Best-of-Year Lists Blog

Top Ten Picks from the host of Sound Clash

10. Black Keys – “Attack and Release” Danger Mouse’s production makes the perfect third partner for this Akron duos crusty blues
9. Manu Chao – “La Radiolina” World Music’s superstar keeps his title with a politically charged record in several languages.
8 .TV on the Radio – “Dear Science” The adventurous musicians make a record to dance and think to.
7. Raphael Saadiq – “The Way I See It” Authentic modern soul music.
6. Janeco Y Su Combo – “Maters of Chicha” Combining traditional Amazonian rhythms with fuzzy psych rock. Peru’s hidden gem sees their first American release.
5. MGMT – “Oracular Spectacular” Complete originals, who may have stumbled onto the sound of the next decade.
4. J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science – ” Soul Vibrations” A unifying blend of Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Electro, and Jazz.
3. Q-Tip – “The Renaissance” Brilliant beats, rhymes, and life.
2. Kanye West – “808’s and Heartbreak” Vulnerable, different, and completely original. Kanye West creates hip-hops next turn. It’s the sound of a robot’s heart breaking.
1. Flying Lotus – “los angeles” The Heir to J Dilla. This could be the best living beat maker. Crunchy, glitchy, spiritual mind food. His Aunt Alice Coltrane would be proud.