year if you happened to develop coulrophobia as a kid after watching Stephen King’s IT.

3. James Zabiela – Life

The half-man, half-robot gave us another reason to marvel at his ability to craft wonderful musical journeys. A brilliant mixture of up and down tempo electronica and dance in the same vein as his infamous FOUR series.

2. Michael Mayer – Immer 3

Kompakt king Michael Mayer delivered the final and by far the most melodic and beautiful of his Immer trilogy whilst always holding true to the fact that in terms of track transitions, sometimes less is more.

1. DJ T. – Fabric 51

Yes you hear it all the time, but that’s because it’s true: the fact that the Fabric series still turns out consistently excellent compilations after all these years is pretty amazing. With a deeply funky, eclectic and quirky mix such as DJ T.‘s, it’s no surprise really.


Bar two exceptions, the top 15 tracks were purposely not allowed to come from any of the top 5 albums. Not really sure why…thems just the rules, OK?

15. Pantha Du Prince – Satellite Snyper

14. Booka Shade – Regenerate

13. UNKLE – The Answer (featuring Big In Japan (Baltimore))

12. CFCF – The River

11. Mount Kimbie – Before I Move Off

10. Nicolas Jaar – A Time For Us

9. Pollyester – The Indian (Mock and Toof Remix)

8. Yacht – Psychic City (Classixx Remix)

7. Le Roi feat. Roland Clarke – I Get Deep

6. Florence and the Machine – You Got The Love (The XX Remix)

5. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Nosaj Thing’s gloomy remix of the French songstress got a digital release on the Parisian Because Music. Eerily awesome.

4. John Roberts – Glass Eights

The closing track from John Roberts‘ stunning album was one of its finest. So simple, so good.

3. Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)

One of last year’s best remixes of Florence + The Machine’sRabbit Heart” finally got its vinyl release on Japan’s Mule Musiq offshoot imprint, Let’s Get Lost. Thank goodness too.

2. Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)

1. Massive Attack – Paradise Circus


First there was Unfinished Sympathy, then Teardrop…now, there’s Paradise Circus.


5. The National – High Violet / Kasper Bjorke – Standing On Top of Utopia

The National is not the kind of act you’d normally find on this blog, however their sophomore album was just too good not to be included in the top albums. And Kasper Bjorke killed it this year with his sweet indie/dance/pop brilliance. Both albums share the #5 spot.

4. John Roberts – Glass Eights

You could throw about many a superlative to describe John Roberts‘ ode to Chicago house, so here are a few: beautiful, precious, melancholic, classic, authentic…that’ll do.

3. Caribou – Swim

The ever-shrinking divide between indie and electronic pretty much evaporated this year when Daniel Snaith bestowed on us his fluid masterpiece of aural bliss.

2. Massive Attack – Heligoland

3D and Tricky reunited for more paranoid excursions with a usual guest cast of vocalists in tow. Don’t listen to Pitchfork – this album was an amazing comeback.

1. Matthew Dear – Black City

It all got said here.




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