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    Default Best of 2009

    I believe it is time for some year-end lists. Favorite albums, songs, mixes, live-acts, etc.

    I'm not going to rank mine just yet. I think I'll come back to it and edit here and there too. For now, a list of notables.

    Martin Schulte - On the Moon [Sinergy Networks]
    AGF/Delay - Symptoms [BPitch Control]
    Ben Frost - By the Throat [Bedroom Community]
    Burial & Four Tet - Moth / Wolf Cub 12" [Text Records]
    Giuseppe Ielasi - Aix [12k]
    Hannu - Hintergarten [Kesh Recordings]
    Various Artists - 5 Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub, 2009]
    Intrusion - The Seduction of Silence [echospace]
    2000F & J Kamata - You Don't Know What Love Is from Digidesign / You Don't Know What Love Is 12" [Hyperdub]
    King Midas Sound - Waiting For You [Hyperdub]
    King Midas Sound - One Ting (Dabrye Remix) from Cool Out EP [Hyperdub]
    Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas - II [Eskimo Recordings]
    Loscil - Strathcona Variations [Ghostly International]
    Luke Hess - Light In The Dark [Echocord]
    Lukid - Foma [Werk Discs]
    Martyn - Great Lengths [3024]
    Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Drift On And On [echospace]
    Leyland Kirby - Sadly, the Future Is No Longer What It Was [History Always Favours The Winners]
    FaltyDL - Love Is A Liability [Planet Mu]
    Meanderthals - Desire Lines [Smalltown Supersound]
    Mika Vainio - Aíneen Musta Puhelin / Black Telephone Of Matter [Touch]
    Millie & Andrea - Temper Tantrum / Vigilance 12" [Daphne]
    Moderat - Moderat [BPitch Control]
    Mohlao - Ambrose [Meanwhile]
    Mokira - Persona [Type Records]
    Moritz von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent [Honest Jon's Records]
    Oren Ambarchi - Persona [Black Truffle]
    Pangaea - Bear Witness / Mosaix 12" [Hotflush Recordings]
    Pixel - The Drive [Raster-Noton]
    Quantec - Cauldron Subsidence [echocord]
    September Collective - Always Breathing Monster [Mosz]
    Shackleton - Three EPs [Perlon]
    The Sight Below - Murmur EP [Ghostly International]
    Sven Weisemann - Xine [wandering]
    Tomasz Bednarczyk - Let's Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow [12k]
    Variant - The Setting Sun [echospace]
    Vladislav Delay - Tummaa [Leaf]
    William Basinski - 92982 [2062]
    Yagya - Rigning [Sending Orbs]
    2562 - Unbalance [Tectonic]

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    I've ordered a copy of the King Midas Sound album on the strength of your glowing post, Jon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiggi View Post
    I've ordered a copy of the King Midas Sound album on the strength of your glowing post, Jon...
    Wow. I hope it doesn't disappoint!

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    Popmatters Best Electronic Albums of 2009:

    10. Brock Van Wey - White Clouds Drift on and On [Echospace]
    09. 2562 - Unbalance [Tectonic]
    08. Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue [Warp]
    07. Gui Boratto - Take My Breath Away [Kompakt]
    06. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Eating Us [Graveface]
    05. Dan Deacon - Bromst [Carpark]
    04. Harmonic 313 - When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence [Warp]
    03. SND - Atavism [Raster - Noton]
    02. Jon Hopkins - Insides [Domino]
    01. FaltyDL - Love Is a Liability [Planet Mu]

    I have half of these: 9, 7, 3, 2, and 1. Yes they're all great. I want the other five.

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    Pitchfork's The Year in Techno by Philip Sherburne

    --follow the link for his essay and the full list. I'm editing this list down to ones I can vouch for to save space. Even so it is still quite long.

