@clammyclams spun a 25 minute mix on Benji B’s BBC Radio 1 show last week. Aptly named The Evolution of Clams Casino, it’s effectively a journey through his style including rare productions, cuts from his A$AP and Lil’ B days and some new music from Jamie XX and Spaceghost Purp. Great stuff.
Listen here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01gc5sm
This is a new track from one of my favorite new producers of 2011. You’ll recognize his beats from numerous Lil’ B tapes, A$AP Rocky’s much-lauded album Live Love A$AP and The Weeknd’s Echoes of Silence.
He’s released many of his productions on two instrumental EPs–Rainforest and the aptly named Instrumental Mixtape. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.
Making a list of my favorite tracks of this year was as hard as Kim Jong Il’s cold dead corpse. It made me relive memories and meditate on my own odd musical taste. I was able to boil the criteria for this list into one simple formula–”replayability”. The longer I could play a song on repeat without getting sick of it, the higher it was in my rankings. I still haven’t gotten sick of any of the songs in my top 10, even after hundreds, maybe thousands of listens.
Without further ado, my favorite tracks of 2011:
1. M83 – “Midnight City”
This track showed up everywhere from Entourage and How To Make It In America to the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It’s the catchiest pop song since MGMT’s “Time To Pretend”. If you have a chance to see Anthony Gonzalez live, it’s one hell of a dance party.
Also, the album art for this single as well as Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming couldn’t be more appropriate. M83 is the soundtrack to my dreams (and the synth in the Midnight City sounds like a mosquito).