Davis’s best of 2010 list focuses mainly on experimental and ambient music:
Once again the netlabel artists have proven that net-releases are the place to go if you like ambient, experimental, and electronic music. This niche-of-a-niche community of sound-sculpting, bed-room recorders and producers are the ones pushing the boundaries of the medium and genres.
Not all of the albums listed will be of the ambient-electronic-experimental varieties, but most will. There will also be some hip hop, post-rock and indie-rock scattered throughout. But the vast majority will most definitely be in the non-pop/rock, atmospheric, ambient categories. So if you don’t like the drone, glitch, and softly-ambling-waves-of-sound and densely textured pads and soundscapes, you may not get a whole lot out of this list.
Like last year, Davis has come up with a list of must-download music from a variety of artists that you may not have heard of before.
You can preview one of his selections, Mind Over MIDI’s Post-Lunch Dip 1, below.