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TOP RECORDS OF 2016
best
(no order)
christian löffler : mare (ki)
johann johannsson
: orphee (deutsch grammophon)
laura gibson : empire builder (barsuk)
plaid : the digging remedy (warp)
olafur arnalds : island songs (mercury)
yann tiersen : eusa (mute)
kettel : wingtip (clone)
36: seconds & forever (mystic & quantum)
radiohead : a moon shaped pool (xl)
agnes obel : citizen of glass (pias)
mogwai : atomic (rock action)

TOP RECORDS OF 2015
best
(no order)
sufjan stevens : carrie & lowell (ashmatic kitty)
rival consoles : sonne / odyssey ( erased tapes)
valet : nature (kranky)
foals : what went down (warner)
chelsea wolfe : abyss (sargent house)
helen : the original faces (kranky)
max richter : sleep (deutsch grammophon)
death and vanilla : to where the wild things are (fire records)
µ-ziq : xtlp (planet mu)
36 : void dance (self release)

other excellent records (no order):
nils frahm & olafur arnalds : collaborative works (erased tapes)
deerhunter : fading frontier (4ad)
lower dens : escape from evil (ribbon)
beach house : depression cherry (sub pop)
ratatat : magnifique (xl)
jamie xx : in color (young turks)
steve hauschildt : where all is fled (kranky)
hidden rivers : where moss grows (serein)
Julia Kent : asperities (leaf)
helena hauff : discreet desires (ninja tune)

TOP RECORDS OF 2014
best :
ormonde : explorer / cartographer (gizeh)
warpaint : warpaint (rough trade)
a winged victory for the sullen : atomos (kranky)
plaid : reachy prints (warp)
otto t totland : pino (sonic pieces)
christian löffler : young alaska (ki records)
pye corner audio : black mill tapes vol 1-4 (type)
lana del rey : ultraviolence (interscope)
kiasmos : s/t (erased tapes)
pixies : indie cindy (self release)

other excellent records :
lubomyr melnyk : evertina (erased tapes)
the advisory circle : from out here (ghostbox)
the do
: shake shook shaken (cinq 7)
island of lights
: ruebke (home normal)
secret pyramid
: silent march / movement (student of decay)
loscil
: sea island (kranky)
collin vallon trio
: le vent (ecm)
north atlantic drift
: resolven (polar seas)
metronomy
: love letters (because)
max richter
: retrospective (deutsche grammophon)
deru
: 1979 (friend of friend music)

TOP RECORDS OF 2013
best (no order) :
chelsea wolfe : pain is beauty (sargent house)
mùm : smilewound (morr music)
lubomyr melnyk : corrolaries (erased tapes)
holden : the inheritors (border community)
julianna barwick : nepenthe (dead oceans)
austra : olympia (domino)
agnes obel : aventine (pias)
the national : trouble will find me (4AD)
boduf songs : burnt up on re-entry (southern)
boardwalk : s/t (stone throw)

other excellent records (no order):
eluvium : nightmare ending (temporary residence)
recondite : hinterland (ghostly international)
nine inch nails : hesitation marks (colombia)
boards of canada : tomorrow's harvest (warp)
the haxan cloak : excavation (triangle)
ludovico einaudi : in a time lapse (decca)
atoms for peace : amok (xl)
benoit pioulard : hymnal (kranky)
depeche mode : delta machine (mute)
forest swords : engraving (triangle)
lucrecia dalt : lsygyzy (human ear music)
rafael anton irisarri : the unintentional sea (room40)
secret pyramid : movements of night (students of decay)

burial : rival dealer (hyperdub)
 

TOP RECORDS OF 2012
best (no order) :
ketil bjornstad
: vinding's music (ECM)
espen eriksen trio : what took you so long (rune grammofon)
dictaphone : music from a rooftop (sonic pieces)

laura gibson : la grande (barsuk)
clark : iradelphic (warp)
beach house : bloom (sub pop)
lower dens : nootropics (ribbon music)
nathan fake : steam days (border community)
mirrorring : foreign body (kranky)
pye corner audio : the black mill tapes volumes 1&2 (type)


other excellent records (no order):
musette : drape me in violet (hapna)
gravenhurst : rhe ghost in daylight (warp)
orcas : s/t (morr music)
grizzly bear : shields (warp)
woods : bend beyond (woodsist)
nils frahm : screws (erased tapes)
max richter : vivaldi, the four seasons recomposed (deutsche grammofon)
fieldhead : a correction (gizeh records)
brambles : charcoal (serein)
black elk : sparks (koen music)
the babies : our house on the hill (woodsist)
martin eden : dedicate function (lefse records)
the caretaker : patience (after sebald) (haftw)
taylor deupree : faint (12k)
godspeed you! black emperor : allelujah! don't bend! ascend! (constellation)