    Notable Releases of 2009

    St. Plomb: Escape Run [Brut!]
    DJ Koze: "Mrs. Bojangels / Dr. ****" [Circus Company]
    Matias Aguayo: "Bo Jack" [Cómeme]
    Rebolledo: "Pitaya Frenesi [ft. Matias Aguayo]" [Cómeme]
    Thomas Brinkmann: "Isch (+ Soulphiction Remisch)" [Petite]
    Adam Marshall: North at Night [Cynosure]
    Millie: "Sample Clearance / Path to Hell" [Daphne]
    Andrea & Mille: "Temper Tantrum / Vigilance" [Daphne]
    Levon Vincent: Invisible Bitchslap EP [Deconstruct Music]
    Newworldaquarium: The Force (Ame Remixes) [NWAQ]
    Newworldaquarium: "Trespassers" (Repress) [Delsin]
    Redshape: The Dance Paradox [Delsin]
    Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald: ReComposed [Deutsche Grammophon]
    Marcel Dettmann: "Helix" [Diamonds & Pearls]
    Mikkel Metal: "Kenton" / "Kenton (Marcel Dettmann Remix)" [Echocord Colour]
    Omar-S: "In Side My Head" [FXHE]
    Omar-S: Still Serious Nic EP [FXHE]
    Hauntologists: EP1 [Hauntologists]
    Hauntologists: EP2 [Hauntologists]
    Monolake: "Atlas" / "Titan" [Imbalance Computer Music]
    Monolake: "T++ Remixes" [Imbalance Computer Music]
    The Mole: "For the Lost" / "There's Hope" [Internasjonal]
    Moodymann: Anotha Black Sunday [KDJ]
    Moodymann: "Freaki Mutha F cker" [KDJ]
    Mugwump: "Fears Inc." [Kompakt]
    Burger/Voigt: Wand Aus Klang Remixes [Kompakt]
    Matias Aguayo: Ay Ay Ay [Kompakt]
    Motor City Drum Ensemble: "Raw Cuts #5/6" [MCDE]
    Marcel Dettmann: MDR 06 [MDR]
    Andy Stott: "Brief Encounter" / "Drippin" [Modern Love]
    Andy Stott: "Night Jewel" [Modern Love]
    MLZ: One Cycle [Modern Love]
    Claro Intelecto: Chadderton EP [Modern Love]
    DJ Sprinkles: "Grand Central Part I (Deep Into the Bowel of House)(MCDE Remixes)" [Mule Musiq]
    Levon Vincent: "The Medium Is the Message" [Novel Sound]
    Levon Vincent / DJ Jus-Ed: These Games EP [Novel Sound] (2008)
    Nick Höppner: "Makeover" / "Foundling" [Ostgut Tonträger]
    Ben Klock: Remixes [Ostgut Tonträger]
    Basic Soul Unit / Lerosa: Panorama Bar 02 | Part I [Ostgut Tonträger]
    Levon Vincent / Steffi: Panorama Bar 02 | Part II [Ostgut Tonträger]
    Tony Lionni / Radio Slave: Berghain 03 | Part I [Ostgut Tonträger]
    John Tejada / Josh Humphrey: "Concrete Safari" [Palette]
    John Tejada: Vertex EP [Palette]
    FaltyDL: To London EP [Ramp]
    Radio Slave: "RJ" [Running Back]
    Function: Remixed [Sandwell District]
    Van Rivers: "Stretched Out on Pavement" [SD Records]
    Will Saul & Tam Cooper: "3000AD (I:Cube Remixes)" [Simple]
    Meanderthals: "Andromeda (Idjut Boys Mix)" [Smalltown Supersound]
    STL: "Silent State" [Smallville]
    Various: And Suddenly It's Morning [Smallville]
    Osborne: Hovercrafting EP [Spectral Sound]
    Tortoise: "Gigantes Version (Mark Ernestus Remix)" [Thrill Jockey]
    Donato Dozzy & Cio D'or: "Menta" [Time to Express]
    DJ Jus-Ed: GV-255 Step Up [Underground Quality]

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    Resident Advisor Top 20 Labels of 2009

    20. FXHE
    19. Cécille Records
    18. Permanent Vacation
    17. BPitch Control
    16. Warp Records
    15. Innervisions
    14. 20:20 Vision
    13. Crosstown Rebels
    12. Mule Musiq
    11. Perlon
    10. Smallville
    09. Sandwell District
    08. DFA Records
    07. Running Back
    06. Underground Quality
    05. Kompakt
    04. Hotflush Recordings
    03. Wolf + Lamb
    02. Ostgut Ton
    01. Hyperdub

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    Textura 2009 Top 20 Albums

    01. Leyland Kirby: Sadly The Future Is No Longer What It Was [History Always Favours the Winners]
    02. Brock Van Wey: White Clouds Drift On and On [Echospace (Detroit)]
    03. orchestramaxfieldparrish presents ÆRA: To The Last Man / Index of Dreaming [Faith Strange]
    04. Intrusion: The Seduction of Silence [Echospace (Detroit)]
    05. James Blackshaw: The Glass Bead Game [Young God]
    06. Alexander Turnquist: As the Twilight Crane Dreams in Colour [VHF]
    07. Gareth Dickson: Collected Recordings [Drifting Falling]
    08. David Åhlén: We Sprout in Thy Soil [Compunctio]
    09. Bvdub: We Were the Sun [Quietus]
    10. The Lickets: Her Name Came On Arrows / They Turned Our Desert Into Fire [International Corporation / Gandhara]
    11. Balmorhea: All is Wild, All is Silent [Western Vinyl]
    12. Aspidistrafly: I Hold a Wish For You [Kitchen.]
    13. Rameses III: I Could Not Love You More [Type]
    14. CYNE: Water From Mars [Hometapes]
    15. Celer: Engaged Touches [Home Normal]
    16. AREA C: Planetarium Project [Sedimental]
    17. Rickard Jäverling: The Valleys [Kning Disk]
    18. Jasper TX: Singing Stones [Fang Bomb]
    19. Anduin: Abandoned in Sleep [SMTG]
    20. Motohiro Nakamisha: We Hum on the Way Home [Schole]

