We’ve passed the halfway mark of the year so what better time to take stock of the best albums so far this year. A lot will change by the year’s end with albums from Modeselektor and Toddla T yet to be released and I have yet to listen to SebastiAn, The Horrors and Digitalism properly.
Here’s the 10 albums of 2011 so far (the album title links go to full reviews). I hope this is useful to people, enjoy.
“They push the parameters of their guitar/drum-machine set-up to its very limit, a fantastic record seeping with clanking, sleazy and dark snarling blues/punk hybrid.”
“W.A.R (We Are Renegades) has everything; great rhymes, wordplay and head-nodding beats while lyrically it’s hard-hitting, intelligent and insightful, providing a scathing attack on the industry and society.”
“Hotel Shampoo manages to strike the perfect balance between Rhys’ desire to indulge his oddities, lyrical humor and touching sentiment while making it all sound so natural and effortless.”
“an eclectic patchwork of electronic music takes us on a rollercoaster ride where you can never tell what is coming next; dubstep to disco, hip-hop to house, electro and the experimental”
“Suck It And See changes tack quite a bit, trading the kitchen sink approach for swooning swagger, it seems our Alex has found a certain romance“
“Fitting somewhere between the everyday musings of Mike Skinner and the gruffness of Roots Manuva, he charts a journey through the daily toils of life in modern Britain”
“brooding and dramatic gothic scores exploring Englishness, perils of colonialism and the ravages of war. It’s an album which is both tragic and beautiful”
“This album is an enthralling collection of brooding and dramatic gothic pop-songs, these sweeping multi-textured scores”
“Skinner seems much more relaxed and assured. Computers and Blues is the most enjoyable listen since OPM, a great way to sign off.”
“well-observed, ditsy, easy on the ear and infectious indie”