TOP RECORDS OF 2011
best :
dustin o'halloran
: lumiere (fat cat)
a winged victory for the sullen : s/t (kranky)
metronomy : the english riviera (because)
pj harvey
: let england shake (island)
björk
: biophilia (polydor)
grouper : alien observer (self release)
youth lagoon
: the year of hibernation (fat possum)
plaid
: scintilli (warp)
lullatone
: soundtracks for everyday adventures (lulla label)
julianna barwick : the magic place (asthmatic kitty)


other excellent records :

olafur arnalds
: living room songs (erased tapes)
daniel thomas freeman
: the beauty of doubting yourself (home normal)
leyland kirby
: eager to tear apart the stars (haftw)
kuedo
: severant (planet mu)

simon scott : bunny (miasmah)
ducktails : III - Arcade Dynamics (woodsist)

deaf center : owl splinters (type)
stephan mathieu
: a static place (12k)

tim hecker : dropped pianos (kranky)
sleepingdog
: with our heads in the clouds and our hearts... (gizeh)
tim catlin & machinefabriek
: patina (low point)

top records of 2010 :

best :
beach house : teen dream (sub pop)
deerhunter : halcyon digest (4AD)
the national : high violet (4AD)
nest : retold (serein)
my autumn empire : the village compass (wayside and woodland)
benoit pioulard : lasted (kranky)
midlake : the courage of others (bella union)
the radio dept : clinging to a scheme (labrador)
agnes obel : philharmonics (pias)
olafur arnalds : ..and they have escaped the weight of darkness (erased tapes)

other excellent records :
jana winderen : energy field (touch)
message to bears : departures (dead pilot)
drivan : disko (smalltown supersound)
jj : n°3 (secretly canadian)
m. ostermeier : percolate (parvoart)
goldmund : famous places (western vynil)
max richter : infra (fat cat)
boduf songs : this alone above all else in spite of everything (kranky)
morgan packard : moment again elsewhere (anticipate)
brian mcbride : the effect disconnect (kranky)
broken bells : s/t (columbia)
tuung : and then we saw land... (full time hobby)
eluvium : similes (temporary residence)
deru : say goodbye to useless (mush)
clogs : The creatures in the garden of lady walton (brassland)
loscil : endless falls (kranky)

top records of 2009 :

1. laura gibson : beasts of seasons (hush)
2. nils frahm : the bells (kning disk)
3. taken by trees : east of eden (rough trade)
4. the antlers : hospice (frenchkiss)
5. marissa nadler : little hells (kemado)
6. mono : hymn to the immortal wind (temporary residence)
7. nils frahm : wintermusik (sonic pieces)
8. hope sandoval & the warm inventions - through the devil softly (rough trade records)
9. heather woods broderick : from the ground (preservation)
10. akira kosemura : polaroid piano (someone good)
11. clark : totems flare (warp)
12. bibio : ambivalence (warp)
13. last days : the safety of the north (n5md)
14. the XX : xx (young turks)
15. olafur arnalds : found songs + dyad 1909 (erased tapes)
16. the black heart procession : six (temporary residence)
17. the gentleman losers : dustland (city centre offices)
18. fieldhead : they shook hands for hours (home assembly music)
19. tim hecker : an imaginary country (kranky)
20. burning hearts : aboa sleeping (shelflife)

top records of 2008 :
best ------
1. rudi arapahoe : echoes from one to another (symbolic interaction)
2. portishead : third (island)
3. boduf songs : how shadows chase the balance (kranky)
4. max richter : 24 postcards in full colours (fat cat)
5. deerhunter : microcastle (kranky)
6. nick cave & warren ellis : the assassination of jesse james... (soundtrack)
7. peter broderick : float (type)
8. emilana torrini : me and armani (rough trade)
9. essie jain : we made this ourselves (leaf)
10. windy & carl : songs for the broken hearted (kranky)


other excellent records ------
jim noir : s/t (barsuk)
our broken garden : when blackening shows (bella union)

