Prince reigns supreme
Pantha Du Prince's minimal techno crossover
album Black Noise has become the most highly-rated electronic /
dance release on AnyDecentMusic in the last 12 months - which is
not bad going for an album that's only been out for a couple of
It's highly likely that the presence of Animal Collective's Noah
Lennox on Hendrick Weber's third full-length release has
contributed to the album acquiring a wider recognition among
reviewers than might otherwise have been the case for a release by
the German electronic boffin.
However it is also a signal of a shift in the popular mood in
favour of minimal techno - at least at the more ambient and
electronica-infused end of the spectrum.
Indeed early 2010 would appear to be something of a purple patch
for electronic music. Four Tet's There Is
Love In You, currently the second-highest rated of the 12-month
period, has garnered huge acclaim, and from some very unlikely
sources at that, given the album's preponderance of dubstep
and glitchy techno.
Further still removed from the mainstream is Ben
Frost's By The Throat, a frankly unsettling suite of
experimental electronic noise, yet this currently stands joint 3rd
in the chart, alongside Fever Ray, one of
2009's landmark electronica releases (albeit Frost's album has thus
far received a fewer number of reviews).
Another notable current ambient techno album to figure in the
upper reaches of the 12-month chart is the debut solo release
by Etienne Jaumet, a former collaborator
within the French "mutant disco" operation Zombie Zombie.
The ADM electronic/dance 12-month top 10
- 8.2 Pantha Du Prince Black Noise
- 8.1 Four Tet There Is Love In You
- 7.9 Fever Ray Fever Ray
- 7.9 Ben Frost By the Throat
- 7.8 Dan Deacon Bromst
- 7.7 The Juan MacLean The Future Will Come
- 7.7 Junior Boys Begone Dull Care
- 7.7 Hudson Mohawke Butter
- 7.6 Matias Aguayo Ay Ay Ay
- 7.6 Martyn Fabric 50
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