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1. Matthewdavid - Outmind


This album is a mixture of heady blaze hip hop beats and Vangelis style LA fixation. There is a lot of 'tape' analogue sound going on, for the hell of it. This album is actually seriously excellent, I've been spinning it during evening drives when it seems to work best. In this summer heat, driving through the tree laden suburbs, it sounds really good.



2. Ssaliva - Thought Has Wings


This album was released on the aforementioned Matthewdavid's label, 'Leaving Records.' This album is one that for some reason has worked very well for me. The band name Ssaliva brings to mind the word... Salvia? The music sounds like that to me, like some far out hallucination of music songs. The pieces are all tape based it seems, based on repetitions of surrreal phrases and then building on those. It wouldn't be a personal favorite if it was just some experimental bullshit though - it's really just the way it comes back to get you, makes you want to hear it again that is it's highest value. Good music.


3. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves


This guy has become one of the major favorites in my mind. I thus far don't think this is quite the same level of innovation going on on his previous albums, but it is still fantastic. This album grows on you strongly, and maintains a distance in your mind between 'understood' and 'mysterious.' The usage of lo-fi here was done properly. An inspiration.


4. Panda Bear - Tomboy


At first I was massively disappointed in this album. Recently I found that it's actually a great, great album. I can see this growing in stature over the next few months on my list del alblimatione which is latin/greek for 'list.'


5. Bruno Pronsato - Lovers Do


The perfect minimal techno album, for me.

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I'm way slack about following new album releases (especially seeing as I've still got a ton of stuff from the last century to catch up on), so the only new ones I've heard so far from this year came outta this forum. That said, there were some I enjoyed quite well...(off the top of my head)


Arbee - altérations

Cubus - that piano EP

Future Image - The Speed of Revolution

Venetian Snares - Cubist Reggae

Wahrk - Delve/Metamateria


Stuff that might/will probably show up on this list when it comes out...


Jandek - *album that just came out* (could go either way but the description sounds promising)

Ladytron - *new album*

Trent Reznor - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack

Tonetta - 777 Vol.3

Tom Waits - *new album* (actually I imagine that won't be coming out until next year)

something else I'm totally not expecting (usually the case)

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Guest Richy

Deaf Center, Tim Hecker, Deerhoof, Ceephax, PJ Harvey, Mogwai, Grouper, Fleet Foxes, Kode 9 & Spaceape, AR


New Zomby album is good too

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King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

Africa Hitech - 93 million miles

Biosphere - N-Plants

DeepChord - Hash-bar Loops

Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972

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there's been a lot of good records this year

my most played are most probably grouper's aia, pj harvey, united waters and earth.


as for disappointments i'd go for mogwai, which apart from rano pano is a turd of an album, and radiohead's which i really liked initially but it got worse and worse with repeat listenings.

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Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972

Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact

Phoenecia - Demissions

Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles

Mike Dehnert - Framework

Death Grips - Exmilitary

Vladislav Delay Quartet

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Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise

2562 - Fever

NHKyx - yx aka 1ch aka Solo

Biosphere - N-Plants

Mark Fell - UL8 (I got the 2011 edition)

Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles




So far, really awesome year for music.

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Tim Hecker - Ravedeath 1972

Bibio - Mind Bokeh

Daedelus - Bespoke

Amon Tobin - ISAM

Instra:mental - Resolution 653

2562 - Fever

Sandwell District – Feed Forward

Juv - Juv

DeepChord - Hash-bar Loops

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been a good year so far..


Surgeon – Breaking the Frame

Sandwell District – Feed forward

2562 – Fever

Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & stuff

Caretaker – An Empty bliss beyond this world

Cex – Tiny Creature

Mogwai – Hardcore will never die, but you will

Radiohead – King of Limbs

Dalglish - benacah drann deachd

Andy Stott – Passed me by

Venetian Snares- Cubist Reggae

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For the most part, I'm still a couple years behind. But I at least have one favorite for 2011:



And Chad Van Gaalen's new one has also been very much appreciated. It's basically his sonic youth album, and it has possibly the worst title I've ever heard:


Also, he signed the record store guy's penis with a swastika, which is pretty much the best course of action when confronted with a fan dick.


(And of course the new Radiohead)

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Guest Hertha Thiele

a.d.l.r. - Foam on the Waves of Space-Time...

V.A. - Laid Compilation

Expo '70 - Inaudible Bicoastal Trajectory

Enemy Earth - Bardo

Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles

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john maus - we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves

lee noble - no becoming

silk flowers - ltd form

seefeel - seefeel

pj harvey - let england shake

moon duo - mazes

martial canterel - you today

staccato du mal - sin destino


com truise - galactic melt

bibio - mind bokeh

Tune-Yards - W H O K I L L

toro y moi - underneath the pine

madeline - black velvet

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Oh yeah, I don't know how I forgot about Amon Tobin's new one! You can tell he put everything he had into it.


I'm excited about the new Boris albums, just haven't gotten around to acquiring them yet.

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Some of my faves:


Bibio, Mind Bokeh

Amon Tobin, ISAM

Clams Casino, instrumental Mixtape

Toro Y Moi, Underneath The Pine

Steffi, Yours & Mine

Seefel, Seefeel

Radiohead, The King of Limbs

Minks, By The Hedge

Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie XX, We're New Here

Nicolas Jaar, Space Is Only Noise

Hype Williams, One Nation

FaltyDL, You Stand Uncertain

Wagon Christ, Toomorrow

2562, Fever

Washed Out, Within and Without

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Two releases:


Andy Stott - Passed me by

This is problematic and might be a Trojan horse but one that it's tailor made for me. can't. help. it


Actress - Harrier Attk / Gershwin

Vintage Aphex Twin type next levels of techno goodness plus Rhythm & Sound 2011 in 10 minutes? !!!


And these songs so far:


Tim Hecker, The Piano Drop

Mike Denhert, Infix / Palindrom / Beatmatching

Sandwell District, Hunting Lodge

Shackleton, Deadman (King Midas Sound Death Dub)

Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Structure 3

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Tim Hecker - ravedeath 1972

Amon Tobin - ISAM

Bibio - Mind Bokeh

Siriusmo - Mosaik

Africa hitech - 93 million miles, maybe.

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