the battle of land and sea : s/t (notenuf)
misophone : where has it gone...(kning disk)
mgmt : oracular spectacular (sony)
jacaszek : treny (gustaff / miasmah)
olafur arnalds : eulogy for evolution (erased tapes)
nada surf : lucky (barsuk)
yann tiersen : tabarly (emi)
beck : modern guilt (xl)
max richter : waltz with bashir (soundtrack)




top records of 2006 :
best (no order) ------
thom yorke : the eraser (xl)
max richter : songs from before (fat cat)
mi and l'au : s/t (young god)

helios : eingya (type)
mono : you are there (temporary residence)
tim hecker : harmony in ultraviolet (kranky)
sibylle baier : colour green (orange twin)
dustin o'halloran : piano solos vol 2 (bella union)
brian mc bride : when the detail losts its freedon (kranky)
greg haines : slumber tides (miasmah)
+ pixies - loudquietloud (dvd)


other excellent records ------

ochre : lemodie (benbecula)
boduf Songs : Lion Devours the Sun (kranky)
clogs : lantern (talitres)
the leafcutter john : the forest and the sea (staubgold)
cheju : a rainy mile (static caravan)
spinform : bryter tystnaden (hobby industries)
mono & world's end girlfriend : palmless prayer / mass murder refrain (temporary residence)
the gentleman losers : s/t (büro)


top records of 2007 :
best ------
1.the national : boxer (beggars banquet)
2.stars of the lid : and their refinement of the decline (kranky)
3.radiohead : in rainbows (self release)

4.marissa nadler : songs III: bird on the water (peacefrog)
5.taken by trees : open field (rough trade)
6.sigur ros : heima dvd (xl)
7.electrelane : no shouts, no calls (too pure)

8.blonde redhead : 23 (4AD)
9.eluvium : copia (temporary residence)
10.oblong : indicator (expanding records)


other excellent records ------
the shins : wincing the night away (sub pop)
radical face : ghost (morr music)
epic45 : may your heart be the map (make mine music)
mint : binary counting (u-cover)
pj harvey : white chalk (island)
alela diane : the pirate's gospel (fargo)
savvas ysatis + taylor deupree : the sleeping morning (12k)
part timer : blue (flaü)
gravenhurst : the western lands (warp)





top records of 2005:

boards of canada : the campfire headphase (warp)
boduf songs : s/t (kranky)
broadcast : tender button (warp)
deaf center : pale ravine (type)
electrelane : axes (too pure)
eluvium : talk amongst the trees (temporary residence)
emiliana torrini : fisherman's woman (rough trade)
helios : transmitted vibrations of any frequencies
l'altra : different days (hefty)
the organ : grab that gun (talitres)





top records of 2004:
max richter : memoryhouse & the blue notebooks (BBC & fatcat)
the dead texan : s/t (kranky)
gravenhurst : flashlight seasons (warp)
bola : gnayse (skam)
blonde redhead : misery is a butterfly (4AD)


a list of other great records :

adam green : friends of mine - alpha : come from heaven - aphex twin : richard d james - arab strap : philophobia - archive : londinium - austra : feel it break - arvö part : alina - autechre : lp5 - belle & sebastian : if you're feeling sinister - biosphere : shenzhou - bjork : homogenic - blonde redhead : misery is a butterfly - boards of canada : music has the right to children - boduf songs : s/t - bola : gnayse - broadcast : the noise made by people - buck 65 : square - casino versus japan : go hawaii - coldplay : a rush of blood to the head - electrelane : axes - eluvium : talk amongst the trees - emiliana torrini : the fisherman's woman - explosions in the sky : the earth is not a dead... - faultline : your love means everything - fortdax : folly - godspeed you! black emperor : lift your skinny fists... - grandaddy : the sophtware slump - gravenhurst : flashlight seasons - greg weeks : awake like sleep - isan : beautronics - l'altra : in the afternoon - labradford : s/t - matt elliott : the mess we made - max richter : memoryhouse - mogwai : young team - nathan fake : drowning in a sea of love - nine inch nails : the downward spiral - pixies : doolittle... - plastikman : closer - portishead : dummy - rachel's : music for egon schiele - radiohead : kid A, amnesiac - smashing pumpkins : siamese dreams - sonic youth : goo... - spain : the blue moods of spain - stars of the lid : the tired sound of - stina nordenstam : people are strange - susanna and the magical orchestra - list of lights and buoys - slowdive : souvlaki - the dead texan : s/t - the postal service : give up - the shins : chutes too narrow - thom yorke : the eraser - wilco : yankee hotel foxtrot - yann tiersen : good bye lennin ...



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