December 27, 2011

Essentially Eclectic’s Albums of 2011: Numbers 10-1

Posted in Albums of 2011 tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:49 pm by essentiallyeclectic

Following on from 20-11, here be the top 10…

10. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

Beautifully languid Americana from Philly’s finest.

The War on Drugs – Brothers (Slave Ambient)

9. Evenings – Lately

Some ambient instrumental genius discovered over at Evening’s Bandcamp page.

Evenings – [Lately] See You Soon (Lately)

8. James Blake – James Blake

The much-lauded, self-titled debut from Blake deserved its plaudits.

James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (James Blake)

Soft Powers – Outlandish Scandals

Brilliantly creative and esoteric rock from the outlandishly productive Soft Powers

Soft Powers – 1,300 Decibels (Outlandish Scandals)

6. Emika – Emika

One-woman producer/singer Emika created one of the year’s most forward-thinking bass music albums.

Emika – Count Backwards (Emika)

5. Summer Camp – Welcome to Condale

London duo combine pastiche with a sixth sense for melody, while proving themselves pretty handy live too

Summer Camp – Down (Welcome to Condale)

4. Pinch & Shackleton – Pinch & Shackleton

Some exquisitely composed and ambitious bass music from the two masters of the genre.

Pinch & Shackleton – Boracay Drift (Pinch & Shackleton)

3. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

By far the best hip-hop album of the year, Black Up is dark, brooding and oozing effortless originality.

Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith (Black Up)

2. Balam Acab – Wander/Wonder

Ethereal, ice-cold and majestic stuff from the Tri-Angle Records man with the visual nature.

Balam Acab – Apart (Wander/Wonder)

1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo

Essentially Eclectic’s love affair with Kurt Vile is no secret, from tumbling superlatives about live performances to a more than positive review for Smoke Ring for my Halo. It’s no surprise then that the long-haired Philadelphia man tops the tree in our round-up of 2011.

Kurt Vile – Runner Ups (Smoke Ring for my Halo)

Kurt Vile – Society Is My Friend (Smoke Ring for my Halo)

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