From dizzy disco to warped r&b, glowering beat montages to glittering house anthems, sun-drenched folk ballads to mesmerizing love songs, these are the sounds that tracked our 2011 - all created by alumni of the Red Bull Music Academy.
The world has seen its share of ups and downs last year, with natural and economic disasters affecting many people close to us. Nonetheless, thanks to all those who took part - the past twelve months in Academyland have seen some incomparable moments.
We were lucky enough to host workshops in far-flung places like Beirut and Mumbai, witness full-on festival action from Tokyo to Detroit, and invite hundreds of amazing music makers old and young into our radio studio. In September and October, we embarked on a 10-stop World Tour that saw us dig in the crates of New York hip hop, re-think some of Italy's cult movie themes, and breathe new life into an iconic recording studio that once shaped the sound of a walled city named Berlin. All of this culminated in five magical weeks in a Jurassic-Park-like compound inside the Matadero Madrid, with 60 incredibly inspiring individuals from all around the globe, more than 30 nightly extravaganzas, and gazillions of musical memories.
Below are some of the tunes that accompanied us on our journey: all created by alumni of the Red Bull Music Academy. From dizzy disco to warped r&b, glowering beat montages to glittering house anthems, sun-drenched folk ballads to mesmerizing love songs, these are the sounds that tracked our 2011. Enjoy, and see y'all near a stack of speakers very soon!
Salva - Wake Ups - Tall Corn Music/Friends Of Friends
Sibian & Faun - I'm Sorry - Numbers
Hudson Mohawke - Thunder Bay - Warp
ANGO - All That You Can Stand - LuckyMe
New Look - Janet - !K7
Full Crate - Qcta - Wonderful Ear
Palmbomen - Secrets - NON Records
Torreblanca - Si - Arts & Crafts Mexico
Kaval - Seance - Das Drehmoment
Mano Le Tough - Stories - Buzzin' Fly
Andrea Balency Trio - El Desorden - Self-Released
Esperanza - Sirena feat. Banjo Or Freakout - Gomma
Axel Boman - Europa - Studio Barnhus
Tiger & Woods feat. Ad Bourke - Don't Hesitate - Running Back
Nina Kraviz - I'm Week - Rekids
Mr. Statik feat. Joshua Eustis - Ganymedes - BPitch Control
Mr. Beatnick - Synthetes - Don't Be Afraid
Cosmin TRG - Fizic (Original Version) - 50Weapons
Xxxy - Ordinary Things - Ten Thousand Yen
Nguzunguzu - Timesup - Fade II Mind
Brenmar - Temperature Rising - Hum + Buzz
Lukid - Park It Low - Glum
Om Unit vs Kromestar - Solar Cycle - Cosmic Bridge
Jesse Boykins III - B4 The Night Is Thru - NomaDic MuSic
Fatima & Floating Points - Mind - Eglo Records
Jamie Woon - Spiral - Candent Songs