a history of popular music – the 2010s

a history of popular music – the 2010s

Summing up a decade of music while you’re still in it can be a tricky proposition. Like looking at a large, intricate painting with your eyes just inches from the canvas.

While I found the endeavor of summing up previous decades almost within grasp, this decade made it difficult to arrive at anything particularly universal. Unlike previous decades where everyone pretty much watched the same TV shows and movies and when everybody was down with Prince, this last decade was more about tailoring our experiences than it was about sharing them. Dance music became increasingly cliquish and popular music has never seemed as far from an underground that itself is increasingly bifurcated by subsets of sonic taste.

Being aware that few of us had the same musical experience over the last decade, this selection attempts to create the most inclusive experience from the most worthy artists of the last ten years.

King Krule – Biscuit Town
Loma – Black Willow
Soft Hair – Lying Has To Stop
Mac DeMarco – On the Level
Men I Trust – Show Me How
Tirzah – Gladly
Angel Olsen – Those Were the Days
Amen Dunes – Miki Dora
Prinzhorn Dance School – Let Me Go
Yumi Zouma – Drachma
The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Stargirl Reprise
Synkro – Contact
James Blake feat. RZA – Take a Fall For Me
Kids See Ghosts feat Mos Def – Kids See Ghosts
Erykah Badu – I’ll Call U Back
FKA Twigs – Water Me
Beyonce – Hold Up
Kendrick Lamar – 6.30.2014
Nxworries – Livvin (Remix)
Frank Ocean – Godspeed
Young Thug – Me Or Us
Burial – Young Death
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Hand Covers Bruise (Reprise)
Gaussian Curve – Talk to the Church
Joseph Shabason – Long Swim
Nils Frahm – Fa
Chromatics – Blue Moon
Perfume Genius – Every Night
Cass McCombs – County Line
Carla dal Forno – Custers
D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Really Love
Chance the Rapper – DRAM Sings Special
Solange – Interlude
Thundercat – Hard Times
Nicolas Jaar – History Lesson
Zadig the Jasp – You Belong to the City
Nmesh – Never Forget (OPN Tribute)
Oneohtrix Point Never – ECCOJAMC1
Mood Hut – Late Mantra
Kamasi Washington – Desire
Raime – See Through Me, I Dare You
Moin – Stacie
Arca – Sin Rumbo
David Bowie – Blackstar

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Robyn – Baby Forgive Me
Bella Boo – Fire Fire
Yaeji – One More
Jayda G – Heaven Could Be Lately
Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
Kanye West – Fade
Tirzah – Make It Up
Darkside – Paper Trails
HNNY – Cheer Up, My Brother
Social Lovers – Cosmic Love
Parallel Dance Ensemble – Graffiti Girls
Iamamiwhoami – Y
Lou Rebecca – Tonight
Art Department – Without You
Tiga – Blondes Have More Fun
Jack J – Thirstin’
Pale Blue – Distance to the Waves
Kornel Kovacs – Rocks
Peggy Gou – Starry Night
Andrea Martin feat. Switch – I Still Love You
Planningtorock – Let’s Talk About Gender Baby
Grimes – Symphonia IX
Jessy Lanza – Fuck Diamond
Faun Racket – I Am New York
Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke – Ego
Portable feat. Lcio – Surrender
Kedr Livanskiy – Razrushitelniy Krug
Fatima Yamaha – What’s a Girl to Do
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
No Ceremony – Hurt Love
London Grammar – Wasting My Younger Years (Star Slinger Remix)
The Field – Is This Power
Jamie xx – Sleep Sound
Frank Ocean – Higgs
Anika – No One’s There
Galcher Lustwerk – Warm Cake
Moodymann – It’s 2 Late 4 U and Me
Fahrland – Sky So High
James Mason – I Want Your Love

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