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Favourite Albums of 2011

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I must start off by saying I was rather disappointed with my personal selection of my favourite albums of 2011. In my opinion I felt that this year for music went through a huge wave of different trends and hits. And those trends were both good and bad. Obviously, it is pretty much impossible for me to listen to every genre that there is out there, so I try my best to listen to everything I can.. when I can.

Some of the great things that happened this year was the success of many producers and DJ’s that had finally gotten the recognition they deserved. And the way that live music can be experienced at any where and at anytime. With the help of websites such as Turntable.FM and Boiler Room, more and more fans have the opportunity to hear and see what their favourite DJ’s/producers are playing at live shows. Another great event that happened throughout this year is the press and documentation of music trends and collaboration. Earlier this year we saw the release of The Electro Wars - a documentary focused on how the online music world has evolved as a genre and as well as the business side of it. And just a couple of weeks ago we saw the interview clips for the upcoming film Re:Generation The Music Project featuring various collaborations between artists of different genres.

I feel that the downside to this year’s music was how certain genres exploded onto the mainstream group and the creativity of some genres such as Dubstep is no longer what it was. I’ve read several of articles on the history behind it, and I’ve seen this genre from when it just hit the North American music scene. Now, producers such as Skrillex are selling out shows as much as any other popular musicians on the top 40′s chart. Music is music, but I feel that some people are just throwing stuff on top of other music samples and labeling it ‘X genre’… when in reality it’s pure junk.

Overall, I’m not TOO upset about these albums, but I wish I had more time this year to listen to what other musicians had to offer through an album… and not just singles and remixes.

10. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

I’m sure many Coldplay fans would agree that this album felt a bit forced, as in it wasn’t what the band wanted as a group naturally. It felt that Mylo Xyloto was pushed by the band’s record label to just produce another album.

9. Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Despite her massive success in the past three years, I must say I was SUPER disappointed in this album. Yes there were several great tracks, but the whole album just made no sense as a concept. It sounded like one big messy mixtape inspired from different musical eras.

8. Adele – 21

Adele has put so much passion onto every single, it’s definitely a beautiful album to listen to when things isn’t just going right. I’m sure the millions of fans who bought her album would agree.

7. The Strokes – Angles

Some great tracks on Angles but there were many other singles that made me wonder how they managed to put this album together. This album’s sound is definitely a bit different compared to their older albums.

6. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra

This whole album is just purely beautiful. From singing about Coachella to sampling Coldplay and MGMT. This 24 year old has already earned writing credits from John Legend, Beyonce and even Justin Beiber. You’ve probably seen Frank Ocean in Odd Future, but this mixtape is completely different from what he might sound like when he’s with Tyler, The Creator. Definitely a must listen if you haven’t had the chance to check it out. Ocean is listed as one of the top musicians to look out for in 2012.

5. Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days

LISTEN TO: All Around The World, Stop It, Wine and Chocolate

 

I was absolutely a huge fan of Theophilus London in 2010 and finally he released a full-length album this year. I couldn’t get enough of it. He got even more recognition because of HTMIIA (RIP) as his single “I Stand Alone” was featured in one of their promotional trailers. Theophilus London will stop by Toronto on February 17th at Wrongbar.

4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

LISTEN TO: No Church In The Wild (feat. Frank Ocean), Lift Off (feat. Beyonce), Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)

I must admit, when I first heard this album I was kind of disappointed…but it was definitely one of those albums that grew on me throughout the months of listening to it at parties, events and just when I needed some sort of ‘hype’. Musically, they had great collaborations and major sampling from various electronic/dubstep artists such as Cassius (‘Why I Love You’) and Flux Pavillion (‘Who Gon Stop Me’). I guess when two major hip-hop artist collaborate.. it won’t be a let down.

3. Kaskade – Fire & Ice

LISTEN TO: Turn It Down, Ice (feat. Dan Black), Room for Happiness (feat. Skylar Grey)

I have always been a huge fan of Kaskade, he is one of the producers who have been working endlessly on this genre from the beginning. And because of the recent trends in Electro he’s finally getting huge recognition by everyone. I definitely loved the collaborations in Fire & Ice, mainly because most of the guest vocalists are still up and coming musicians who need this great exposure. Check this album and his previous ones to see where I’m coming from.

2. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

LISTEN TO: Intro (feat. Zola Jesus), New Map, Claudia Lewis

Absolutely speechless. M83 had surprised me. I heard Midnight City and my first impression was “just another one hit wonder”. It wasn’t until I checked out the entire album and was 100% blown away by it. From the short instrumental tracks to the big band sounding singles with synths and sax, it’s one of those inspirational albums that makes you appreciate music in a whole different level. Anthony Gonzalez mentioned many times in his interviews that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins played a huge role in the sound of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It’s great to hear inspirations from 90s’ bands mixed into the current trends of music. I have so much more respect for a band like M83 because this two disc, 22 track, hour long album had the ability to make anyone feel a mix of various emotions by simply just listening.

1. Foster the People – Torches

LISTEN TO: Houdini, Waste

Foster the People has become one of those bands that blew up in the span of less than a year. I remember listening to their single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in an Entourage episode back in 2010. And it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that they hit the radio waves with that same song. Now they’re selling out shows across the globe and despite their popularity, they did earn it no matter what. They are the perfect example of how successful bands can become with the help of music blogs/aggregators and music supervisors. Most of their success came through sending their EP to music licensing companies to air on television shows. And because of more hype from blogs, it instantly led them to a record deal. FTP has only been together for two years, so I hope their next album won’t be a let down.

Honorable Mentions:

Metronomy – The English Riviera

Feist – Metals

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

- Constance

Mash-Up Mondays – Culture Shock – Titus Jones

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“Culture Shock will feature roughly over 50 artists mashed up into about an hour’s worth of Titus Jones mashups. Every single one of the tracks, with the exception of the first Culture Shock track I’ve already released – Hold Your Sexy Arms Against Me – will be brand new, never before heard.

It’s heavy on the Britney, heavy on the 80′s, and heavy on the hits. It’s also got a few good 90′s tracks in there as well, plus some good early 2000s tracks too! It’s VERY dance-able. I’ve stirred in a few country artists, some classic rock, some rap and hip-hop, some electro, and it’s chock full of shameless POP.” – Titus Jones

Today marks the release of Titus Jones’ first full mash-up album Culture Shock. With a total of 14 new mash-ups, I hope all the listeners here on Room-Noise will enjoy this brand new album. I have always been a huge supporter of Titus Jones and so far, this album sounds fantastic.

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Culture Shock – Titus Jones

Tracklist:
01. – Introduction
3OH!3 vs. Nicki Minaj vs. Christina Aguilera Feat. Redman vs. Tom Ashbrook (NPR) vs. Sue Teller (YouTube)

02. – Hold Your Sexy Arms Against Me
Britney Spears vs. Cutting Crew & Resource v. David Guetta Feat. Akon vs. P!nk vs. Taylor Swift

03. – College Is Crazy
Britney Spears vs. Beyonce Feat. Jay-Z vs. Asher Roth vs. Gnarls Barkley

04. – Touchin’ On A Firework Sucks
Cascada vs. Kelly Clarkson vs. Katy Perry vs. Bon Jovi vs. Backstreet Boys

05. – Cold Woman Uprising
Muse vs. Britney Spears vs. Carrie Underwood vs. Foreigner

06. – Teenage Kids
Katy Perry vs. MGMT vs. Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.

07. – PokeStar
Rihanna vs. P!nk vs. Lady GaGa vs. Shop Boyz vs. Pokemon

08. – Rock Your S&M Fantasy Down Low
The Scorpions vs. Rihanna vs. Dev vs. Usher Feat. will.i.am vs. Ludacris Feat. Shawnna

09. – Oops, I Shot Jolene’s Mom
Taio Cruz vs. Bon Jovi vs. Britney Spears vs. Dolly Parton vs. Fountains of Wayne

10. – We Love Hustlin’ Drugs
Weezer vs. Rick Ross vs. Ke$ha vs. Katy Perry vs. Afroman

11. – Never Givin’ Up My Only Barbie
Aqua vs. Rick Astley vs. Madonna vs. Rihanna

12. – How We Go Out (The Stomp! Remix)
Leslie Hall vs. Britney Spears vs. Destiny’s Child

13. – Unfaithful Sex
Rihanna vs. Kings Of Leon

14. – Don’t Stop Believin’ In This Love On Earth
Lady GaGa & New York Outlaw vs. Belinda Carlisle vs. Madonna vs. Journey vs. Ke$ha vs. Bruno Mars vs. Leona Lewis

- Constance

United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) – DJ Earworm

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Once again, DJ Earworm is back again with his annual Mashups of Billboard’s Top 25 songs of the year. I have huge respect for DJ’s/Producers such as Earworm because mastering and mixing these tracks into one is not a simple task. I’m just glad that he is getting the attention from music listeners across the world since his 2009 release.

