Yves Schelpe producer/composer Psy’Aviah
As I’m not a fan of ranking, I’ll list my personal favourite “2011″ albums in random order.
Moby – Destroyed (2011, Little Idiot).
I have to admit, I’m a sucker when it comes to Moby, I love his music. But I wouldnâ€™t have included his previous release Wait For Me in my 2010 list, then why add Destoyed? I think this is his strongest and most honest work up to date, in many ways. First of all the mixing and recording isn’t “perfect”, which makes the record sound more fragile than commercial and polished releases. Secondly, because of the variety and choice of the genres, and last but not least because of the lyrical content. Genres, I mentioned, well they range from ambient, to pop, to rock, house and to a whole lot more… “The Day” for example touched me deeply, I don’t need to explain, and if so, the videoclip of that song ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JSVaSpD9xo ) does a better job at it. “Be The One”, “The Day” and “Victoria Lucas” are my personal favourites.
IC 434 - Anhedonia (2011, Infacted Recordings).
Already his fifth album in a long running career. What I personally love about IC 434 is the uniform sound palette: everything he creates comes out of the Korg M1. Maybe it’s because of that “limitation” that Geert can really dive into the melodic and lyrical aspect of music. “Social Reality” for example has killer lyrics and the songwriting is straight to the point. Anhedonia delivers, in my opinion, a bit more variety than the previous release “Bacteriate”, which I can only applaud :)! “Social Reality”, “Anhedonia” and “Deportation” are personal favourites.
Dillon - This Silence Kills (2011, BPitch Control).
I discovered her through reading a Future Music Magazine issue, she’s a melting pot of different genres, including noise, piano-ballads, trip-hop elements and her special voice. But it’s best you hear it for yourself, it was a sound I hadn’t heard before, refreshing for me. Songs like “Abrupt Clarity” and “____________” (yes this is a track name), “This Silence Kills” are in my playlist.
AÃ¯boforcen with DÃ©dale (2011, Alfa Matrix)
Since hearing “Kafarnaum” I kept close attention, and waited and awaited for a new release.. Finally after 7 years, they return! What I especially love is the whole atmosphere of the album, all songs blend nicely from one to another, secondly the production and sounds are up my league. I like the beats and rhythms that are on a lot of accasions slow, but really compelling. “Everything Gets Sacrified (feat. Ayria)”, “DÃ©dale” and “Crysis” are my personal favourites
:: SOME OTHER STUFF ::
Some other things I’m glad about : is the return of Lords Of Acid. I was scared that they wouldn’t be able to get that sound and HUMOR back, but I think they succeeded.. Funny, catchy, tunes and lyrics on their recent EP. Though the lyrics were a bit more tongue in cheeck and less dirty talk when Nikkie Van Lierop was still in the house. But no complaining, after their 2011 EP, now it’s waiting for the album. ////// A new tool for musicians and labels called KOLLECTOR , which tracks real-time radio, podcasts, etc… This way one can see where your tracks are being played. Think of it as a sort of Last.FM, but then for radios, with a personal dashboard. Worth checking out! ////// Felix Marc‘s album Parallel Worlds (2011, Infacted Recordings) holds a few pearls such as “Fields of Grey (feat. Lis van den Akker)” or “Life Is Porn” ////// Lowe withÂ Evolver (2011, Megahype Records) was also a nice surprise, I don’t play it that much, but I really value the production and the sound that returns to the 80s. Also, the artwork is superb. //////Â Oil, Steel & Rhythm by Sebastian Komor was a release I spinned a lot too. I like the experimentation on this record, especialy songs like “Atrapado”, “Mambo Nr. 808″ and “Slaves of Machines” had this element of experimentation but were groovey/danceable at the same time. Love the vocoded vocals too!