Sunday, June 6, 2021

faves of the 2010s - albums

These were my votes for best albums of the second decade of the 21st Century in the Pitchfork poll of critics

Placement-wise, there was some strategic voting going on here - and at the bottom I've added some things I thought of later that I either should have included but forgot, or got into after the decade ended.   

A lot of these albums, when I look them, especially as we get further down beyond the Top 30 - they're really there for one, or maybe two, tracks that are so immense in my mind that they bring the rest of the record along with them. And although I do my best to fight against it (occupational hazard of the professional critic this), a few have managed to creep in there that are admirations, rather than things  that induce voluptuous delight and are actively listened to repeatedly. 

1 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

2 Migos: Culture

3 Haim: Days Are Gone 

4 Future: Dirty Sprite 2 

5 Metronomy : The English Riviera

6 eMMplekz: Rook To TN34

7 Various: Bangs and Works Vol 1: A Chicago Footwork Compilation

8 Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

9 Rangers: Suburban Tours

10 Migos : Culture II

11 Vampire Weekend: Contra 

12 Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal 

13 Maria Minerva: Tallinn At Dawn

14 Gonjasufi: A Sufi and a Killer

15 Ariel Pink: Pom Pom 

16 Moon Wiring Club: When A New Trick Comes Out, I Do An Old One

17 Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife 

18 Rustie: Glass Swords 

19 Kanye West: Yeezus 

20 Let's Eat Grandma: I, Gemini

21 Assembled Minds: Creaking Haze and Other Rave Ghosts

22 Moon Wiring Club: A Fondness For Fancy Hats ~ Soft Confusion

23 Hybrid Palms: Pacific Image

24 D.D. Denham: Electronic Music in the Classroom

25 Traxman: Da Mind of Traxman

26 Young Thug: Barter 6 

27 Future: Purple Reign

28 eMMplekz Your Crate Has Changed: Your Crate Has Changed

29 Future: Future

30 Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city

31 Ekoplekz: Four Track Mind

32 Moon Wiring Club: Cateared Chocalatiers

33 Amnesia Scanner: Another Life

34 eMMplekz: You Might Also Like

35 Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith: The Kid

36 D'Angelo / The Vanguard: Black Messiah

37 Proc Fiskal: Insula

38 Mica Levi: Under the Skin OST

39 Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica 

40 David Bowie: Blackstar

41 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Mature Themes

42 Moon Wiring Club: Today Bread, Tomorrow Secrets

43 Actress: Splazsh

44 The Knife: Shaking the Habitual

45 Moon Wiring Club: Playclothes from Faraway Places

46 Future: Evol

47 Baron Mordant: Mark of the Mould

48 Young Echo: Nexus

49 Jlin: Black Origami

50 Die Antwoord: $O$

Should have added; 

Eartheater – Isiris 

Lo Five - Geography of the Abyss 

The Caretaker end of time epic

Ekoplekz, Intrusive Incidentalz Vol 1

KWJAZ, s/t

Kang Ding Ray, Or

Jon Brooks, Music for Thomas Carnacki

More Moon Wiring Club!

More Ekoplekz!

Any eMMplekz records I didn't include above!

Oneohtrix Point Never -   R Plus 7

Arca - Xen (impressively mutated and unpleasant!)

some Lee Gamble - the jungle-revenant one certainly

Chino Amobi - Paradiso

David Bowie, The Next Day (mostly for the first single off it really)

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