When all was said and done in 2009, I'd have to say it was a pretty interesting year in underground music. Ranging from the epic vastness of Voorn's Balance mix to the sun trilogy of albums from Nickodemus, Luciano, and Hawke there were sadly so many good albums that didn't make the cut because of the wide spectrum of talent that caught my ear this year. So without further ado, here is my first of two year-ender lists. Coming soon-the top 20 singles...

1.Joris Voorn-Balance 014 3xCD (EQ)

2. Mungolian Jet Set-We Gave It All Away...Now We Are Taking It Back 2xCD (Smalltown Supersound)

3. Nickodemus-Sun People (ESL Music)

4. Underworld vs The Misterons-Athens (!K7)

5. Applescal-A Slave's Commitment (Traum)

6. Radio Slave-Fabric 48 (Fabric)

7. Luciano-A Tribute To The Sun (Cadenza)

8. Pere Ubu-Long Live Pere Ubu (Hearpen/Smog Veil)

9. Fool's Gold-S/T (Iamsound)

10. Commix-Fabriclive 44 (Fabric)

11. Akron/Family-Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free (Dead Oceans)

12. Jega-Variance Pts. 1 & 2 (Planet Mu)

13. Various-Nigeria 70 2xCD (Strut)

14. Hawke-+++ (Eighth Dimension)

15. Helado Negro-Awe Owe (Asthmatic Kitty)

16. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens-What Have You Done, My Brother? (Daptone)

17. Abe Duque-Don't Be So Mean (Process)

18. Mark O'Sullivan-Fragments From A Long Country (Nice & Nasty)

19. Granlab-Industrial Romance (Broque)

20. Rone-Spanish Breakfast (InFine)

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