It’s that time of year again when everyone traditionally puts up their ‘Best of..’ lists so here is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the albums/EP’s I have felt a close connection with, or played most frequently this year. 2011 has been another exceptional year for underground electronic and experimental music releases and the quality of musicianship, innovative content and production values constantly staggers me. I think the stand out theme for me this year has been the increase in music/poetry collaborations and I hope that exploration of this wonderful blend of music and spoken word continues to flourish throughout 2012.  Also to be commended are the many compilation releases by various labels for charitable purposes which have included tracks of outstanding quality, all freely given in return for aid donations.  I wish everyone a peaceful Christmas and a very Happy New Year ! …Mark

1. FareWell Poetry – Hoping for the Invisible to Ignite (Gizeh Records)

2. Brian Eno – Drums Between the Bells (WARP)

3. FRKTL (Sarah Badr) – ATOM (

4. Emphemetry – A Lullaby Hum for Tired Streets (Time Travel Opps)

5. Nigel Samways – Nine Barrow Down (Ephre Imprint)

6. Antonymes meets Slow Dancing Society – We Don’t Look Back for Very Long (Hidden Shoal Recordings)

7. Monty Adkins – Fragile Flicker Fragment (Audiobulb)

8. Maps and Diagrams – Get Lost (Time Released Sound)

9. Ekca Liena – Slow Music for Rapid Eye Movement (Dead Pilot Records)

10. Chris Watson – El Tren Fantasma (Touch)