We thought we would compile the ubiquitous “Top 10 of the year” and rather than limit it to just albums we thought we would open it up to artists in general. Every conceivable type of music that we’ve loved over 2010 – singles vs albums, mixtapes vs bootlegs; anything goes. Oh and we’ll do 20. Who wants ten anyway ? That’s not even one a month. Stick with us for the best of the year. And there won’t be any running order that would be cruel and elitist. Click the links for a present from the artist. As with all presents you never no what you going to get. They’re all good though.
Yuksek is one of our favourite producers at the moment – he has a magic touch. So when he dropped a mix made by him in his studio, only consisting of remixes by him or of him – we knew it was going to be amazing. Many months later were still playing it. It’s a clever tapestry of urban-pop and french electro. You can still grab it for free – and watch out for Yuksek in 2011 because his next album is already being tipped by The Magician as one to watch out for.
Two in One was one of those surprise packages of 2010 – released on Sinbus is went criminally under the dance and indie radar. Massive in their native Germany Bodi Bill are post-dub step indie band – they weave urban beats and bass with indie vocals. We’re not really into the indie stuff, but Bodi Bill managed to find that perfect balance.
Booka Shade’s More was a welcomed return to form for Booka Shade – it promised more of everything Booka Shade are about – and in mays it was its downfall too. But when it got it right it was classsic Booka, make sure you get “Regenerate” and “This Is Not The Time”
Ramon Tapia’s debut album Sunka Sanka was the best tech-house album we heard all year. Released on Great Stuff it’s well worth a purchase it your looking for exceptionally well-produced tech-house.
The only piece of music we got to hear from Justice’s Xavier De Rosnay – enough said really, look for the new Justice CD next year, according to Busy P they started it 6 months ago.
Aeroplane – August Mixtape
Our list wouldn’t be any good if it didn’t have Aeroplane in it. We loved “We Can’t Fly” and alongside their remixes – it was a massive year for Aeroplane – expect a full live show in 2011.
We had to have the most exciting talent in deep house at the moment, Joris Voorn, watch out for his debut album – apparently it will have no house beats at all. Interesting.
Royksopp had to make the list, after the return to form with Junior and this years’ Senior – add in the massive amount of free tracks they had a mega 2010. They’re currently on tour in North America
Breakbot has been a star throughout the whole of 2010 – he’s just so smooth and he looks so goofy – his take on funk has been as massive success for Ed Banger Records – we can’t wait to hear a Breakbot album – expect to see it in 2015. We’ve featured him numerous times so get clicking.
A late entry from Shook, we fell head over heels for his sound – he looks like he’s going to be a big remixer in 2011 and his first EP lands early 2011. Expect great things from this Dutch maverick.
Hard-hitting electro head NEUS caught our in ear in 2010 – with some proper glitchy thumping tracks a la Justice style – we’re sure they’ll be back in 2011.
Star Guitar blew us away with their production and generosity when they gave away complete remixes album for free. It was jam-packed full of great tracks.
Villa had a massive 2010 with loads of amazing tracks, mixes and singles – these guys will be definitely be the next Aeroplane in 2011.
Nu-disco wizards Mighty Mouse have been on fine form all year – they’re a London duo who are teaching the Belgium’s a thing or two when it comes to nu-disco.
Scotland’s next big-thing will be Burns, his music is like the evil brother of Mylo – we imagine Burns beat up Mylo when they were younger – lookout for his debut in 2011.
From the same label as StarGuitar this crazy Frenchman beat us into submission with filthy tracks – we want more.
The Krays got a lot of attention from the blogs, they consist of Yuksek and Brodinski and with a slew of amazing remixes they definetley deserved to be on the list. Hopefully we’ll see more in 2011 – but were not sure at the moment.
Good friends of HBF, Delphic had a massive year. When you start hearing your tracks on computers games like FIFA and on TV shows like Eastenders you know you’ve done well. Their currently writing material for their next album and were reliable informed that Cassius might be helping out. You heard it here first.
We still think Momarchy is something to do with super producer Stuart Price – we’ve haven’t found out yet. But if you look at their artwork – it sure does look like the him as well as the leader singer from Zoot Woman his old band. Sounds like them too.
Dubstep has been dubsteppin’ into our life more and more recently and one guy who’s impressed us is Jakwob, his jazz-laden take on Dubstep is quite something else.