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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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The 10 Best Electronic Albums of 2009

Revisiting our best electronic albums from 2009, we find these records have stood the test of time.

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The Best Electronic Music of 2013

Above all, 2013 was a year when electronic music's cream of the crop did what they do best and left no one wanting for more.

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Benoît Pioulard: Hymnal

Benoît Pioulard frames his fourth record as a sort of meditation on faith vs. society, as though they are opposing forces, and how devotion provides succor in an uncertain and discomfiting world.

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Herbert: Herbert Complete

Herbert Complete gives ardent fans of this minimal techno maestro a decade's worth of essential albums and intriguing extras.

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Twin Cities: Brand New World

A supremely funky excursion into the future of pop-soul, the debut album by London-based duo Twin Cities strikes a wonderful middle ground between ambitious, up-front lyricism and bold, sugar-soaked production.

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Megafortress: Megafortress

Brooklyn-based musician Bill Gillim, formerly of Tigercity, creates an ambient atmosphere centering on his soaring, high-pitched falsetto.

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Cooly G: Playin' Me

Dubstep's breakout female sensation creates a sonically and emotionally rich debut album for Hyperdub.

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Willits + Sakamoto: Ancient Future

Veteran pianist and electronic collaborator Ryuichi Sakamoto and multimedia artist Christopher Willits create a lovely, searching record for Ghostly International.

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Scuba: Personality

The Hotflush label head offers a record that is only minimally informed by the new-era dubstep his imprint helped usher in, instead dabbling in retro styles such as old school electro, acid house, and late-80s British ambient.

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Porter Ricks: Biokinetics

Type Records reissues this classic of dub techno, originally the premier CD release and crown jewel of the Chain Reaction catalogue.

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Monolake: Ghosts

More listenable and slightly less scary than 2009's Silence, Robert Henke again utilizes field recordings to lend an organic tilt to this decidedly chilly record.

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Swod: Drei

This is the third record from Berlin-based electronics-and-piano duo Swod, which offers up some of their prettiest music to date.

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Pyrolator: Neuland

Kurt Dahlke returns as Pyrolator 24 whopping years after his last full-length record. For a veteran of German industrial and new wave, his newest album sounds nothing like you'd expect.

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Mark de Clive-Lowe: Renegades

Mark de Clive-Lowe's second full-length does nothing that a slew of soul and jazz-influenced electronic musicians haven't done better over the last decade-and-a-half.

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Cindytalk: Hold Everything Dear

The third record in Cindytalk's laptop-based trilogy, Hold Everything Dear is dedicated to late band member Matt Kinnison and features his contributions.

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Dustin Wong: Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

The Ponytail guitarist's second solo LP is more mature and confident than anything in his catalogue, running his brightly colored guitar tones along tricky structures and playing for a broader, more noise-averse audience.

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AGF: Beatnadel

As implied by the title, Beatnadel is AGF's most beat-laden (and bad-ass) record to date, soundly disproving that poetry albums must be unhip.

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Jazzanova: Upside Down

Upside Down collects remixes of Jazzanova songs done by some of Europe's best electronic musicians.

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The Best Electronic Music of 2011

Our electronic music enthusiasts pick highlights from a year when the genre ranged widely and wildly from ADD dance music to the last great pure dubstep record to an industrial cacophony that's a proper soundtrack to a world in turmoil.

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Miguel Migs: Outside the Skyline

Miguel Migs, better known as a house DJ and remix artist than a producer of his own material, releases a smooth, slightly better-than-average full-production album in his signature Naked Music style.

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Cavalier (a.k.a. Agnès): A Million Horses

Swiss techno musician Agnès puts his deep house hat on and calls himself Cavalier for A Million Horses, which adds 13 new tracks to his earlier EP of the same name.

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