Where to begin? This year marked some bizarre ocurrances, the sudden deaths of the Over Weight Lover Heavy D and Amy Winehouse, Jay Z & Beyonce getting preggas, Chris Brown showing us that his therapy has not worked, UK songstress Adele killing the charts with 21, and the masses believing that Obama is a magician—can eradicate a mess that took 8 years to create in 4 years. (Just saying).
Here at Muphoric Sounds, the Best Of 2011 is different, as everything reviewed on this site is considered being the best heard at that time. Below is our list of some of the great albums to hit in 2011 — what’s great about the list also, is all from this list have released their music independently; free from label constraints.
- Floating Points - Shadows - continues to bring us into his synth world, but with more bass, floating between jazz and dubstep beats that is completely danceable.
- Mar – Mar Variations – A project sparked by Dorian Concept’s “Bipolar Friendship,” has just grown it’s own legs. Now we all await for Mar’s next variation, as they’re all outstanding pieces of work! Check out the latest one.
- Little Dragon – Ritual Union – Longstanding fans of Little Dragon, from their debut, it is so gratifying to see them grow into notoriety. If there’s one band who deserves it, it is Little Dragon.
- Radiohead – The King of Limbs – Perfection in every way. Radiohead are an electronic band, who are so open to try out new sounds, you never know what you’re going to get – which makes them a complete treat. “Lotus Flower” video, still a favourite.
- Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse – Absolutely in love with Thundercat’s sounds – hard and delicate all at the same time, with incredible arrangements that leave you satisfied.
- Malice & Mario Sweet - Happy 2 Year – Seattle’s new flowering talent, taking us to an era when duets conveyed passion and love, over real soul and funk laden beats.
- KING – The Story – Hailing from the West Coast, these young ladies came with something refreshingly different. Looking forward to their next project and shows on the East Coast!
- Elzhi – Elmatic – Never, ever thought it was possible to do a remake of Nas’s Illmatic (the album was perfection in its original state). However, in comes Elzhi using Will Sessions as his band, and it’s a new listening experience! Well done!
- Van Hunt – What Your Were Hoping For? – From his great musicianmanship, superior songwriting, Van Hunt can put out anything and I’d follow. The journey is so inspiring.
- Omar + Zed Bias - “Dancing” (Single) – A true jump up and whine your waist tune!
Not going to make any predictions this year, but will note, it seems our collective prayers and candle lighting is doing something. D’Angelo will embark on a European tour in January/February 2012, a sort of test out the waters before he brings his show to the US. Keep praying people!! Keep praying!!
As we approach a new year, we wish you all the best for 2012!!
Peace + Love + Light
The Muphoric Sounds Team