I often hear people complaining that there’s no more good music coming out. Or that the best decade was the 70’s or the 80’s and so on. Please do get your head out of your ass and acknowledge that you’re just incapable of finding your music!

Mainstream has changed a lot and television is no longer the main source for music, so basically what Jay-Z, Rihanna and all the Illuminati figures do in there only concerns and affects the hoi polloi. There is also a 2nd mainstream, giving philistines the illusion that if they listen to some “indie” or arena rock band they’re against the trend, when in fact, they’re just a substrata of the aforementioned kindred. And then there’s the so-called underground, ¬†expanded into a niche galore behemont, personalized branch by branch in the wide world of the Internet. So that’s where you might have to look for some new music. Although the first two ones aren’t exclusively dross either.

2011 hasn’t disappointed me one bit so far and if you’re into inventive music it won’t let you down either. So here are 11 albums that you should definitely check out:

1. WOODKID – The Iron EP

WoodKid The Iron EP CoverGenre: Chamber Pop

2. NICOLAS JAAR – Space Is Only Noise

Nicolas Jaar Space Is Only Noise 2011 Album CoverGenre: Microhouse

3. ANDY STOTT – Passed Me By

Andy Stott Passed Me By Album Cover

Genre: Dub Techno

4. COLIN STETSON – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2 Judges 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Experimental

5. BRAIDS – Native Speaker

Craids Native Speaker Album Cover

Genre: Indie Pop

6. SEBASTIAN – Total

Sebastian Total 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Electro House

7. TORO Y MOI – Underneath the Pine

Toro Y Moi Underneath the Pine 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Chillwave

8. THE CARETAKER – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

The Caretaker An Empty Bliss Beyond This World 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Ambient

9. THE ADVISORY CIRCLE – As The Crow Flies

The Advisory Circle As The Crow Flies 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Electronic/Library Music


10. MAYBESHEWILL –¬†I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone

Maybeshewill I Was Here For A Moment Then I Was Gone 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Post-Rock

11. MATANA ROBERTS –¬†COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres

Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One Gens de Couleur Libres 2011 Album Cover

Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz