bpm:tv’s Guide to the Month’s Best Music

December 30th, 2010

Armin Van Buuren, ATB and Paul Van Dyk drop new mixes, Audio Bullys return and Jamaican dancehall pioneers get their due: check out bpm:tv’s guide to the most important new dance and electronic music releases for January 2011.

New the Week of January 4

Schiller, Breathless

The sixth album from veteran Berlin-based trance producer Schiller (a.k.a. Christopher von Deylen) gets its North American release. Already a number two hit in Germany, the disc was inspired by a month-long voyage aboard the research icebreaker RV Polarstern.
Clubland X-treme Hardcore 7
For those who just can’t get enough of the hyperactive UK hardcore sound, here’s a sprawling four-CD compilation of the year’s biggest hits, mixed by Darren Styles and featuring Duck Sauce (“Barbra Streisand”), Inna (“10 Minutes”) and Hixxy. Check out the British TV spot here.

Coming the Week of January 11

ATB, The DJ 6 – In The Mix
German trance meister ATB (a.k.a. AndTanneberger) – currently ranked 11th on DJ Mag’s definitive list of the world’s top 100 DJs – drops the latest in his acclaimed series of mix CDs.

Home Video, The Automatic Process
The sophomore album from Brooklyn-based electro-rock duo Home Video showcases a range of influences including Massive Attack, Boards of Canada, Depeche Mode and Philip Glass.

Coming the Week of January 18

A State of Trance: Year Mix 2010 -
Mixed by Armin Van Buuren
Named the world’s best DJ for a record-breaking fourth straight year by the readers of DJ Mag, trendsetting Dutch producer Armin Van Buuren has assembled his annual mix of the year’s best trance music, as voted by fans of his weekly radio show, A State of Trance.

VONYC Sessions 2010 -
Presented by Paul Van Dyk
Ranked number six on DJ Mag’s Top 100 list, German producer Paul Van Dyk offers his own summing-up of the year that was, with this double-CD mix of the year’s best trance, house, progressive, techno and electro tunes, as featured on his VONYC Sessions radio show.

Perfecto Presents: Kenneth Thomas
Fast-rising Detroit DJ Kenneth Thomas has compiled this two-CD set for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, mixing progressive, trance “and everything in between.”

Resoe, The Black Void of Space
Danish DJ and producer Resoe, a longtime fixture on Copenhagen’s dub techno scene, releases his much-anticipated full-length debut on the Echocord label.

Audio Bullys, Higher Than The Eiffel

Rebounding from the disappointment of their poorly received 2005 sophomore effort Generation, British electronic duo Audio Bullys (Simon Franks and Tom Dinsdale) return with an eclectic release touted as “their most complete record yet.”

Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque
This debut compilation from Britain’s tropical dancefloor collective Sofrito is just the thing to warm up those frigid January nights. DJs Hugo Mendez, Frankie Francis and The Mighty Crime Minister have put together a mix of vintage tropical grooves that includes everything from raw cumbia to heavy Congolese soukous. Check out a preview mini-mix here.

Coming the Week of January 25

David Guetta, One More Love (Re-issue)
He’s number two on DJ Mag’s Top 100, and one of the most sought-after producers on the planet. He’s got a Grammy Award, a top-selling iPhone app and 10 million Facebook friends. So what does David Guetta do for an encore? Well, how about a special re-release of his double-platinum 2009 album One Love, featuring remixes and new tracks, including his collaboration with Rihanna, “Who’s That Chick?”

LCD Soundsystem, 2010 London Sessions
James Murphy’s New York dance-punk ensemble LCD Soundsystem follow up the critically acclaimed This Is Happening with a live-in-studio session featuring stripped-down versions of some of their best songs, including “Drunk Girls,” “All My Friends” and “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House.”

Hed Kandi: Anthems & Artwork
Established in 1999, UK record label and lifestyle brand Hed Kandi modestly bills itself as “the most stylish name in house music” and the “soundtrack for glamorous good times for the international party jet set.” This special limited edition box set includes four CDs featuring the likes of David Guetta, Armand Van Helden and Jamiroquai, along with a book showcasing the sensual work of Hed Kandi house artist Jason Brooks.

Hed Kandi: 2011 Remix
Wait, there’s more! Also hitting Canadian shelves: this three-CD collection of “remixes, re-edits & mashups from Hed Kandi‘s global dancefloor,” featuring Calvin Harris, Dizzee Rascal, Benny Benassi, Afrojack, Alex Gaudino and many more.

Shackleton, Fabric 55
British dubstep producer Sam Shackleton showcases his dark and ominous grooves on this latest installment in Fabric Records‘ celebrated mix series.

Nitzer Ebb, Industrial Complex
Legendary British industrial dance outfit Nitzer Ebb have manufactured their first new album in nearly 15 years. Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore provides backing vocals on the energetic “Once You Say.”

Steely and Clevie, Digital Revolution
Pioneering Jamaican dancehall production duo Wycliffe “Steely” Johnson (who died in September 2009) and Cleveland “Clevie” Browne get a well-deserved career retrospective on this VP Records compilation, which features more than 40 of the hits they created for artists such as Ninjaman, Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Sean Paul.

Fujiya & Miyagi, Ventriloquizzing
Drawing inspiration from Krautrock and Aphex Twin, the eccentric British electronic trio Fujiya & Miyagi return with their fourth studio album.

Junior Sanchez, Seize the Fewcha
Influential New York club DJ Junior Sanchez releases his first album for Nervous Records, a mix CD featuring the likes of Armand Van Helden and Felix Da Housecat.