December 21, 2011
Essentially Eclectic Albums of 2011: Numbers 20-11
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.
19. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – 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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
12. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam
Obaro Ejimiwe delivered a refreshing take on UK hip-hop with his Ghostpoet debut.
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’.