Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

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45. M:I:5 - Maßstab 1:5

M:I:5 - Maßstab 1:5
September 8, 1997

44. Arovane - Tides

Arovane - Tides
June 1, 2001

42. The Black Dog - Spanners

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

39. Leila - Like Weather

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

38. Pan Sonic - Vakio

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

37. Jon Hopkins - Immunity

Jon Hopkins - Immunity
June 3, 2013
Critic Score
84
24 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.

36. Plaid - Not for Threes

Plaid - Not for Threes
October 27, 1997
Critic Score
76
3 reviews

35. Jlin - Dark Energy

Jlin - Dark Energy
March 24, 2015
Critic Score
84
5 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.

34. Pole - 1

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

32. SND - Atavism

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

31. Mouse on Mars - Glam

Mouse on Mars - Glam
July 20, 1998
Critic Score
81
4 reviews

30. Seefeel - Succour

Seefeel - Succour
March 20, 1995
Critic Score
60
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
Critic Score
86
3 reviews

27. µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness

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

26. Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves

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

23. Farben - Textstar

Farben - Textstar
April 12, 2002
Critic Score
95
1 review

22. Two Lone Swordsmen - Stay Down

Two Lone Swordsmen - Stay Down
October 19, 1998
Critic Score
73
3 reviews

21. Various Artists - Clicks + Cuts

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

20. Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture

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

18. Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker

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

17. Clark - Body Riddle

Clark - Body Riddle
October 2, 2006
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

16. Autechre - Amber

Autechre - Amber
November 7, 1994
Critic Score
82
2 reviews

14. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
June 10, 2008
Critic Score
85
11 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.

9. Squarepusher - Big Loada

Squarepusher - Big Loada
July 21, 1997
Critic Score
80
1 review

8. Autechre - LP5

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

6. Four Tet - Rounds

Four Tet - Rounds
May 6, 2003
Critic Score
89
8 reviews

5. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi

Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
February 19, 2002
Critic Score
84
9 reviews

3. Autechre - Tri Repetae

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