Saturday, December 31, 2011

TD :: Albums of 2011

The year is coming to an end, and I thought i'd share with you my final installment of lists; the albums of 2011. This list includes my top twenty mixtapes, EPs, and LPs of the year. Also, I've included another list of notable releases that didn't feel right to rank but were equally as amazing as the top twenty. Purchase them, download them, dance to them, dream to them, and most of all listen to them closely...

20. Sahel Sounds - Music From Saharan Cellphones Vol.2
19. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Unknown Mortal Orchestra
18. Laurel Halo - Hour Logic EP
17. Toro Y Moi - Freaking Me Out
16. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
15. The Field - Looping State Of Mind
14. Atlas Sound - Parallax
13. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
12. Long Arm - The Branches
11. Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
10. Bibio - Mind Bokeh
9. Clams Casino - Instrumentals
8. Peaking Lights - 936
7. Austin Peralta - Endless Planets
6. Andy Stott - Passed Me By
5. Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
4. John Maus - We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves

3. A$AP Rocky - LiveLoveA$AP
Ethereal rap? Harlem rapper, A$AP Rocky, makes his debut appearance with his highly notable mixtape, LiveLoveA$AP. The mixtape formulates its ethereal vibes and drugging beats from its finest of producers on the tape, Clams Casino. While sustaining the raps of ASAP Rocky's pretty villain rhymes and his hoodlum leaning associates, each number resonates with a raw and gritty tone that works ever so complimentary with never before heard rap. ASAP stands his ground and is the 'prettiest mother******' in the game. Take a load off and let go, LiveLoveA$AP. Download the entire mixtape for free over here.

2. Doldrums - Empire Sound
It’s been a while since I’ve heard an entire solid release with which each song on that release was equally as good as the other. Doldurms’, Empire Sound EP, does exactly that for me. He gives you each of his tracks in full and raw form, not afraid to take a step out of the boundaries and stray away from the norm. With tracks like “Lost In My Head”, he showcases an obtuse amount of cascading loops and samples that all intertwine into each other to build a monstrous collage of abstraction and experimentation. These monstrous sound collages made by Mr.Woodhead find their way in a post-pop realm, where neither sound structures or commonly executed rhythms have a role. He’s a force to be reckoned with, and has a vital sound to be heard. I’d describe this EP as a gift of many more great things to come from him. Purchase the entire release here.

1. Desolate - The Invisible Insurrection
Drawn in by its utterly moving and cinematically easing tonality, Desolate’s, The Invisible Insurrection, articulates the luring post UK bass sound in great succession. Weisemann aka Desolate definitely carries a similar sound to that of Burial’s but he exceeds those accusations by his ability to organize his instruments into masterpieces of beautifully recorded spatial soundscapes. Puttering post-garage rhythms that are caught in the undertow of overwhelmingly drawn out synths and fluttering piano rifts. Desolate uses subtle tones and textures within each of his pieces, to work in effect with the dark broken story the entire release trails. It meditates itself on mobile orchestrations, which play a perfect role for background music, whenever lost in deep thought or focus. Scenically gorgeous release from beginning to end. Purchase it over here.

Honorable Mentions ::

Cloud Boat - Lions On The Beach

Braids - Native Speaker

Falty DL - Atlantis EP

Yoko Duo - Behaving Like A Widower

Steve Hauschildt - Tragedy & Geometry

Previously :: TD // Albums of 2010

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