    This website favors the "home-listening" crowd. I don't think there is a dance record in the bunch. In fact not all of these are "electronic" per se, more just experimental. Some are more drone, folk, psych, post-rock etc.
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    Resident Advisor Top 20 Albums of 2009

    01. DJ Sprinkles - Midtown 120 Blues [Mule Musiq]
    02. Fever Ray - Fever Ray [Rabid Records / Mute]
    03. Martyn - Great Lengths [3024]
    04. Moritz von Oswald Trio - Vertical Ascent [Honest Jon's Records]
    05. Shackleton - Three EP's [Perlon]
    06. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion [Domino]
    07. Matias Aguayo - Ay Ay Ay [Kompakt]
    08. Ben Klock - One [Ostgut Tonträger]
    09. Redshape - The Dance Paradox [Delsin / Present]
    10. 2562 - Unbalance [Tectonic]
    11. F*ck Buttons - Tarot Sport [ATP Recordings]
    12. The Field - Yesterday and Today [Kompakt]
    13. Black Meteoric Star - Black Meteoric Star [DFA]
    14. Lawrence - Until Then, Goodbye [Mule Electronic]
    15. Dinky - Anemik [Wagon Repair]
    16. Ben Frost - By The Throat [Bedroom Community]
    17. Bvdub: We Were the Sun [Quietus]
    18. Black Jazz Consortium - Structure [Soul People Music]
    19. Peverelist - Jarvik Mindstate [Punch Drunk]
    20. Moderat - Moderat [BPitch Control]

    I have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 17 and 20. They're all super.
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    Anyone else listen to new electronic music in 2009? What are your favorites? Or what about electronic music that was new to you in 2009?

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    Basic_Sounds Best of 2009

    martin schulte / depth of soul / lantern
    - My new favourite artist discovery this year is Russian producer, Marat Shibaev aka Martin Schulte. Twenty-one year old, Martin Schulte successfully delivers delicious dub-inspired techno intertwined with floating ambient textures and atmospheric field recordings.

    pablo bolivar / recall / regular
    -Spanish producer, Pablo Bolivar develops clinical sequences into divine warm melodies and stunning techno grooves.

    ametsub / the nothings of the north / progressive form
    - 25 year old Tokyo-based musician Ametsub delivers satisfying glitchy IDM melodies.

    lusine / a certain distance / ghostly
    - Seattle based, Lusine aka Jeff McIlwain combines sophisticated pop structures with warm melodic IDM melodies.

    jonathan johansson / en hand i himlen / hybris
    - Jonathan Johansson creates infectious nostalgic Swedish synth-pop. I've become that annoying sixteen year-old high school girl that plays her favourite pop song over and over again.

    quantec / cauldron subsidence / echocord
    - Quantec aka Sven Schienhammer, delivers his second full length release with outstanding deep pulsating dub ambiance.

    fluxion / constant limber / resopal schallware
    - Fluxion combines deep delicious dub sounds over driven 4/4 beats.

    pendle coven / self assessment / modern love
    - Pendle Coven, known for being half of MLZ, presents his first full-length debut. Well produced dub techno with some straightforward dubstep, broken beat and shimmering ambiance.

    pleq / the metamorphosis / u-cover
    - Pleq constructs well-crafted glitchy ambiance, full of delicate shifting micro sounds, percussion clicks and orchestral sentiments.

    brock van wey (aka bvdub) / white clouds drift on and on / echospace
    - Brock Van Wey produces beautiful sentimental ambient music and is the first Echospace outsider to be accepted on the label.

    black to comm / alphabet 1968 / type
    - Beautiful drone ambient album full of haunting loops, distant lullabies and psychedelic classical structures.

    lowfish / frozen and broken / noise factory
    - Gregory de Rocher aka Lowfish produces quality grooving analogue synth-electro/techno full of catchy melodies.

    ólafur arnalds / found songs / erased tapes
    - Minimalist Icelandic composer, Ólafur Arnalds brilliantly managed to produce this sentimental classical album in seven days.

    rone / spanish breakfast / infine
    - French producer, Rone aka Erwan Castex, delivers a driving tech-house album full of cinematic overtones.

    port-royal / dying in time / n5md
    - Port-Royal deliver their original, emotionally elevated shoegaze ambience while incorporating distortions of techno and synth pop.

    redshape / the dance paradox / delsin
    - Redshape produces driven acid basslines with futuristic analogue warmth.

    dj sprinkles / midtown 120 blues / mule
    - Terre Thaemlitz aka Dj Sprinkles delivers a solid deep house album with a pinch of melancholy.

    louderbach / autumn / m_nus
    - Troy Pierce and Gibby Miller combines Miller's vocals with Pierce's dark minimal techno productions for clinical driven basslines and robotic introspective sounding love songs.

    yagya / rigning / sending orbs
    - Icelandic producer, Yagya aka Aalsteinn Gumundsson, delivers his third full-length release of hypnotizing melancholy ambient beats.

    marconi union / tokyo / bine
    - Minimalist ambient soundscapes with micro-beats and glitchy percussion.

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