TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2011

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Finally just a few hours left till we toast to the New Year! 2011 year seems like it flew right by… Here is a list of 50 records that I really enjoyed this past year. I really do hope you enjoy this list and hopefully discover something new out of it! That’s what usually happens to me when I read end of year lists! Happy New Year see ya in 2012…

TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2011

50 BURIAL – STREET HALO (HYPERDUB)
49 HOORAY FOR EARTH – TRUE LOVES (DOVECOTE)
48 SOFT MOON – TOTAL DECAY EP (CAPTURED TRACKS)
47 THE RAPTURE – HOW DEEP IS YOU LOVE (DFA RECORDS)
46 PURE X – PLEASURE (ACEPHALE RECORDS) 2011
45 WOODS – SUN AND SHADE (WOODSIST) 2011
44 JC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND – WANT MORE (BLOODSHOT)
43 BLACK KEYS – EL CAMINO (NONESUCH)
42 SAM ROBERTS – COLLIDER (UNIVERSAL / ZOE / ROUNDER)
41 ARAAB MUZIK – ELECTRONIC DREAM (DUKE)

40 DIRTY BEACHES – BADLANDS (ZOO)
39 EX-COPS – WHITE WOMEN EP (SELF-RELEASE)
38 LYKKE LI – WOUNDED RHYMES (ATLANTIC / LL)
37 NICOLAS JAAR – SPACE IS ONLY NOISE (CIRCUS COMPANY)
36 HOLY GHOST! – HOLY GHOST! (DFA RECORDS)
35 VALESKJA VALCAV – VALESKJA VALCAV EP (SELF-RELEASE)
34 JAY Z AND KANYE WEST – WATCH THE THRONE (DEF JAM / ROC-A-FELLA / ROC NATION)
33 TORO Y MOI – UNDERNEATH THE PINE (CARPARK)
32 DISAPPEARS – GUIDER (KRANKY)
31 YUCK – YUCK (FAT POSSUM) 2011

30 WASHED OUT – WITHIN AND WITHOUT (SUB-POP)
29 GRIMES – DARKBLOOM EP (HIPPOS IN TANKS / ARBUTUS)
28 CUT COPY – ZONOSCOPE (MODULAR)
27 WILCO – THE WHOLE LOVE (dBpm RECORDS)
26 WOODEN SHJIPS – WEST (THRILL JOCKEY)
25 WHITE MYSTERY – BLOOD & VENOM (SELF-RELEASE)
24 DAS RACIST – RELAX (GREENHEAD)
23 JUSTICE – AUDIO, VIDEO, DISCO (ED BANGER)
22 LOYAL DIVIDE – BODICE RIPPER (KILO RECORDS)
21 PANDA BEAR – TOMBOY (PAW TRACKS)

20 THE WEEKND – HOUSE OF BALLOONS (SELF-RELEASE)
19 WU LYF – GO TELL FIRE TO THE MOUNTAIN (LYF)
18 M83 – HURRY UP, WE’RE DREAMING (MUTE)
17 KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS – OUR OWN DREAM EP (FOREST FAMILY)
16 GIL SCOTT-HERON AND JAMIE XX – WE’RE NEW HEAR (XL / YOUNG TURKS)
15 NEON INDIAN – ERA EXTRANA (MOM & POP / STATIC TONGUES)
14 DARKSIDE – DARKSIDE EP (CLOUD & SUNSET)
13 ERIC COPELAND – WACO TACO COMBO (ESCHO)
12 RUN DMT – DREAMING (CULTURE DEALER)
11 KURT VILE – SMOKE RING FOR MY HALO (MATADOR)

10 EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN – STORY OF AN EARTH GIRL (FOREST FAMILY)
09 PETER BJORN AND JOHN – GIMMIE SOME (STARTIME)
08 FLEET FOXES – HELPLESSNESS BLUES (SUB-POP)
07 JAMES BLAKE – JAMES BLAKE (A&M / ATLAS)
06 BON IVER – BON IVER (4AD / JAGJAGUWAR)
05 SHABAZZ PALACES – BLACK UP (SUB-POP)
04 THE HORRORS – SKYING (XL)
02 PEAKING LIGHTS – 936 (NOT NOT FUN)
01 JOHN MAUS – WE MUST BECOME THE PITLESS CENSORS OF OURSELVES (UPSET THE RHYTHM)

Listen to tracks off the albums that made our Top 50 of 2011 via Spotify below.

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