Hey! It’s my favorite music of the year!
Best New Artist
Brooklyn rap group Das Racist introduced themselves with not one, but two excellent free mixtapes in 2010 (grab them here). Their unique brand of hip-hop bounces from political to irreverent to absurd and back again without warning, creating an odd, yet compelling and completely enjoyable sound.
Runners up: Sleigh Bells, Die Antwoord
Gogol’s weakest album (I blame Rick Rubin), but it still makes my top 10. Still some great tracks on here.
Sea of Cowards
This album was a huge improvement over 09’s Horehound. Jack White is single handedly keeping rock music alive at this point.
Yeasayer stole the psychedelic pop crown from MGMT and ran with it. The multi-layered tracks on Odd Blood are fun and catchy without feeling hollow.
Everything Remains (As It Never Was)
Celtic folk metalers Eluveitie couldn’t top their previous albums this year, but had a solid release with Everything Remains.
Sit Down, Man
Like their first mixtape, it’s a bit long and lacks focus, but there are some absolute gems in here.
I love Daft Punk, and I can get into a good score. Combine them and you have something really, really cool.
Without a doubt the loudest and most catchy album of 2010. What it lacks in substance, it makes up for with raw energy.
Copy’s third and best album takes his familiar electro snap beats in a softer direction. The result is a relaxing, atmospheric album with no need for vocals.
Plastic Beach is simply the best Gorillaz album so far. It’s grand scope and multitude of styles somehow fit into a cohesive album where almost every track is a standout.
It’s true that LP4 doesn’t cover as much new ground as LP3 did in 08. But the way LP4 refines and perfects LP3’s sound is just brilliant.
So, there you have it. My top 10 albums of 2010.
Agree? Disagree? What were your favorites this year?