Teebs - “Pretty Polly” — Some ghostly beats.
Kathleen Edwards - “Change the Sheets” — A Justin Vernon production.
Krusht - “Back to the Forest (Ay Getee Remix)” — First attempt at making a music video by this sun-warped, LA-based electronic artist.
The Dø - “Too Insistent” — A voice as charming as Thao’s, and an unassuming swirl of melodies.
Way Yes - “Automail” — One person’s lawn party is another’s intergalactic frog race.
Tin Man - “Whose Irony” — As chillingly moving as an Arctic glacier.
Alabama Shakes - “Hold On” — More soul than they know what to do with.
Polica - “Lay Your Cards Out” — The band’s debut music video.
SBTRKT - “Something Goes Right” — London is to dubstep as Gary, Indiana is to smog.
Im a little late on this and too lazy to do a list, so I’m just going to say that I think the best album of 2011 was ‘Electronic Dream’ by Araabmuzik. It highlighted my summer which was one of the most explosive and experiential times of my life. As the banks were robbing the world and people were taking to the streets in that marvelous year of 2011, I was living an electronic dream in California. I met so many new people through my new found musical journey, traveled up and down the golden coast, diving in and out of the surf, climbing mountains, having bonfires under the fullest of moons…
It was all thanks to a gang of frat guys who beat the shit out my face at the end of 2010, causing me to get surgery and post up in my bed for a month with my brain plugged in to my computer to make ‘Krusht EP’ my first attempt at an EP/ album ever.
I finally got out of the winter & my bed and was taken on by AMDISCS an umbrella for a magical group of artists. I then floated in to the spring and away in to the summer with Araabmuzik assisting with that lift off.
Widowspeak - “Fir Coat” — As immediate as the crisp opening of a can of soda.
John Maus - “Quantum Leap” — A catchy tune or a dude possessed by a monster who is having an existential freak-out?
James Blake - “At Birth” — The latest from the Blakest.
Talkdemonic - “Midcentury Motion” — A crystalline mix of post-rock and classic IDM.
A sensational, eclectic mix by Dallas’s Shato Prod.