Dubstep (not that stupid brostep shit like skrillex) - SBTRKT - s/t
i’ve only JUST finished listening to it now. hands down it’s the best.
Folk - Chelsea Wolfe - Ἀποκάλυψις
Definitely the best folk release this year. Visceral, claustrophobic, haunting; Chelsea’s vocals and instrumentation soothingly embrace elements of Doom and Black Metal, creating something to be experienced.
Hip Hop - Death Grips - Exmilitary
This one was a really hard choice. It was either this or Black Up by Shabazz Palaces. Both albums deliver innovation to a genre that tends to hate innovation and prefers dumbed-down content. The instrumentation is brilliantly performed by the drummer from Hella, and the lyrics (shouted more than rapped) are reminiscent of old Wu-Tang clan lyrics in my opinion. You can almost relate to the serial killer/crazy black hobo yelling into your ear for a good hour or so.
Metal - Mitochondrion - Parasignosis
This was not a tough decision. 2011 wasn’t a very good year for metal, except maybe hipster black metal. The album delivers a crushing tracklist written by local Vancouver death metal dudes.
Indie - Destroyer - Kaputt
Another Vancouver act, this album delivers a wide variety of smooth and chill tunes.
Dan Bejar at his finest.
Black Metal - Wolves in the Throne Room - Celestial Lineage
translation for you non-kvlt untrve plebeians: This is their best record. A close second would be the 777 Trilogy by Blut Aus Nord, but it’s not finished yet.
R&B - The Weeknd - his 2011 trilogy (Thursday probably being the best as it was the most avant, or Echoes of Silence for being the most consistent. House of Balloons is the P4k-approved one.)
Some killer R&B by a Toronto native. Definitely worth checking out. You’ll want to get down on Thursday.
Electronic - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
HAAA HOO HOO HAAAH!
Punk - Andrew Jackson Jihad - Knife Man
They’re going more electric this round, over their usual folk style. It fits well with the album. Their nihilistic viewpoints of scrawny middle class males will make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. It makes me wish to be a white american male, so I may have all the luck I need.
Math Rock - Battles - Gloss Drop
It’s not as experimental as the first. Some may describe it as “casualized”. I don’t care. It’s fun.
Oh god, if this was a video game review i’d shoot myself.
Fun is a buzzword.
Pop - St Vincent - Strange Mercy
A perfect blend of catchy riffs, grimy solos, and raunchy lyrics delivered by none other than the adorably jewfro’d Annie Clark; this hands down is probably the one of the most exciting records I’ve listened to this year. It’s so delightfully disgusting and cute at the same time.
Rock - Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside - Dirty Radio
A debut album from a Portland female-fronted rockabilly band. It hasn’t received much attention; and although they were on Letterman, they still have around 6000 fans on their Facebook page. I love it to bits. She sings with a unique vocal style; and although the instrumentation clearly has a vintage sound to it, the lyrics are modern and will relate with today’s youth. It has a very youthful vibe to it. Not everyone is guaranteed to enjoy it.
i’ve listened to Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse recently. It’s very good.
It’s funky as hell. It’s definitely worth a mention.