2010 IN REVIEW: Underworld’s Favorite Albums and Singles

Photo by Andrew Parks

When it comes to underappreciated LPs, Barking ranks as one of 2010’s finest return-to-form full lengths. Like Underworld’s best work (the mid-’90s run of Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest In the Infants), new songs like “Scribble” and “Between Stars” highlight two very different sides of the human condition–blinding bursts of happiness and hope, and bleak shades of darkness and despair. Both of which are draped in heat-seeking synths and bleeding-edge beats that work dancefloors like the ’00s never happened.

For an in-depth look at Underworld’s past, present and future, be sure to read our lengthy interview with frontman Karl Hyde here. As for his thoughts on the year in general, they’re below, including an excerpt from our new issue, a special Soundcloud playlist, and some bonus content for our daily site…

Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma (Warp)
This album was a grower for us throughout the year. The guy has a great backstory and he’s done some good stuff leading up to this release. A great release for Warp Records also.

Delphic, Acolyte (Dangerbird)
A great collection of songs with a strong sound and direction. Difficult to pick one out as the album was one that stayed on from start to finish.

Mount Kimbie, Crooks and Lovers (Hotflush)
Quite beautiful debut. We’ve check these guys out since their first releases and they are really developing a unique sound. Great cover artwork.

Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here (XL)
We’ve always loved Gil Scott-Heron, so it was great to hear him return to form after so many years. The voice might not be quite what it was, but if you know his story that just adds to the record.

Manic Street Preachers, Postcards From a Young Man> (Columbia)
A great return from the Manic’s. We never doubted them. Everything they deserved, and everything the fans deserved.