The narrative of the past decade of electronic music would not be complete without a chapter on Ladytron although the Liverpool-born quartet's global fanbase would argue that the band wrote the book on it.
Consistently placing songcraft and innovation over any confining aesthetic, the foursome of Daniel Hunt, Reuben Wu, Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo fashioned four albums of deliriously buzzing, whip-smart electro-pop that have kept them ahead of the curve, apart from the fads and in a league of their own.
Those albums, surveyed on the career-spanning Best of Ladytron: 00-10, reflect the quartet's deftly executed (and delightfully subversive) dualities: primordial grooves vs. lushly layered synths; sanguine melodies vs. shimmering atmospherics; and art-house detachment vs. the poignant narratives delivered by dueling sirens Marnie and Aroyo. Ladytron has created a body of work that reveals a fresh creative arc and, as time has told, served as a reference point for a current crop of artists such as Lady Gaga, Goldfrapp, La Roux and Crystal Castles.
The Best Of album is a celebration of 10 years with all the key tracks and two brand new songs.