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

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2011 Summary: Best Tracks

December 21, 2011

These tracks wouldn’t stop playing in my brain all year long:

 

50. Prefuse 73 feat. Trish Keenan The Only Trial of 9000 Suns

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4U7GZSerUw

 

49. tUnE-yArDs Bizness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ1LI-NTa2s&ob=av2e

 

48. Zola Jesus Vessel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY9WUZZrTpw

 

47. SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon Wildfire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LEiOzXHWM

 

46. Björk Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br2s0xJyFEM

 

45. Austra Shoot the Water

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

 

44. James Blake To Care (Like You)

http://vimeo.com/20366505

 

43. Kate Bush Song of Solomon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc-TCxTIHvQ

 

42. Britney Spears Hold It Against Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Edv8Onsrgg&ob=av2e

 

41. Gang Gang Dance MindKilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R7k1_kOqvk

 

40. Katy B Broken Record

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oES929aenGc&ob=av2e

 

39. Low Try to Sleep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXgc0I0zsYs&ob=av2e

 

38. Zambri On Call

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

 

37. Purity Ring Lofticries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tuKkeQDSek

 

36. Thao & Mirah feat. tUnE-yArDs Eleven

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

 

35. St. Vincent Cruel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itt0rALeHE8&ob=av2e

 

34. Hooray for Earth True Loves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVwSP51KVO8&ob=av2n

 

33. James Blake I Never Learnt to Share

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSvb_jGwQ7s

 

32. Planningtorock The Breaks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWO9LweKzV8

 

31. St. Vincent Surgeon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGIbR5jdA58

 

30. Chelsea Wolfe Mer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjSkktZL7zk

 

29. Cults Never Heal Myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG4FhNaikD8

 

28. Lykke Li I Follow Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYbEL06lEU&ob=av2e

 

27. Björk Cosmogony

http://stereogum.com/761851/bjork-cosmogony/mp3s/

 

26. Cat’s Eyes Over You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWG-rW1cgps

 

25. The Weeknd The Knowing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxOBXTFi6g

 

24. Grimes Vanessa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC2XLePDWQ

 

23. Austra Beat and the Pulse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjKtbCx3piM&ob=av2e

 

22. Twin Sister Kimmi in a Rice Field

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emCw-rRU3Q4&ob=av2e

 

21. Cults Bad Things

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1WSC99ANnQ

 

20. James Blake The Wilhelm Scream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isIABK-0ohQ&ob=av2e

 

19. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris We Found Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tg00YEETFzg&ob=av2e

 

18. Björk Crystalline

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

 

17. Cults You Know What I Mean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E2tS_7j8y4&ob=av2n

 

16. Cults Most Wanted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMvdhVxSmg4

 

15. Oneohtrix Point Never Child Soldier

http://soundcloud.com/mexicansummer/09-child-soldier

 

14. Grimes Crystal Ball

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

 

13. Purity Ring Belispeak

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mtjs2VibXA

 

12. Anna Calvi Blackout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo267BTLnZk&ob=av2e

 

11. Lykke Li Sadness Is a Blessing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu-b3u5jDiU

 

10. Björk Thunderbolt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vre4S5076wA

 

9. Grimes Oblivion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5H-YlcMSbc

 

8. Ford & Lopatin I Surrender

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcAkjVKf2Ck

 

7. Chelsea Wolfe Movie Screen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-CgpRo2E5o

 

6. The Weeknd High for This

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX9DgavXiN4

 

5. Cults Abducted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i1MXHGB8g0&ob=av2e

 

4. Gang Gang Dance Thru and Thru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjJ8IPDQk6Q

 

3. Björk Virus

http://vimeo.com/27401723

 

2. Julianna Barwick Prizewinning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GSoPHO2M54

 

1. Purity Ring Ungirthed

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

2011 Summary: Best Videos

December 20, 2011

Get a snack and something to drink, and prepare yourself for 25 mind-blowing videos. Featuring killer crocs, a possessed Japanese and one Pop Princess going really crazy…

 

Avey Tare Oliver Twist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMk2vONzTNk&ob=av2e

 

Erykah Badu Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osQbNZ3pOXI

 

Björk Crystalline

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

 

Anna Calvi Blackout

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo267BTLnZk&ob=av2e

 

Die Antwoord Rich Bitch

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bdeizHM9OU

 

Fleet Foxes The Shrine / An Argument

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yAxIdkF2Qo

 

Gang Gang Dance MindKilla

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R7k1_kOqvk

 

Grimes Crystal Ball

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

 

Grimes Vanessa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxC2XLePDWQ

 

Hercules and Love Affair Painted Eyes

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

 

Hooray for Earth True Loves

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVwSP51KVO8&ob=av2n

 

Is Tropical The Greeks

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xixbvp_is-tropical-the-greeks_music

 

Lykke Li I Follow Rivers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZYbEL06lEU&ob=av2e

 

Lykke Li Sadness Is a Blessing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu-b3u5jDiU

 

Low Try to Sleep

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXgc0I0zsYs&ob=av2e

 

M83 Midnight City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3k_QDnzHE

 

Frank Ocean Novacane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMfPJT4XjAI&ob=av2e

 

Panda Bear Alsatian Darn

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yvOYoNrzWM&ob=av2e

 

Purity Ring Lofticries

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tuKkeQDSek

 

SBTRKT feat. Little Dragon Wildfire

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-LEiOzXHWM

 

Britney Spears Hold It Against Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Edv8Onsrgg&ob=av2e

 

The Weeknd The Knowing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJxOBXTFi6g

 

Chelsea Wolfe Mer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjSkktZL7zk

 

Youth Lagoon Montana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IKPT30jOJw

 

Zola Jesus Vessel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY9WUZZrTpw

2011 Summary: Best Artwork

December 19, 2011

The time has come. It’s hydra’s turn to recap this wonderful year (and I knew it would be like this!). Let’s start with 15 Best Artwork, tomorrow I will present 25 Best Videos, on Wednesday – 50 Best Tracks, and finally on Thursday I will close 2011 Summary with 30 Best Albums. Now, look without fear…

 

Austra Feel It Break

 

Björk Biophilia

 

James Blake James Blake (Digipack Deluxe Edition)

 

Cities Aviv Digital Lows

 

Cults Cults

 

Gang Gang Dance Eye Contact

 

The Horrors Skying

 

Laurel Halo Hour Logic EP

 

Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes

 

Low C’mon

 

Mastodon The Hunter

 

John Maus We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

 

Panda Bear Tomboy

 

Peaking Lights 936

 

Radiohead The King of Limbs

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)