Top 20 albums of 2010

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma

1.�� �Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma (Warp)

If Los Angeles didn�t make your head whip round a little, then this site is not for you. For me, it was the first thing I had heard out of the loose network of labels to have survived the trip-hop IDM boom-and-bust cycle (Warp, Ninja Tune, Chocolate Industries, Def Jux et al) that was vital, that really needed to be heard. That said, though, Los Angeles was still an instrumental hip-hop album, and Cosmogramma is so much more than that. Finally crushing the age-old criticism of underground electronic sounds � that they�re not soulful enough � Stephen Ellison let jazz, fusion and all manner of radio-unfriendly art sounds overwhelm the funk, so that the funk itself seemed like the weaker player. I truly believe that FlyLo is ushering in a new era, and that�s why this site is here. May the spirit stay as strong as it feels right now.

2.�� �Tame Impala, InnerSpeaker (Modular)
3.�� �Big Boi, Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Return of Chico Dusty (Def Jam/Universal)
4.�� �Caribou, Swim (Merge)
5.�� This Moment In Black History, Purple Square (Smog Veil)
6.�� �LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening (DFA/EMI)
7.�� �Chemical Brothers, Further (Astralwerks/Emi)
8.�� �Ty Segall, Melted (Goner)
9.�� �Janelle Monae, The Archandroid (Bad Boy/Atlantic)
10.�� �Titus Andronicus, The Monitor (XL)
11.�� �Teenanger, Give Me Pink (Telephone Explosion)
12.�� �The Sadies, Darker Circles (Outside)
13.�� �Marco Polo, The Stupendous Adventures of Marco Polo (Duck Down)
14.�� �Big K.R.I.T., K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (mixtape)
15.�� �Liars, Sisterworld (Mute)
16.�� �Moon Wiring Club, A Spare Tabby At The Cat�s Wedding (Gecophonic)
17.�� �Poirier, Running High (Ninja Tune)
18.�� �Matthew Dear, I Can�t Feel (Ghostly International)
19.�� �Spoon, Transference (Merge)
20.�� �Vampire Weekend, Contra (XL/Beggars)

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