See, we told you we were going to tart up our end of year lists! Welcome to the electronic rumors awards!
I really have a love/hate relationship with these lists. On the one hand I love looking back at the very best music that was released in the past 12 months but I hate sifting them down to just 20. So I make a list, give it a couple of days to settle, see if there’s anything I missed or if I want to change my mind, to make sure I have ranked things ‘cos I loved them, not ‘cos it would be cool to say so, a couple of days to be happy with my listing. But I know the moment I post this I will remember some awesome music from January that I have forgot.
So I’ve just got to close my eyes, bite the bullet and commit. Here goes..
Starting with electronic rumors top 20 albums of the year, including our ‘best album’ award. Pretty happy with this list even though there is a lot left out. There are a couple of bodges in there (Futurecop!’s album is only available on import right now, it’s released domestically in 2011, but it’s SO awesome and I desperately wanted Parallels’, Minitel Rose’s and Anoraak’s albums to be included) but on the whole it is a fitting list of the records that rocked out worlds this year.
So, the winner is…
electronic rumors’ best album: 2011
01: CHEW LiPS – Unicorn (Family)
…and the rest of the list:
02: LexiconDon – Pink + Blue (dubFrequency/Binary)
03: Ellie Goulding – Lights (Polydor)
04: Chromeo – Business Casual (Atlantic Records)
05: Fenech-Soler – Fenech-Soler (B-Unique Records)
06: Futurecop! – It’s Forever, Kids (Cluster Sounds (Import))
07: HURTS – Happiness (Major Label/RCA/Sony Music)
08: Robyn – Body Talk (Body Talk Pt. 3) (Konichiwa Records/Island Records Group)
09: Bag Raiders – Bag Raiders (Modular Recordings)
10: Où Est Le Swimming Pool – The Golden Year (Fire And Manoeuvre)
11: The Golden Filter – Völuspà (Brille Records/Dummy Records)
12: Goldfrapp – Head First (Mute Records Ltd.)
13: Grum – Heartbeats (Heartbeats)
14: Michael Cassette – Temporarity (Anjunabeats)
15: Freezepop – Imaginary Friends (The Archenemy Record Company)
16: Marina And The Diamonds – The Family Jewels (679 Recordings)
17: Tesla Boy – Modern Thrills (Mullet)
♫ Tesla Boy – Electric Lady
18: Ali Love – Love Harder (Back Yard Recordings)
19: Shy Child – Liquid Love (Wall Of Sound)
20: Alice In Videoland – A Million Thoughts And They’re All About You (Artoffact Records)
ceo – White Magic, Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy Soundtrack, Parallels – Visionaries, Minitel Rose – Atlantique, Miami Horror – Illumination, Anoraak – Wherever The Sun Sets, Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles (II), Magnetic Man – Magnetic Man, Groove Armada – Black Light, Mighty Mouse – Song With No Words, OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark) – History Of Modern, Broken Bells – Broken Bells
As always, you should defiantly pick up some of these albums, they are all highly recommended and most can be purchased here: