2011: Favorite Tunes


31 Dic 2011, 22:33

Enjoyed this year quite a bit, here are a few of my favorite things:

Thundercat - The Golden Age Of Apocalypse [Brainfeeder]

For the second year in a row, Brainfeeder has once again produced the most entertaining record I was able to hear this year.

Ever since last year's "MmmHmm" from Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma, I've been patiently awaiting Stephen Bruner's debut solo record as Thundercat. The long wait for this full-length proved infinitely rewarding after months of having to suffice only with the George Duke cover of "For Love (I Come Your Friend)" on repeat, a Thundercat mixtape posted by Flying Lotus, the BBC mix where Brainfeeder took over in Los Angeles for Radio1's BenjiB and featured some incredible jam sessions, and above all, the live performance I was fortunate enough to catch on June 20th at the Bowery Ballroom of NYC with Thundercat alongside Flying Lotus and Austin Peralta, easily the greatest highlight of the year.

The end of August finally arrived and presented the greatest album I would hear this year from a veteran bass player who has found himself a perfect niche in the exploratory musical sphere of the Brainfeeder crew.

The perfect album for 2011 and highly recommended for all.

For your listening pleasure:
Thundercat mixtape (by FlyLo)
Brainfeeder Takes Over The BenjiB show on BBC Radio1

The best of the rest, chronologically explored:

James Blake – James Blake
Destroyer - Kaputt
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Ducktails – III: Arcade Dynamics
Grails – Deep Politics
Peaking Lights – 936
FaltyDL – You Stand Uncertain
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Burial – Street Halo EP
Kode9 & The Spaceape – Black Sun
J-Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
Tokimonsta – Creature Dreams
Holy Other – With U
Cults - Cults
Samiyam – Sam Baker’s Album
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Thundercat - The Golden Age Of Apocalypse
Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape
The Weeknd – Thursday
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
The Field – Looping State of Mind
AraabMUZIK – Electronic Dream
Jonwayne – I Don’t Care
Mark McGuire – Get Lost
Zola Jesus – Conatus
Star Slinger – Volume 1
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
Laurel Halo – Hour Logic
Martyn – Ghost People
Real Estate – Days
Teebs – Collections 01
Zomby – Dedication
Steve Hauschildt - Tragedy & Geometry
Floating Points – Shadows EP
Zomby – Nothing EP
Julian Lynch - Terra

If I had to construct a "top 10":

01 Thundercat - The Golden Age Of Apocalypse
02 Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
03 Martyn - Ghost People
04 Peaking Lights - 936
05 Floating Points - Shadows EP
06 AraabMUZIK - Electronic Dream
07 Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
08 Panda Bear - Tomboy
09 FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain
10 Laurel Halo - Hour Logic EP

Other notable non-new releases I invested time & money into:

J Dilla - Donuts
J Dilla - The Shining
Madvillain - Madvillainy
Bahwee - Flavors
Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh)
Mux Mool - Skulltaste
Eddie Hazel - Games, Dames & Guitar Thangs
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Gil Scott-Heron - Free Will


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