For me 2011 has been a great year for music. Along with our musical adventure I’ve started to get back into new music again which has been refreshing and fulfilling. I’ve been gigging a fair bit too and have witnessed some of the best performances I have ever seen – Primal Scream’s Screamadelica tour, Portishead at I’ll Be Your Mirror, Anna Calvi from the front row and 2manydjs at Soulwaxmas. So to round it all off, here’s the best of what’s been playing in my headphones this past year, i.e. albums with headshots for covers, the blurrier the better.
1. James Blake by James Blake
2. Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam by Ghostpoet
“an album that’s got it all”
Click here to read Dave’s review of this wonderful album.
3. SBTRKT by SBTRKT
“packed with great songs”
Click here to read Dave’s thoughts on SBTRKT.
4. Diamond Mine by King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
“The most beautiful record of 2011”
Click here for Dave’s full review.
5. Let England Shake by PJ Harvey
“While her words feel very personal, they express experiences and emotions that are universal”
Click here to read Dave’s review.
Also worthy of a mention:
Ritual Union by Little Dragon; Monkeytown by Modeselektor; The King Of Limbs by Radiohead; Looping State Of Mind by The Field; Anna Calvi by Anna Calvi; One Nation by Hype Williams; Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will by Mogwai; Trans-Love Energies by Death In Vegas; III by Gui Boratto; We’re New Here by Gill-Scott Heron and Jamie XX; Smother by Wild Beasts; and Discodeine by Discodeine.