2011 Summary: Best Albums

December 22, 2011

So this is it. I give you 30 magnificent records that made 2011. They represent various genres, from electronica to R&B, from folk to New Age. Some of them were delivered by acclaimed artists while other by newcomers who wait for true recognition to come. Nevertheless, they have all taken me to places I just could imagine of. Emotions they evoked were different: sadness, euphoria, longing… What they all have in common is the passion behind them. I may have underrated few of them in my reviews but my ears have opened just in time. I believe you should listen to them (if you haven’t already). Thank you for reading and see you next year!

 

30. Zambri Glossolalia EP

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/listen_glossolalia_ep_by_zambri/

 

29. Baths Pop Music / False B-Sides

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOgU8EP0YDQ

 

28. St. Vincent Strange Mercy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iOniCjeCjE

 

27. Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4J6bFDvvwY&ob=av2e

 

26. Ford & Lopatin Channel Pressure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i8ScfOnjLs

 

25. Cities Aviv Digital Lows

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwV3mNpy9gM

 

24. Feist Metals

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2uVRMBD5RY&ob=av2n

 

23. EMA Past Life Martyred Saints

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dPIK9Qe7K4

 

22. Anna Calvi Anna Calvi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKVy0EVu2ZI

 

21. PJ Harvey Let England Shake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1lFM1K8R1s&ob=av2n

 

20. Thao & Mirah Thao & Mirah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4m0IEC6Q4QM

 

19. Wild Beasts Smother

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPHQSWPjdk8

 

18. Atlas Sound Parallax

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rY5Uf4E0e4&ob=av2e

 

17. The Weeknd House of Balloons & Thursday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ex38L8xtNI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdH1kXzquQo

 

16. Peaking Lights 936

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omGnzAd28YM

 

15. Zola Jesus Conatus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7VhbL94WN0

 

14. Cat’s Eyes Cat’s Eyes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKPcOQinl50

 

13. John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMku-GbafEg

 

12. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TTPGAy5H_E&ob=av2e

 

11. Austra Feel It Break

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LJtMrhb558&ob=av2e

 

10. Panda Bear Tomboy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plWq_XMT5i4

 

9. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiwi7d0f91Y

 

8. Julianna Barwick The Magic Place

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H34gnFIpI-U

 

7. Chelsea Wolfe Ἀποκάλυψις

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA5HbCtlbFM

 

6. James Blake James Blake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOKXHzL6UVs&ob=av2e

 

5. Kate Bush 50 Words for Snow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JoPFIWOONU

 

4. Grimes / d’Eon Darkbloom EP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bWmLFaJA-Q

 

3. Cults Cults

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0pSo58K5aY

 

2. Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_bkNR-zOn8

 

1. Björk Biophilia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQiT9ibMw_c

The countdown has just begun! Go to http://pitchfork.com/ for the annual roundup. Listen to The Top 100 Tracks today and tomorrow, check out The Albums, Honorable Mention on Wednesday, and finally The Top 50 Albums the following days. I knew the best songs #100-51 would be fuckin awesome and it’s just the beginning!

NME Albums of 2011

December 7, 2011

Guess who’s won this very list? Yep, it’s PJ again. I send my love to Austra, Björk, Anna Calvi, Cat’s Eyes, Girls, Planningtorock, St. Vincent and Wild Beasts as well. The full list:

http://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/90-nmes-best-albums-of-2011.php

MOJO Albums of 2011

December 2, 2011

Another day, another list. Peej rocks! Behind her: Björk, James Blake, Kate Bush, Anna Calvi, Cat’s Eyes, EMA, Girls, Lykke Li, Wild Beasts… See the full feature:

http://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/77-mojos-top-50-albums-of-2011.php

Q and Uncut Albums of 2011

November 30, 2011

It’s that time of the year again. Q and Uncut are the first music media to announce their favourite records of 2011. Glad to see some of my darlings on the lists (congrats Björk, James Blake, Kate Bush, Anna Calvi, Feist, Gang Gang Dance, Lykke Li, PJ, St. Vincent, Wild Beasts and others!). Click here:

http://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/73-qs-50-albums-of-the-year-2011.php

http://www.albumoftheyear.org/list/72-uncuts-top-50-albums-of-2011.php

Here’s the list of 15 greatest releases of 2011 and a quick résumé of hydra’s activity so far. The artists are presented in alphabetical order:

  1. Austra Feel It Break
  2. Julianna Barwick The Magic Place
  3. James Blake James Blake
  4. Kate Bush Director’s Cut
  5. Cat’s Eyes Cat’s Eyes
  6. Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. Evil
  7. Forest Swords Fjree Feather EP
  8. Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact
  9. Grimes / d’Eon Darkbloom EP
  10. PJ Harvey Let England Shake
  11. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes
  12. Panda Bear Tomboy
  13. Thao & Mirah Thao & Mirah
  14. Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine
  15. Wild Beasts Smother

Check out the forthcoming LPs:

CSS La Liberación (23 August)

St. Vincent Strange Mercy (13 September)

Björk Biophilia (27 September)

Twin Sister In Heaven (27 September)

Feist Metals (4 October)

Prince Rama Trust Now (4 October)

Zola Jesus Conatus (4 October)

Justice Audio, Video, Disco (25 October)

Oneohtrix Point Never Replica (8 November)