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Track Listing:
Ishq - And Awake Shakatura - Podular Manifestation Shamans Dream w/ Bluetech - Breath of Ma Tina Malia - Undercover Liquid Stranger - Magenta Akara remixed by Kalya Scintilla - The Emperor and the Oracle Bluetech & Kilowatts - Emerald Epiphytes Niyaz - Mazaar Kilowatts - End of the Year Kaminanda - As Above, So Below Bluetech & Kilowatts - Polychrome Petroglyph Desert Dwellers remixed by Kalya Scintilla - Crossing the Desert Solar Fields - Summer Evan Marc - Lineform Bluetech - 667 Azam Ali - Spring Arrives Galactronic - Dreamembering Anahata - Vishnu Bluetech & Mari Boine - Big Medicine William Close & David Block - Into the Mothership

Kilowatts • Acceptitude

Kilowatts has gone and raised the bar on both electronica and funk.. His album Acceptitude, which is honestly my favorite album to come out in 2012, is a completely ecstatic experience.. My favorite track is "End of the Year" - it makes me want to explode out of my body in some crazy kind of orgasmic catharsis.

Shaman's Dream • Prana Pulse

Craig Kohland went and had a love affair with Bluetech, and made a baby called Prana Pulse. Pretty much it's freaking awesome. Minimal Tech House married with velvetine, ambient sacred sonica. Gorgeous.

Liquid Stranger • Cryogenic Encounters

Lush and Sinuous, Pulsating, Fluid and Serpentine.. This is definitely one of my favorite albums to emerge in 2012… This almost 90 minute long album is a total sonic journey to explore both excited and relaxed, meditative states in. Easily my favorite offering by Liquid Stranger yet. Perfect for all forms of blissing out.

Kaminanda • Gateways of Consciousness

2012 was the year that Kaminanda completely ascended, and this album is the reason why.. Gateways of Consciousness is probably one of the best underground psychedelic electronica albums to come out and proves his skills at making beats you want to get down to… They don't call him Sexy Kaminanda for nothing!

Niyaz • Sumud

Lush and mesmerizing exotic persian music, yet laced with cool, rhythmic undertones of sexy electronic bass and rhythms in the vein of Trentemoller. This is also one of my favorite albums of the year. Azam Ali's voice is always soul-soothing and sensuous, but the electronica on this album packs a sexy punch.

Matthew Schoening • Motif

Matthew Schoening's fourth album might possibly be his best, due simply to the fact that it is so listenable, it takes you on a journey that is both refined, tribal and meditative. This is a high caliber offering from Mr. Schoening that can be adored hundreds of times to create the perfect ambience of relaxed altertness, yet refined focus.

Sacred Earth • Breathing Space

This is currently my absolute favorite, go-to album for meditation music. When I want to listen to music that is perfect for Qigong, Yoga or any other kind of healing arts, this is it. The haunting flutes and acoustic ambient textures create a perfect sonic realm to do any kind of personal practice within. If you love sacred / new age / meditative music, Get This. It's really amazing.

Lila Rose • Heart Machine

Ms. Lila Rose dropped a bomb called Heart Machine this last year, and it's quite a powerhouse of polished, yet very emotional catchy pop music. It definitely has a modern, polished west coast feeling, yet laced with almost traditional 80s style pop hooks. She has done an incredible job creating an album that you could get stuck in for a long time. Stand out tracks are: Obsession, Casting Shadows, & Lost Your Senses..

Ganucheau • Elements

I gotta say, I love me some minimalist ambient downtempo. This album is one of my favorites from 2012, and even though there are no vocals, there's only 5 tracks and it's only 40 minutes long, it is insanely listenable.. I have probably listened to it a hundred times since I first fell in love with it. For me, I love to listen to this while I work, as it has a clear, focused, rhythmic texture that is perfectly conducive for being alert yet creative.

Elijah Ray • Arrival

Who would ever have imagined cosmic angelic visionary poetry could sound like a cross between Michael Jackson, Queen and Muse? Obviously, Elijah Ray imagined it and created it. This album is probably one of the most uplifting, insanely positive sonic gems to emerge in the world this year. Filled with lyrics that are both inspiring, uplifting, activated, empowering and sounds that are complete & utter pop - this album is a really fun experience to open your heart to. My favorite track is "Anchorpop."

Tina Malia • The Lost Frontier

Tina Malia has gone and made a pop album. Who would've guessed that the underground goddess of the west coast sacred music community would now be soaring with synths, bass guitars, electronica and drum kits. I really like this album a lot. Some of the tracks remind me of Sarah McLachlan, while others retain her earlier soft, very feminine emotional feeling.

David Block & William Close • Earth Harp Vol. 1

This short, 31 minute long album is really one of my favorite releases of 2012. I am just in love with the fusion of live recordings of William Close's massive earth harp with the electronica production by David Block. The album is beautiful, organic and meditative, with just the right amount of rhythm. I could listen to this on repeat for hours, and I have!

Here is my list of my favorite albums released in 2011. I hope you enjoy these albums as much as I have. Please support independent artists & buy these albums!

1) Akara • Extradimensional Ethnography

Akara's debut album is my favorite of 2011; its cinematic, orchestral, transcendental downtempo electronica breaks genres and creates its own world - unlike anything I've heard before. As an artistic statement, the album is completely cohesive and creates a cinematic sonic realm that is at once both totally unique & yet soulfully familiar. I urge you to take a listen to this amazing work of art! My favorite live music performance this year was seeing Akara perform at Beloved festival; it was pure magic. Check out this interview with Joshua Penman! Find it Here: http://akaraproject.com/

2) Bluetech • Rainforest Reverberations

I've been an ecstatically obsessed fan of Bluetech since 2005, and every album he's put out has been pretty much amazing. His latest release, Rainforest Reverberations, showcases some of my favorite tracks of his yet, and he co-created several tracks with other producers including Kilowatts & Kalya Scintilla, and featured the voices of both Eve LadyApples & Katrina Blackstone. Personally, I'm completely obsessed with the tracks 667 & Emerald Epiphytes, and I adore the poetic invocations of LadyApples that begin & complete the album. Additionally, this album is part of the Critical Beats series, so proceeds of this album go towards supporting the Amazon Rainforest. Find it Here: http://criticalbeats.bandcamp.com/album/bluetech-rainforest-reverberation

This year at Beloved Festival, on Sunday morning we were blessed to experience the first full orchestral performance by Akara to date. They played the entire album from beginning to end, with live orchestral instrumentation. The entire night had been an unbelievable journey of ecstasy, but when Akara went on at 5:30 in the morning, while some of us sat huddled together in blankets staying warm and others danced, we were collectively bathed in transcendentally celestial music that lifted us all to a state of blissful rapture.

Honestly, witnessing Akara live at Beloved was one of my favorite musical moments of the last year, and for most that was present - it was a moment to treasure forever. I immediately bought the then unreleased album and listened to it on repeat for days when I returned home. I soaked up that blissful transcendence and stored it in my cells to return to every day since then.

After repeated listens, I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite albums to come out in 2011, and it deserves to receive the attention and recognition by as many people as possible. 

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