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The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2010

Let's take a journey to Pop Past and re-experience the best electronic albums from a decade ago. Many electronic sounds in 2010 remained in the margins, using the lexicon of its predecessors to define what they were.

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Pulshar: Inside

It’s clear there's potential here for a more experimental Pulshar.

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Soul Center: General Eclectics

Soul Center’s General Eclectics is an eclectic collection, yes. Seldom does it progress, but certainly it moves.

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Loden: Buggy

Built of of the same hip-hop-governed IDM that’s become all the rage in the past few years, since Prefuse 73, DJ /rupture, and others became afflicted with the aural leanings of early 2000s Warp and Tigerbeat6, Loden’s smashing Buggy is a fair contender in the same arena.

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Various Artists: Fünf

Composed by various label players, Ostgun Ton’s Fünf is a label anniversary album built exclusively from a four gigabyte sample library of field recordings made inside the legendary Berlin clubs Berghain and Panorama Bar.

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Deslot

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My Life With the Tape Hiss Cult

When we think of our experiences with electronic music, we can follow a thought trail that leads like a Wikipedia article from one incendiary album to many others. Their qualities are not always alike but for one: the nostalgic thread that runs through them.

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Envy: Recitation

Who are Envy? Envy are Japanese post-hardcore. Are they Unwound? No. Are they At The Drive-In? No.

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Bee Vs. Moth: Acronymous

Throughout Acronymous there are musical allusions to Don Caballero, Herb Alpert, Ornette Coleman, and, maybe distantly, a more raucous Calexico. In any case, their Austin roots are strong.

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Aidan Baker: Songs of Flowers and Skin

Too slow at times, the Aidan Baker's Songs of Flowers and Skin is agreeable without being pretty or simple.

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Onmutu Mechanicks: Nocturne

Nocturne is a murky Drexciya album by Onmutu Mechanicks gone dub, minimal, and without the thrashing TR-808.

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Squarepusher: Shobaleader One - d'Demonstrator

Squarepusher's not pop. He's not R&B or French house. I’m not sure I can dance to his music.

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Night Flight" / "Exorcism"

"Night Flight" and "Exorcism" form the a- and b-sides to the imaginary 7” single that could have come from Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to The Exorcist II: The Heretic.

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Thomas Köner: Nunatak/Teimo/Permafrost

Much like the soundtrack to a day spent trapped inside a refrigerator, each of Thomas Köner’s minimalist drone albums kept in this three-disc tri-fold release are rather limited in their sonic palettes.

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Apparat: DJ-Kicks

Apparat’s contribution to the !K7 DJ-Kicks series feels quite at home in a car stereo while driving through the city at night.

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Marcus Fjellström: Schattenspieler

Essentially, this is the soundtrack to some old farmhouse in some bleak countryside.

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Aggraveire Music

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Seduction and Magic"/ "Dark Revelation"

Save for “Magic and Ecstasy”, “Seduction and Magic” is perhaps the most Goblin-esque of the thirteen tracks on Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to Exorcist II: The Heretic. The piece's second inclusion, “Dark Revelation”, could remain at home on the next Burial album.

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Beta-lactum Ring

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Echochord

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Miasmah Recordings

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His Dark Exotica: Ennio Morricone - "Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)"

“Pazuzu (Theme From Exorcist II)” is about channeling. The track does not play prominently in the film. Rather, it emerges in aural corners and suggests all the witchery, locust-vision, and demonic possession that Regan and crew play out on the screen.

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Beta-lactam Ring Records

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