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Best of the Decade

January 29, 2010

Whilst we’re still in January, let me indulge my love of lists one more time.

Being a contributor to probably the best dance music website there is, Resident Advisor, I was asked to lend my opinions to their epic polls of the last decade in dance music, which went live on the site this week.

As I have come to expect, my choices differed a little from their – nonetheless authoritative – results, but given the couple of weeks enjoyable effort I put into compiling these lists, I am pretty happy with my run-down and thought it was worth sharing.

Considering the mainstream media wrote dance music off in the noughties, it really was a fabulous time for many genres: the good old days of proper funky and prog. house around the start of the century, the brilliant best of breakbeat during the middle of the decade, and the rise of minimal house and techno (and the inevitable and productive backlash) towards the end; to name but a few trends.

As ever, I’m sure I’ve missed out several tracks/albums/mixes of worth, so please leave constructive criticism and comments at the bottom.

1 FC Kahuna Hayling
2 Laurent Garnier The Man With The Red Face
3 Aphex Twin Windowlicker
4 Ulrich Schnauss On My Own
5 Leftfield Phat Planet
6 Djuma Soundsystem Les Djins (Trentemoller Mix)
7 Spektrum Kinda New (Tiefshwarz Mix)
8 DJ Shadow GDMFSOB (Unkle Mix)
9 Boards of Canada Dayvan Cowboy
10 Soulwax E Talking (Soulwax Nite Version)
11 Fatboy Slim Song For Shelter (Chemical Brothers Mix)
12 Sex in Dallas Berlin Rocks (Stewart Walker Mix)
13 Nathan Fake Charlies House (Apparat Mix)
14 Rob Mello VS Underworld Dark Fantasize
    (No video or link exists, but find it on Zabiela’s Alive mix)
15 Royksopp What Else Is There? (Trentemoller Mix)
16 Zoot Woman Grey Day / Calmer


Positive Education / Lifetimes
18 M.A.N.D.Y vs Booka Shade Body Language
19 Daft Punk Voyager (Dominic Torti’s Wildstyle Edit)
20 BT Fibonacci Sequence (Sasha Edit)
21 Cosmos Take Me With You
22 Gui Boratto Terminal
23 The Avalanches Frontier Psychiatrist
24 Justice Phantom Part 2
25 RJD2 Exotic Talk
26 Go Home Productions Shannon Stone
27 Booka Shade In White Rooms / Mandarine Girl
28 Switch A Bit Patchy
29 Felix Da Housecat Silver Screen Shower Scene (Thin White Duke Mix)
30 JDS Nine Ways (Plump DJ’s Mix)
31 Midfield General Coatnoise (Dave Clarke Mix)
32 Tomaz and Filterheadz Sunshine
33 Air Alpha Beta Gaga
34 Digitalism Idealistic
35 James Zabiela & Nic Fanciulli No Pressure
36 Radioactiveman Night Bus to Nowhere
37 The Chemical Brothers The State We’re In / Denmark
38 Introvert vs Bjork Joga
39 Santos Sabot (Evil Nine Mix)
40 Freefrom Five Electromagnetic (Evil Nine Broadway Dub)
41 Hot Chip Boy From School (Erol Alkan Mix)
42 Layo & Bushwacka Love Story / Shining Through
43 Deltron 3030 Madness
44 The Presets Steamworks
45 Royksopp Remind Me / Eple
46 Radiohead Everything in its Right Place
47 Edan Rapperfection
48 Agoria La 11ème Marche (Phil Kieran Mix)
49 Loco Dice City Lights (Martin Buttrich Mix)
50 Tiefshwarz Ghost Track (Blackstrobe Mix)
51 Lifelike & Kris Menace Discopolis
52 Phonique Woman in a Red Dress (Tiefshwarz Mix)
53 New Order Crystal (Lee Burridge Mix)
54 Alex Dolby Hazy Way (Evil Nine Mix)
55 X-Press 2 Muzikizum / AC/DC / Smoke Machine
56 Solid Sessions Janeiro
57 Evil Nine Crooked / Cakehole
58 Isolee Beaut Mon Plage
59 Claude VonStroke Deep Throat
60 LCD Soundsystem Daft Punk is Playing at My House (Soulwax Mix)
61 Dizzee Rascal Fix Up Look Sharp
62 Kosheen Catch (Way Out West Mix)
63 Maps It Will Find You
64 Green Velvet La La Land / Flash (Danny Tenglia’s Nitrous Oxide Mix)
65 Roots Manuva Witness
66 M83 Run Into Flowers (Jackson Midnight Fuck Mix)
67 King Unique Sugar High / Lighters
68 Sharpside Belgian Resistance
69 Tomas Andersson Washing Up (Tiga Mix)
70 Underworld Two Months Off
71 Chicken Lips He Not In
72 Trentemoller Moan (Trentemoller Mix)
73 Solid Groove This Is Sick
74 Umek Gatex
75 The Roots Seed 2.0
76 Ugly Duckling Lay It On Ya
77 Freeland We Want Your Soul
78 Sasha & Emerson Scorchio
79 Sander Kleinenberg My Lexicon
80 Fatboy Slim Star 69 (Timo Maas Mix)
81 Orbital Funny Break (Plump DJ’s Mix)
82 Junkie XL Future In Computer Hell Part 2
83 Fischerspooner Emerge
84 Zero Emit / Collect (Rennie Pilgrem Agatha Stomp)
85 Depeche Mode I Feel Loved (Danny Tenaglia Mix)
86 Dave Clarke The Wolf
87 Bushwaka! Monster
88 James Holden Lump
89 Chicks On Speed Wordy Rappinghood
90 PMT Gyromancer
91 Squarepusher My Red Hot Car
92 Timo Maas Feedback Welcome / Ubik
93 Justice vs Simian We Are Your Friends
94 Nathan Fake The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Mix)
95 Baz Believers (King Unique River Dub)
96 Freeform Five No More Conversations (Mylo Mix)
97 LCD Soundsystem North American Scum
98 Thom Yorke Harrowdown Hill (Extended Mix)
99 Misstress Barbara Barcelona
100 Justus Kohnke Yacht
101 Steve Lawler Rise In (Nalin & Kane Mix)
102 Pig & Dan Cured
103 Vitalic La Rock 01
104 Futureshock Sparc
105 MGMT Kids / Electric Feel
106 Funk D’Void Diabla (Funk D’Void Heavenly Mix)
107 Metro Area Miura
108 The Gossip Standing in the Way of Control (Soulwax Mix)
109 Mirwais Naïve Song
110 Phil Kieran My House
111 Trisco Muzak
112 Bolz Bolz Take A Walk (Paul Daley Full Mix)
113 Fused Terror
114 Cut Chemist Whats The Attitude
115 Forme Kick A Hole (Tigerstyle Mix)
116 Mylo Drop The Pressure
117 Groove Armada Superstylin’
118 LFO Freak
119 Bobby Peru Erotic Discourse
120 Ogenki Clinic First Light


