This is not an album of identity crisis, it is an album of identity assured: those gliding pop-funk bass-lines on “Black Qualls,” the David Axelrod mise-en-scene of “King Of The Hill,” the instant-classic Feeling Of One’s Self of “Dragonball Durag.” It’s euphoric even after it crash-lands into existential dread: an album pulsing with light and life. If you’re not familiar with Thai sociopolitics, this album also feels like a middle finger to bland and uninteresting established club music. Listen here. 2000s here. [Clayton Purdom], “I insist upon the recognition of my multiplicity.” This unshakable assertion arrives halfway through Moses Sumney’s sophomore LP, on the spoken-word interlude “also also also and and and.” In the wake of his debut, Aromanticism, Sumney lost some control of his narrative, with fans and critics thrusting the “R&B singer” label upon the multi-faceted artist. One stand out group collaboration we did was a radio show for the British Council and the Manchester museum in August, featuring our favourite Indian artists. List Aggregate. AAAA is a producer from Mexico. Happy New Decade! From a long-list of hundreds of albums, you lot selected your favourites – and added plenty of your own to the running, too. And yet, free-wheeling cries like “Sudden Desire” and “Pure Love” still bring the untethered emotion that has rendered Williams such a beacon of raw emotion. Social-media rap purists may blanch at Run The Jewels’ gleeful kitchen-sink approach, but, as Killer Mike warns on “walking in the snow”: “I promise I’m honest / They comin’ for you the day after they comin’ for me.” [Mosi Reeves], It’s been a banner year for Phoebe Bridgers, who not only skirted the sophomore slump with her soul-piercing Punisher but managed to milk it for more beauty with Copycat Killer’s string-heavy reinterpretations. [Mosi Reeves], In an alternate universe, Thundercat followed up the crusty otaku-gone-supernova opus Drunk with some sort of “return to form,” by a certain perspective at least—a triple-LP opus with a colon in its title, say. Your 10th best album of the decade was 1.3 decades in the making. It marks an incredible decade for the ARIA Hall Of Fame recipients. Stacker gathered data from Metacritic to present this list of the 50 best albums from the last decade. News. This is a list of the best-selling albums of the 21st century, based on IFPI certification and Nielsen SoundScan sales tracking. The influence of their raving days is apparent, and there is extensive use of drum machines and samples. DeForrest Brown, Jr. is a New York-based theorist, journalist, and curator. SAULT - Untitled (Rise) 3. Also, imagine how good the album is that it got remastered and will soon be re-released for the first time on vinyl by Dark Entries. The album was released this November and speaks of emancipation and the strength of women. In a year of a racial reckoning over state-sanctioned killings of Black people, an apocalyptically surging pandemic and an imminent economic and employment crisis within the United States, dreamcrusher’s two summer releases ‘Panopticon!’ and ‘Another Country’ for New York collective PTP, forged ahead into a deeply personal unknown, precisely capturing the painful reality of the failure of civilization at the end of the European colonial project and its technological and scientific revolution. On my first couple of listens the album sounded like a mess, but with repeated listens it clicked into place and then was on constant play. 100. In December 2020, Swift subsequently earned her sixth number one album Evermore . For Australian albums of the decade, The Very Best of INXS leads with 6 x platinum. Singles Instructive, honestly. Andrew3M, Released on Juneteenth this summer, a day for honoring the resilience of Black people in America, HAUS of ALTR’s ‘HOA010’ is an offering of Black excellence. There is plenty to be said or has been said about this year. Shouts to everyone that released good music this year though, for real. Artist: Agalloch Album: Marrow of the Spirit Year: 2010 Label: Profound Lore Records Favorite Song: "Into the Painted Grey" The Bare Bones: Marrow of the Spirit is the fourth full-length album from American black metal band Agalloch,… The Prog Report Best of 2020 – Best Prog Rock Albums and Songs of the Year. This has become my go to album to find my centre and at times for that occasional pick me up. In 2020, the industrial noise and hardcore punk impulses of dreamcrusher’s output defies the self-cannibalizing theorizations of how music should be valued, releasing the albums digitally and via the affordable, compact and sustainable cassette format, then crowdfunding for made-to-order vinyl. Adanko, Best protest music I’ve heard in awhile: fun, colourful, hard, highly-conceptual yet conveys clear direct messages and moods. Yes, it’s been a hard year, and yes, we’re also tired of confronting that fact. Members have also been involved in various individual projects, such as working on music production and with labels such as 4ncy, as well as doing radio shows on our local community station - boxout.fm. Compared to our best pop albums of the decade list, a couple of things stand out. To quote The Beatles: I read the news today, oh boy. Phoebe Bridgers Punisher. Weezy never mastered the art of the album, but his Dedication series of mixtapes show why he should be regarded as an excellent rapper. The method in his productions is dark and distorted, but in this release he includes some melodic ambient cuts, it was perfect for this strange year that is almost over. The Highest Rated Albums of 2020. Artists have once again succeeded in providing all the emotions/escapism we've needed this year and I couldn't be more grateful. Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters. (That being said, there’s a couple newcomers among them, ready to shake things up.) It helped me see through a lot of the bullshit noise. Featuring album reviews, ratings, charts, year end lists and more. I was especially in my feelings and contemplative around the release date, and the temperature was shifting into the wintry cold we're now experiencing in London. “Do It” is the viral TikTok hit, and for good reason: Its ode to friendship and self-made confidence makes for an anthemic, bottom-heavy pop balm in this awful year, a vivid fantasy of girls’ night out rendered from a distance. They asked friends of the show to explore the concept of dreams during quarantine and came out with this exceptional compilation. Albums #100-#76 | #75-#51 | #50-#26 | #25-#1. One of our biggest regrets this year is not hearing these tracks in the club (felt especially in her track 'Club Simulation!'). [Cameron Scheetz], Though its narrative is centered around a doomed personal relationship, Lianne La Havas’ self-titled third record isn’t really a breakup album. It also makes sense that the sparse indie-folk record, which she conceptualized with The National’s Aaron Dessner and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, is a rich, elegant affair. Order it from Bandcamp here, dreamcrusher ‘Panopticon!’ / ‘Another Country’ (PTP). However, activity is slowly opening up, with specific time and social distancing measures. Cannot believe we’re here at the end of the decade, blimey! As for our collective, we have expanded out from Delhi, which is our home base, with members relocating across the country - from Goa to Himachal, still following their passion for sound and music while we navigate a new normal in Covid times. While we have been a little bit quiet this year, for obvious reasons, we would like to invite everyone to listen our podcast series ESPECTRO, where we invite different queer artists from Colombia, and all over the world, to showcase their very own sonic expressions. your password Topping the decade's best list: Kacey Musgraves. ‘The Allegory’ is a lyrical treasure hunt and you keep finding gem after gem. Luwayne Glass is the multidisciplinary artist behind dreamcrusher having released upwards of 40 music projects since forming in 2003 on myspace and other early social media platforms. The Decade in Review: Best Jazz Albums of the 2010s. Follow Agent Sasco on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, Nidia 'Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes' (Principe). And here we are. For the rest of the series go HERE.] It’s not just the expansive nature of the songs, where the silence between notes and the pauses between grooves are as impactful as the sounds themselves, with tempos and melodies shifting and switching via unpredictable virtuosity. The tone is best described as soiled, the mood as miserable, and at roughly the same crawling speed throughout, weary–sounding, with Brian Funck’s black metal snarl embellishing the dirge–like qualities. The album manages to be spacious yet complex, tense but unconcerned - gliding through 2020 in a way most of us haven't. [Annie Zaleski], Chloe x Halle absolutely flexed on quarantine. It’s not simply the endlessly inventive production and instrumentation, already the stuff of legend from the musician recounting tales of pushing around furniture and banging on kitchen implements to create the noises she envisioned in her head. The way the tracks interconnect with each other, the pace and momentum this album builds is masterful. Wow! We’ve looked the best albums from the dawn of hip hop in the ‘80s, to the high water mark of the ‘90s, through the first ten years of this Century, and now it’s time for the best of the years 2011-2020. ‘Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes’ from Nidia is our pick as this album covers so much we love for all of us; it’s a touchstone for all our different tastes. This album was released in 2011, when we naively thought that was as bad as it would get. Genres. The Best of the Decade, 2010-2019. At the beginning of the 2010s many predicted the slow death of the album -- but at the decade's end, the format seems forever changed, but still absolutely vital. Follow them on SoundCloud, Instagram, Facebook and Bandcamp. A lot of the music that ended up on our list of the 20 best albums of the year already made an appearance at 2020’s halfway point, showing up on the list of our favorite music thus