When we're not busy working on our own stuff, we do spend a lot of time listening to other people's music, which also serves as a constant source of inspiration for what we do in Sub Delay. Below I have collected what I (that would be me, Jens) find to be the best electronic full-length albums released in the past 5 years. These are basically 100% my picks so maybe Anders will tell you about his some day!
2006: Trentemøller - The Last Resort
Strangely enough, even though I bought this years ago, I only realized just how good fellow Dane Anders Trentemøller's debut album is, when I started listening to it again recently! But there is certainly no question about it, The Last Resort is a production tour de force, with every song oozing sound quality and attention to detail.
2007: Dubfire - Global Underground Taipei
Despite releases from old favorites like Underworld and The Chemical Brothers, 2007 didn't really contain a lot of musical highlights for me personally (unless I'm forgetting something!), but this quality DJ mix album from Dubfire of Deep Dish certainly had me dancing on trains and sidewalks (mentally) for a while and has maintained a permanent spot in the limited 16 gigabytes of memory on my iPhone for some time now.
2008: Helios - Eingya
Ok, so this is cheating a bit. Eingya was actually released in 2006, but as far as I know didn't see the light of day in Japan until the Tokyo-based Zankyo Records picked it up and released it over here. This album, as well as Helios' other productions, is ridiculously beautiful and the organic sounding songs are great for chilling out to in a noisy metropolis like Tokyo.
2009: Moderat - Moderat
Although I more or less randomly picked this up after only casually listening to it at a Tower Records store, every subsequent play through has just made me love this incredible album more and more. In fact, Moderat are one of the first bands to get me really excited about electronic music in a long time, and although 2009 saw other great releases from the likes of Röyksopp and Deadmau5, this album will remain my pick for the best electronic album of 2009 as well as being one of my favorite albums of all time!
2010: The Chemical Brothers - Further
It is only June and I just bought this about a week ago, but I am pretty sure that this will end up as one of the best electronic releases of this year. Although I honestly was a little bit disappointed by their previous effort, Further has 100% restored my faith in The Chemical Brothers, who surely are the The Beatles of electronic music, both in terms of sound and the amount of consistently awesome productions they do! I love hearing the warm, retro synth sounds on their albums and listening to their music always makes me wish I had more analogue gear than I do (...which is NONE by the way!)
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That's it for now! Also of course, if you're into electronic music make sure to check out our albums below. Not sure if they qualify as "best albums" but still, you might hear something you like!