the top 100 tracks 2011
THE TOP 100 TRACKS OF 2011
Bleep's annual summary of the best music of the year is available to download now.
Available to download until the 25th January 2012
Arpeggiated cosmic synthwork from ADR on Public Information's debut release.
Headhunter in Addison Groove mode killing it with the science-fiction sine tones bouncing around deep Detroit stabs and snappy vocal loops and gurgles.
Africa Hitech's rework of their biggest track of 2011 into a jungle rinse out...
Sweetly harmonious bass fluids programmed to a low-riding funk tempo. Think Floating Points' jazzier moments in a dance-off w/ Joy O.
Matias Aguayo joins Battles for their triumphant return.
Standout track from Geir Jenssen under his Biosphere project. An eerily topical view on the safety of certain Japanese nuclear plants and their proximity to earthquake-prone areas.
'What You Do with What You Have' masterfully samples vocals from a lecture given by the one and only Moodymann over a driving 4x4 beat.
Strutting, confident future-dance music from South London, all bruising mids, and modulated bass set to halfstep/Grime menace and mutant techno forms
One of the most beautiful tracks from one of the most anticipated and critically acclaimed releases of the year.
Clean lines, propulsive patterns, sustained chords- like Carl Craig if he were active in Berlin circa 1973
The Dissolve has intricate detailed charm with organic funk.
The pioneer of ambient music, now recently signed to Warp, brings us a vibrant and infectious track with Rick Holland's poetry given a monosyllabic robotic treatment, truly embracing the name 'Glitch'.
Swarming with that crackle and hiss, with spectral far-off rhythms punctuating the gloom.
Crunchy synthetic beats from our favourite album of the year.
Like all the best body music, this has a swagger and muscle, with Berlin techno don Objekt on the edit.
Chris Taylor, member of Grizzly Bear and producer extraordinaire, brings us his solo debut CANT, a brilliant new project that brings his talent of composition and arrangement to the fore.
Mutant-disco moves and synth-rush bliss from the inimitable Capracara
Lush beautifully arranged, warm and atmospheric multi-instrumented layers of sound from Circle Traps.
Dense, lo-fi, R&B mutants transcend the background hip-hop instrumental much like the best work of Madlib, Dilla, Premier...
New Zealand's Connan Mockasin is finally getting the recognition he deserves this year, and this track clocking in just over 10 minutes is a perfectly constructed piece of psychedelia that shows off his truly unique sound.
Cooly G and Karizma dive deep into the underground with flipped-out percussive patterns and spiralling synths.
Daphni (aka Caribou)'s 'Ahora' is an organic techno slow-burner, unfurling in a hypnotic trance.
The Norwegian two-piece of Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland forge a brave palette of eerie, beautiful, industrial foreboding.
Stand-out electro-pop from Django Django in advance of their first full-length release in 2012.
Beautiful music from somewhere between lo-fi bedroom rock and psychedelic dream pop.
The outside world and the inner studio sanctuary, are stitched together with longing tones, ambient textures and muted rhythm.
FaltyDL transposes the vintage UK dance music continuum into a forever evolving flux of next-level styles and chromium plated body musics.
An ostentatiously vivid yet thoroughly understated score of melancholic delight.
Synths funkily stutter over a delicious 110 bpm percussion-laden backbeat with the occasional snippet of vocal-jazz scat.
A six-minute session of Acid worms and mangled 303 dynamism.
Mindkilla makes a nod to the ballsy bass-swagger and syncopated snare dynamics of UKF.
A stunning piano house-toting remix of 'I'll Take Care Of You' by Jamie XX.
A forever bristling organic palette of percussion at play twisting inside minimal arrangements whilst a softly toned kick pulse humming against off-centre vocal murmurings and vamps.
The slow beats and ghostly production that you'd expect from a release on Tri Angle.
Classic dubstep meets 2-step mutations from one of the pioneers of the underground UK bass scene.