far. All Hands On Deck is Manchester’s regular open-deck party to allow women, trans and non-binary people to try their hands at DJing out in a low-pressure, all welcoming, and inclusive environment. Mystery, tone, funk, production, voices, politics, energy – rise up people! Dengue Dengue Dengue are a production and DJ duo from Peru. The criteria are that the album must have been published (including self-publishing by the artist), and the album must have shipped at least 10 million units starting from January 1, 2001.Units sold include physical copies and digital downloads And there's everything in it — pain, honesty, euphoria, distance. A wonderfully cohesive set, combining poignant melodies, and traditional rhythms with the punch and familiar structures of dubstep. Bonus track: ‘Grial’, the debut album from Colombian producer Verraco, deserves an honorary mention because at least for us, we have never heard something like that coming from this side of the world. The performances will run the gamut from Indian folk inspired electronics, to more urbane modern pop, and down to thunderous club music. 14 tracks showcasing dance music from some of the best producers working at the moment including rRoxymore, Violet, Ivy Barkakati, Lara Sarkissian, Umfang, LCY & Minimal Violence and more. The EP ends with a high in post-rock fashion which is kinda a throwback to a genre that is so prevalent in the local underground scene of the last decade. We’ve been playing ‘oooophi’ and ‘DMSDP’ heavily in our online sets. Earle’s insights on God, current events and mankind are sharp, and the songs are eclectic, from back-alley blues to Celtic to New Orleans. However, they are not directly correlated with musical quality. [Baraka Kaseko], In a year when joy is such a precious commodity, Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia served as a necessary balm, thanks to a hearty confection of Europop and disco. So, I’ve done my best. And yet, in classic Rosenstock fashion, NO DREAM is the exact type of album you need to bear it at all. [Annie Zaleski], RTJ4 benefited from a dearth in major rap events this year—with fans split between drowning in iHeartRadio-marketed melodic rap or navigating Bandcamp-approved indie-rap—while addressing the political unrest, antiracist protests and mass death that marked a hellish 2020 with impressive angst. Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters. Cannot believe we’re here at the end of the decade, blimey! But here are the 20 best albums we heard in 2020, as voted upon by The A.V. One of the best debut albums I heard this decade, Moses is certainly one to watch for the 2020s: I’m very excited for the follow-up, græ, later this year. Chino Amobi is an artist and the co-founder of NON and is from North America. An artist who thrives off the energy of live shows and ecstatic fans, Charli used quarantine as an opportunity to invite them into her process, collaboratively crafting the record over six weeks of livestreams. User Ratings. We can’t wait to get back together and dive head first in the scene again, once it’s safer. Well in fact make that two: SAULT ‘Untitled (Black Is)’ and ‘Untitled (Rise)’ which are absolutely spot on in every way. But save for the mournful “A.P.I.D.T.A.,” no one can plumb ego and pathos quite like Jay Electronica. Punisher sounds like a sleepless night, after all, Bridgers’ delicate vocals trading between self-reflection, relationship anxiety, national tragedy, and dark humor, often within a single verse. On NO DREAM, his latest full-length with his Death Rosenstock bandmates, the DIY icon recounts impulse internet buys in the pursuit of happiness, breathing exercises as a mental bottomless pit, and the desperate sacrifices of parents-turned-reluctant Airbnb hosts—the type of astute observations that are depressingly bleak. Although the record is about cktrl's personal journey through and out of heartbreak, there is something so uplifting, soothing and hopeful about it. Aeondelit comes from a little town in Colombia, his digital sound design is extreme, beautiful melodies, released on Insurgentes label from Medellin, Colombia. My vinyl copy came with a personalized note from the four-year-old step-daughter of the label owner, who helped pack the records. Yes, there are multiple opportunities to dance—and you will definitely dance, if retro hits “Physical” and “Hallucinate” have anything to say on the matter—but more than that, the British performer’s second album showed such a command and appreciation of the timeless luminaries like Kylie Minogue and Donna Summer without sacrificing her specific voice. “Bad Friend” is a radio-destined anthem full of regret and, among other memories, Sawayama belting along to her beloved Carly Rae Jepsen. Co-founder and resident Hypomania is a DJ, follow him on Instagram and SoundCloud, B L A C K I E ‘FACE THE DARKNESS’ (self released). Last update: January 4, 2020 These albums have the highest Metascores out of all new albums released from 2010-19. Pia Collada (Pia Brar), Alina Baraz is a queen and everything she does resonates with me fully. Artist: Jay-Z Album: "4:44" (2017) They say rap is a young man’s game; it’s not. Liquid Tension Experiment to release new album in 2021 on InsideOutMusic. Top 100 hip-hop/rap albums of the 2010s: #100-91 With genre-bending releases and a colorful personality, Tyler The Creator (pictured) helped to push the evolution of hip-hop throughout the decade. Albums released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 with 15 or more reviews in Metacritic's databas… Roxanne invites us to indulge in slowness and witness its healing powers. “Simmer” and “Dead Horse” were simpering badges of a woman who has grown significantly, trading roaring refrains for slightly quieter introspection. This then is not only my album of the decade because I think it is the finest album to come out over a ten year period… but because it is somehow intertwined with my life… But there is something else here as well… something that happened on the 27th May 2016 at the Star and Garter pub in Manchester…. Sonia Calico ‘Simulation of an Overloaded World’ (More Time), Sonia Calico, born and raised in Taipei, has long been the queen of underground dance music in Asia. When Evanescence announced their first album of new material in nearly a decade, The Bitter Truth, this past April (which at this point feels like it might as well of been a different decade), the plan was to release that album piecemeal over the course of 2020.At the time, singer Amy Lee explained: “As far as business is concerned, this is considered a terrible time to release. Emerging from the amniotic void of Uncut Gems, the duo first banged out the low-key highlights of the former’s best album in almost a decade, then turned to OPN’s oeuvre, which Tesfaye executive produced thusly: “Burn it down! The album was recorded by just the two core members , Sid and Zillah, with Sid playing all instruments. There's just so much to listen to in this one despite only clocking in less than 30 mins. I've always been astounded by the depth and breadth of sounds coming from Seoul - this album is a perfect statement of an amazing scene. We have also seen the launch of quite a few new labels and multiple collaborations between Indian and global artists, as well as a whole lot of individual releases. For me the title alone summed up the energy of 2020, let alone the music. Sign In. One of the best debut albums I heard this decade, Moses is certainly one to watch for the 2020s: I’m very excited for the follow-up, græ, later this year. Agent Sasco is an artist and lyricist from Kingston, Jamaica. We know this year has been a bxtch to all of us, but hopefully soon we will be reunited, dancing and sweating again in dark, foggy rooms. Across a dense but sprawling hour, græ shifts from art-pop to indie rock to jazz, never getting weighed down by its ambition. Written in 1985, Jacques Attali’s Noise: the Political Economy of Music, presented a Eurocentric history of music that provides a four staged framework for how music ought to be produced, distributed and consumed in a modern free-market capitalist industrial society. O ver the course of the last decade, radical shifts in how listeners consume music might have predicted the death of the album. So let us assure you, that album definitely almost made the cut, it was only a few votes short. I only discovered Canada’s Khotin this year but I’m glad I did. And if that title seems tautological, well, it is, right? Even amidst social distancing, nothing stopped the Bailey sisters from making immaculately produced, fashion-forward, internet-breaking “live” videos for the BET Awards, the VMAs, the GLAAD Awards—the kinds of places you don’t usually get invited unless you’re making truly astounding pop music. As a cathartic group chant in “f a m e” puts it, at least you’re still in control of who you are. A sure shot for the Mercury Prize 2021, put your money down now! From her first album to now, I am a big fan of her work, her world and her aesthetic. For much the same reasons outlined in the introduction to our Best Tracks of the Year 2020 feature earlier this week, we’ve decided to open up this year’s Best Albums rundown to a global spread of perspectives.. As well as artists, for this list we’ve reached out to collectives, labels, and other people involved in dance music culture all around the world. 12/18/2020. Every time I listen to this record, I find something new :) ELLLL, Craic Boi Mental ‘Craic Magic’ (Sham Rebel Records), Craic Boi Mental is one of the most unique and creative artists in the Irish Hip Hop scene. The best selling album in the entire world in 2002. The influence of their raving days is apparent, and there is extensive use of drum machines and samples. [Randall Colburn], It’s not often that an already beloved mainstay finds a way to exceed the public’s expectations, especially when you’re the frontwoman of pop-punk lions Paramore. (The latter is inherently endorsed through lyrical nods to Pokémon, Star Fox, and Super Smash Bros.) Despite canceled tours, Dogleg managed to have a breakout year thanks to the timelessness of their pent-up punk and anxious hollering, an outlet that everyone, not just emo fans, needed. 