And the albums (bear in mind this was only supposed to be dance music, even though I sneaked some hip-hop in there as well):

1 The Avalanches Since I Left You
2 DJ Shadow The Private Press
3 The Chemical Brothers Come With Us
4 Fourtet Pause
5 RJD2 Since We Last Spoke
6 Daft Punk Discovery
7 Ulrich Schnauss A Strangely Isolated Place
8 Booka Shade Movements
9 Deltron 3030 Deltron 3030
10 Gui Boratto Chromophobia
11 Layo & Bushwacka Night Works
12 Air Talkie Walkie
13 LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver
14 Evil Nine You Can Be Special Too
15 Royksopp Melody AM
16 Felix Da Housecat Kittenz and Thee Glitz
17 FC Kahuna Machine Says Yes
18 Edan Primitive Plus
19 Justice Cross
20 Fatboy Slim Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars
21 Unkle Never Never Land
22 Digitalism Idealism
23 Gorillaz Demon Days
24 SLAM Alien Radio
25 Ulrich Schnauss Far Away Trains Passing By
26 Freeland Now and Them
27 Zero 7 Simple Things
28 The Go Team Thunder, Lightening, Strike
29 Radiohead Kid A
30 The Rapture Pieces of the People We Love
31 Boards of Canada Geogaddi / Trans Canada Highway
32 Trentemoller The Last Resort
33 Alex Smoke Paradolia
34 Deadly Avenger Deep Red
35 LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem
36 Ellen Allien & Apparat Orchestra of Bubbles
37 Mylo Destroy Rock and Roll
38 Ugly Duckling Journey to Anywhere
39 !!! Louden Up Now
40 Kosheen Resist
41 Zoot Woman Zoot Woman
42 MGMT Oracular Spectacular
43 Claude VonStroke Beware of the Bird
44 Fat Freddys Drop Based on a True Story
45 Hot Chip The Warning
46 The Chemical Brothers Push The Button
47 Wagon Christ Musipal
48 Cannibal Ox Oxtrumentals
49 Lemon Jelly Lost Horizons
50 Plump DJ’s Eargasm

And finally, my favourite mixes of the last ten years:

1 Jaques Le Cont FabricLive 09
2 Evil Nine Essential Mix 2005
3 2ManyDJs As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol.2
4 Trentemoller Essential Mix 2006
5 Sasha Involver
6 James Zabiela Essential Mix 2004
7 Spank Rock FabricLive 33
8 Tom Middleton The Trip
9 Sasha Fundacion
10 Michael Mayer Fabric 13
11 DJ Food & DK Now Listen
12 Justin Robertson Imprint
13 Adam Freeland FabricLive 16
14 James Holden At The Controls
15 Plump DJ’s Urban Underground
16 James Lavelle Global Underground Barcelona/Romania
17 Fatboy Slim On The Floor At The Boutique
18 FC Kahuna Essential Mix 2002
19 The Avalanches Gimmix / Breezeblock Mix
20 Booka Shade Essential Mix 2006
21 DJ Yoda How to Cut and Paste Vol.1 / Vol.2
22 James Holden Balance 005
23 Damian Lazarus Futurism
24 Ritchie Hawtin DE9: Transitions
25 Damian Lazarus Bugged Out Presents Suck My Deck
26 2ManyDJs Essential Mix
27 Henrik Shwarz Live
28 Adam Freeland Global Underground Mexico City
29 Laurent Garnier Essential Mix Live From the New Terrace at Space
30 John Digweed Fabric 20
31 Erol Alkan A Bugged Out Mix
32 Desyn Masiello Bedrock OS1
33 James Zabiela ALiVE
34 M.A.N.D.Y At The Controls
35 James Lavelle FabricLive 01
36 Fatboy Slim Big Beach Boutique
37 Deadly Avenger FabricLive 08
38 Dave Seaman The Masters Series Part Three: Desire
39 Kruder & Dorfmeister DJ Kicks
40 Pete Tong Twisted Beats/Essential Selection
41 Krafty Kuts These Are The Breaks
42 Armand Van Helden Mixmag New York Loft Party
43 Francois K Masterpiece
44 Ivan Smagghe & Chloe Kill The DJ
45 Felix Da Housecat/Justin Robertson Bugged Out!
46 Umek The Torture Chamber 2
47 LCD Soundsystem 45 33
48 Danny Tenaglia Back to Basics 10 Years
49 Danny Howells 24 7
50 Stanton Warriors Stanton Sessions
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