2011 was an interesting year for electronic music. The emerging trends of “moombathon” and “juke” continue to pepper music blogs and chat rooms but haven’t quite found their superstars. We’re told we now live in a “post-dubstep” age which, as far we can tell, means that it’s fashionable to dislike the ubiquitous genre. Before the year comes to an end we thought we would weigh in on some of our favorite releases. Genre’s aside and in no particular order here are a few:
This year saw the debut release of UK musician Aaron Jerome, better known as SBTRK. His release “Young Turks” infuses striped down techno beats, and slowed down sub bass melodies with a surprising pop sensibility. SBTRK seems to play well with others, apparent from the multitude of vocal collaborators and his many remixes.
We were also very excited to see Amon Tobin come correct with his 7th Ninja Tune release. “Isam” takes the listener on a trip though alien bass-scapes, weird time signatures and intricate sound design. With no jazzy hooks or bass-lines, Isam marks somewhat of a departure for Tobin. Also note worthy is the impressive high-tech 3D projection mapping show that Tobin took on tour.
Warp artist Plaid’s “Scintilli” further establishes the duo’s standing in the psychedelic techno genre.
Rock/POP giants Radiohead released a companion remix CD with their album The King of Limbs featuring such notables as Caribou, Modeselektor and Nathan Fake.
Bjork’s Biophilia was a monumental release not because she is the queen of innovative music but the way in which the album was released. Using interactive apps for iPhone Bjork may have just invented a new model for the way we experience music.
To hear more of our favorite electronic music of 2011, tune in tonight and tomorrow night (Fri & Sat) at MIDNIGHT PST for our year end show!