***So I have my top lists compiled, I just haven’t been able to fully write it out yet. And since I will be in New York for New Year’s, my top lists will not be out until I get back. Super sorry! I am super excited for y’all to read it still! And within my mixtapes which I DID finish (phewf) are a lot of my favorites of the year and of the decade! Have a great new years and enjoy the mixtapes! Stay tuned for my top lists within two weeks!***

Hope everyone had a good new year’s! To be, it’s usually just like any other day. I don’t like the hype that NYE brings like any other major “let’s get drunk” holiday but I decided to change that this year. So whether you’re like me in the past and took it cool yesterday and chilled out, this mixtape is still for you. Relax. And if you’re like me yesterday (I am writing about myself in the future but I am sure I will be feeling this way) and partied, and are nursing physical pains all over, this mixtape is DEFS for you. Grab some tea/coffee, go for a run/swim, and decompress with some amazing chill out tunes from this year and the past decade!

Download: ATM’s – New Year’s Day Mixtape (Link 2)!

Playlist after the jump!

Download: ATM’s – New Year’s Day Mixtape (Link 2)

New Year’s Day Mixtape Playlist:

01 Zee Avi – First of the Gang to Die

Zee Avi was my best indie folk discovery this year. Her self titled release is definitely a tops for me of the year! Read more about my love for her here!

02 Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright

Classic. Perfect road tripping/traveling song.

03 Jenn Grant – Hawaii

Jenn Grant’s Echoes is one of my top folk albums of this year, and one of the top Canadian artists in this past year as well! I wrote a piece on her a while back, read it here!

04 Rufus Wainwright – Going to a Town

This man easily holds 3-4 spots on my top lists of the year for rock/alt/pop! AAAAND he’s from Montréal! From 2000 onwards I don’t think I’ve been disappointed with any of his albums. Even all his Judy stuff jaja. More on him here.

05 Asa – Subway

Asa holds my top spot for soul of the decade. Hands down. Read more on her here.

06 Tribalistas – Velha Infância


These guys are on constant repeat for me. My South America trip is defined by this sole album. I remember hearing this album in my hosts car as we were driving from the top of the mountain down the windy paths to the midnight beach. It was one of those moments where despite the engine running, wind blasting through the open windows, the grbgbgebgrbgrbgrb of the rocks underneath the tires, all you could hear were the waves of the beach and the Tribalistas. Nothing else mattered. I will remember this drive for the rest of my life. I felt so at peace, and so connected with the world, and though I didn’t understand the lyrics then, I felt them. Truly one of the greatest albums of the decade.

07 Bibio – Bones and Skulls


Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, from England has created a stir this year with his album Ambivalence Avenue which can be best classified as folktronica. His latest release is fantastic but I loooooved the Apple and the Tooth which was also released this year…more as a remix compilation to his work rather than a studio LP. The two are defs some of my faves for ambient music this year.

08 Azymuth – Demais (feat. Emilio Santiago & Leo Gandleman)

Gaaaaaaaaaah new favorite Brazilian band. Taken from lastfm: The group started out in the early 70s as Grupo Seleção, a cover band. In 1973, they switched the name to Azymuth, inspired by a Marcos & Paulo Sérgio Valle song. Their first album, also named Azymuth, was released two years later and featured the hit “Linha do Horizonte”. In 1976, they recorded other minor hits like the single “Melô da Cuíca” and “Jazz Carnival”, taken from the 1978 “Light as a Feather” album. The group moved to the United States in the early 80s, producing a number of albums that never came out in Brazil, and placing their bets on a mix of samba, funk and jazz that they defined as MPB-jazz (MPB for Popular Brazilian Music).

They released Brazilian Soul 5 years back and it has been on constant loop for me when I feel like chillin’ to some good latin jazz.

09 Printempo – The Strut

I cannot find any info on these guys at all. All I know that they released their self titled this year and it is faaaaaaaaantastic nu jazz lounge music. Picture Parov Stelar on depressants…smoooooooooooth.

10 RJD2 – Ghostwriter

You hip-hop fanatics defs must know Ramble John Krohn, aka RJD2, a known name in the underground realm of h-hop producers. This song is is most famous, and imo, off his best LP, Dead Ringer.