This is soul music dredged backward through grubby banks of compression, digital distortion and hiss.
Hudson blurs the lines between mainstream hip-hop production, early-rave soundscapes and contemporary bass modulations.
This baby's got the bends; the hiss tickles, the sine waves hum, the bass is viscous, the delay pedals shimmer. If you dig OPN, Boards Of Canada, Ariel Pink you will dig this.
The UKF snare is burnt deep here, consistently manhandled into a flaming riot of detuned sawtooth bass and abstract, hooky melody licks.
A glistening mass of chords, micro-sounds and beguiling drum patterns that burrow into your consciousness setting up a whirlwind through minimal, jazz, house and elegant electronics for pure satisfaction.
Greene offers up a mutated UK garage swimming in the noise of a hundred divas lost in the beat-matrix.
This 'Second Version' of the much loved B-side of one of his earlier singles 'Bells Sketch', brings us an update that has lifted its warmth and groove, creating a track that bubbles with his trademarked punctuated soul.
An understated yet powerful production, its ecstatic, steel drum-driven rhythm merging beautifully with its pitch bent and re-interpreted vocal phrase.
Shimmering synths and electronic drum kits accompany his somber baritone, heavy with nostalgia 'Keep Pushing On' is looking towards the future while carrying with it the sonic palette of the past.
A melancholic journey into wistfully ethereal vocals floating naked above delicate synths, string work and vocoders.
Universally agreed to be one of the biggest dance tracks of 2011... "lets get down.."
Lean lines, micro melodies sparking off one another, bittersweet vocal worms kissing immaculately loaded sub-bass....
Incorporating bass, electronic clicks, filtered electronics all with an underlying pop / R&B sensibility.
Nostalgic and emotive atmospheres that haunt the inside of your speakers.
A beautiful example of sleek, minimal, romantic, hook-drenched pop music carved by beautifully designed synth-modes and fiery live arrangements.
Dripping with glossy, emotive stabs that sound like Incognito Records-era techno from the Motor City; the pumping kicks are laced with signature, spiraling leads and tropical, percussive nuances.
Absolutely killer remix from Isolee. Essential club gear.
Berlin techno heavyweight Marcel Dettmann gives his dubbed out techno treatment to Mokira aka Andreas Tillander.
Maria Minerva's soft muted falsetto strobes through aquatic keys and submerged drum machines, pushing deep into the cassette-red.
Ernestus condenses Shangaan hyper-activity down to a hypnotizing and particularly engaging house groove punctuated with moody synths.
Never one to shy away from exploring new terrain, 'Mask' delivers deep grooving basslines and funk-led percussion.
Mike Slott teams up with Martyn for this heady stomping house music.
Chasm deep house music and emotive techno that nods to the vintage sounds of Chicago and Detroit.
Theo Parrish-esque MCDE track L.O.V.E., remixed by Kyle Hall.
Vainio delivers a barren revision of Iggy and The Stooges' , 'Open Up And Bleed'; an icy landscape of noise and metal.
Framework', works rhythm and production, taking the nebulous dub reference of the likes of Basic Channel / Chain Reaction and cladding it around steely, yet very liquid, syncopated beats
An intoxicatingly steady mix of crackling psych-soul; heavy, crushing shards of dub and the haunting sound of ancestral rhythm.
Extreme electro-tinged techno from Modeselektor and Otto Von Schirach
Mosca jumps straight in to late 90s 2-step garage territory designed to make your shoulders work and your feet shuffle.
Deteriorating loops of crickets and tones are met with rasping strings and clouds of distortion evoking the desolate Mexican desert from which this soundtrack is set.
At once it is fragile and unassuming, whilst simultaneously confident and eccentric; and with a sense of mischief and playfulness, whilst still maintaining an air of drama and maturity.
Om Unit snares some wobbling acid lines in a maelstrom of discordant rhythms based on the Fibonacci sequence!
