What I love about the FMA is that it's a breathing entity, ever expanding and morphing into a greater and more diversified body of work. It now has a distinct overarching personality that speaks quality like an established character actor. That's high praise on an anything-goes-no-really-anything 2010 version of the Internet. But the pockets of specialty information are where the FMA really shines, something of a replacement for the lamented record shops I formerly relied on for a taste of the new and interesting.
It's pretty apparent in my mix that I hang on just about everything Issue Project Room or dublab chooses to post. Maybe Issue Project Room seems obvious to listeners of my WFMU show (I have occasionally played whole sets or long tracks from Issue), but dublab's choices are just slightly left of my musical comfort zone. To my ears dublab showcases a mysterious West Coast sense of promise, a digital curiosity that my pragmatic East Coast bones are craving. LA really is where dreams are made, but they're weird dreams.
This mix isn't a best of. Browsing the FMA makes me über-conscious of all the brilliant music that sailed over my head in 2010. So here's a cosmic recollection.