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The 30 best albums of 2010 so far

As has become the custom in these parts at this time of the year, here’s a rundown on what has rocked OTR’s world in the first six months of this year. It’s a list so I know OTR readers will …

Tue, Jun 29, 2010, 09:11

   

As has become the custom in these parts at this time of the year, here’s a rundown on what has rocked OTR’s world in the first six months of this year. It’s a list so I know OTR readers will have their own lists to offer along with lists of stuff I’ve left out or overlooked so please bring ‘em on.

Some notes: the Mount Kimbie and Janelle Monae albums come out in July, but both of these have been on the OTR jukebox for a while, hence their inclusion. Albums listed in no particular order, bar the first three on the list.

Flying Lotus “Cosmogramma” (Warp)
Janelle Monae “The ArchAndroid” (Bad Boy)
Villagers “Becoming A Jackal” (Domino)
Sleigh Bells “Treats” (N.E.E.T.)
Mount Kimbie “Crooks & Lovers” (Hot Flush)
Foals “Total Life Forever” (Transgressive)
The Morning Benders “Big Echo” (Rough Trade)
Caribou “Swim” (City Slang)
Beach House “Teen Dream” (Bella Union)
Mountain Man “Made the Harbor” (Bella Union)
Carolina Chocolate Drops “Genuine Negro Jig” (Nonesuch)
Lindstrom & Christabelle “Real Life Is No Cool” (Feedelity)
James Vincent McMorrow “Early In the Morning” (Burning Rope)
Gil Scott-Heron “I’m New Here” (XL)
Gonjasufi “A Sufi & A Killer” (Warp)
Prins Thomas “Prins Thomas” (Full Pupp)
Titus Andronicus “The Monitor” (Merok)
Laura Marling “I Speak Because I Can” (Virgin)
Actress “Splazsh” (Honest Jons)
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Before Today” (4AD)
R.S.A.G. “Be It Right Or Wrong” (Rare Production)
Robyn “Body Talk Pt 1″ (Konnichiwa)
Phosphorescent “Here’s To Taking It Easy” (Jagjaguwar)
Cathy Davey “The Nameless” (Hammer Toe)
Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” (Parlophone)
Trentemoller “Into the Great Wide Yonder” (In My Room)
Baths “Cerulean” (Anticon)
LCD Soundsystem “This Is Happening” (DFA)
Vampire Weekend “Contra” (XL)
The Redneck Manifesto “Friendship” (Richter Collective)

Tune into The Far Side on Phantom 105.2 from 10pm tonight for The Far Side of 2010 So Far featuring some of the above.

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