Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

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50. Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash

Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash
April 27, 2004
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
NR

49. Kid606 - Down With the Scene

Kid606 - Down With the Scene
June 20, 2000
Critic Score
NR
User Score
80
1 review

48. Blectum from Blechdom - Haus de Snaus

Blectum from Blechdom - Haus de Snaus
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

47. Mira Calix - One on One

Mira Calix - One on One
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

46. Isolée - Rest

Isolée - Rest
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

45. M:I:5 - Maßstab 1:5

M:I:5 - Maßstab 1:5
September 8, 1997
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

44. Arovane - Tides

Arovane - Tides
June 1, 2001
Critic Score
NR
User Score
80
2 reviews

43. Bola - Soup

Bola - Soup
March 0, 1998
IDM
Critic Score
NR
User Score
70
1 review

42. The Black Dog - Spanners

The Black Dog - Spanners
April 25, 1995
Critic Score
94
2 reviews
User Score
NR

41. Anthony Manning - Islets in Pink Polypropylene

Anthony Manning - Islets in Pink Polypropylene
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

40. Caribou - Start Breaking My Heart

Caribou - Start Breaking My Heart
March 26, 2001
Indietronica
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
84
14 reviews

39. Leila - Like Weather

Leila - Like Weather
March 30, 1998
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
88
4 reviews

38. Pan Sonic - Vakio

Pan Sonic - Vakio
September 17, 1995
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

37. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Jon Hopkins - Immunity
June 3, 2013
Microhouse
Critic Score
84
24 reviews
User Score
84
324 reviews

It all adds up to a remarkably visceral, sensual, confident electronic record that stays absorbing from beginning to end, and should finally catapult Hopkins to stardom in his own story.

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36. Plaid - Not for Threes

Plaid - Not for Threes
October 27, 1997
Critic Score
76
3 reviews
User Score
84
1 review

35. Jlin - Dark Energy

Jlin - Dark Energy
March 24, 2015
Footwork
Critic Score
84
5 reviews
User Score
72
92 reviews

Throw it onto the list of recent albums, like Heems’ Eat Pray Thug and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, that take personal, political and temporal stock of our lives and refuse to be one-dimensional in chronicling these experiences.

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34. Pole - 1

Pole - 1
July 27, 1998
Critic Score
81
3 reviews
User Score
86
2 reviews

33. Burger/Ink - [Las Vegas]

Burger/Ink - [Las Vegas]
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

32. SND - Atavism

SND - Atavism
May 12, 2009
Critic Score
78
5 reviews
User Score
NR

31. Mouse on Mars - Glam

Mouse on Mars - Glam
July 20, 1998
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
89
1 review

30. Seefeel - Succour

Seefeel - Succour
March 20, 1995
Critic Score
60
1 review
User Score
80
1 review

29. Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art

Carl Craig - More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art
March 24, 1997
Critic Score
80
2 reviews
User Score
84
1 review

28. Jim O'Rourke - I'm Happy and I'm Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4

Jim O'Rourke - I'm Happy and I'm Singing and a 1, 2, 3, 4
December 1, 2001
Glitch
Critic Score
86
3 reviews
User Score
86
4 reviews

27. µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness

µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness
June 30, 1997
Critic Score
87
2 reviews
User Score
89
8 reviews

26. Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves

Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves
January 11, 1993
IDM
Critic Score
83
2 reviews
User Score
81
6 reviews

25. Venetian Snares - Rossz csillag alatt szuletett

Venetian Snares - Rossz csillag alatt szuletett
March 15, 2005
IDM
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
82
16 reviews

24. Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy

Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
April 28, 1997
Critic Score
100
1 review
User Score
87
10 reviews

23. Farben - Textstar

Farben - Textstar
April 12, 2002
Critic Score
95
1 review
User Score
87
2 reviews

22. Two Lone Swordsmen - Stay Down

Two Lone Swordsmen - Stay Down
October 19, 1998
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
87
1 review

21. Various Artists - Clicks + Cuts

Various Artists - Clicks + Cuts
January 0, 2000
Critic Score
50
1 review
User Score
NR

20. Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture
October 26, 1998
Critic Score
70
1 review
User Score
NR

19. Matmos - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure

Matmos - A Chance to Cut Is a Chance to Cure
March 13, 2001
Glitch
Critic Score
84
4 reviews
User Score
70
3 reviews

18. Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker

Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
August 18, 1997
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
78
4 reviews

17. Clark - Body Riddle

Clark - Body Riddle
October 2, 2006
IDM
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
User Score
82
6 reviews

16. Autechre - Amber

Autechre - Amber
November 7, 1994
Ambient Techno
Critic Score
82
2 reviews
User Score
81
23 reviews

15. Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher

Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher
May 6, 2003
Electronica
Critic Score
88
6 reviews
User Score
86
24 reviews

14. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
June 10, 2008
Electronic
Critic Score
85
11 reviews
User Score
83
104 reviews

Hip-hop's earliest records often relied on faded, scratchy source material run through entry-level equipment. Even as technology advanced, the grain and the gristle stuck around-- sometimes out of necessity, sometimes as an extra ingredient. Over time, those aged, decaying sounds burrowed their way underground to crop up in pockets of IDM, dubstep, and indie hip-hop, resulting in music, built around texture more than bass or treble, that often sounded ragge d at birth.

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13. Aphex Twin - ...I Care Because You Do

Aphex Twin - ...I Care Because You Do
April 24, 1995
Electronic
Critic Score
81
4 reviews
User Score
84
51 reviews

12. Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
November 27, 2000
IDM
Critic Score
82
3 reviews
User Score
80
18 reviews

11. Drexciya - Harnessed the Storm

Drexciya - Harnessed the Storm
Critic Score
NR
User Score
82
3 reviews

10. Various Artists - Artificial Intelligence

Various Artists - Artificial Intelligence
July 9, 1992
Critic Score
91
2 reviews
User Score
92
3 reviews

9. Squarepusher - Big Loada

Squarepusher - Big Loada
July 21, 1997
Critic Score
80
1 review
User Score
87
6 reviews

8. Autechre - LP5

Autechre - LP5
July 13, 1998
IDM
Critic Score
86
2 reviews
User Score
80
13 reviews

7. Jan Jelinek - Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records

Jan Jelinek - Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records
February 2, 2001
Glitch
Critic Score
88
3 reviews
User Score
72
7 reviews

6. Four Tet - Rounds

Four Tet - Rounds
May 6, 2003
Electronic
Critic Score
89
8 reviews
User Score
85
63 reviews

5. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
February 19, 2002
Electronic
Critic Score
84
9 reviews
User Score
86
114 reviews

4. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album

Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
January 28, 1997
Electronic
Critic Score
80
5 reviews
User Score
86
120 reviews

3. Autechre - Tri Repetae

Autechre - Tri Repetae
November 6, 1995
IDM
Critic Score
85
3 reviews
User Score
85
32 reviews

2. Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children

Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children
April 20, 1998
Electronic
Critic Score
89
5 reviews
User Score
90
194 reviews

1. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
February 12, 1992
Ambient
Critic Score
92
5 reviews
User Score
91
194 reviews
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