Alan Lockett’s Tops of 2011 :: So Far (So Good)

Igloo Magazine Contributing Editor, Alan Lockett’s verdict on 2011’s half-year of music is sofar, sogood, with his picks appearing on two Top lists here. To accompany this, extracts from his thirty picks were chosen and sorted into two piles, broadly designated ambient/drone and techno/dub/idm, and spun into a brace of mixes.

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20eleven sogood :: Ambient/drone

01. Maps & Diagrams :: “Unordinary People” from Get Lost (Time Released Sound)
02. Stephan Mathieu :: “Schwarzschild Radius” from A Static Place (12k)
03. Kyle Bobby Dunn :: “Canyon Meadows” from Ways of Meaning (Desire Path)
04. Sean McCann :: “Aerial Sapphire Show” from The Capital (Aguirre)
05. Keith Berry :: “Than Gain My Blue…” from Turn Right A Thousand Feet From Here (Infraction)
06. Loscil :: “Fromme” from Coast_range_arc (Glacial Movements)
07. Tim Hecker :: “No Drums” from Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
08. Jefre Cantu-Ledesma :: “Tigris And Euphrates…” from Shining Skull Breath (Students Of Decay)
09. Jérèmie Mathes :: “Sylgr” from Gjöll (Basses Frequences)
10. Sublamp :: “We Sleep in a Room-shaped Hole” from In Our Hiding Voice (Hibernate)
11. 36 :: “Cocoon” from Cocoon / Saphron (self release)
12. Strom Noir :: “There’s no such Thing as Death” from Dni Stratili Svoju Farbu (Hibernate)
13. Black Swan :: “The Quiet Divide” from The Quiet Divide: a Symphony… (Experimedia)
14. The Inventors of Aircraft :: “The Depths (Don’t Be Scared)” from Lull (Audio Gourmet)
15. Voder :: “Ending” from Motes (Distance)

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20eleven sogood :: Techno/dub/idm

01. Lucy :: “Mas” from Wordplay For Working Bees  (Stroboscopic Artefacts)
02. Kangding Ray :: “Leavalia Scheme” from Or (Raster Noton)
03. Sandwell District :: “Immolare (Function version)” from Feed Forward (Sandwell District)
04. Frank Bretschneider :: “Subharchorded Waves” from Komet (Shitkatapult)
05. BNJMN :: “Depressure” from Plastic World (Rush Hour)
06. Deadbeat :: “First Quarter” from Drawn And Quartered (BLKRTZ)
07. Claudio PRC :: “Clear Depths (Reshape)” from Clear Depths (Prologue)
08. Kontext :: “On The Bottom Of The Glass” from Kontext (Immerse)
09. Shifted :: “Structure” from Shifted–Control (Mote Evolver)
10. 2562 :: “Intermission” from Fever (When In Doubt)
11. Sven Schienhammer :: “Night Over Mojave Desert” from Altostratus Translucidus (Bine)
12. a.d.l.r. :: “Supreme Sunlight” from Foam on the Waves of Space-Time (Non Projects)
13. Mokira :: “Axis Audio (CV313 Remodel)” from Time Axis Manipulation (Kontra Musik)
14. Pale Sketcher :: “The Rainy Season” from Seventh Heaven (Ghostly International)
15. Laurel Halo :: “Hour Logic” from Hour Logic (Hippos in Tanks)

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