16/1/2012 ‘2011 RETRO’ tracklist

It’s always interesting perusing the end of year ‘top albums’ lists in the British music press and on independent shops websites. Every year it amazes me how many of the cream of the year have somehow passed me by. With the internet making music so accessible, there’s just so much out there that it’s impossible to keep up with everything  – having a wide and diverse range of musical interests adds to the impossibility. Not only are there the new sounds to check out, but sound-sleuths are out there finding gems from different corners of the globe and releasing them on some cracking compilations. Samy Ben Redjeb with his uniformly excellent Analog Africa collections, and Andy Votel and Doug Shipton’s Finders Keepers label spring to mind, but there are many more……The point I was attempting to reach, but appear to be rambling around, is that choosing eleven tracks for a retrospective of 2011 was extremely tough. One or two pieces were just too long to fit into a 60-odd minute programme  ( take a bow Oren Ambarchi, Jim O’Rourke and Keiji Haino), while others I’d featured in shows earlier in the year. When the decisions had to be made, the following were settled on – mostly from 2011, but including a couple of older pieces from two of my favourite compilations of the year….

1)MOON DUO – WHEN YOU CUT /from ‘Mazes’/ Souterrain Transmissions                                                                                             More info: http://moonduo.org/splash.cfm

2)NECRO DEATHMORT – DEVASTATING VECTOR /from ‘Music Of Bleak Origin’/ Distraction Records                                           More info: http://distractionrecords.bandcamp.com/album/music-of-bleak-origin

3)PJ HARVEY – THE WORDS THAT MAKETH MURDER /from ‘Let England Shake’/ Island                                                                  More info: http://www.pjharvey.net/

4)LENTO – HYMEN /from ‘Icon’/ Denovali Records                                                                                                                                        More info: http://www.myspace.com/lento

5)HEY COLOSSUS – I AM BUNGA BUNGA /from ‘RRR’/ Riot Season                                                                                                           More info: http://noisestar.co.uk/colossus/

6)DJ CLENT – DJ CLENT#1 /from the compilation ‘Bangs & Works Vol.2’/ Planet Mu                                                                       More info: http://www.myspace.com/djclent

7)SECTION 25 – LOOKING FROM A HILLTOP (megamix) /from the compilation ‘Fac. Dance: Factory Records 12″ Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987’/ Strut Records                                                                                                                                                                             More info: http://www.strut-records.com/content/factory-dance-factory-records-12-mixes-rarities-1980-1987

8)ANDY STOTT – CHERRY EYE /from ‘We Stay Together’/ Modern Love Records                                                                                  More info: http://www.myspace.com/andystott_modernlove

9)EKOPLEKZ – STAHLMAN GAS /from ‘Intrusive Incidentalz Vol.1’/ Punch Drunk Records                                                         More info: http://ekoplekznews.wordpress.com/

10)MEG BAIRD – STREAM /from ‘Seasons On Earth’/ Wichita Recordings                                                                                              More info: http://www.megbaird.com/

11)MARK McGUIRE – FLIGHT /from the collection ‘A Young Person’s Guide To Mark McGuire’/ Editions Mego                      More info: http://mcguiremusic.blogspot.com/

And that was it, a 65-minute (yes, I couldn’t help but overrun a tad!) taste of the year just gone. Any comments as to the selections will be very welcome!                                                                                                                                                                                     Til next time – wishing everyone earfuls of delicious sonic fare, Shiny


~ by theshinybeast on January 17, 2012.

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