1990s here. Magus is not an enjoyable album. Their main focus for this is to create quality content from the Indian Subcontinent which can be consumed through the comfort of people’s homes. There’s only one record in this race really isn’t there? Your 10th best album of the decade was 1.3 decades in the making. With changing formats, streaming services, the rise and downfall of traditional Pop music and a globalised audience, music has never been so dissonant yet so accessible between artists and their audiences. Updated August 6, 2020 – By Mac Randall. Thus going platinum or gold does not affect whether or not an album makes this list. Throughout 2020, I will be writing, at length, about my favorite albums of the past decade (2010-2019). Kavtinaa (Shona Das). Errol is a DJ, broadcaster and curator. Album sales are a relevant barometer of an artist’s success. Arctic Monkeys won Album Of The Decade for their 2013 masterpiece 'AM' at the NME Awards 2020, their fifth album being regarded as top of the 2010s. BULTO is a queer and techo fetishist collective from Colombia. Yet what’s most exciting is the way Swift used creative isolation to expand the scope of her songwriting outward. If so, it went out with a bang — half of the records on this list came out that year. [Clayton Purdom], The more time passes, the stronger Jeff Rosenstock’s distillation of pop-punk, ska, and folk-punk sounds. Album sales are a relevant barometer of an artist’s success. Those moments of quiet intimacy cover the album, lending it an air of self-assurance. – Sam Gazdziak. 1980s here. on 7empest), favoring lush atmospherics and feedback swells in what is an ultimately hypnotic and engrossing audio experience, it was all worth it. The mood of the record was a perfect contrast with the world situation in 2020, helping keep us sane in these weird times. Artist: Krallice Album: Years Past Matter Year: 2012 Label: Independent (Later via Gilead Media) Favorite Song: "IIIIIIII" The Bare Bones: Years Past Matter is the fourth studio album by American black metal/avant-metal group Krallice, originally released as a… Welcome! [Baraka Kaseko], Jay Electronica’s decade-in-the-making debut is a wonderfully perplexing work. The Best Albums of The Decade: The 2010s 100 11 December 2019 The UK's Official Top 100 biggest albums of the decade 2010 - 2019 The UK's most popular albums of the 2010s, including big releases by Adele, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Rihanna. https://music.avclub.com/the-20-best-albums-of-2020-1845835753 STAFF PICKS: Chris Latta’s Top Albums of 2020. Between 2010 and 2020 the music industry saw some of the largest shifts in history. Gorgeous, expansive, introspective, calming music we so desperately need in these times. This one is a collaboration between American-Cuban producer Danny Daze and young, talented producer from Brazil, RHR: percussive psychedelic techno and electro with acid textures. Does that mean that rock music died in 2016? Eminem – The Eminem Show (2002). He gave us so many gifts, and this album was one of them. I had played the first couple of games a bit back in the day, but I was more of a Counter-Strike player than a Call of Duty player. The Best of the Decade, 2010-2019. On my first couple of listens the album sounded like a mess, but with repeated listens it clicked into place and then was on constant play. Bring Me The Horizon, ‘amo’ (SONY/RCA, 2019). Crossover is inevitable, and a few of these albums even appear on our best country and indie rock album decade lists. It’s also not a shock that most of these are familiar faces; in times of trouble, going with what you know is understandable, and the degree of comfort our favorite artists can bring is incalculable. When picking the decade's finest, we knew there was only one place to turn – and that was you guys. You can hear all kinds of musical influences if you listen closely enough underneath the seemingly simple songs, such as in 'Three Hours' where Nerve plays an important role in adding these subtleties via his improvised electronic productions, and the free-form percussionists' work from 龢 really elevate the songs' overall listenability. With her debut solo effort Petals For Armor, Hayley Williams not only tapped into her long-heralded handle of her righteous rage, she refined it. Taylor Swift's Folklore takes the cake for being our staff's No. Our other pick is ‘A Quarantine Dream’ by Bathtime Sessions. Through its sorrow and its ecstasy, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately sounds like a burden lifted. 2. Vast, grim and lethargic, Thou’s fifth album is a profound 70 minutes of abrasion and disgust. O ver the course of the last decade, radical shifts in how listeners consume music might have predicted the death of the album. NGLY is a producer from Argentina and has released stuff mostly on L.I.E.S. On Juneteenth of 2020, he released the album Black Nationalist Sonic Weaponry on Planet Mu, and Primary Information will publish his first book Assembling a Black Counter Culture in 2021.
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