Today we launch our look back on electronic music in the 2010s. Here's how we did it.
Over the coming week we'll publish roundups of our favourite tracks, albums, mixes and reissues of the past decade. This was, as you can probably imagine, a mostly fun but occasionally agonising task. RA's full staff contributed their favourites; our editorial team then set about whittling those submissions into some kind of coherent shape. With tracks and albums, we've picked 100 of each, in both cases highlighting the 20 key releases we felt defined the 2010s. Throughout the process, we came back to the same couple of questions. Did this music in some meaningful way influence what came after it? Does it still sound amazing, all these years on?
We'll also be publishing a series of features that unpack some of the seismic shifts in dance music's sounds, scenes and politics over the past ten years. We started today with Steph Lee's piece outlining her experience with club sounds from across the globe in the 2010s. Stay tuned for thoughtful pieces in the next few days.
At risk of stating the obvious, it was not possible to include all the music we loved from the past decade, and ultimately we left out some brilliant stuff. But we hope this roundup sparks some happy dance floor memories from the 2010s, or maybe inspires you to dig back through some music you missed the first time round.