(VY-NLY) Jamie’s Top 10 of 2011

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.


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