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Check my Top 10 albums of 2011 and let me know what you think! And while I've given links to all the artists below in the list, I thought the least I could do was talk a little bit about what Big Black Delta is to me. At number 1, Jonathan Bates' Big Black Delta came at me like a freight train from L.A., starting with his single, "The Zebra." I could see that single faraway spotlight on the tracks. When the album came out, I was intrigued by the first two tracks, "Put the Gun on the Floor" and "Capsize." They were dark and interesting. The train was starting to make noise as it approached.

Then, even with the warning that good music was approaching, "Huggin & Kissin" hit me with that force that makes you realize you're going to have to control yourself so that you don't totally kill the album with overplays. With that in mind, sometimes I limited myself with one play a day, but other days I lost it and continued to drive around at night listening to the song on repeat. The warped vocals and repeated lyrics of "you're the best I could do" had me trying to figure out the story, thinking about a prostitution deal gone sad.

Just when I was getting comfortable, "IFUCKINGLOVEYOU" hit me again. Industrial-dance Jesus Christ Superstar meets Death From Above 1979 just as they were turning into MSTRKRFT. Lethal rock drums, an anthemic chorus of singers, tambourines, and big fat horns. What is this? Is this album an electronica release anymore?

And still like a musical, "Dreary Moon" is a quiet, straight-ahead love song. It surprised me because it feels very different from the rest, with clear crooning vocals. Electronic elements are still an integral part, but solidify that I wasn't just enamored by all the rest of the songs because of their effects and layers upon layers - I was enjoying them because the root of the songs are great. The chord progressions are interesting.

As the album slows down near the end, the final song, "Roost" soars with a chorus of "I'm coming home / home to roost" and fades away, leaving me behind. So now I'm just anxiously awaiting the next train to barrel through me again.

I found many of the artists below through free singles and remixes, and then proceeded to buy anything and everything I could by them.

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1. Big Black Delta - BBDLP1 (self)
Free EP at his website: http://bigblackdelta.com/
2. Friendly Fires - Pala (XL/Hostess)
Listen here: http://www.myspace.com/friendlyfires
3. Chad Valley - Equatorial Ultravox (Cascine)
Beautiful: http://soundcloud.com/chadvalley
4. The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You (Universal
Republic re-release)
Lotso music videos: thenakedandfamous.com/
5. Foster the People - Torches (Sony)
Fun remixes for free download here:
http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Foster_The_People/music
6. Cut Copy - Zonoscope (Modular)
Listen and free mixes here: http://soundcloud.com/cutcopymusic
7. Body Language - Social Studies (Lavish Habits/Om)
Listen here: http://bodylanguage.bandcamp.com/
8. Bag Raiders - Bag Raiders (Modular)
Free downloads here: http://rcrdlbl.com/artists/Bag_Raiders/music
9. Pictureplane - Thee Physical (Lovepump United)
Free tracks and mixes here: http://soundcloud.com/pictureplane
10. Kraak & Smaak - Electric Hustle (Jalepeno)
Listen here: http://soundcloud.com/kraaksmaak

Discussion started by Kate , on 957 days ago
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Wysterria
Very excited that Pictureplane and Cut Copy made this list. Both of those are killer albums and can even persuade me to dance a bit, and I am not a dancer!!
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