11 Exile – Summertime in LA

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH I LOOOOOOVE THIS MAN! Taken from lastfm: The American hip-hop producer/DJ (and occassional MC) Exile, is a member of the duo, Emanon, with Aloe Blacc. His debut solo album, Dirty Science, was released on Cali-based independent, Sound In Color, in 2006. Also he collaborated with emcee Blu on the 2007 release Blu & Exile – Below The Heavens, the record got a lot of critical acclaim and is considered by many to be one of the best alternative hip hop releases of 2007.

He recently released an album Radio this year and it is EASILY tops of my hip-hop list. Imagine an almost Avalanches approach with a bit of experimental Flying Lotus mixed in. His previous album Dirty Science is also tops of the decade for me too.  I share three songs with you guys…please please buy his albums. And please…TURN IT UP!

12 Exile – Love Line

Sickest hip-hop/trip-hop track of the year. Hot damn.

13 Exile – The Sound is God

14 Blockhead – Attack The Doctor

This New Yorker has recently released the Music Scene and it is on my tops for hip-hop/electronic albums of this year. Having produced many tracks for the critically acclaimed Aesop Rock, as well as having worked with other indie giants such as Atmosphere, Murs, and Mike Ladd, his work is slowly gaining momentum. His work paints sonic landscapes and is heard as art-rap. the Music Scene is amazing.

15 Blockhead – It’s Raining Clouds

16 Portishead – Chase the Tear

New track for Amnesty International. It is amazing, as per Portishead usual.

17 Fever Ray – Now’s the Only Time I Know

Her self titled track is one of my tops for the year as well. Her live show is too. This is my favorite song of hers. Check out my reviews on her here and here!

Download: ATM’s – New Year’s Day Mixtape (Link 2)


18 Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Hercules & Love Affair Dub)

I must admit. Lady Gaga est tellement hot. She is amazing. The way she sings, dresses, performs, and the people who she chooses loyalty with (gay community), is unabashedly genuine. I think her performance on SNL really did it for me and sealed the deal in my eyes as to how far she’s made it, and how much she truly appreciates the people around her. And let’s not forget, she makes KILLER pop tracks, tracks that Britney, Christina, and even Madonna can’t come close to. This is a very very stripped version of the song….practically not even the song really. But the H&LA dub makes for some good chill out music.

19 Four Tet – Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)

Jesus am I FREAKIN’ EXCITED FOR THIS ALBUM TO DROP NEXT YEAR! “Love Cry” is defs one of the hottest tracks to drop this year. Remixed by Joy Orbison too???!?! SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIET TURN IT UP! (Check out the original here)

20 Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo


22 year old Peter O’ Grady started at the age of 13. Taken from lastfm: Being exposed to jungle and UK garage to his uncle (COOL UNCLE), he took up DJing and eventually moved into production, beginning with Fruity Loops-crafted 8-bar grime loops before shifting into headier territory that combined his love of house, disco, and dubstep with the atmospheric fuzz of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Josef K, and The Beach Boys.

P.S. this is his DEBUT single. Wow. Another killer dubstep track for this year. Man, it is getting better and better every year for electronic music.

21 Télépopmusik – Last train to wherever

Télepopmusik is a French electronic trio. You probably most recognize them from their song ” Breathe” which appeared in many many car commercials…as far as I can remember. But beyond this, people didn’t bother delving further into their LPs. And by now, having not released much since Genetic World in 2002 and Angel’s Milk in 2005, they are long forgotten by most…but not by me. They did recently release Ghost Girl EP but to be honest, it sucks in comparison to their former albums. But let’s talk about Angel Milk, to me, one of the greatest ambient/trip-hop/chillout albums of the decade. Their beats aren’t complicated and neither is their layering, but the vocals, tones, and the rhythms chosen are chosen with immaculate circumspection. Each song leaves you pierced with silent agony. A good kind. Like Radiohead. But in the end you end up having pangs of optimism and you wake up from your revelry. Angel Milk is wonderful, absolute, in every way. Songs like this, as well as “Don’t Look Back” and “Hollywood on my Toothpaste” remain my favorites on the LP and are a few favorite tracks of the decade as well. I share the best one with you!

