Best of 2011…

December 14, 2011 at 9:28 am

Making a “best of” year-end list is always difficult for me.  The main reason is because I can’t remember what came out in January!  Stay tuned for the last Forward Listening of 2011, which will feature my absolute favorite cuts of the past 365.  While I haven’t nearly completed the list, here are a couple of sure bets. Much much more to come…

LDFD – “Outtacontrol”
Mark de Clive-Lowe – “Koko & Lee Roe”
Velella Velella – “BBQ Claus I & II”
Agnes Obel – “Close Watch” (December 2010)
Bing Ji Ling – “Dreaming”
Robin Hannibal – “Transit”
Bombino – “Tar Hani (My Love)”
Dengue Fever – “Uku”
Kraak & Smaak – “Wasted With a Smile”
Amerigo Gazaway / Fela Soul – “Breakadawn”
Thundercat – “Boat Cruise”

Robin Hannibal “Transit”

October 9, 2011 at 12:55 am

Before I praise this track, let me say that this might be the worst ending to a song I’ve heard in a long time.  That said, I’ve been simmering on this one for a minute.  Really listening to it as much as possible.  Extremely strong beginning, with heavy drums and compelling guitar.  It’s to the point where I’m waking up with this in my head.  Hannibal has been making serious waves in the past two years, especially with the success of Quadron.  He is working with numerous artists on multiple projects, but this is from an EP that is 100% Robin Hannibal.  Production, vocals, everything.  I get a feeling that this is more of an example of demos that Plug Research decided to release, which is why you have certain moments such as the end of this song that make you ask, “what was he thinking?!”  Either way, I love this track…

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