United State of Pop 2010 (Don’t Stop the Pop) – DJ Earworm

Tracklist:
Ke$ha – Tik Tok
Lady Antebellum – Need You Now
Train – Hey, Soul Sister
Katy Perry Featuring Snoop Dogg – California Gurls
Usher Featuring will.i.am – OMG
B.O.B. Featuring Hayley Williams – Airplanes
Eminem Featuring Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie
Lady Gaga – Bad Romance
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Taio Cruz Featuring Ludacris – Break Your Heart
B.O.B. Featuring Bruno Mars – Nothin’ On You
Enrique Iglesias Featuring Pitbull – I Like It
Young Money Featuring Lloyd – Bedrock
Jason Derulo – In My Head
Rihanna – Rude Boy
Lady Gaga Featuring Beyonce – Telephone
Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
Bruno Mars – Just the Way You Are
Mike Posner – Cooler Than Me
The Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be
Jay-Z + Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind
Usher Featuring Pitbull – DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love
Travie McCoy Featuring Bruno Mars – Billionaire
Eminem – Not Afraid
Iyaz – Replay

MARCH 2010: Mash-Up Mondays

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Radio Tik Tok – Kesha Vs. Queen

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By: DJs From Mars
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Toxic Silvia – Miike Snow Vs. Britney Spears

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By: Marc Johnce
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Kryptonite Boost – Rusko Vs. All Stars
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By: Greg Golterman
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Party In the Empire State – Jay-Z & Alicia Keys Vs. Miley Cyrus

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By: DJ Jeff Jones
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NOVEMBER 2009: Room-Noise Show Four Downloads

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Theme:HIP-HOP/RAP MASH-UP & REMIXES

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Dat New New (VIKING Remix) – Kid Cudi
(MP3)

Crack a Bottle (DiscoTech Remix) – Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent
(MP3)

Paranoid [LMFAO Remix] – Kanye West
(MP3)

Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing In the Line for the Bathroom) [Remix] – N.E.R.D., Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & Pusha T
(MP3)

Move Shake Drop That Sexy Bitch (DJ BLAST Remix) – Flo Rida Featuring Pitbull & DJ Laz Vs. David Guetta Featuring Akon
(MP3)

Bittersweet Dirt off Your Shoulder – Jay Z Vs. The Verve
(MP3)

CALIFORNIA Love (Phantom Planet vs. 2 Pac) – DJ Fergie Ferg
(MP3)

Can I Love in This Club (Usher ft. Young Jeezy vs. Ray J. ft. Young Berg) – DJ Fergie Ferg
(MP3)

Pursuit of Happiness (Benny Benassi Remix) – Kid Cudi Feat. MGMT & RATATAT
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OCTOBER 2009: Mash-Up Monday

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Lisztomania Coming Out of A Monkey – Phoenix Vs. Gorillaz
By: Sebwax
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99 Fences – Phoenix Vs. Jay Z
By: Don Diablo
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You Belong With Ghosts – DJ Fergie Ferg Vs. Taylor Swift
By: DJ Fergie Ferg
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My Life Would Suck Without a Milli (The White Panda Mash) – Kelly Clarkson Vs. Lil Wayne
By: The White Panda Mash
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Can I Love in This Club – Usher feat. Young Jeezy vs. Ray J. feat. Young Berg
By: DJ Fergie Ferg
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MAY 2009: Mash-Up Mondays

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I’ll be posting some mash-ups from all genres starting today, keep coming back for new music from all genres.

A Circus of Heartbreakin’ Divas – Pat Benatar vs. Beyonce vs. 3OH!3 feat. Britney, Christina, & M.I.A.
By: Titus Jones
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An Honest M.I.A.
– The Bravery vs. M.I.A.
By: A Plus D

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No More Gas – Estelle & Kanye West, Rihanna, Flo-Rida & T-Pain, Lupe Fiasco & Matthew Santos, Madonna & Timbaland & Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, Danity Kane, Leona Lewis, Kardinal Offishal & Akon
By: DJ Earworm

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Middle Tattoo – Jimmy Eat World vs. Jordan Sparks
By: DJ Schmolli

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Dottie in a Car Crash – The Get Up Kids vs. Thursday
By: Legion of Doom

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Bittersweet Dirt Off Your Shoulder – Jay Z vs. The Verve
By: MTV Mash-Ups

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My Life Sucks On The Crazy Train (So What?) – Kelly Clarkson vs. Ozzy Osbourne vs. Daft Punk vs. Pink
By: DJ Paul V.

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Hey Baby – Deadmau5 vs. Miller Fresh

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