Passed Me By/We Stay Together
No single trend or movement dominated our favorite electronic recordings of 2011. The field was even more disparate than it was in 2009 and 2010, with the somber restraint of Tim Hecker's Ravedeath, 1972 and rabid excess of Rustie's Glass Swords representing the extremes. There were no landmarks or obvious, instant classics -- just dozens of releases, ranging from enjoyable to thrilling, that we've knocked down to a list of 25 titles. As far as the studio albums are considered, the art of sampling was as alive as ever, heard through the soft-focus analog glaze of Oneohtrix Point Never, the unsettling collages of Demdike Stare, the torpid grooves of Andy Stott, and the easy-made-uneasy listening of People Like Us. The year's best mix albums were highlighted by Robag Wruhme and Scuba, two DJs who also made the grade in recent years.


Africa Hitech - 93 Million Miles
Johan Agebjörn and Friends - Casablanca Nights
Art Department - The Drawing Board
Balam Acab - Wander/Wonder
Demdike Stare - Tryptych
The Field - Looping State of Mind
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
Hercules & Love Affair - Blue Songs
Jonti - Twirligig
Justice - Audio, Video, Disco
Oneohtrix Point Never - Replica
Martyn - Ghost People
James Pants - James Pants
People Like Us - Welcome Abroad
Rustie - Glass Swords
Scuba - DJ-Kicks
SebastiAn - Total
Shackleton - Fabric 55
Andy Stott - Passed Me By/We Stay Together
Toddla T - Watch Me Dance
Wolfram - Wolfram
Robag Wruhme - Wuppdeckmischampflow
Zomby - Dedication
Various Artists - Blow Your Head, Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton