Thursday, December 29, 2011

27 for 2011 - part 2

As already suggested, we play more than just old vinyl on Randophonic.  This is part two of our list of the twenty-seven "new" records that seemed to matter most in 2011.  It's kind of in order so these nine selections are sort of the middle-best according to the complex workings of the Randophonic Jukebox and the human souls that interact with it. 

British Sea Power – who's in control?
"Who is in control?"  Because every now and then, this needs to be shouted loud ... with violins. 

Gang Gang Dance – mindkillah
The Lee Scratch Perry remix is pretty darned cool, too.

American West – Sun Airway (S+S remix)
A remix that definitely improves on an original.

Gaudi – there's enough
Technically 2009.  Speaks profoundly to the heart of our politics, our ethics, our humanity. All scarcity is now the work of deliberate conspiracy and it has been for more than 40 years.  The 1 percent vs everybody else, and all that. 

Low – monkey
Low have been around for a long time.  Don't mess with their monkey.

D.Veloped – stereo drugs (Dr. Dre vs Stereo Love)
Serious rap and accordion -- together at last.  Best mashup we heard all year.

Heartless Bastards – parted ways
What a voice!  Song's strong, too.  Probably should be higher on the list but we just heard it for the first time a couple weeks ago.

Digital Leather – Blackness
Crushing despair seldom sounds so offhand powerful.

Apparat – ash/black veil
Who says trance can't be mostly acoustic?  

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