The New Year is nearly here, and what better way to kickstart this blog for 2012 than to look back on a cracking year of music. Here are 10 bits I loved during 2011 – in no particular order. Too many to choose from! 2011 best of turntable mix soon-come too. Happy New Year!


A steel-drum killer from Jamie XX – check his rework album with Gil Scott Heron too.
 


Massive track from our friends at Wolf Music – such a good year for those boys. Could easily have gone for tracks by KRL or Greymatter. ‘Alllll IIIII Dooooooooo!!!!’
 


Mr Terje proves once again than he’s not just an edit king. Big synth key change. Hands up.
 


Nuff drums from Julio Bashmore. Was tight between this and ‘Father Father’, but that military rolling beat had me playing this A LOT all year
 


Every DJ Kicks artist has to produce a track to go with their mix, and MCDE didn’t disappoint. Best intro to a track all year.
 


Huuuuuge track from Chris Duckenfield. Gospel beatdown smiles-all-round business. Love.
 


Dropping the tempo – tough to choose one off the great “Within and Without’album.
 


Another awesome slow one – Bon Iver follow up with a brilliant self-titled album. Lovely video too.
 


Last of the lot… balearic goodness from White Elephant, a collaboration between Jim Baron, Benjamin Smith of Smith & Mudd fame and Chris Todd (Crazy P). Check the Mark E remix too.
 

Wait, here’s some more Wolf howlings as a bonus – it’s a music cliche but 2012 is set to be an olympic year for KRL

 

Honourable mentions…

Caribou/Daphni
James Blake
Christophe
Dead Rose Music Company
Martyn
Move D
J-Rocc
Floating Points
Suzanne Kraft
Nocturnal Edits
Boof
Begin
Eddie Murs…