Culture, Music

Best albums of 2011

Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi, Rome press photo 01This year has seen the end of my time at university in Nottingham and the beginning of a new chapter at Goldsmiths in London. From Janelle Monáe’s ArchAndroid and the classic soul of the 60s getting me through my dissertation, to my first ever listen to Danger Mouse’s Rome (walking to and from the city campus’s library for the Trent Media AGM), to Ghostpoet’s life-affirming tones giving me the vigour to make it through my driving theory test; music has been with me every step of the way.

And I’m sure it is set to be a big part of my life for the foreseeable future.

Here is a round-up of some of my new album favourites from this year.

10. DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two

9. The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts

8. Bootsy Collins – The Funk Capital of the World

7. Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – Smoking in Heaven

6. Gorillaz – The Fall

5. Little Dragon – Ritual Union


3. Cashier No.9 – To the Death of Fun

2. Ghostpoet – Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam

1. Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome

Posthumous honourable mentions 2011
Other 2011 albums that would have made the list if I’d bought or listened to them that year (updated September 4, 2013)

  • Adele – 21 (2011) [Received this as a gift from a friend who work my uni’s student radio station, but didn’t get listen to it till 2012]
  • Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi (2011)
  • The Black Keys – El Camino (2011)
  • Chuck Loeb – Plain ‘n’ Simple (2011)
  • Dels – Gob (2011)
  • The Horrors – Skying (2011)
  • Jessie J – Who You Are (2011)
  • Kasabian – Velociraptor! (2011)
  • Katy B – On a Mission (2011)
  • Metronomy – The English Riviera (2011)
  • MF Doom – Metal Fingers Presents: Special Herbs The Box Set Vol. 0-9 (2011)
  • The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You (2011) [I actually bought this as soon as it came out, but was disappointed by it.]
  • PJ Harvey – Let English Shake (2011)
  • Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (2011) [I remember seeing the album sleeve for the first time in Fopp, Nottingham, in early 2011. A phenomenal R&B album that would have been in my top five]
  • Rizzle Kicks – Stereo Typical (2011)

Image: Parlophone Records and respective parties