The Weeknd - House Of Balloons

The website Fact Magazine, which focuses on the more abstract strains of electronic music, has just given the world yet another year-end top 50 list, and this one is pretty fascinating. Because of the focused nature of the website’s coverage, this particular list looks way, way different from any others you’ll see. There are plenty of bigger names in here; the Weeknd tops the list, and James Blake, Gang Gang Dance, and Björk all make appearances. But there’s also a ton of stuff I’ve never even heard of. It’s the rare year-end list that sandwiches Drake in between Julianna Barwick and James Ferraro, and it also gives love to some deserving but under-the radar albums, like Prurient’s Bermuda Drain and Juicy J & Lex Luger’s Rubba Band Business 2. Check it out below.

50 Xander Harris – Urban Gothic
49 Africa Hitech – 93 Million Miles
48 Juicy J & Lex Luger – Rubba Band Business 2
47 Container – LP
46 Damu – Unity
45 Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass
44 Björk – Biophilia
43 Wild Beasts – Smother
42 2562 – Fever
41 Legowelt – The TEAC Life
40 The Haxan Cloak – The Haxan Cloak
39 James Pants – James Pants
38 Surgeon – Breaking The Frame
37 Balam Acab – WANDER / WONDER
36 Tropic Of Cancer – The End Of All Things
35 Jon Brooks – Music For Thomas Carnacki Vol. 1
34 Kode9 & Spaceape – Black Sun
33 Main Attrakionz – 808s & Dark Grapes II
32 The Horrors – Skying
31 Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM
30 Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
29 Patten – Glaqujo Xaacsso
28 Andy Stott – Passed Me By
27 Peaking Lights – 936
26 Byetone – Symeta
25 Machinedrum – Room(s)
24 John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
23 Jamie xx & Gil Scott-Heron – We’re New Here
22 Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
21 Roly Porter – Aftertime
20 Cut Hands – Afro Noise Vol. 1
19 Danny Brown – XXX
18 Patrice & Friends – Cashmere Sheets
17 Motion Sickness Of Time Travel – Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious
16 Kuedo – Severant
15 Zomby – Dedication
13 Julia Holter – Tragedy
12 James Blake - James Blake
11 Laurel Halo – Hour Logic
10 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra.
09 LV & Josh Idehen – Routes
08 Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
07 Drake – Take Care
06 James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual
05 Araabmuzik – Electronic Dream
04 Prurient – Bermuda Drain
03 Clams Casino – Instrumentals
02 Rustie – Glass Swords
01 The Weeknd – House Of Balloons

At Fact’s website, check out writeups for each album in the top 50, as well as streams of tracks from all of them.

You can check out Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of 2011 list here.

Comments (25)
  1. The Weeknd? For real?

  2. awwww shitt. i’m such a the weeknd fanboy, totally okay with this.

  3. this is a fine list

  4. i personally like these kinds of list more. idk, it has a bunch of stuffs I haven’t heard of and a surprising choice for #1 (which a great album, btw).

    hope every list has a different #1 spot because last year’s music was awesome, but year-end lists were a borefest because of the same #1.

    • I agree completely. I like the idea of a list that has plenty of new stuff for me to check out. I’ll take something like this any day over the year-end opinions of British Magazine That Still Loves Everything Noel Gallagher Does #417.

  5. Pointless canonical ordering aside, this is a good and mostly interesting collection of records. Approved.

  6. Nice…I’ll be using this list to discover some new music. There’s a guy that calls himself Xander Harris? I’m heading there first on name alone…

  7. James Pants? I hardly knew him but not really because it doesn’t make sense as a joke

  8. Clams Casino!

  9. Very very happy with this if only because it cuts the vanilla out.

  10. stoked to see danny brown on one of these. best rapper of the year.

    “hit the ave ’cause their mouth ain’t bleedin’
    and your style’s like friend chicken without seasoning
    nigga that’s bland, fuck you and your man
    i smack you like a bitch, nigga that’s open hand.”


  11. I’ve only heard of 6 of the artists on that list.
    I’m slacking on my music listening.

  12. Sad to see Sbtrkt album didn’t make the cut. One of the best album this year IMO

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