In no particular order, here are my top 25 songs of 2011.
SBTRKT – Pharoahs
James Blake – Wilhelms Scream
Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit (Remix) (feat. Ludacris, Bun B)
Frank Ocean – Novacane
Gil Scott-Heron And Jamie XX – The Crutch
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Ni**as In Paris
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Justice – Civilization
Bon Iver – Holocene
Cassius – I Adele – Rolling in the Deep
Nero – Reaching Out
Joker – Slaughter House
Drake – Underground Kings
Blue Sky Black Death – Farewell To The Former World
Tycho – Daydream
College – A Real Hero (feat. Electric Youth)
Araabmuzik – Streetz Tonight
Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers
Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wrath
Scuba – Adrenalin
The Weeknd – The Morning
SBTRKT – Look At Stars (Machinedrum Remix)
Modeselektor – This (with Thom Yorke)
Dillon Francis – Masta Blasta – Original Mix
This album is a great listen. The chilling narrative of Gil Scott-Heron and the subtle touch of Jamie XX made it worth listening it again.
09. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Mellow, beautiful, same as its previous albums but that’s not a bad thing.
08. The Roots – Undun
I wish I could have listened more, The Roots keep proving that they are one of the best bands out there.
07. Big K.R.I.T. – Return Of 4Eva
Re-incarnation of Pimp C. Best mixtape in the past 3 years. Great potential from the man from ATL.
06. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
This album is the combination of an R&B voice with a chilled out instrumentals. Talent went quickly recognized when Drake collaborated with him.
05. Cliff Martinez & Various Artists – Drive OST
Follows the same formula of the Social Network soundtrack. Ambient, noises, airy, elegant, intense. You can enjoy this album even if you haven’t seen the movie, but I highly recommend watching the movie.
04. Blue Sky Black Death – Noir
Underrated album, this has been the most beautiful album that they have put together.
03. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a beautifully well put together album from start to finish.
02. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
That shit cray. Hip-Hop biggest names get together to let who are in the Throne. Very enjoyable album.
01. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
This is album that I can still listen from start to finish. Great drums, great synths, great vocals by Sampha, Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon) and Roses Gabor. Best album of the year without a doubt.