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The Best Albums of 2010: David Stubbs

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Mike Diver Mike Diver | 12:09 UK time, Sunday, 12 December 2010

Today's top five comes from writer David Stubbs. Familiar to readers of Melody Maker during the 1980s and 90s, Stubbs is perhaps best known for his rather less-than-serious Mr Agreeable column - a rather sweary way of addressing the pop heavyweights of the time. He's also contributed to titles including Uncut, The Times, The Wire and Vox, and has written books on Jimi Hendrix and Eminem. Find the albums he has reviewed for the BBC here, among them collections from Air, Mount Kimbie and Pigbag.

Toro Y Moi - Causers of This
Although influenced by the likes of J Dilla, Ariel Pink and Flying Lotus, the debut of Chaz Bundick, aka Toro Y Moi, is the most sun-blazed, joyful and epiphanic album of 2010; classic pop subjected to a battery of filters, fades and radiation treatments. Glorious.
Read the BBC review and listen to previews

Gayngs - Relayted
Operating around the 69bpm mark throughout, Gayngs is epic MOR pop miraculously reinvented for the 21st century, steering like a galleon through electropop, deep soul and avant-rock along its majestic way. The cover of Godley & Creme's Cry is the cherry on the cake.
Read the BBC review and listen to previews
Read our Album Reviews Q&A with Gayngs

Philip Jeck - An Ark for the Listener
Liverpool-based sound artist Jeck is renowned for working with discarded junk vinyl and semi-obsolete technology. The results soar way beyond kitsch - like its predecessor Sand, this album weaves vast and silken skyscapes from its humble material.
Philip Jeck on BBC Music

Eleven Tigers - Clouds Are Mountains
Lithuanian producer Jokubas Dargis' debut embarks on what you might call a post-Burial adventure, operating in the space he opened up but replacing Burial's elegiac bleakness with a multiverse of colour, kinetic joy and finely ground detail.
Eleven Tigers on BBC Music

Mount Kimbie - Crooks & Lovers
The first album proper by the duo Dominic Maker and Kai Campos is a wonderfully bipolar affair, blessed-out and dreamlike, but studded with vigilant, cattle prod jolts of contemporary electronica.
Read the BBC review and listen to previews

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