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Here is the annual best of the best of the year's albums. Read on after the break to find out who the big winners were.

Macron1's Picks 2010 was another wonderful year in recorded music history, and here is some of what I feel was the best of it. Please note several of the below top hot picks of 2010 were actually released for free by the artists, entirely legally, and everything about that is at once awesome and perplexing - how do they do it? How can they afford this? How do they live? Make sure you support the artists by buying a teeshirt or telling your mother about it or something!

5. Caddywhompus - Remainder

For some reason experimental noise/spazz-pop duo Caddywhompus released their debut album Remainder for free via their label Community Records, and it is/was tremendously good. Sounding frantic and noisy, and in parts like circus music played very skilfully at 1000 miles per hour, Remainder was an unexpected treat.
Sardless Tracks: "Big Fun" & "Congo Half-Mask".

4. Gucci Mane - Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes)

Normally, you could not pay me to listen to Gucci Mane. Well, actually that is not true, I just am not familiar with any of his work. However when Diplo / Mad Decent announced the release of Diplo Presents: Free Gucci (Best of The Cold War Mixtapes) waaaay back in January of 2010, interest was piqued, if only because of the low, low prices ($0) and Diplo's past record of excellent free mixtapes. With contributions from the likes of Bird Peterson, Teenwolf, Memory Tapes, Flying Lotus, as well as Diplo himself, Free Gucci was an outstanding compilation of bits and pieces of dreamy beats and hip-hop psychedelica, at times sounding menacing and at others soothing, all mixed up seamlessly with Gucci doing that "BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" thing he does. Get it here.
Sardless Tracks: "Excuse Me (Diplo Remix)".

3. Tobacco - Maniac Meat / The Hood Internet The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT

Totally cheating this list by including both Tobacco's Maniac Meat, and the mix that it spawned, the unimaginatively named The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT. Maniac Meat has a sound that is like nothing else, drenched in a sickeningly rich fuzz that crawls around your ears and makes your head feel as if it has been submerged in a viscous goop. Somehow, that is a good thing. Maniac Meat is creepy as fuck but highly repeatably listenable at the same time.
On The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT, again a freebie, internet gangsters The Hood Internet take Maniac Meat and, in their characteristic style, mash in lyrics from the Slug, MURS and Aesop Rock effort Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez, which it must be said features some of the most ludicrous lyrics of the year, but again somehow that is a good thing. While Maniac Meat is straight up creepy in places, The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT manages to extract and concentrate this so expertly such that lyrics end up sounding like they were made for Maniac Meat all along. Interestingly, Tobacco recently released LA UTI EP, which seems to be based on the same concept of versus over Maniac Meat bits, but it comes off less convincingly, but still worth a listen. SO YES, number 3 in this list is actually 3 different albums (sorry).
Sardless Tracks: Maniac Meat: "Unholy Demon Rhythms", "Motorlicker", "Creepy Phone Calls" & "Grape Aerosmith". The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT: "Paul Reubens' Aerobics", "Creepy Ghost Calls & "Hot Tub Freaks Like You".

2. Busdriver - Computer Cooties

This is the one where Busdriver goes mental for an entire albums worth of material, just like I have always secretly wanted him to. On Computer Cooties, we get to hear Busdriver doing a fart-sound cover of a Nosaj Thing track, cursing, talking dirty, rhyming over indie rock lamewad tracks from 5 years ago, and generally being crazy. Download the thing for free here, loved this one.
Sardless Tracks: "Thick Enough", "Man Baby", "Deer God", "Speak Up", "Coat of Arms" & "Coon Talk".

1. Adebisi Shank - This is the Second Album of a Band called Adebisi Shank

This was too easy. This is the Second Album of a Band called Adebisi Shank, the follow up to the 2008 effort This Is the Album of a Band Called Adebisi Shank, was long awaited and much anticipated (by me). Any album that starts off with something as ball-punchingly great as "International Dreambeat" will more than likely get the best album award, but then to follow up with the awesomeness of "Genki Shank", "Logdrum", the acoustic cyborg of "Bones", or in fact any other of the tracks on this album is just too too much. WINNER.
Sardless Tracks: "International Dreambeat", "Logdrum", "Genki Shank" & "(-_-)".
Honourable mentions: Baths - Cerulean, Das Racist - Shut Up, Dude, Noumenon - Party Mathematics EP, Das Racist - Sit Down, Man, Flying Lotus - Pattern+Grid World, James Pants - New Tropical, Free The Robots - Ctrl Alt Delete, Nocando - Jimmy the Lock & Sleigh Bells - Treats.

row1's Picks The year twenty ten was pretty decent for your traditional album releases, but where the year really shined was in the mixtape space. Not only did some great mixtapes come out, but most ridiculously most of them were free!

5. Statik Selektah - 100 Proof (The Hangover)

Statik Selektah produces a great album detailing the consequences of drinking.
Sardless Tracks: "So Close, So Far", "Follow We" & "The Thrill Is Gone".

4. Breez Evahflowin' - As He Goes On...

Possibly the last album from Breez Evahflowin', thankfully he has left us with a gem.
Sardless Tracks: "Ageless" & "The Best" and "Dream".

3. Das Racist - Shut Up, Dude

Ridiculous, funny, catchy and yet at the same time sophisticated.
Sardless Tracks: "Who's That? Brooown!", "You Oughta Know" & "Shorty Said".

2. Motion Man - Adult Situations

Three years after the first single was released, Motion Man, Unagi & Jethroe put together an album that was worth the wait.
Sardless Tracks: "Pouring You Mo Champagne", "Smile" & "Tell Me What You Want".

1. Infinito 2017 - Outer Body Experience 9.0: Thinking The Unthinkable

Just one of the many albums of high quality that Infinito 2017 released this year. Had he only released one album this year then I would of put Motion Man in at number one, but since the dude has put out so much stellar stuff this year he really deserved some serious recognition.
Sardless Tracks: "Analog B Boy", "Rocking With The Best" & "Indigo Moon".
Infinito 2017 - We Are Dark, Das Racist - Sit Down, Man, Inspectah Deck - Manifesto, Jams Daboombox & Ka Sekhem aka Infinito:2017 - Low Noise Mechanism, The Hood Internet - The Hood Internet x Tobacco x FELT & Atari Blitzkrieg - AlphaBetaC-EP.