LMYE's Under the Radar Label of the Year exerted an ever-increasing influence on these ears as 2011 ground on. So much so that by the end of the year Dekorder's often thrilling, usually genre-defying output would come to claim large chunks of the imminent 'Festive 50+50' of releases that mattered most to us this year...
Even with label chief Marc Richter's outstanding Coldplay, Elvis & John Cage surfacing elsewhere (En/Of), the highlights of Dekorder's 2011 curation were a match for anyone's - the drama, intensity & invention in Ensemble Economique, Alexander Rishaug, Stephan Mathieu, Keith Fullerton Whitman/Alien Radio, Machinefabriek & Gareth Davis, Xela, Astral Social Club & Datashock (in parts) were exceptional.
EE's Heat Waves & KFW's 101105 were two of 2011's most notable tracks. Mathieu's ravishing To Describe George Washington Bridge 10" added valuably to his immense year. Xela's The Sublime (a reissue of a Digitalis tape from last year, pedantically speaking...) gave a subtle but hugely powerful conclusion to an important trilogy of LPs. Rishaug's Shadow of Events was only a half share of his two delicious releases during the year (or perhaps three-quarters, since the other was a collaboration with Svarte Greiner), while Hauer & Davis were their unfailingly gripping selves on the long-form Ghost Lanes.
& there's still more (this, for example) to hear!
Dekorder playlists (Spotify) - 2011 & older.
Ensemble Economique - Heat Waves
Ensemble Economique - Vanishing Point
Ensemble Economique - Everything I Have, I Give To You
Alexander Rishaug - Things That Disappear
Alexander Rishaug - Garden Memories
Stephan Mathieu - To Describe George Washington Bridge
Datashock - Kanal Telemedial Energieausgleich
Astral Social Club - Generator
xela - the sublime (album preview)
Alien Radio - Text Adventures
Keith Fullerton Whitman - 101105 [via alteredzones]
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