2k11 was a hell of a year for music. I went to 2 of the best festivals that I have ever been to, started VY-NLY, became a hip-hop DJ and stood 3 feet away from James Blake‘s white keyboard; oh and I also saw Wiz Khalifa live and went to Halloween dressed as Justin Bieber.
And let’s let *… brought me here* take an arrow to the knee in 2k12.
My top 10 of 2011:
1# James Blake – A Case Of You
I’m a fanboy, what can I say?
Album – Enough Thunder EP
2# Jamie XX & Gil Scott-Heron – NY Is Killing Me/ Jamie XX – Far Nearer
Jamie XX did the late great Gil Scott-Heron’s back catalogue a lot of justice, he also cut some huge sounds himself.
Album – We’re New Here
3# Childish Gambino – That Power
I skip the first 3 minutes of this song and listen to the monologue every time, it blows me away.
Album – Camp
4# Kanye West & Jay-Z – Niggas in Paris
Phrases like ‘ball so hard,’ ‘that shit cray’ and ‘going guerrillas’ meant nothing until we started watching the throne.
Album – Watch The Throne
5# Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)
Another Swedish entry, they had a big year didn’t they? Even Zlatan Ibrahimovic penned his autobiography in 2k11. The Magicians remix was better than the original, but the album was genius.
Album – Wounded Rhymes
6# Metronomy – The Bay
Indie, keyboards & big basslines, hand in hand.
Album – ‘The English Riviera.’
7# Frank Ocean – There Will Be Tears
‘’MY GRANDADDY WAS A PLAYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.’’ The Weeknd could just as easily have made this list, but I went for Frankie instead #GolfWang.
Mixtape – Nostalgia/Ultra.
8# Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortis
‘’Well now we know who killed Tupac.’’
Album – Section.80
9# SBTRKT – Hold On feat. Sampha
The eponymous album from Aaron Jerome was up there with the best of them this year; his beats and Sampha’s voice go together like Frosties and milk.
Album – SBTRKT
10# Avicii – Levels
Undoubtedly the club anthem of the year, just narrowly edging out ‘Hello’ by Martin Solveig; let’s face it; I had to have a Swedish DJ in the mix. It also makes me lose my shit.