22 Heyoka – Sonidas de la Cabeza

One of the top dubstep albums for me this year. Taken from lastfm: Heyoka AKA Andrei Olenev is another cosmic auditory scientist found in the Bay Area noosphere, who recently delighted us with his auditory manipulations. His early influences in Downtempo, Dub and IDM combined with more recent midtempo dancefloor genres from the likes of Bassnectar, Glitch Mob and An-ten-nae have helped create a very unique sound that combines relentless basslines, hip hop and dub rhythms with a lot of musicality and melody.

Here more from him here.

23 Modeselektor – Edgar

I think half of my electronic posts are about Modeselektor and or Moderat. I am so in love with these guys. Do a search on ATM and you will be able to hear many more tracks from them. Their Hello Mom! release of 2005 and Happy Birthday! in 2007 are in the tops for my electronic albums of the decade, as well as their live performance I saw at Coachella.

24 Dusk + Blackdown vs. Grievous Angel – Iqbal’s Groove (Dub)

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAH I am sure spoiling you guys…as you have maybe read from my NYE mixtape post, Margin’s Music: Redux is MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF THE YEAR. And it is sick. PLEASE BUY THE ALBUM HERE! For more info go here!

25 Dusk + Blackdown vs Grievous Angel – Rolling Raj Deep

26 Dusk + Blackdown vs Grievous Angel ft. Teji & Farrah – Kuri Pataka (His Mix)

27 Moby – Porcelain

Classic song. Tops in electronic tracks of the decade for sure.

28 Emancipator – Shook (Mobb Deep And Sigur Ros remix)

Emancipator’s (Doug Appling’s) intricate, artful beats have earned him the kind of organic success 99% of artists only dream about. His 2006 release of Soon it Will be Cold Enough is one of the great ambient albums of the decade as well, boasting tracks such as “First Snow”, “Good Knight”, and “Anthem”. My favorite track of his happens to be a mashup he did with Mobb Deep vocals and Sigur Ros samplings. One of my top remixed tracks of the decade.

29 Washed Out ft. Lil’ Wayne and Baby – Feel it on the Southside

Oooooh Washed Out. Taken from lastfm: Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synthpop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard.

There’s a sense of longing and distance in Greene’s somber, filtered vocals, but it’s what he does compositionally that makes Washed Out stand out. Backed by gently pulsing, Balearic-tinged disco, Greene’s voice takes on a new dimension. Reminiscent of groups like The Glass and the Chromatics, Washed Out is the music to end your night with, when the city is quiet and the walk home, long.

I don’t think I can come up with a description more accurate. Their Life of Leisure EP made many many lists this year and his hype grew faster than Vampire Weekend. But hype, most of the time, comes with reason. And it is no doubt that his debut EP is a great down-tempo lo fi record. I especially like this addition of Lil’ Wayne. Of course.

30 Tales in Tones Trio – Sabari

Taken from their website: formerly known as the trio Schmid/Hübner/Krill, Tales in Tones Trio is one of Germany’s leading groups in the Jazz Trio format, winning the 1999 Hennessy Jazz Search Award.

Tales in Tones Trio is Veit Hübner, Torsten Krill, led by pianist, composer, arranger, and big band leader Ralf Schmid, who has collaborated with the most prestigious German Big Bands and artists such as Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Joo Krauss and Nana Mouskouri.

They do have an album out called Sub Surface but I have not yet been able to get my hands on it. I am absolutely in love with this track, which appeared on a Nujazz album called Our Favorite Things. “Sabari” is one of my favorite jazz/soul tracks of the decade.

31 Detektivbyran – Nattoppet

Detektivbyrån is Anders Flanders and Martin Molin, who formed in Karlstad, Sweden in and are now located in Gothenburg. They are making instrumental folky electronic music using vibes, accordions, trumpets, drums and guitars. This track also appeared in Our Favorite Things and is another tops of nujazz/soul tracks of the decade.

Download: ATM’s – New Year’s Day Mixtape (Link 2)

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