Best Albums of 2009: Compilations


Buy Burial - 5: Five Years of Hyperdub

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A phenomenal compilation of 5 years of the influential Hyperdub label based in London and the leading light of the dubstep genre which combines grime, dub reggae, garage & drum n’ bass. Disc 1 is made up of all new tracks and Disc 2 serves as a “greatest hits” for the label. My experience of this genre outside of this comp is very limited but from research and listening I can say that it’s an excellent entry into dubstep for all who are interested. I urge any fan of trip-hop, dub, drum n’ bass or acid jazz to check it out.

Buy Joker- “Digidesign”

Joker - 5: Five Years of Hyperdub - Digidesign

Buy King Midas Sound- “Meltdown”

King Midas Sound - 5: Five Years of Hyperdub - Meltdown



Buy Kronos Quartet - Dark Was the Night

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This is the 20th and latest compilation from the Red Hot AIDS charity organization and plays as a veritable who’s who of modern indie-rock.. The double disc release focuses extensively on indie-rock and leans heavily on the mellower, folky & more serious-minded of today’s indie musicians. Though the tempo of both disc stays a bit too even keel throughout both disc are chock-full of great music and some interesting duets including David Byrne with The Dirty Projectors, Feist with Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, and Jose Gonzalez with The Books.

Buy David Byrne with the Dirty Projectors- “Knotty Pine”

David Byrne & Dirty Projectors - Dark Was the Night - Knotty Pine

Buy Stuart Murdoch- “Another Saturday”

Stuart Murdoch - åDark Was the Night - Another Saturday

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