December 21, 2011

Essentially Eclectic Albums of 2011: Numbers 20-11

Posted in Albums of 2011, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 12:15 pm by essentiallyeclectic

It’s list time all over the world once again, and Essentially Eclectic neither sees itself above them nor can resist the chance to share its own. Last year we went for an ambitious top 40 songs of 2010, so this year we’re concentrating on the long players – 20 of them to be precise. Here’s numbers 20-11 (with a track from each). The top ten to follow over the coming week…

20. Jonti – Twirligig

Some delightfully bizarre production trickery from the Stones Throw man. Colourful, playful, delightful.

Jonti – Cyclic Love (Twirligig)

19. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here

Scott-Heron’s sad passing this year was marked poignantly by this Jamie xx reworking of his final word, I’m New Here. Also check out a Gil Scott-Heron minimix we did back in May…

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – The Crutch (We’re New Here)

18. Teebs – Collections 01

The former Flying Lotus apprentice moves out from behind his master’s shadow with this fine collection of neck-snapping beats.

Teebs – LSP featuring Austin Peralta (Collections 01)

17. Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise

Elements of trip-hop, electronica and a healthy dose of musique concrete went into Jaar’s impressive full length debut.

Also check out this video/short film for the track ‘Keep me There’, directed by Lucas Duchemin…

Nicolas Jaar – Colomb (Space is Only Noise)

16. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

Merrill Garbus’ wonderfully weird world is given album form on the bizarre and incredibly creative w h o k i l l.

tUnE-yArDs – Es-So (w h o k i l l)

15. Tycho – Dive

Scott Hansen’s warming Boards of Canada-esque synth textures are put to good use on Dive, his latest full length as Tycho. Also check out Hansen’s immaculately kept photo and music blog.

Tycho – Elegy (Dive)

14. Gardens & Villa – Gardens & Villa

Santa Barbara group Gardens & Villa arrived in the summer with a unique sound and a handful of great songs that make up their self-titled debut.

Gardens & Villa – Black Hills (Gardens & Villa)

13. Bjork – Biophilia

Essentially Eclectic’s tendency for a bit of Bjork love is no secret, so it’s no surprise that her adventurous latest Biophilia makes the list. The album came complete with a set of apps for each track based on the scientific content, but it’s the music itself that interests us.

Bjork – Thunderbolt (Biophilia)

12. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

Obaro Ejimiwe delivered a refreshing take on UK hip-hop with his Ghostpoet debut.

Ghostpoet – Us Against Whatever Ever (Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam)

11. Cults – Cults

Mixing Spector girl-group aesthetics with incessantly catchy tunes (and an almost unhealthy amount of glockenspiel), Cults’ debut produced the (cringe) “feel good hit of the summer” (cringe) with ‘Go Outside’.

Cults – Go Outside (Cults)

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  1. […] Following on from 20-11, here be the top 10… […]

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