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Some nice hip-hop recommends, like that El-P one.

 

Electronic E.Ps

 

Todd Terje - Its the Arps

Burial - Kindred

Disclosure - The Face

 

Floating Points - Shadows (came out right at the end of 2011 but has 3 stunning pieces of jazz on it, worth mentioning)

 

Electronic L.Ps

 

Dave Aju - Heirlooms

Lone - Galaxy Garden

CFCF - Exercises

Actress - R.I.P

Ital - Hive Mind

Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters

Andrew Weatherall - Masterpiece

 

Indie/Pop/Rock

 

Django Django - Django Django

Alt-J (∆) - An Awesome Wave

Grimes - Visions

Bobby Womack - Bravest Man in the Universe

Chromatics - Kill for Love

POLICA - GIve you the Ghost

 

Notable Songs

 

Lambchop - Gone Tomorrow

The Shins - Simple Song

Chairlift - Sidewalk safari

Fanfarlo - Deconstruction

Beach House - Myth

Hot Chip - Flutes

Lower Dens - Brains

Edited by ChezGiven

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Electronic E.Ps

 

Todd Terje - Its the Arps

Burial - Kindred

Disclosure - The Face

 

Floating Points - Shadows (came out right at the end of 2011 but has 3 stunning pieces of jazz on it, worth mentioning)

 

Electronic L.Ps

 

Dave Aju - Heirlooms

Lone - Galaxy Garden

CFCF - Exercises

Actress - R.I.P

Ital - Hive Mind

Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters

Andrew Weatherall - Masterpiece

 

New Four Tet coming next month....

 

http://www.fourtet.net/index.php/blog/entry/pink/

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Alt-J & Djanjo Djanjo for me this year... the fact I don't even listen to that type of music normally would suggest to me how great the albums are for me to say they are my favourite 2 from this year.

 

Ben Howard comes in 3rd on my list

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Aye. The man himself is playing the City Hall next year, how about me and you hop in my car and go see the master?

 

GET IN THE BACK SEAT BAYBEH!

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Robert Hood - Motor Nighttime World 3

 

I watched Requiem for Detroit earlier this year, which is a fascinating story of our times. I also stopped off there on the way back from Chicago in June, then a couple of months ago i got a copy of this album. If a concept album telling the story of a city's technological and industrial decline via the medium that very city is synonymous with sounds interesting, then give this a go. If you just like lush techno, you might also like it.

 

Christian Loffler - A Forest

 

Melodic, minimalistic, its similar to Pantha du Prince's Black Noise in style and in some of the production tricks (the title possibly name-checking a track) but its much more accessible and therefore for me, more immersing which good techno should be. A novice might find it harmless, an amateur a bit enticing.

 

Jets - Jets E.P

 

Last years Room(s) by Machinedrum was the most fascinating album i've heard for a long time. Travis Stewart teamed up with Jimmy Edgar and we got Jets. Ridiculously good, i just wish i was young enough to get off completely off me napper to it at 7 in the morning wearing a silly hat and unable to feel my face.

 

Daphi - JIAOLONG

 

A collection of tracks that Dan Snaith released under the moniker he uses when not fronting Caribou. To be honest, i've included it here for the first 4 tracks off the album which are basically loads and loads of fun. Unashamedly brilliant party music.

 

Rone - Tohu Bohu

 

French trancey techno off one of their best labels, InFine. The killer track is called Parade which is eerily familiar, i keep thinking of a film i've seen during the intro and wondering if its the sample.

 

Tomas Barfod - Salton Sea

 

Danish producer who made his name on Kompakt. Includes one of my top 20 tunes of the year, November Skies buts its an excellent electronica / pop album. Worth a listen for most tastes.

 

Grimes - Visions

 

Its going to be on most people's end of year lists and why not? Its pop music and if that poppy girly voice doesnt do it for you then its going to be a difficult listen but then again, those melodies are worth it and that large echoey drop, one minute into Genesis that announces Grimes's arrival, should get you on your feet.

 

Sigha - Living with Ghosts

 

On Scuba's Hotflush label, there is a resurgence in the British techno scene of late and thats a good thing. This is dark, energetic and reminds me of being in an illegal rave in the storage basement of a dis-used supermarket in Leytonstone. (what a story that is).

 

Claro Intelecto - Reform Club

 

From dub-techno producer Mark Stewart nn dutch label Delsin, been listening to this all year. Veers from house to paired down 90bpm ambient techno. If murky 'knackered house' leaves you thinking 'wtf?', this may help.

Edited by ChezGiven

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I enjoyed that Detroit doc, Chez. Had my eye on that album too although I didn't think Robert Hood would be your cup of char.

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I used to buy predominantly house but the first Detroit techno album I bought was in 1991, called Emotions Electric on Network records. It's pretty hard to be into electronic music and not like The Detroit sound tbh.

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I used to buy predominantly house but the first Detroit techno album I bought was in 1991, called Emotions Electric on Network records. It's pretty hard to be into electronic music and not like The Detroit sound tbh.

Been listening to Kenny Larkin's two classic 90s albums Metaphor and Azimuth of late. Fucking brilliant man.

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