Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009 : Music For Synergizing The Synapse Of Ideas

02Jan10

Publishing these lists one per day is pure agony! Especially when I originally intended this specific list to be the first! After all, it contains the albums from one of my favorite genres! The one that truly excites every neuron, challenges the ordinary, and triggers a thought. Fans of Warp Records’ pioneers, like Squarepusher, Aphex Twin, and of course Autechre, will find themselves right at home among these sounds. And although Warp has been branching out a bit in recent years, with artists like Gang Gan Dance, Grizzly Bear, Broadcast and Maxïmo Park, there is still plenty of talent out there to tickle your nerve endings and take the evolution of electronic music to the next level.

(entries are listed in alphabetical order by artist. links point to album reviews on headphone commute)
Access To Arasaka – Oppidan (Tympanik / Spectraliquid)
Ametsub – The Nothings Of The North (Progressive Form) [REVIEW]
Ard Bit – Spanon (Symbolic Interaction)
Hecq – Steeltongued (Hymen) [REVIEW]
Jega – Variance (Planet Mu) [REVIEW]
Keef Baker – Pen Fifteen (Hymen)
Loess – Burrows (Nonresponse)
Nosaj Thing – Drift (Alpha Pup)
Undermathic – Return To Childhood (Tympanik)
Wisp – The Shimmering Hour (Rephlex)

See more favorite selections on Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009



7 Responses to “Headphone Commute’s Best of 2009 : Music For Synergizing The Synapse Of Ideas”

  1. 1 pietro

    good catch on the loess; for some reason i kept thinking this was an older release and didn’t list it in my 2009 best of list at igloomag.com. i am wondering now if i should make a revision to the list…. BURROWS is a fantastic album.

    • You need to wait a month, and then publish another list on igloo, with “all the great albums I accidentally missed and now wish were included in my best of 2009 list” :)

  2. 3 wim

    Yeah! 3 from my top 10. I am surprised that loess didn’t make more lists.

  3. Finally some love for Tympanik! Access to Arasaka and Undermathic were the label’s best releases of 2009, IMO ~ and based on “Emerging Organisms 3,” we’ll have plenty to look forward to in 2010.

    • Agreed! I wanted to put Tympanik along with all the other ambient releases, but I figured it belongs here more ;)

  4. 6 Ricky Bellboa

    Thank god somebody recommended and included Wisp ‘The shimmering hour’ in their charts, i just listened to it today and its a fantastic album, surprised it didnt make it into many top ten lists infact, if u can take the pace and the style then you are gonna love that album, best of its kind since the one that blew my mind in 96, the ‘Richard.D.James’ album, which for me was the beginning and the end of drill n bass all at once….. the pie eyed piper(aphex) played, and many followed to their fate, but the original, the best, still remains…. this is just as good…. only 13 years later…. ;o)

    • By the way, Wisp has recently released another album on Rephlex as a digital only download, called “We Miss You”! It just came out a few weeks ago, and I hear it’s just as good, if not better ;) Here’s a link : http://bit.ly/8KnuTF



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