Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

Pitchfork's 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time

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49.

Kid606 - Down With the Scene
June 20, 2000
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

46.

Isolée - Rest
Critic Score
90
1 review

45.

M:I:5 - Maßstab 1:5
September 8, 1997
Critic Score
90
1 review

44.

Arovane - Tides
June 1, 2001
Critic Score
89
2 reviews

43.

Bola - Soup
March 0, 1998
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

42.

The Black Dog - Spanners
April 25, 1995
Critic Score
92
2 reviews

40.

Caribou - Start Breaking My Heart
March 26, 2001
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

39.

Leila - Like Weather
March 30, 1998
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

38.

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

37.

Jon Hopkins - Immunity
June 3, 2013
Critic Score
85
26 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
October 27, 1997
Critic Score
78
3 reviews

35.

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
July 27, 1998
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

32.

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

31.

Mouse on Mars - Glam
July 20, 1998
Critic Score
78
4 reviews

30.

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
December 1, 2001
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

27.

µ-Ziq - Lunatic Harness
June 30, 1997
Critic Score
92
2 reviews

26.

Polygon Window - Surfing on Sine Waves
January 11, 1993
Critic Score
86
2 reviews

24.

Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
April 28, 1997
Critic Score
100
1 review

23.

Farben - Textstar
April 12, 2002
Critic Score
93
2 reviews

22.

Two Lone Swordsmen - Stay Down
October 19, 1998
Critic Score
71
3 reviews

21.

Various Artists - Clicks + Cuts
January 0, 2000
Critic Score
65
2 reviews

20.

Urban Tribe - The Collapse of Modern Culture
October 26, 1998
Critic Score
75
2 reviews

18.

Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker
August 18, 1997
Critic Score
82
5 reviews

17.

Clark - Body Riddle
October 2, 2006
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

16.

Autechre - Amber
November 7, 1994
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

14.

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
June 10, 2008
Critic Score
82
15 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
July 21, 1997
Critic Score
80
1 review

8.

Autechre - LP5
July 13, 1998
Critic Score
87
2 reviews

7.

Jan Jelinek - Loop-finding-jazz-records
February 2, 2001
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

6.

Four Tet - Rounds
May 6, 2003
Critic Score
90
10 reviews

5.

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

4.

Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
November 4, 1996
Critic Score
81
5 reviews

3.

Autechre - Tri Repetae
November 6, 1995
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

1.

Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92
February 12, 1992
Critic Score
89
6 reviews
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