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This list is by no means in any particular order. There have been some absolutely incredible releases to come out this year. Some of which I may have forgotten about, considering there’s so much to keep track of. I tried to keep MOST EPs, and single tracks off of my list, and stick to full lengths. I don’t want this to get too lengthy. I’ve included youtube clips instead of reviews, to give you a better idea of the acts. So, without further ado, I give you my top 20 (in NO order!)…

NEKRASOVExtinction [Crucial Blast]

The whole album can be streamed via mp3 samples on the Crucial Blast website. Just scroll down for Nekrasov.

GNAW THEIR TONGUESL’arrivée de la Terne Mort Triomphante [Crucial Blast]

CARIBOUSwim [Merge]

WOLDWorking Together for [o]ur Privacy [Profound Lore]

THOU– Summit [Gilead Media/Southern Lord]

AGALLOCHMarrow of the Spirit [Profound Lore]

THE BODYAll the Waters of the Earth Shall Turn to Blood [At A Loss Recordings]

LOCRIAN – Territories [At War With False Noise] and The Crystal World [Utech]

From Territories

From The Crystal World –

DRUNKDRIVERS/T [Parts Unknown]I couldn’t find any youtube vids of single tracks from this, so instead, I give you some live footage –

DEMDIKE STARELiberation Through Hearing [Modern Love]

MGMTCongratulations [Columbia]

ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVERReturnal [No Fun, Editions Mego]

STARKEYEar Drums and Black Holes – [Planet Mu]

SCUBATriangulation [Hotflush]

DRAKEThank Me Later [Young Money/Universal]

FOREST SWORDSDagger Paths [Olde English Spelling Bee]


GAMESThat We Can Play [Hippos in Tanks]

TWILIGHTMonument To Time End [Southern Lord]

A special thanks to blogs, friends, message boards, record labels, and most importantly, the artists themselves. Looking forward to an awesome year of great 2011 releases!