Steely, metallic stabs a la Kerri Chandler dart in between tough, latino-style percussive chirps
Actress turns out a grainy, hypnotic roller... like Lennox got himself trapped deep inside the Splaszh LP and can't get out, with only Konono No. 1 for company.
Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise gets the remix treatment, with Die Vogel rearranging the track with with a pointillist brass section.
A raw and visceral experience full of intricate textural layers that definitely deserves your ears.
Stolen' artfully builds up momentum, oscillating and weaving through a collage of weighty percussion, acid touches and soulful vocal samples.
All The Sun That Shines' mixes a Duane Eddy-like guitar line with a bassline that any early 80s Ladbroke Grove squat dweller would have killed to call their own.
Ten years since his last album, Photek returns with staggering sub bass vibrations and deep, soulful technoid atmospheres.
Like a secret meeting between Suicide and Mika Vainio on a Norwegian winters night - the aesthetic here is deathly cold and sinister.
Objekt, threads 'Bloom' into brilliant weighty, spaced-out, acid-boogie.
Oliver Ho pushes the Raudive sound into an even darker and post-industrial world, with intermittent groans, monotone bass and a punching drum kit giving it a sinister and gothic feel.
Sugarcubes' morse code-like punctuation and epic restless chords creates a piece that fuses the classic Raster-Noton digitalism with Lippok's post-rock distortion, creating a dancefloor slaying track that drags you back for repeated listens.
Flugel takes things down a notch or two from previous material touching down on some seriously warm and groove-led production
Ewan Castex aka Rone creates beautifully melodic track, weaving together reverb drenched piano lines and warm synths patterns, all driven along by ever changing rhythmic structures, creating something that is both fragile and cinematic.
If you're anything like us, the moment you hear "Hover Traps", you will probably be humming the melody for the next 3 months of your life.
Adrenalin', is the kind of uplifting tranced-out 4/4 killer that just begs for some main-room hands in the lasers type behaviour.
Dark, clouded matter from the grubbiest, most challenging corners of the floor.
A contender for vocal of the year...
Detroit style precision percussion and the kind of warmth and space that SDC does so well.
Euphoric pianos, synthetic stabs, repitched vocal snippets but you could never confuse this for a lost 90s house gem. The production is just too crisp.
Teeth makes explosive subs loaded with massive drums and hooky midranges into a sick confection.
Lush, nebulous electronics and crystalline melodies that could have been made to score a Tarkovskiy film
Full of jazzy flourishes, one killer guitar riff and the raw soulful vocals of Acyde.
Excellent start for the Sneaker Social Club from the much-tipped, Throwing Snow. Lead by brisk, biting, footwork-style loops and dense, vaporous synths.
With an acid-like loop grounding this piece, Thundercat's spiraling keyboard lines and virtuosic bass playing is given free reign to go on an intergalactic space adventure.
Decaying and distorted tones slowly engulf the solo piano, drawing out a haunted sketch for his highly revered album 'Ravedeath'
Minimal-wave, proto-goth and cold, industrial-noir on Blackest Ever Black.
Merrill Garbus shows off her vocal virtuosity with her incredibly unique DIY afro-beat, wyrd-folk aesthetic.
Deeply strange, but rewarding abstract electronic minimalism and dub-malfunction.
Caribou takes the delicious "It's a Crime" to curious new levels; vocals, crunchy lo fidelity drums and a nagging, jam sensibility fit for those left-centre rave corners.
Lush warm layers of guitars and pedals combined with driving, head-nodding rhythms.
The Bavarians strike back with a superb record from Wolfram featuring none other than "What is Love" Haddaway.
Bold, powerful and original 'pop' music.
Pulsing grooves are sprinkled with the vocal sample of Russian Star Factory winner Irina Dubtzova. Hypnotic, beautiful and melancholic in a way that is unique perhaps only to the talents of Zomby and fellow enigmatic figure Burial.