***Finally I am posting these decade end lists. Gaaah I love and hate lists. They enlighten me towards new music yet at the same time they’re ridiculously subjective. From one point to the next an album can be the best and not depending on the season, the weather, my emotions, whether I’m under the influence, yada yada yada. Because of all this, the numbers on my list aren’t a ranking system of worst to best—because I think they’re all equally fantastic—they’re simply a form of organization. But, a few times on the lists I will put a clear marker on the artist/album that I feel truly outranks the rest. It’s only here where I exercise a bit of hypocrisy.

I know I’ve left hundreds and hundreds of artists out. Making a “Top 10” list per sub-genre for the decade is trifling, I know. It really should be “Top 100” per sub genre. Every day I keep remembering ones I should add but I have too much music and too little time. I did my best with what I had and what I remember and the time I had! You’ll notice that a lot of the artists are from the last 5 years and that’s because my mecca of music is back home. Home home. Like where I was born jaja. So…sorry for the lack of early 2000 albums. =)

I also dislike one shot lists! You simply can’t compare down-tempo artists to dubstep artists, etc. So, I tried to organize artists into the genres I felt fit them best as opposed to putting them all in the same pool. But obviously some artists mix into the other genres or were put there even though they have a very specific genre of their own (avant-garde, balearic, etc etc). Gaaah and genre is so subjective as well. Bear with me and keep all this in mind! A lot of these artists are featured in my NYE and NYD mixtapes or have been blogged about! So check the mixtapes out or do a quick search on ATM if you feel like more sampling.

Other than that, happy reading and stay tuned for Part II and Part III!

Ambient, Chillout, Lounge, Down-tempo, Lo-Fi

10. Flica – Nocturnal (2008)
09. Mùm – Yesterday Was Dramatic Today (2000)
08. Emancipator – Soon It Will Be Cold Enough (2006)

07. Seba – Return to Forever (2008)
06.
Röyksopp – Melody A.M. (2001)
05. Ocuban – Behave Decently (2009)
04. M83 – Before the Dawn Heals Us (2005)
03.
Telefon Tel Aviv – Immolate Yourself (2009) ♥
02. Air – Walkie Talkie (2004) ♥♥

01. Télépopmusik – Angel Milk (2005)

Mentionables of 2009:

Eluvium – Life Through Bombardment
Hauschka – Snowflakes and Car Wrecks
Napoli is Not Nepal – Napoli is Not Nepal
Nosaj Thing – Drift
Nordlight – A Deep Dive
Printempo – Printempo
Tosca – No Hassle

Progressive, Experimental, Psychedelic, Minimal

10. Ratatat – LP3 (2008)
09. The Field – Yesterday and Today (2005)
08. Misteur Valaire – Friterday Night (2007)

07. Mylo – Destroy Rock and Roll (2004)
06. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport (2009)
05. Sigur Ros – (  ) (2002)
04. Moderat – Moderat (2009) ♥

03. Modeselektor – Happy Birthday (2007) ♥♥

02. Björk – Vespertine (2001) ♥♥♥

01. The Knife – Silent Shout (2006) ♥♥♥♥

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

Gui Boratto – Chromophobia (2007)
Quiet Village – Sielnt Movie (2008)
Salem – Yes I Smoke Crack EP (2008)

Mentionables of 2009:

The Flaming Lips – Embyronic
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
Dan Deacon – Bromst
Mi Ami – Watersports
Mux Mool – Just Saying Is All
Trickform – Trickform


Dubstep, D’n’B, Trip-Hop, Hip-Hop, Grime

10. Pendulum – Hold Your Color (2005)
09. Pawa Up First – Introducing New Details (2007)

08. Portishead – Third (2008)
07. Flying Lotus – Los Angeles (2008)

06. Beast – Beast (2008)

05. Exile – Radio (2009) ♥
04. Burial – Untrue (2007) ♥♥
03. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid –released post-humous (2009) ♥♥♥
02. Dusk + Blackdown vs Grievous Angel – Margins Music: Redux (2009) ♥♥♥♥
01. The Avalanches – Since I Left You (2001) ♥♥♥♥♥

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

Exile – Dirty Science (2006)
M.I.A. – Kala (2007)
Chase and Status – More than A Lot (2008)

Mentionables of 2009:

Heyoka – Gate Code
Durrty Goodz – Ultrasound
Massive Attack – Splitting the Atom EP
We Fell to Earth – We Fell to Earth
Burial and Four Tet – Moth EP
Two Fingers – Two Fingers

House, Dance, Pop, Disco, Synth

10. Junior Boys– So This is Goodbye (2006)

09. Junior Senior – Hey Hey My My Yo Yo (2005)
08. LCD Soundystem – Sound of Silver (2007)
07. Hot Chip – The Warning (2006)
06. Kylie Minogue – Fever (2001)

05. Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair (2008)

04. Annie – Don’t Stop (2009)
03. Calvin Harris – I Created Disco (2007) ♥

02. Alan Braxe and Friends – Upper Cuts (2005) ♥♥
01. Daft Punk – Discovery (2001) ♥♥♥

Mentionables that couldn’t fit:

Goldfrapp – Supernature (2005)
the Juan Maclean – Less than Human (2005)
Soulwax – Any Minute Now (2005)
Madonna – Confessions on the Dance Floor (2006)
Fujiya and Miyagi – Transparent Things (2006)
Sally Shapiro – Disco Romance (2006)
Justice – Cross (2007)
Artist of the Year – Wreck La Discotheque (2007)
Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release (2007)
Chromeo – Fancy Footwork (2007)
Cut Copy – In Ghost Colors (2008)
Sébastian Tellier – Sexuality (2008)
Zeigeist – Jade Motel (2008)

Mentionables of 2009:

La Roux – La Roux
Lady Gaga – Fame Monster
Vitalic – Flashmob
Neon Indian – Psychic Chasms EP (NOT the LP, I found it to be full of filler songs)
TMDP – TMDP

Overall Top Electronic Albums of 2009:

10. Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport

09. Dan Deacon – Bromst

08. the Flaming Lips – Embryonic
07. Burial and Four Tet – Moth EP
06. Annie – Don’t Stop

05. Moderat – Moderat ♥

04. Telefon Tel Aviv – Immolate Yourself  ♥

03. J Dilla – Jay Stay Paid ♥♥

02. Exile – Radio ♥♥♥

01. Dusk + Blackdown vs Grievous Angel – Margins Music: Redux ♥♥♥♥

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